Sonixx adopts swipe controls for its X-Touch Bluetooth headphones

Sonnix X-Touch

It's not the first to do it, but British headphone brand Sonixx has adopted swipe controls for its latest range of sub-£100 Bluetooth cans.

Instead of having to fumble for the in-line controls on the cable, the Sonixx X-Touch headphones incorporate touch gesture controls on one side. An upward swipe of your finger increases the volume; a downward swipe lowers it.

And, as you might expect, a forward swipe skips to the next track, while a backward swipe plays the previous one. In addition to the swipe controls, a single, multi-function button does the rest. Press it to power the headphones on or off, pair with a new device or pause music during playback.

The headphones themselves are a lightweight, over-ear design with pivoted, cushioned earpads and an adjustable, padded headband. A mic is included for hands-free calls from your mobile.

The X-Touch will sync with any Bluetooth device and can be charged via the supplied USB cable. The built-in battery is said to give up to three hours' playback on a full charge. There's also a tangle-free cable if you need a wired connection when the battery runs out.

You'll be able to buy the Sonnix X-Touch headphones from November in a choice of colours – blue, red, white or black – for £80.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.