Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Philips ActionFit SHQ1000 – Earphones/Headphones

Hello everyone!
Today I am going to review a great set of sports Earphones - Philips ActionFit SHQ1000. They look good, they sound great, and they are trendy & totally amazing!


Koninklijke Philips N.V. (Royal Philips, commonly known as Philips) is a Dutch diversified technology company headquartered in Amsterdam with primary divisions focused in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. It was founded in Eindhoven in 1891 by Gerard Philips and his father Frederik. It is one of the largest electronics companies in the world and employs around 122,000 people across more than 60 countries.

The sheer size of the company is enough to understand the brand value attached to the product. When you use a product from such a company you don’t hesitate showing it off in front of a group of people as you style symbol too!



Types of Earphones

There are many different types of earphones. Each type of earphone is designed for a specific type of person who wants to get a particular quality of sound from the device. There are earphones that completely cover the ear when being used and earphones that are simply put inside the ear. The design of the earphone affects its sound and comfort. The following are some earphones and the pros and cons of each.

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What’s so cool about Philips ActionFit SHQ1000?

These earphones come with 6 Months Warranty. There are various ‘cool’ features of Philips ActionFit SHQ1000 earphone which makes it worth buying:

  • Constructed with water resistant materials coupled with an anti-bacterial agent that helps kill germs, these headphones have been designed for the fitness enthusiast
  • Sweat Proof: Designed with a water resistant seal to protect your headphones from sweat related damage
  • Cable Clip: Clip helps fix cable securely
  • Ultra-soft silicon caps sit comfortably in your ears: The 3 sizes of ultra-soft silicon caps of these Philips earphones sit comfortably in your ears without adding pressure to them whilst blocking out unwanted noise.
  • Keep track to your fitness regimen via free ActionFit app: Keep track of your fitness regimen with this smart, simple and free app - created by Philips just for you. The ActionFit app lets you create customized workouts that include time, distance and calorie goals - and you can even assign your favourite music to each target. Once you've completed your workout, use the app to share your results with friends on Twitter and Facebook. You'll need GPS for your distance and calorie goals, so download it for free from the App Store - and you're good to go!
  • Bass thumping stereo sound - fuel for your workout: Acoustics finely tuned to enhance the sporting experience - fuel for your workout
  • Ultra lightweight design: Ultra lightweight design for a comfortable fit - designed for sports
  • A 1.2m long cable that is ideal for outdoor use: The ideal cable length to give you the freedom to put your audio device where you want.

Technical Specifications


Diaphragm Mylar dome
Frequency response 30 - 20 000 Hz
Impedance 16 ohm
Maximum power input 10 mW
Sensitivity 110 dB
Speaker diameter 13.5 mm
Type Dynamic
Voice coil CCAW
Magnet type Neodymium


Cable Connection two-parallel, symmetric
Cable Length 1.2m
Connector 3.5mm
Finishing of connector Gold-plated
Type of cable OFC


Packaging Dimensions:

Height 17.5 cm
Width 9.5 cm
Depth 3 cm
Nett weight 0.021 kg

The packaging is quite good. Actually the box looks cool. Makes a perfect gift-pack I can say with no need for extra covers, unless you wish to hide the contents.

It was easy to open the box and pack the material back again. On the back side you have features and serial number of your product in different languages.

The inner carton is cool enough and houses the earphones firmly.

What’s inside the box?

I have marked the various things inside the pack to show you what all’s inside the box.

So you got your Philips ActionFit SHQ1000 with 2 sets of extra caps for your earphones. It is bundled with a small carrying pouch which does look good. Though I guess girls would find that pouch more attractive than boys would.


The earphones have quite a trendy look and the colour combination is just amazing, White-Orange, it looks good. Also if you wear them with a black T-shirt and trackpants, you would certainly look cool! :D

Sweat Proof?

Well, kind of. Actually the caps for the earbuds of the earphones are sweat proof. The overall earphone as such is of course always sweat proof be it any company; it is the speaker which must be protected. In this Philips ActionFit SHQ1000 you will find that the caps do the job good, so yes it is sweat proof!

Sound Quality

If we compare it with the price, it is certainly good. Else, I’d give it a 3.5/5 since if you have ever used skullcandy, you’ll never go for Philips! :P


That neodymium driver unit does the job good. When you fit them firmly in your ears, well you’ll experience a nice soothing bass. As they say, add fuel to your workout with the bass of the music! :D

Wire Size

1.2 m is less for you? Come on! It is certainly more than enough. The wire length is appropriate. You can do running, walking, use the treadmill; do stretching too without worrying about the wire length being an issue. Of course I assume you keep the device you connect these earphones to in your trousers’ pocket/tied your shoulder. If you are some weird kiddo housing it in your socks, well I guess the wire length will be small for you! :P You got the joke, I suppose! :O


Alright my photography ain’t so cool. The pouch doesn’t look as ugly as in the pic I have clicked here:

It looks quite nice and the size is good enough too. The best thing is that you can use it to prevent getting your earphones’ wire getting tangled to something else. Though it is a trendy pouch, but I guess girls are more likely to like it than boys.

Extra Caps

The above pic demonstrates how to replace the cap and how to fit the earphones well into your ears. The extra caps can come in handy if you tend to lose your regular ones, or if you need a bigger/smaller sized cap instead of the already attached one. They are easy to replace.

Philips ActionFit Application

I won’t say much about it since I didn’t use it as yet. But I guess you can find it on the App Store you use.


I bought it at around 450 INR. But I guess if you get a deal anything below Rs. 500 it is a great deal. A deal below 550 is okay. And if you are paying more than 575, you are looted! :P Else the product is value for money till the time you buy it at around 525 INR or below.

Verdict: 3.5/5

Why not more? There are a couple of reasons:
1. While running they tend to fall off your ear.
2. The price is a little higher since it is generally available at more than 550 INR.
3. They could be better
Else, if you are considering to buy them and the deal as I said is priced at anything below 500, don’t think for a second more and buy it. Philips is a great company, and these earphones not only look good but the sound and bass is amazing too. But if you ready to pay around 650-700 INR, then you can search for a better product (NOT SKULLCANDY. BUYING SKULLCANDY BELOW 1000INR IS A WASTE OF MONEY)! I wanted to give it 4/5 for the looks, but well the opinion should matter to as many people as possible, right?! :D

With all that said I hope this review helps you :)


  1. i thought of buying an earphones more reliable and long lasting below rs 600, and i choose Phillips action fit sports earphones. i bought this product 6 months back and is still the same as a new flashy product. the clarity of sound is awesome, i can hear each and every bit of music through this product. this is water/sweat proof, as i tested it and found positive results. the cushion is good fits easily into the ear and wont fall while jogging. last but not the least don't expect more bass from this but if you have any equalizer in your media player you can get some good bass. overall this is a value for money

    1. You were quick! As soon as my post went live you commented? HOW?!! O_O

  2. Good enough for the price

    Well the biggest selling point for this headphone would be the comfort factor. I have used it for hours on end, where my ears would have started paining for other headphones. It pretty effectively blocks out outside noise as well.

    I stays pretty well in the ear during brisk walks. I haven't started jogging/running yet, so i cant comment on the performance of the headphones for those activities.

    The chord is long enough and the colour &design is pretty striking, though some may find it a bit too flashy.

    The sound is pretty good. But if you are looking for really good bass then you should go for high-end models and be prepared to lighten your wallets quite a bit.

    All in all, this is product is worth every paise that i paid for it. If you are looking for a headphone that is waterproof, comfortable on the ears, good looking, suitable for outdoors, easy on the wallet and has good enough sound quality, then this is the headphone for you. However if you are really bent on awesome sound quality then you better look elsewhere.

    1. I agree they are comfortable. But why you say bass is not good? I think it's good enough for the price!

  3. A very good product with a good design.
    The clarity is awesome.
    resonable cost

  4. The main feature of the product is its outlook, and also sound clarity is also good

  5. Wow! nice review pal! I too own this pair. And it's good. Though I will give it 4/5 :D

    1. I too wanted to give it 4/5 but since I have used Skullcandy, I cannot

  6. This is one of the handy and comfortable headphone I have ever used with best sound quality. It fits suitable to ears and looks very stylish. Orange and white color combination attracts the people around us. This is total complete package of quality with style.

    1. Yes they are comfortable and stylish

  7. I got the headphone around 1 year back . The sound quality was better than the other headphones used.Design is good and fits the ears nicely.Only problem I faced after around 8-9 months , one speaker was not working.

    1. oh, if you read this reply, please do share with us did you try to get warranty/support from Philips. If yes, how was it?

  8. I purchased this product recently and i must say i'm blown away by it's quality. The product says it is ideal for workout/jogging since it is sweat resistant & waterproof but it can be used for casual outings because of it's bold colors which is attractive. It is light weight & has powerful bass, which is commendable. A must buy!

  9. The headset is excellent and design is superb.
    Its easy to use and sound quality is a treat to ears. awesome product. I'm loving it. The integrated volume control gives the flexibility to adjust the volume on the go, no need to touch the connected device. Simply awesome.

    1. there's no volume control on mine! :/

  10. Nice review, you didn't mention about durability. From the last 5 years I'm using this head phone ....if I want here from music from iPhones also I'm using Philips head sets only...good quality and reliable prices

    1. Wow! FIVE YEARS? That means they are really durable. Thanks a lot for this input!

  11. Worst headphone ever used!

    Good if you want it while jogging for, it doesn't fall off from your ears.

  12. Philips SHQ1000/98 Headphone has an amzing earpiece with gr8 vocals sounds. suffiecient bass, and perfect sourround effects. If Must go fot it, if you are searching for:
    *excellent Vocals Clearness
    *Perfect sourround effect
    * if you will manage with limited Bass
    *Jogging purpose**

    then go for it. it too handy and its wires not juggles too.
    Try different earbuds for perfect sound

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