New compact Skullcandy Dime wireless earbuds challenge Apple Airpods for a fraction of the price

Skullcandy Dime offers a great fit and full suite of media controls on the buds, for less than a takeaway for two

Skullcandy Dime price release date
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Looking for a cheap Apple Airpods alternative? The new Skullcandy Dime true wireless earbuds offer a lot of premium features for a very little price, making them all the more appealing for audio enthusiasts on a budget. And when we say budget, we mean it: the Dime costs less than a takeaway from two. That's pretty good for quality IPX4 sweat- and water-resistant earbuds with and noise-isolating fit.

Skullcandy Dime: price and availability

Available in Dark Blue/Green, Light Grey/Blue, Dark Grey and True Black colourways, the Skullcandy Dime is available now at Skullcandy US and Skullcandy UK for a recommended retail price of $24.95/£29.99. The Dime don't appear to be currently available with Skullcandy Australia, but they're likely to come in around the AU$50 mark if they do reach Aussie shores. 

The Skullcandy Dime is backed by Skullcandy’s Fearless Use Promise: if you happen to lose or break any of the components, you can purchase buds and cases separately from Skullcandy to replace them with ease.

Skullcandy Dime price release date

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Skullcandy Dime: features

The Skullcandy Dime offers an 'up to' 12 hours of battery life with 3.5 hours of battery life in the earbuds and 8.5 hours in the charging case. The Dime connects to smartphones and media players via Bluetooth 5.0 and also has built-in microphones in each bud so you can use either bud solo without losing the ability to take calls.

Take calls, change tracks, adjust volume controls and activate native device assistants (Google, Siri, etc.) using media controls on the buds: no need to unearth the phone from the bottom of the bag. The Dime also has an Auto On/Connect feature that automatically turns on and pairs the buds with the last device used.

As for sound quality, there isn't much information available but we don't expect the Dime to have a mind blowing sound, considering the price point. It definitely won't beat Skullcandy Crusher Evo, nor the excellent Skullcandy Indy ANC, but the noise-isolating fit might help enhancing listening quality without having to press the buds way down the ear canal.

The Dime is IPX4 sweat- and water-resistance and has an integrated lanyard. You can charge the buds with a Micro-USB cable.

Matt Kollat
Section Editor | Active

Matt Kollat is a journalist and content creator who works for and its magazine counterpart as an Active Editor. His areas of expertise include wearables, drones, fitness equipment, nutrition and outdoor gear. He joined T3 in 2019. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar and Fit&Well, and more. Matt also collaborated with other content creators (e.g. Garage Gym Reviews) and judged many awards, such as the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance's ESSNawards. When he isn't working out, running or cycling, you'll find him roaming the countryside and trying out new podcasting and content creation equipment.