Here is a review of yet another pair of budget-friendly earphones. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of a real wireless experience for less than GHC 200.
First off, the Price
Well, this thing kicked off at GHc 99 when it first came out. But unfortunately, with the increase in the dollar rate, it’s not close to GHc 150 and GHc 180 in some cases.
Inside the box, we have the user manual, mine is not here cos I obviously have opened this box up, hihi. But inside, you get the earbuds already in the charging case, a micro-USB charging cable and a couple of ear tips. And that’s about it.
Now let’s talk about the Design. If you’ve ever come across the Apple Air pods, any of them, you would see some similarities there. It’s more like Tecno took a page from Apple’s book. Well, almost every other company is doing the same. The earbuds themselves are made of plastic and are pretty small too, which I’m a fan of. They fit in my ears with no issues. Mind you, I went with the smallest ear tips just so I could enjoy using them comfortably. I wish there were extra small ear tips cos some of my friends, especially the ladies couldn’t use this. The smallest ear tips were still too big for them. Unfortunately for me, they only come in the white colour, which scratches and gets dirty easily—the same thing with the charging case, all white, all plastic. The bottom of the case houses the micro-USB charging port for juicing it up. It is small and fits just right in my hands.
Next off, are Features.
It comes with touch-sensitive sides on either earbud. These areas also illuminate blue lights for pairing and red when on low battery or charging. On that note, when playing music, a single tab on the left earbud decreases volume, but the right increases it. A double tab on either would pause, play, receive, or end calls. A triple tab on the left earbud for the previous song and the same on the right one for the next song. 4 tabs for your phone’s assistant. I personally like the fact that it’s a double tab instead of a single tab. Some other earbuds I’ve tried in the past would just hang up calls when you accidentally touch them. Especially when they are for some reason, falling out of your ears and you’re trying to put them back in.
For the Specifications
It comes with a 40mAh built-in battery which lasted a little over 3 hours during my testing. But if you have the 300mAh charging case with you, you can juice it up a bit more during longer trips. Charging the earbuds is as simple as aligning them in the charging case. And charging in the case is also as simple as plugging into the micro-USB charging cable at the bottom here. And of course, plugging it into a wall outlet and switching the plug on.
It also features Bluetooth version 5 which has about the nicest connectivity I’ve seen on a non-Apple device. If you have a Tecno phone, just bring these earbuds close to it, open it up and click on pair on your Tecno device. It’s that simple. The rest of us would have to do the traditional thing. That is, go into the Bluetooth settings and pair from there. And just like every other Bluetooth device, you get to see the battery life right in the settings app. When you open the case at about a 20-degree angle, you would notice the lights switch from charging to intent pairing. The cool thing about pairing is, you would have to do this, just once. Afterwards, if it’s the last Bluetooth device you connected to, all you have to do is open up the case and the pairing it initiated. So, before you even put them in your ears, they’re already connected.
Now, let’s talk about the overall Sound and mic quality
For the sound, they sound good enough for the price. They weren’t that bass heavy to me as they claim but just enough. When you have them inserted fully into your ears, you get an immersive experience. For the microphone test, here’s how they sound.
So, for the price, would I recommend it? Well, yes and no. Let me explain
I know this is a budget device, no doubt, but there’s no Active Noise Cancellation, the sound is a bit on the low bass tune and it comes in a single colour. But, with all those negatives, you get enough battery life, touch-sensitive controls and gestures, and an impressive-sounding microphone for video recording and calls. So, I believe it’s worth weighing these 2 to see which best fits you.
I, personally love black and I know I say a lot about the Redmi Airdots 2. But for the price, which is about the same as the Tecno, I’m tempted to choose that instead.