I have tested and used plenty of True Wireless earbuds and as a starting point let me say that of these so far the best for audio quality are the Zolo Liberty+ (£109), for exercise use the Jabra Elite Active 65t (£165) and for general use and the ones I use as my go-to earbuds the Jabra Elite Sport (£218). This new set at £49.99 is less than half the price of the cheapest of these but really do give the high-cost rivals a run for their money.
This new headset from SZROBOY arrived in a small, mid-market but attractive box with some basic product information on the reverse. Inside were the earpieces themselves, metal charging case, a short USB to micro-USB charging cable, three sets of buds (one set prefitted), and a User Guide. The User Guide is well designed and easy to read, very nicely printed but poorly translated. I append a scan of it to my unboxing video.
The case has an internal 450mAh battery which is charged using the supplied USB cable and it is the case battery which charges the earbud batteries. The case will be able to fully charge the 55mAh earbud batteries several times with each charge taking about one hour. There are LED ’s on each bud to show battery status. The buds will charge automatically when placed into the case.
These earbuds use the latest Bluetooth 5 technology which is currently only supported by the latest high-end smartphones such as the OnePlus 5T I used to test them with but of course, they will also work with older Bluetooth versions. Bluetooth 5 adds longer range and improves both the stability of the wireless connection and battery life.
Pairing them I found to be far easier than the User Guide leads you to think. I took the buds from the charging case and as I placed them in my ears I heard they linked together and I heard the ‘pairing’ voice prompt. I looked at the Bluetooth pairing screen of my phone for ‘BS01’, accepted the pairing and that was that. This is more easily performed than explained and is made easier with the use of voice prompts during the pairing process. It only needs to be done once. The two buds can be paired independently of each other as mono buds if needed. The buds will switch on and pair to the same phone automatically when taken from the case and power down when returned to it. This automatic power on and off is a great time-saving feature previously only found in high-end devices.
Audio quality was good and in fact far better than I was expecting. There is good bass with mid and upper tones clear and well defined. Compared to the devices listed above I found the audio quality superior to the Jabra Elite Active 65t, very similar to the Jabra Elite Sport but not quite so good as that from the Zolo Liberty+.
The headset has a microphone and can be used to receive and make calls and when testing I found the conversation was clear and audible both ends perhaps due to the microphone in each bud (some headsets only have a mic in one bud). Calls can be rejected/ended by pressing the button on either bud. During calls, the volume must be controlled by the phone rather than the earbuds. Unlike with many TW earbuds, the call audio comes over both buds together. I could not find any way of disabling the microphone which seems to be always on.
Tracks can be paused/ played by short pressing the earbud button. Long press the button on the left to track advance, on the other to jump back. Double click the left bud for volume down, the right for volume up.
Battery life is good and comparable all of my high-end sets and I have obtained over five hours of music playing time following a charge. The charging case is robust and well made and magnetically holds the buds. The buds are described as IPX6 waterproof and dustproof which should be fine in the rain but do not immerse them in water.
At just £49.99 this headset is far less costly than any of my more expensive sets but compares well with them all as regards sound quality and features. The only real feature lacking is the inability to directly invoke Google Assistant or Siri. The only issues I found is a slight delay between pressing the button and the requested action taking place and similarly with the microphone causing me to hear an external sound through the earbud about half a second after it happened.
This is by no means the least expensive TW headset available but as the market cools down a new generation of less expensive but well-specified and good sounding TW headsets such as these is emerging.
Good audio quality
Good battery life
Single bud operation option
Magnetic Bud Retention
No Personal Assistant Integration
Poorly Translated User Guide
Some latency with button and Mic
Microphone always on