There seem to be loads of True Wireless Earbuds available now. Initially, only high-end models were available at great cost followed by loads of cheap and nasty clones with poor sound, complicated pairing routines and poor linking but now decent quality but reasonably priced devices are starting to appear.
I have been looking for a pair of back up true wireless earbuds for use in situations where I may lose my expensive Jabra Elite Sport set. I will use the Jabra’s as a reference point in this review, which may seem unfair but this set is good enough to stand the comparison.
This new headset from Mijiaer arrived in a small but stylishly designed product box. Inside were the earpieces themselves, charging case, carry bag, a short USB to micro-USB charging cable, three sets of buds (one set prefitted), spare wing set, and a User Guide. The User Guide is poorly translated and hard to read nevertheless I enclose a scan of it on my unboxing video.
The case has an internal 450mAh battery which is charged using the supplied USB cable and it is the case internal battery which charges the earbud batteries. The case will be able to fully charge the 50 mAh earbud batteries several times with each charge taking about one hour. There are a set of LED’s on the case and LED’s on each bud to show battery status. Long press the case button to show battery status and start manual charging. Press the button a second time to stop charging. The buds will charge automatically when placed into the case.
Pairing the earbuds was easy enough although more of a performance than with Jabra’s.
1. Press the right earbud soft touch button until you hear the ‘Power On’ prompt.
2. Same thing for the left earbud.
3. The buds pair automatically with each other and you will hear s ‘Pairing Successful’ prompt from each bud
4. The left bud LED will flash blue/red to indicate pairing mode to an external device.
5. On your phone pair in the usual way to Bluetooth device ‘Touch Two Plus’. You will hear a ‘Pairing Successful’ prompt.
This is more easily performed than explained and is made easier by the use of voice prompts during the pairing process. It only needs to be done once.
The two buds can work independently of each other as mono buds and setting them up to do so is another procedure explained in the User Guide.
Audio quality was fine and rather better than I was expecting. There is decent bass with mid and upper tones clear and well defined. I found the tone to be somewhat harsher and less refined than from the Jabra’s but more than good enough for general use.
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. Calls can be muted/rejected/ended/redialed by pressing the left button. Tracks can be paused/played advanced forward by double pressing earbud buttons in various combinations. Unlike with many budget earbuds, the audio volume can be controlled from the buds by pressing the right button.
One selling point of this headset is the use of soft-touch non-clicky earbud buttons. This makes them more comfortable to use as a softer press is needed but at the expense of a less positive operation. Another selling point is that the headset is IPX5 water resistant, not waterproof but OK in the rain or for an exercise session. Battery life is good and at least equal to the Jabra’s and I have obtained several hours music playing time following a charge. The charging case is robust and well made and magnetically holds the buds at least as well as the Jabra’s although the case looks and feels cheaper and lacks the auto On/Off feature which is one of the best features of the expensive rival.
At just £45.99 this headset is a fraction of the price my more expensive set but gives it a run for its money as regards sound quality and features. It falls down a bit on functionality and convenience of use and of course, none of the Jabra sports features is present (not that I ever use them). This is by no means the least expensive TW headset available but as the market cools down a new generation of well-specified good sounding devices such as this is emerging.
Soft touch buttons
Good audio quality
Audio volume controls
Good battery life
Single bud operation option
No auto On/Off
Fiddly initial setup
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