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Bose Sport Earbuds vs Apple AirPods Pro

The Bose Sport Earbuds are the latest model of sports headphones from Bose. They are incredibly comfortable and have good sound quality. However, for the price they have, their firmware had some problems in the first few months, a mistake that a brand like Bose should not make. Luckily, with the latest firmware the headphones are perfect, yes, the autonomy could be a little better.

The AirPods Pro headphones are by no means perfect, but they perform well in all the important sections and do not have any weak points. For being Apple’s first in-ear headphones, they are comfortable, have acceptable sound quality (they have improved bass), and feature Active Noice Cancellation (ANC) that reduces external noise. In addition, its battery is good, the connection is stable and the box is small.

Pros and Cons

BoseApple
Good sound and comfortActive noise cancellation
Good hands-freeStable connection
No Bluetooth multipointBetter sound than AirPods 2
Average battery lifeStill feel very iOS-focused
Large buds stick out of the earCan get loose during workouts

General

Bose Sport EarbudsApple AirPods Pro
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BrandBoseApple
TypeIn EarIn Ear
ColorsBalruc Blue, Glacier White, Triple BlackBlack, White
Battery life5 Hours4.5 Hours
Weight358 grams250 grams
ConnectivityBluetoothBluetooth

Bose Sport Earbuds

The headphones don’t block out a lot of outside noise, but this is more of a feature than a drawback

The headphones produce a relatively balanced sound at all frequencies, they do not have as prominent bass as the QuietComfort Earbuds. Even so, the bass is strong enough and quite punchy.

The mids accurately reproduce vocals and strings.

The highs are noticeable that they are a little raised and this makes it a bit easier to hear the harmonic resonances of the music.

Overall, the Bose Sport Earbuds sound really good and are on a par with the QuietComfort Earbuds (quite a bit more expensive). Although the latter have lower bass, if you prefer a more balanced sound you may want to opt for the Sport. Of course, they sound much better than the older SoundSport Free, with greater clarity and definition of the bass, and than Apple’s AirPods Pro …

The Bose Sports have four microphones and pick up voice relatively well. Of course, the low frequencies are picked up quite attenuated and the voices can sound somewhat robotic. Still, the microphones do a great job of reducing predictable low-frequency background noises like air hum, and you can keep calls hands-free both indoors and outdoors.

Apple AirPods Pro

The AirPods have never convinced when it comes to sound quality. As it is not in-ear, its basses have always been quite poor, flat and without force. However, the Pro fix a lot of your problems.

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The bass is much better, more powerful and at the same time more controlled. Thanks to the seal of the pad to the ear, the punch is greater and the definition is quite good.

The media is excellent, as in the rest of the AirPods. Voices are clear and crisp. With strength and texture.

The highs are more delayed and lack brightness and detail. They are warm and can be heard well, even at high volumes, but for headphones of this price, they could be clearer.

The power is pretty good at 60% of maximum volume. In addition, with passive isolation and active noise cancellation (ANC), it is not necessary to turn up the volume too much to listen to our music without hearing outside noise.

The active noise cancellation (ANC) that the AirPods Pro mount works quite well at all frequencies, although it is not great in any specific range.

Design

Bose Sport EarbudsApple AirPods Pro
TypeIn EarIn Ear
WirelessYesYes
Noise CancellingYesYes
Weight358 grams250 grams
Foldable DesignNoNo

Bose Sport Earbuds

The Bose Sport Earbuds are sports headphones that have the IPX4 water resistance certificate. The truth is that we would have expected a slightly higher grade since there are many cheap headphones that already reach the IPX7.

The headphones are made of plastic and have a double silicone pad that incorporates a tip that is inserted into the ear, but also a hook that is placed inside the ear and that prevents the headphones from moving out of position, although we move a lot. The system works quite well and the headphones are really comfortable and I think they easily fit all ear and ear sizes.

In addition, they are so light that within minutes of putting them on, you completely forget that you are wearing them. Of course, the headphones protrude a bit from the ears, the good thing is that they are not as bulky or attract as much attention as the old Bose SoundSport Free model.

On the outside of the headphones, we find that each headset has a touch panel that has a good response and is quite easy to use. In addition, although at the beginning the functions to be controlled were somewhat limited, Bose has released firmware updates that allow us to control everything we want, including the volume.

Apple AirPods Pro

In terms of design is that the AirPods Pro have pads that are inserted into the ear and make a kind of seal that improves the sound and prevents the headphones from moving.

The new AirPods Pro are Apple’s first in-ear headphones. It was time!

Traditional AirPods are placed over the ear, but not inserted. This makes them move and fall as soon as I make a sudden movement so they are not useful for running or playing sports. Also, the feeling of them moving and falling at any time has always bothered me quite a bit.

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Fortunately, this new design fits perfectly in the ear and keeps the headphones in position by running or shaking the head. In addition, the AirDots Pro have a channel that allows air circulation, which means that even being in-ear they do not overwhelm or produce the sensation of pressure in the ears.

The design seems to be quite successful because, although it is a little thicker, it has a smaller stem. In this way, when worn on the ear they are a little less cumbersome.

Features

Bose Sport EarbudsApple AirPods Pro
USBUSB-CUSB-C
MicrophoneYesYes
Dimension173.99 x 170.18 x 67.31 mm(Box)30.9 x 24 x 21.8 mm (Each)
Music ControlsYesYes
Quick ChargeYesYes
Stereo speakersYesNo

Bose Sport Earbuds

The firmware can be updated with the Bose Music application. The app also allows you to configure the equalization, switch between paired devices, customize the controls and other parameters.

The right earbud also has a proximity sensor. Thanks to it, we can stop or resume a playback by taking off or putting on the Said headset.

Apple AirPods Pro

As for the controls, the AirPods Pro have pressure sensors on the stems (on the stick).

The pressure sensors seem a little less comfortable than the touch control used in the AirPods 2. To handle them we have to squeeze the stem with two fingers at the same time. If we are standing it works well, however, it is not so easy or comfortable when we are exercising. You lose the earpiece, press accidentally, etc …

In principle, both headphones are used to control the same actions, although some can be configured through the mobile:

  • If we press once we will activate or pause the reproduction. It is also used to answer incoming call.
  • If we press twice, we will jump to the next song.
  • If we press three times, we will return to the previous song.
  • If we keep it pressed we will alternate between the active noise cancellation and the ambient noise mode or Transparency Mode.

As you may have seen, we cannot control the volume from the headphones themselves. Well, yes we can, but we will have to use our voice and ask Siri. Something that is not practical in many places.

Battery

Bose Sport EarbudsApple AirPods Pro
Battery TypeLithium-IonLithium-Ion
Battery Life5 Hours Buds4.5 Hours Buds
28.5 Hours Case
Charging Time15 Min for 2 HoursApprox 1.5 Hours
Charging PortPinsLightning Port

Bose Sport Earbuds

The headphones have an internal battery with which we can listen to music at medium volume for almost 5 and a half hours. Not bad, but not great either. The good thing is that, just by putting the headphones in the charging case for 15 minutes, we will get about 2 hours of battery life.

Charging the headphones fully takes about 2 hours while charging the case takes about 3 hours. The headphone case does not support wireless charging, something that perhaps should be included at this price, and must be charged with USB-C.

As for the box, it is nothing special, although luckily it is much more compact than that of the Bose SoundSport Free. Unlike most wireless headphone cases, in this case, it does not use magnets to keep it closed. Instead, you have to press a button that releases a lever, opening the lid.

In addition, we have 5 LEDs on the outside of the box that show us the remaining battery level, while inside we find the Bluetooth pairing button.

Apple AirPods Pro

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The headphones have an internal battery that allows them to play music for about 5 hours at medium volume with the ANC activated. Something more than the 4.5 hours that Apple announces. With the box, we can charge the headphones and increase the total autonomy up to about 24 hours.

Another very interesting point is that, if we put the headphones in the box for only 5 minutes, thanks to the fast charge we will get an hour of autonomy.

Connectivity

Bose Sport EarbudsApple AirPods Pro
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth RangeApprox. 10 meterApprox. 10 meter
NFCNoNo
Multi-Device
Connection
NoNo

Bose Sport Earbuds

The headphones feature Bluetooth 5.1 and the connection stability is excellent with the latest firmware update. With the previous version, there were connection losses and cuts, but fortunately, it is already solved.

As for codecs, they are compatible with SBC and AAC codecs. Another important (and rare) point is that we can use both headphones at the same time or only the right one, but not the left one because only the right earphone has mono listening.

The isolation performance is not very good and it is below average, however, it is a correct choice considering that the headphones are intended for sports. This helps to improve comfort, to prevent our steps from bouncing off our ears and to be aware of our surroundings.

Apple AirPods Pro

The AirPods Pro use the same version of Bluetooth and the same H1 chip as the AirPods 2, so they have excellent stability and very low lag with Apple devices. Of course, keep in mind that they have a little lag on Android.

To conclude, they are resistant to sweat and water (IPX4), if you take off a headset it automatically stops playback (it continues again when you put it on) and they have a Shared Audio mode in which we can link two pairs of AirPods to share the music we listen to with someone else who has other AirPods.

Which is better!

Bose Sport Earbuds

The Bose Sport Earbuds are easy to recommend headphones if you are looking for sports headphones that have great sound quality. That’s what they are perfect for. However, it is more difficult to recommend them if you give more importance to other aspects such as autonomy, size, better touch controls, etc. Also, we have a pretty high price. So they are very good headphones for their purpose, but not as good as general use headphones.

Apple AirPods Pro

The AirPods Pro are really good headphones on the whole. Although they are not the ones that sound the best, nor the ones with the best active cancellation, nor the smallest ones, nor the most comfortable for playing sports… they fulfil all the important aspects and do not fail in any of them.

They are comfortable, the connection is stable, they sound good, they can be used for sports, the autonomy is good, the carrying case is small and the noise cancellation is very comfortable to listen to music without having to turn up the volume.

In addition, although they fit better in the Apple ecosystem (synchronization between all the devices of your account) in Android all the most important features work (noise cancellation, Transparency Mode, etc.).

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Ozone Ekho X40 Wired Gaming Headset vs Razer Thresher 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset

Ozone EkhoX40 gaming headphones have a fairly affordable price, designed for users starting in gaming headphones, with a price that is around 35 USD.

Ozone is a Spanish brand born 4 years ago, focused on offering all kinds of gaming peripherals. In addition, it is the sponsor of the Vodafone Giants e-sports team, so it is common to see players with Ozone peripherals who need the most demanding products.

Razer already has a lot of experience in this world of sound and video games. In any Razer headphone review, we have done, we say the same, both ourselves and user opinions. Razer creates quality headsets designed for gaming, creating the best possible experience.

Pros and Cons

Ozone Ekho X40Razer Thresher 7.1
ComfortableGood sound quality
Compatible with other devicesWireless
Nice micEasy setup
Pretty basic sound and micWeak battery
No audio softwareHigh price

General

Ozone Ekho X40Razer Thresher 7.1
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BrandOzoneRazer
TypeOver-EarOver-Ear
ColorsBlackBlack
Battery lifeWiredUp to 16 hours
Weight329 g408 g
ConnectivityWiredWireless, Bluetooth

Design

Ozone Ekho X40Razer Thresher
TypeOver-EarOver-Ear
WirelessNoYes
Noise CancellingNoYes
Dimensions

Ozone EkhoX40

With a fairly careful and current design, they are made mainly of plastic which gives them great lightness, reaching only 329 grams. In the upper part, we have a pad that provides the necessary comfort to not bother us in the least when wearing them. It features vertical regulators to increase the diameter of the headband and a rigid flip-up microphone.

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The earpads completely cover the ears, although they are not completely isolating. It should be emphasized in this section, since as a positive point, by not producing encapsulation, we can perceive any sound from the outside, such as a call or the doorbell.

In addition, it has a volume regulator midway through the cable that connects to the headphones that will allow us to raise or lower the volume and even mute the microphone.

Razer Thresher

The Razer Thresher helmets are very comfortable, with a practical structure that manages to fit perfectly. Constructed foam padding with a metal frame, the suspension band is large yet comfortable to wear for hours. A design like this doesn’t even need any adjustment: just put the headphones on, make sure they are comfortably over the ears, and it will automatically adjust to your head.

On the other hand, in terms of colors and design, they show the intense aesthetic hallmarks of Razer; the Razer Thresher Ultimate helmets have a matt black and glossy green appearance. Headphone logos glow bright green during use, with a green plastic ring around it; the rest are black.

The Razer Thresher Ultimate is huge. It has comfortable leatherette ear cushions, with additional padding and carved grooves to make wearing glasses more comfortable. They are really capable of isolating us from outside noise, achieving great clarity and a good multimedia experience.

On the left side of the headphones, we have the volume control (which is the same for the general volume, as for the microphone).

Features

Ozone Ekho X40Razer Thresher 7.1
MicrophoneYesYes
Music ControlsYesYes
Quick ChargeYesYes
SpeakersYesNo
Impedance2,200 Ohm3200 Ohm
FoldableYesNo

Ozone Ekho X40

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If we do not understand much about sound and our budget is quite limited, we will find affordable headphones where we are not going to notice acoustic deficiencies. However, if you want to enjoy a minimum of sound quality, you will understand that the budget will not allow this feature, taking into account that the design takes the great majority of importance.

It has a stereo sound with quite normal treble and bass and a medium that dirties the final sound that we perceive, making it difficult to enjoy music, but that in video games, we are not going to notice it too much.

The good thing about all this is that after a few minutes and if you do not try something of better quality, you will get used to it and not notice the acoustic deficiency.

A microphone with a length more than enough not to have it stuck to the face and bother us when using it. With a normal sensitivity, we will use it decently in VoIP applications such as Discord, Skype, and TeamSpeak, among others. It’s flip-up, and we have full control to mute it from the cable controls.

Razer Thresher 7.1

Dolby Headphone 7.1 technology- This technology means that we have the perfect headphones for console lovers. It achieves an enveloping sound and many details that will allow us to enter the game, becoming the real protagonists fully. The sounds will appear to come from any direction.

In addition, the Razer Thresher headsets also stand out for these details:

  • LED light: This practical light is located on the microphone arm and will indicate the data transmission.
  • Use with glasses: It has foam grooves to relieve the temples, so they are comfortable, even if we wear glasses.
  • 50mm drivers: This indicates that it achieves a powerful audio level, with a great richness of tones.
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: It has a signal-to-noise ratio of 55 dB.

Battery

Ozone Ekho X40Razer Thresher 7.1
Battery TypeLi-Po
Battery LifeUp to 16 hours
Charging PortSingle Pin

Connectivity

Ozone Ekho X40Razer Thresher 7.1
BluetoothBluetooth 5.1
Multi-Device
Connection
NoNo
PlatformPC, PlayStation 4, Xbox ONE, Nintendo SwitchPlayStation 4 and PC
ConnectionWiredWireless
Cable length2.1 m

Ozone Ekho X40

  • 3.5 jack in gold color improves conductivity and prevents metal oxidation with a cable length of 2.1 meters—more than enough to move with ease while connected to the PC or the console.
  • Mini Jack adapter for sound and microphone output. We will only use it when we want to have the microphone operational.

Razer Thresher 7.1

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The wireless connection is via Bluetooth. Calculate that you can move up to a maximum of 12 meters from the device to which it is connected. In the same way, they can be connected via a 3.5 jack cable.

Conclusion!

Ozone Ekho X40 is a starting range to the world of gaming headphones. Although, indeed, they do not have high-quality sound components, they do offer a decent minimum to use them and do not exert any discomfort when wearing them for hours since they do not close in our ears, but they remain with a certain slant. The brand offers us many more possibilities of headphones such as the Rage X40, Rage Z90 or Nuke PRO, having the Ekho X40 as a product-focused on the novice / initial consumer low budget. If there is something I would recommend these headphones for, it is because of the low price we can buy them and the sound output they have: a 3.5 mm jack.

Razer Thresher is one of the best headphones for gaming, especially if you decide to play on play or Xbox. The wireless system is costly, has basic features, and highlights the sound quality.

 
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HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 vs Google Pixel Buds: Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Huawei surprised us a few months ago with its recent launch of the third version of the well-known Freebuds, the Huawei Freebuds 3, which also incorporates one of the most demanded characteristics who use them frequently outside the home: active noise cancellation.

We have to bear in mind that most Chinese brands tend to launch their product first at the national level and then in the Indian market. That is why for some of us, the Freebuds could be a very recent launch in Spain, since we have not gotten them officially in local stores until just a few weeks ago, despite having been available for more than 3 months on the market.

Considering that we are talking about the first ones designed entirely by Google, we trust that the company will have decided not to skimp on details and quality. We are talking about headphones that, similarly to the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, have Google Assistant incorporated and a lot of additional functionality, including instant translation that we will mention in more detail.

The TWS technology has become almost a must nowadays, Here we have HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 vs Google Pixel Buds: Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds.

 

Pros and Cons

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3Google Pixel Buds
Powerful sound processingA smaller and more adjustable size
Lots of codec supportHigh-performance microphone
Active noise cancellationFlawless Android Bluetooth Pairing
Less battery compared to equivalentsIt only supports AAC
Designed for Huawei smartphone usersMore expensive than its previous version

General

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3Google Pixel Buds
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BrandBeatsBeats
TypeFit to-EarIn-Ear
ColorsBlack, Cloud Pink, Glacier Blue, ivory, Lava Red, NavyTitanium Black, Copper Black, Gold Belge
Battery lifeUp to 9 hoursUp to 5 hours
Weight374 g67 g (Charging case)
ConnectivityWireless, BluetoothWireless, Bluetooth

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3

As we had already anticipated, Huawei surprises us with this new noise cancellation feature that has proven to be especially positive in these Freebuds 3. We find ourselves for the first time in the range of products of this brand with a headset that offers us call quality sublime: not only in terms of the quality of the microphone that surpasses its competitors but also in terms of the clarity of the sound when receiving calls.

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It is important to highlight this active noise cancellation since it frees the smartphone load to which we are paired and does it in a very reliable way thanks to its dedicated processor, which we will notice practically immediately if we compare it with lower-end headphones.

Google Pixel Buds

This adaptive technology is also applied to the microphone, which implies that the orders or requests that we make to our smartphone will be received correctly regardless of the noise level around us.

This surprising characteristic is achieved thanks to certain sensors capable of detecting speech through the vibrations of the jaw so that the device can capture our orders and our interlocutor can hear clearly, regardless of the place in the room that we meet or the activity that we are doing.

Design

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3Google Pixel Buds
TypeFit to-EarIn Ear
WirelessYesYes
Noise CancellingNoYes
Dimensions111.76 x 111.76 x 81.28 mm124 x186.5 x 55 mm

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3

The aesthetic reminds us of the classic AirPods 2 in every way, and many could argue that coming from Huawei, a very controversial brand, for having been doing a strong follow-up on an aesthetic level to each one of Apple’s products, no Nothing has been risked in the design of these headphones.

At first glance, it will be difficult for us to differentiate between the two models. However, the truth is that in the price, they do not vary too much, being a perfect alternative for those Android users who appreciate the aesthetics and materials used by Apple products as a whole.

The only problem that it shares with many headphones of this design is a well-known one: they start from the premise that they are headphones that fit all ears by default, something that will never be true, and those with larger ears will notice a lot of slack up to the point of relative risk of falling, as well as the smallest ones will notice a little undue pressure.

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We see that changes are the charging station, with a rounded appearance, and the introduction of a USB-C port that we will discuss later.

Google Pixel Buds

The new Google Pixel Buds headphones have inherited certain characteristics from their predecessors, such as touch control or autonomy of more than 5 hours, which could even reach those 24 hours with the wireless charging case that incorporates this new version.

A strong point of these headphones is that they offer so-called ‘adaptive sound.’ This technology makes the volume of what we are listening to adjust automatically to the ambient sound in which we are at all times.

This feature improves its usability, security, and comfort since we can be integrated into the environment without repeatedly disconnecting and reconnecting the sound when we walk through certain places.

Features

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3Google Pixel Buds
USBLightningUSB-C
MicrophoneYesYes
Music ControlsYesYes
Quick ChargeYesYes
SpeakersNoYes

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3

We find inside with a Kirin A1 processor, which immediately invites us to think that the sound processing will be quite high compared to the average and will bring a lot of functionality compared to its competitors.

The sound quality is quite adequate, with a fairly stable range of highs and mids, only lacking detail in the bass section. The soundstage is not particularly wide, but we have to argue that practically no wireless headphones stand out in this regard, except for some specific audio brands that may be a more suitable alternative for those audiophiles who require greater precision throughout the range.

In terms of compatibility, this is something that Huawei will definitely beat most of its competitors by a landslide since it allows playing with all kinds of codecs, from AAC to AptX-HD, something that is usually rare in the industry.

Google Pixel Buds

The new Google Pixel Buds headphones have inherited certain characteristics from their predecessors, such as touch control or autonomy of more than 5 hours, which could even reach those 24 hours with the wireless charging case that incorporates this new version.

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A strong point of these headphones is that they offer so-called ‘adaptive sound.’ This technology makes the volume of what we are listening to adjust automatically to the ambient sound in which we are at all times.

This feature improves its usability, security, and comfort since we can be integrated into the environment without repeatedly disconnecting and reconnecting the sound when we walk through certain places.

Battery

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3Google Pixel Buds
Battery TypeLi-PoLi-Po
Battery LifeUp to 8 hoursUp to 5 hours
Charge Time5 minutes for 1.5 hours2 hours with dedicated
USB wall charger (500 mA)
Charging PortLightningPins

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3

The battery without charging in its base is just 3 and a half hours, something below other headphones of such size and price. We can compensate for this with an autonomy of more than 20 hours if we frequently connect them to their charging station.

The good thing is that Huawei has managed to compensate for this deficiency by offering many charging options for the base:

Google Pixel Buds

As we have already mentioned, they have a battery that can last up to 5 hours of use. The magnificent charging case, which offers an ergonomic oval shape, can reach up to 24 hours of autonomy and a charging speed above average since it includes a USB-C connector.

In addition, it has the advantage of allowing Qi charging since it provides wireless charging support, unusual for this type of product.

Connectivity

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3Google Pixel Buds
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2Bluetooth 5.0
Wireless range10 mtr10 mtr
SensorProximity
Multi-Device
Connection
NoYes

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3

We have the USB-C charge somewhat faster than the Micro-USB version since it allows us to provide a greater amperage. On the other hand, we have the Qi wireless charging that is already common in the latest models of TWS headphones.

Finally, we have observed that it offers us wireless reverse charging, which allows the latter to transmit some charge to our station in case we fall short at some point if the smartphone is compatible.

Google Pixel Buds

Compared with the previous model, the connection between the headphones and the phone is significantly higher. The range of the Bluetooth 4.0+ signal allows us to connect to the phone at a distance of 90 meters outdoors or with a separation of three rooms if we are in closed spaces such as a home or office.

This is much more than the first version offered, which means that the conversation is not cut off if we leave a room in the house or office without carrying the smartphone with us.

Conclusion!

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3

We can say that it is a headset that within its range satisfies most of the needs that we could have, and if we add to this the fact of having a terminal of the same brand, we could ensure that we are talking about a very appropriate purchase.

Google Pixel Buds

At last, we can enjoy the long-awaited Pixel Buds, totally wireless True Wireless Stereo (TWS) headphones that fully enter to compete in the segment of the popular AirPods. With real-time translation, wireless charging, and adaptive sound technology.

 
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True Wireless Earbuds: AUKEY EP-N5 vs Haylou GT1 PRO

AUKEY introduced in the soundbar section a few years ago, and that, to this day, it presents us with a fairly wide and varied range. While not yet competing against the big manufacturers like JBL or Ultimate Ears, these are products capable of keeping the lower ranges at bay, with respectable superior quality. And to a certain degree, we expect something similar with these headphones from the moment we started to open the box.

Haylou, and his GT1 PRO (along with the Plus version that came together), has specialized in the field of True Wireless Stereo (TWS) to bring us a highly polished product at a challenging price to beat. Whether we have the opportunity to acquire the PRO or Plus version, the characteristics are the same, and the only thing that will change is the autonomy of the dock and some improvements in the sound chipset of the Plus version.

Let’s check out and compare these two True Wireless Earbuds: AUKEY EP-N5 vs. Haylou GT1 PRO.

Pros and Cons

AUKEY EP-N5Haylou GT1 PRO
Sound quality above its rangeIPX5 water protection
Strong and durable designBest battery life within its range
USB-C for faster dock chargingBring replacement silicone pads
Active noise cancellationBass is below average
IPX7 would have been more appropriateCharging station is a bit cumbersome

General

AUKEY EP-N5Haylou GT1 PRO
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BrandAukey Beats
TypeOver-EarIn-Ear
ColorsBlack, SilverBlack
Battery lifeUp to 20 hoursUp to 4 hours
Weight596 g 3.3 g (Charging case)
ConnectivityWireless, BluetoothWireless, Bluetooth

AUKEY EP-N5

At the time of putting on the headphones, we must insist that the expectations were shallow, similar to those we would have with models of such a size. But the first impressions were quite pleasant. The range of sound was very clear from bass to treble, through clean vocal notes, and a volume range more than appropriate for a TWS in this category.

But, as expected, neither can we regulated the volume from the headset, nor do we have a custom application to equalize these headphones at your convenience. This means that there are some points below other versions that do have it in terms of total sound quality.

Haylou GT1 PRO

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As usually happens in this type of low-budget headphones, we cannot expect great results in this section. Although it has not ceased to surprise us how well balanced the responses are to all types of frequencies, we observe that it does not stand out in anyone in particular.

Nor can we ignore that we have detected that the low frequency of the bass is quite weak compared to other headphones of similar price. We have tried different funk and jazz music pieces with a higher bass dominance and noticed this lack of clarity almost immediately.

On the other hand, in the range of the mids, the highs, and the voices, the thing is much more stable, and this allows, in general, to enjoy more commercial music since it sounds quite acceptable. As for the soundstage, we can detect that sound envelopment, but it is not exceptional either.

Design

AUKEY EP-N5Haylou GT1 PRO
TypeIn-EarIn Ear
WirelessYesYes
Noise CancellingYesYes
Dimensions6.20 x 4.00 x 2.72 cm

AUKEY EP-N5

Many think that such simple packaging can only lead to a cheap and low-quality product, more typical of a Chinese private label than a strong competitor in the TWS segment that concerns us here. The truth is that, far from this reality, the AUKEY brand has always been characterized by investing little in the exterior and a lot in the interior.

As soon as we have the charging station in our hands, we realize that this is not a common low-end headset at an inflated price, but it does not stand out with a particularly striking design either. To a certain degree, it reminds us of AirPods with certain details such as the charging LEDs that light up to indicate the status of the battery and its USB-C connector, which is quite surprising for the price we find in this product.

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The black plastic construction surprises by being a point above in quality and robustness compared to other lower-end headphones. It is important to bear in mind that technically, these headphones belong to the low range, although slightly higher. Therefore, anything that exceeds the gamut is worth highlighting.

The quality of the material demonstrates the ability to achieve IPX5 certification, which guarantees that the product can be wet (it works under the shower without problems) but not submerged, which would have been very appreciable.

Haylou GT1 PRO

Although we will focus on the GT1 Pro, we can see in general lines that the GT1 range is designed on the same structure. It is a simple headset, comfortable to place, and adaptable to most of the anatomies of the ear, which follows a widespread line in many headphones on the Asian market, as we have already seen in other Xiaomi AirDots types models.

To the comfort section, we have to add that we find three interchangeable silicone pads in the box.

It does not offer a range of colors or sizes. We will always find this extremely compact and imperceptible black version in weight (just 4 grams), making them extremely comfortable and easy to take with us anywhere.

As for the charging station, we have to say that the GT1 Pro version is a little larger than expected, and in the pocket, it could be a bit uncomfortable, something that does not happen in other GT1 versions such as the Plus, being so fine that it would barely bulge. But we have to justify that the station’s size is justifiable: the difference in load capacity is overwhelming, as we will see later.

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Features

AUKEY EP-N5Haylou GT1 PRO
Impedance32 Ohm32 Ohm
USBUSB-CUSB-C
MicrophoneYesYes
Music ControlsYesYes
Quick ChargeYesYes
SpeakersNoYes

Battery

AUKEY EP-N5Haylou GT1 PRO
Battery TypeLi-PoLi-Po
Battery LifeUp to 7 hoursUp to 4 hours
Battery Capacity60 mAh43 mAh
Charge Time1.5 hours1.5 hours
Charging PortUSB-CUSB-C

AUKEY EP-N5

The battery of the headphones also turns out to be another strong point. The brand does not promise more than what it offers: a range of 7 hours, something above the classic 4 hours that we find in mediocre headphones. We must add another 3 additional charges through the base (with 500 mAh of charge available). In this way, we can enjoy using this product for a whole day in a row.

Haylou GT1 PRO

These headphones offer us an incredible battery, with around 4 hours of use and 25 hours if stored in the charging station. We are talking about an 800 mAh battery in the charging station and 43 mAh in each earbud.

Although the headphone’s battery is not too surprising, we can see that we have about 18 full recharges available with the charging station, compared to the three recharges offered by the Plus version. We are talking about six times more autonomy than this version and several times the autonomy of most products of this type on the market.

Connectivity

AUKEY EP-N5Haylou GT1 PRO
BluetoothYesBluetooth 5.0
Wireless range10 mtr10 mtr
Multi-Device
Connection
NoNo

AUKEY EP-N5

Not everything could be perfect. The section of the controls is, possibly, in which they falter a little and remind us of the low range completely. They have the typical controls based on the taps that we give in each of the respective headphones, which allows us: stop or restart the music, answer or hang up calls, and activate both the virtual assistant and active noise cancellation.

Having a USB-C connection, we find a faster charge than the classic micro USB headphones that abound in the low range. It might have been nice if they incorporated wireless charging, but surely that would have forced them to increase the price.

Haylou GT1 PRO

Starting with Bluetooth 5.0 and compatibility with the most common Android codecs, such as AAC and aptX in most smartphones.

We cannot stop noticing that the current connection is a micro USB. Therefore we will not have fast charging. Although it offers us an enormous load capacity, it is unlikely that we would need this functionality.

Conclusion!

AUKEY EP-N5: When we talk about the value for money, very balanced headphones provide excellent sound quality and some rare extras to find for the budget they require.

Haylou GT1 PRO: We face a very balanced headset that is mainly oriented to offer great comfort daily, as it will guarantee that it will never leave us in the lurch due to lack of battery.

 

 

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