One other pair of wi-fi earbuds made it to our workplace and this time it’s vivo’s TWS 2 – the maker’s premium energetic noise canceling (ANC) providing. Design-wise these appear to be your normal 2021 buds with in-ear silicone suggestions and quick stems. How do they stack up towards the ocean of different TWS available on the market? Let’s dive in.
Design and construct high quality
Let’s begin with the plain, TWS 2 carries an AirPods Professional-inspired design. The white mannequin particularly appears fairly much like Apple’s providing whereas our overview unit’s Starry Blue paintjob stands out with its two-tone design and coloration shifting properties. TWS 2 are fairly mild due to their quick stems and really feel very easy on the ears even after a number of hours of listening. Every bud weighs 5 grams whereas the charging case comes out to 33 grams.
There are 12.2mm drivers in every bud and three microphones dealing with voice pickup and noise canceling. The buds require a small counterclockwise swivel when placing them in your ear to get a correct seal. You get small, medium and enormous silicone suggestions and I discovered the medium measurement to be optimum for my ears. The field additionally comes with a brief USB-C to USB-A cable for charging.
When it comes to construct high quality, TWS 2 really feel stable although their shiny paintjob attracts a bevy of fingerprints and smudges. I additionally discovered it laborious to get the buds out of the case on sure events which is once more at fault of the shiny plastic for my part. The case lid feels flimsy and rattles if you shake the case. There’s a single USB-C connector on the underside and a pairing button on the entrance with an LED standing sensor.
TWS 2 provide Google Quick Pair which works with any Android 6.0+ cellphone or pill. The earphones join through Bluetooth 5.2 and assist Qualcomms’ aptX Adaptive codec. These buds additionally make the most of QHS excessive bandwidth transmission at 6 Mbps which is double of conventional A2DP Bluetooth protocol. As well as, vivo is boasting a self-developed Bluetooth antenna design that improves sign reception.
Fusing Qualcomm’s aptX and QHS bandwidth transmission with vivo’s Bluetooth antenna modification is dubbed DEEP-HD Audio however the catch is that it solely works on sure vivo telephones so customers on another machine will be unable to expertise TWS 2’s true potential.
The buds provide Dynamic ANC with as much as 40dB noise discount alongside a transparency mode which allows ambient sounds in so that you’re extra conscious of you surrounding. There’s additionally multipoint connection which works effectively although you discover a couple of seconds of delay when switching between a laptop computer and cellphone in my case. I additionally observed that sound would normally begin on the proper earbud first earlier than it reached the left one on a number of events when switching between gadgets. That being mentioned multipoint pairing labored sufficiently effectively in my testing permitting me to make use of the TWS as my sole pair of earphones all through the day.
The pressure-sensitive contact controls on TWS 2 require you to make use of two fingers squeeze gestures to regulate your audio, calls or summon the Google Assistant. These gesture controls work fairly effectively when you get used to them. I’m personally extra a fan of getting controls on the outer a part of the stems so I can alter the features with one finger.
vivo Earphones app
The Earphones app from vivo is among the most spartan-looking companion apps I’ve seen to this point. There aren’t any sound profiles nor any type of sound tweaking. You solely get ANC controls, gesture management remapping and earphone detection.
Sound high quality
vivo TWS 2 sound first rate however will not be on the extent of different makers’ premium wi-fi earbuds. Highs are clear whereas mids sound muffled and the bass is there although it isn’t over outstanding. The 12.2mm driver models reproduce a balanced sound profile and sadly, you can not tune that within the companion app to raised fit your private style.
In comparison with a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds+ I had laying round, vivo TWS 2 felt noticeably much less highly effective by way of bass and don’t get almost as loud. Switching between the Transparency and ANC modes on the vivos resulted in no substantial distinction on my finish which was a letdown. I didn’t use a vivo linked cellphone for my testing which would be the underlying problem although different manufacturers’ wi-fi earbuds work simply high quality with gadgets from completely different makers.
Throughout calls, individuals on the opposite facet reported my voice was loud and clear with no noticeable distinction in comparison with when speaking through my cellphone. I observed some latency whereas watching films and YouTube movies although it was nothing to fuss about.
vivo claims the TWS 2 can last as long as 29 hours on a single cost with ANC off. Every bud ought to final you 4-7 hours relying on ANC utilization. In my testing the TWS 2 lasted me one week of day by day utilization which various from an hour of listening on some days to 3-Four hour periods on different days.
A full cost took just below two hours which is fairly normal on most wi-fi earbuds I’ve examined although extra premium fashions from Huawei and Samsung provide sooner charging.
With vivo TWS 2 you get common construct high quality and sound although at a fraction of the worth of different premium wi-fi earphones. Nonetheless their Asia unique positioning which means the TWS 2 are laborious to advocate. The nearly ineffective ANC and vivo’s barebones companion app do not assist their case both.
Even at CNY 499 (round $77/€66) which is what the TWS 2 retails for in China, you’re higher off in search of a pair of earphones from Huawei’s FreeBuds lineup or an older pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds. It takes a particular use case to make the vivo TWS 2 the proper ones for you and it should contain valuing battery life and ergonomic design above all else.
You’d in all probability be higher off trying elsewhere to spend your cash in case you’re looking out for a pair of TWS earphones. That being mentioned if these are bundled with a vivo smartphone you’re eager on then you definitely’re getting the important TWS expertise.