‘True wireless’ earphones with excellent sound and Google Assistant built-in
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Apple’s AirPods have started something. Everyone wants wire-free earphones, and for Android smartphoners, a bunch of brands are offering just that. Cue this attempt by Glasgow-based audio company RHA, whose True Connect wireless earbuds are clearly inspired by the American brand.
The earphones themselves are very lightweight and very easily portable in their case, which charges them very quickly. That case feels very premium and charges them very quickly, it also looks really sleek and feels high quality. However, the white case marks very easily when carried in a pocket or bag, so the case often needs wiping.
The earphones come with 10 pairs of ear tips to fit the ear perfectly and are very comfortable, especially for long sessions. It took a while to get used to how best to wear them, and they do come loose if not inserted into ears properly, but having mastered how to put them in they feel secure. While running the earphones stay secure, even while sweating.
The controls are pretty intuitive, making it very easy to change song, accept/decline a call and for volume control, although it took a while to master.
The Bluetooth 5 streaming connects very quickly to a smartphone, and remains uninterrupted during any call or music. However, our favorite feature is that Google Assistant is integrated into them, which is pretty rare for earphones. It’s a real gem and works flawlessly.
These earphones offer decent noise isolation that keeps out ambient noise. The sound is always crisp with a good bass response, though not always balanced if the earphones themselves are inserted at a slightly different angle. The stem design is nice and small – a lot smaller than the rather bulky stem on the AirPods – but this small stem does not seem to affect the microphone quality when making a call.
However – and this is not unique to the RHA TrueConnect – if wanting to use just the left earphone, the right earphone must also be out of the case, turned on, and playing music. That means that the wearer has to put one of the earphones loose in a jacket pocket. That’s not the case while just listening to the right earphone.
RHA TrueConnect wireless earbuds: conclusion
Just as good an Apple’s AirPods, and in some respects better, the RHA TrueConnect wireless earbuds impress thanks to a great build quality, dependable sound, a fine hands-free feature, and that excellent built-in Google Assistant functionality.
Price as reviewed £149.95