These ultralight alternatives to Apple AirPods impress for casual use and video calls
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Are Apple AirPods too rich for you? They may have been a hit when they first appeared, but the tech inside market-leading ‘true wireless’ earphones is now mature, which opens the field for dozens of other lesser-known brands. Can Ugreen challenge Apple with these cut-price competitors?
UGreen HiTune T2 Low Latency True Wireless Earbuds: design
These earphones, which weigh 5.5g each, come in a small charging case that itself weighs 43g. So they’re easily pocketable. They use Bluetooth 5.0 to link to smartphones and computers, support AAC and SBC Bluetooth audio codecs, and have four MEMS microphones inside to allow hands-free audio and video calls. They also work with voice assistants. Inside is a a ⌀14.2mm dynamic driver with PU and a titanium-coated composite diaphragm.
Very small and light, we found them exceptionally comfortable compared to some of the other ‘true wireless’ brands we’ve tried. However, there are no silicon tips on these earbuds, which does make it slightly harder to block out ambient sounds.
UGreen HiTune T2 Low Latency True Wireless Earbuds: features
The headline feature on these earbuds is an enhanced gaming mode – engaged when you tap the right earbud four times – that achieves 60ms audio latency to ensure that images and audio sync-up. You get about four hours playtime on a single charge, with the case offering an additional 16 hours of power. That case can be recharged via a USB-C port, which takes about 90 minutes, though a quick 15 minute-charge gives you an hour’s listening. A pulsating light on the front of the charging case indicates that the earphones are recharging. As a nice bonus they also recharge on QI wireless charging pads.
After a few minutes of not being used – but while still in our ears – they switched off. We also got audible warnings about the battery running out at 45, 30, and 15 minutes before they shut down.
UGreen HiTune T2 Low Latency True Wireless Earbuds: performance
In our tests we were able to instantly pair these earphones with an iMac and an iPhone, listening to music with perfect stereo sound. We didn’t experience any problems with the earbuds syncing – so often an issue with cut-price true wireless products – and we were also able to join a Zoom call and be perfectly understood, so we know the microphones work well. For music there isn’t much bass response, so they’re not ideal for fans of certain kinds of music, but there’s enough volume for general use. Just don’t expect to hear much as you cross a busy road. The gaming mode reduces the latency and introduces a slightly 3D-style sound, though it’ makes no noticeable difference with music. There are a ton of other gesture-based controls that work well.
We also liked the fact that you just can wear one of them; in some competitors you have to wear both earphones for get them to work.
UGreen HiTune T2 Low Latency True Wireless Earbuds: conclusion
Would you take the HiTune T2 Low Latency True Wireless Earbuds on a long journey? If you’re the kind of traveler who always loses and mislays gadgets, the HiTune T2 do make a reassuringly cheap alternative to Apple AirPods. The earbuds work really well together and provide highly detailed stereo sound that’s perfect for general use, and particularly for noise-free video calls. They do lack a little bass response, but that’s not expected at this low price. As a cheap alternative to Apple AirPods – which they match for style – we were mostly impressed by the HiTune T2 Low Latency True Wireless Earbuds.
Price as reviewed: £39.99
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