REVIEW – TWS (truly wireless stereo) earbuds are the latest advancement in Bluetooth earbuds. With this new feature, you can use either earbud individually or together and with Bluetooth 5.0, they have a longer range with the paired device allowing you to leave your phone in one part of the house while you’re enjoying your favorite tunes in another part. The latest TWS earbuds that I’ll be telling you about today are the Edifier TWS2 earbuds. Let’s check them out.
What is it?
Edifier TWS2 earbuds are earbuds that feature TWS technology and Bluetooth 5.0.
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth V5.0
Bluetooth profiles: HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP
Effective distance: 10m
Playback time: Approx. 12 hours (3hrs earbuds + 9hrs charging case)
Charging time: Approx. 1.5 hours
Input: DC5.0V 60mA (earbuds) DC5.0V 500mA (docking case)
Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz
What’s in the box?
- Edifier TWS2 earbuds
- 3 sizes of ear tips
- Charging case
- micro USB cable for charging
- Quick start guide
Design and features
Available in black, white, and red, I was obviously sent the red version of the earbuds which as you can see come in a matching charging case. Although it’s tough to see in the image above, there are 3 status LEDs in the black strip below the lid. When you open the lid, the LEDs will light up in white to give you an idea of how much battery life is left in the charging case’s built-in battery.
Unfortunately, the case charges with micro USB instead of USB-C. Come on guys, it’s 2019 for crying out loud!
The lid of the case flips open to reveal the TWS2 earbuds which are held magnetically in individual charging chambers.
Each earbud has a physical button on the outside, a microphone, and a status LED. The buttons function as:
• Single Press (Left/Right) – Play/Pause/Answer/End Calls
• Double Press – Next (Right Button) and Previous (Left Button)
• Triple Press (Left/Right) – Command Siri
• Press-hold 2 Seconds (Left/Right) – Disconnect
• Press-hold 5 Seconds (Left/Right) – Turn off
There’s a status LED is on the side of each earbud A blue LED indicates that it’s connected to the paired device, red shows low in battery, blinking blue and red means they are in pairing mode.
The inside surface has two electrical contacts for charging and what I believe is a 2nd microphone which you can barely see to the left of the L mark in the image above.
The earbuds have a hard slick plastic outer shell that makes it a little hard to get them out of the case if you have dry fingers like I do.
Fit and comfort
The Edifier TWS2 earbuds come with 3 different sized pairs of eartips so you can customize the fit. Once inserted into your ears, the earbuds stick out a little bit as you can see above. The red earbuds really stick out as far as the way they look. It looks like I have hearing protection earplugs in my ears.
As far as comfort goes, the TWS2s felt pretty decent. They fit snuggly in my ears and didn’t fall out if I was chewing food, walking, or jumping. Of course, you might not have the same experience as I did because it depends on the shape of your ears as to whether any earbud will fit well for you. But for me personally, the Edifier earbuds were surprisingly comfortable and fit well.
Sound quality listening to music and video
I tested the Edifier TWS2 earbuds with my Pixel 2 XL and with a Dell laptop at my day job. I tested by using Amazon Prime streaming music, Spotify, YouTube, and Netflix.
The TWS2s sounded better than other wireless earbuds that I’ve tested in their same price range. They have surprisingly good bass and crisp highs. I enjoyed all the types of music that I listened to while wearing them.
I was also happy that I could use the earbuds while watching streaming video on YouTube and Netflix. The audio and video synced very well with no noticeable delay which is awesome because my current favorites have a slight audio/video syncing delay problem.
Sound quality in calls
There weren’t any issues using the TWS2 buds for phone calls. Volume on the TWS2 side was ample and the opposite side of the calls said I sounded fine but they could tell that I was using a Bluetooth headset.
What I like
- Good bass
- Nice price
- Pairs quickly when you take them out of the case
What needs to be improved
- Can’t use each earbud by itself. Left bud is the master
- IPX4 is only splash resistant, so not a good choice for people who sweat a lot when they workout
- 3hr playback time out of the case seems short
- Can’t adjust volume directly through the earbuds
The only thing these earbuds don’t offer is the ability to pair each earbud individually so that you can use the right earbud without first pulling the left earbud out of the charging case. Also, if you have both earbuds in your ears and put the left earbud back in the charging case, it will cause the right earbud to turn off. If that lack of functionality doesn’t bother you, the TWS2 earbuds from Edifier offer a nice audio experience and a good value for wireless earbud shoppers who are on a budget.