i8S True Wireless Earbuds Review

i8S True Wireless Earbuds Review

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Takeaway: Decent sound and comfort, short battery life, left earbud not independent, they sometimes fall out.

You'll receive the earphones in a hard clamshell plastic case with vinyl wriststrap. The case doubles as the charging station and is itself charged via microUSB, which holds up to 6 charge cycles for the earbuds. When fully charged the earbuds can run for 2-3 hours at a time before needed a charge. Included is a magnetic microUSB mini charging cable, a microUSB male to female USB-A adapter, a cleaning cloth, three additional sets of rubber ear tips: small, medium, and large, and an instruction manual.

Syncing the two earbuds together and pairing to the phone was easy, but note that only the right earbud can pair to the phone, so the left one can't be used independently. The connections seemed stable unless I wandered too far off from my phone (about 30 ft). The sound on these earbuds is decent but not amazing. The balance is sculpted towards the bass and trebles which tends to crowd out the midranges and produce forward though somewhat overly sibilant treble ranges. For the best isolation, make sure you use the pair of eartips that fits your ears best. This will also help the earbuds stay in your ears as I found they would fall out easily when working out or running. There is no volume control on the earbuds, the volume is controlled solely by the transmitting device. You can, however, start and pause playback by tapping the power symbol on either earpiece and double tapping it will advance to the next track. The touch control on the earbuds work, but sometimes double-taps register as single taps and you have to be pretty precise about where you touch.

One interesting feature is that there's no way to power off the earbuds, not without the case, anyway. When not paired to a device they'll simply shut off due to inactivity after 5 minutes. If you put the earbuds in the case, and it has a charge, the earbuds will power off and start charging instead. The case will automatically stop charging the earbuds when they're full (or it runs out of battery). When charging, the number of times the blue LED flashes indicates its battery life.

The few usage quirks aside, the audio quality of these earbuds is not bad and they are fairly comfortable to wear. Without additional ear stabilizers though, they may not stay in your ears during rigorous physical activity. The battery life is a bit short at 2-3 hours depending on playback volume, but at least the case can charge them up in less than an hour for a couple more hours of playback. Be sure not to lose the case though, because that's your only way to charging the earbuds.

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