SoundPEATS TrueFree+ Wireless Earbuds 2020 Review.
SoundPEATS TrueFree+ earbuds do provide basically everything you would want from athletic headphones. That includes some basic waterproofing, excellent portability, and a generally strong battery lifespan
The charge case is made entirely of plastic. The plastics used aren’t particularly nice with notable flex in the lid and a hollowness to everything if you flick it with your finger.
Regardless, SoundPEATS did a great job with fit and finish, and textured the lid for additional strength. Some nice touches are the two LEDs on the front used for charging.
I also like the use of magnets to both hold the lid down, and the earpieces securely in their cutouts/charge ports.
Overall the case looks nice, it’s pocketable, and it feels durable enough. It’s not going to win any design awards, but again, at this price it is just fine.
The two green LEDs indicate the state of charge. They both go steady when the case is fully charged. When the second LED flashes, charge is between 60 and 90 percent.
When that LED goes off and the other LED flashes, less than 60% charge is remaining and both LEDs will flash when the battery is low.
The case has a capacity of 800mAh which should charge the earbuds 9-10 times. This is an upgrade on theprevious version’s 380mAh charging case.
Soundpeats also has their Q32 model that has an even bigger 2600mAh charging case – the ear buds themselves are the same with all three models.
The earbud’s battery can hold 43mAh and should last 4 hours, so that’s 35-40 hours of usage, if you’ve got the charging case with you
Taking them out of the case, automatically turns them on as a stereo pair
The earbuds can operate in both stereo and individually in mono mode, which can make pairing a little confusing. To pair in stereo mode, take both earbuds out of the case at the same time, within 8 seconds of each other.
It can be a little fiddly removing them from the case, they’re quite slippery!
The white LED will flash on both earbuds whilst they pair to each other, then the left earbud’s white LED goes out and the right earbuds LED flashes red and white quickly to indicate Bluetooth pairing mode.
Switching connection from iPad to iPhone
In stereo mode you can only connect to one device at a time. If I want to change the connection from my iPad to my iPhone say, I need to go into Bluetooth settings on my iPad, and “Disconnect” from the “SoundPEATS TrueFree+ R”.
The right earbud’s LED will now re-enter Bluetooth pairing mode with its LED flashing red and white quickly. I can now tap on “SoundPEATS TrueFree+ R” on my iPhone.
It sounds a little complicated but you get used to it.
I haven’t had any connection issues, but if you get in a mess or if they are not doing what they’re supposed to, you can reset the earbuds.
Go into the Bluetooth settings on any devices you’ve paired to, and choose to “Forget” both the L and R earbud.
Fitting and controls
Charging contacts and embossed R for right earbud
They are held in the case by magnets which keep them nice and secure, but as I alluded to earlier, can make them fiddy to take out.
They are made of the same lightweight plastic as the case, but don’t feel too cheap. An L and R is embossed in each earbud, which is handy when you’re starting off since you do need to use the correct one for each ear.
The medium ear tips are already fitted, and should fit most ears.
- Great price to performance ratio.
- Good isolation performance.
- Excellent wireless range.
- Inconsistent pairing procedure.
- Sub-par microphone for calls.
- In-ear fit might not be for everyone
Controls and Functionality
Using the buttons on the earpieces, you can expect the usual functionality – play/pause, track skipping and call answering/ending.
You’ll also get a couple of added features, including, call switching and voice assistant.
The battery life is solid on these earbuds. You’ll only get 4 hours of playtime in a single use. But with the charging case, you’ll get a total of around 30 hours of juice.
The TrueFree+ uses a Micro-USB connection for charging, and it takes about 2 hours to fully charge the case.
Ultimately, sound quality is the area that many cheap headphones compromise on but thankfully, the SoundPeats TrueFree headphones actually don’t sound all that bad for the price.
Sure, they’re not audiophile-grade headphones but they’re not terrible either.
Let’s start with the bass, which is relatively deep and powerful given the headphones’ size and price range. Kick drums are able to punch through a mix decently well, despite the fact that the bass extension isn’t all that great.
The mid range, as you might expect, is a little all over the place, but it’s not a dealbreaker. Low mids are decently warm, but they’re overshadowed a bit by the boosted high mids, which can sound a little shrill at times.
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