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i12 TWS wireless earphones review: new AirPods look-alikes with impressive performance and a third of the price

ByGB Blog Official 2019-02-27 11657

Ever since Apple have first introduced their true wireless earbuds, we have seen a variety of the so-called cheaper alternatives flood the market. And while we have tried out and reviewed our share of true wireless earbuds, none have come quite as close to the original experience as the TWS series. And this is why we are really excited about taking a look at the latest addition to the TWS true wireless earphones series — the i12 TWS true wireless Bluetooth earphones.

 i12 TWS true wireless earphones


What are true wireless earbuds?

In case you are new to the term, true wireless earbuds are the type of earphones that have absolutely no wires in between them - neither to connect them to your music streaming device, nor to connect them to each other. Each bud is a totally independent piece of equipment that communicates with its counterpart absolutely wire-free.


i12 TWS true wireless earphones: specs

First, let’s take a quick look at the main specs of the i12 TWS true wireless earphones.

 

Product name
i12 TWS Bluetooth 5.0 Headphone Sports Sweatproof True Wireless Touch Earphones
Function
MP3,portable,microphone,support music,voice control,earbuds,noise-cancelling
Charging time
1-2 hours
Compatible with
Android, IOS, Microsoft
Connectivity
Wireless
Wireless distance
10-15m
Music time
2 - 3 hours
Track
Stereo
Standby time
100/h for one ear and 60/h for both ears
Bluetooth version
5.0
Battery capacity(mAh)
35mAh(single earphone)
Product size (L x W x H)
5.40 x 4.40 x 1.50 cm / 2.13 x 1.73 x 0.59 inches
Product weight
0.0800 kg
Package contents
1 x pair of Bluetooth headphones(left and right earphones), 1 x type-C charging cable, 1 x charging Box, 1 x user manual

 

i12 TWS Bluetooth 5.0 Headphone Sports Sweatproof True Wireless Touch Earphones - White 1pc

i12 TWS Bluetooth 5.0 Headphone Sports Sweatproof True Wireless Touch Earphones - White 1pc
$52.00    

 

i12 TWS true wireless earphones: very Apple-like design

The i12 TWS earbuds come very close to looking exactly like the Apple Airpods 2 — and they have also been made even more compact than the previous models - i10 TWS (You can check our previous review about it). The new earbuds measure just 2.13 x 1.73 x 0.59 inches and weigh a mere 80 grams. Thanks to the smaller size and lighter weight, the earbuds sit more comfortably in your ears and would also be a better option for workouts. The earbuds also put less pressure on your ears and don’t cause sweating even after extensive use. The i12 TWS also come with the water protection rating of IPX6 Rating.


i12 TWS true wireless earphones design 


i12 TWS true wireless earphones: sound quality and performance

One of the prime concerns with Apple look-alike devices is their performance. The i12 TWS true wireless Bluetooth earphones actually do quite well on this front as well: you get good volume range and a balance between bass and treble.


With that, you should not be expecting professional sound quality from the small earbuds. In fact, true wireless technology is not quite there yet to be on par with the best wired headphones out there. However, if you are not a committed audiophile, you will probably not even notice the difference and the convenience of using earbuds with no wires would definitely outweigh the potentially less than perfect sound.


The i12 TWS run on the brand new Raychem 5.0 chipset featuring a highly responsive touch sensor in order to come as close as possible to the touch feedback found on the Apple Airpods.


This same sensor is also responsible for boosting the Bluetooth range and improves battery performance.


the brand new Raychem 5.0 chipset 


Speaking of battery, the each i12 TWS features a 35mAh battery and is good for 2 to 3 hours of non stop music playback. When it’s time to charge the earbuds, you will simply need to put them back into their charging case, which is also a 350mAh power bank. Bringing the earphones up to a full charge will take from 1 to 2 hours. Standby time for one ear is an impressive 100 hours and, for both ears, it’s 60 hours.


35mAh battery and wireless charging  


The wireless connection distance for the earbuds is 10 to 15 metres and you can easily navigate music playback and other functionality via touch controls. For instance, a double tap on the right earbud will let you adjust the volume; a tap on the left earbud will let you go forward and backward between tracks — and more.


i12 TWS wireless earphones: should you get a pair?

The original Apple AirPods go for about $160. Even a plug-in replacement case for the AirPods currently costs around $70.


For $52, you can get the latest i12 TWS wireless earphones with the charging case and IPX6 water resistance — and, no matter which way we look at it, it does sound like a very good deal.


With no significant differences when it comes to design, touch controls and even sound quality, we do believe that the i12 TWS wireless earphones offer a very nice alternative to the pricey branded earbuds — and definitely a good option to consider if you want to try out the true wireless earbuds.

 

 

 You may also want to read:
 i10 TWS vs Apple AirPods: is the perfect AirPods replica finally here?
 Xiaomi Mi AirDots vs. MEIZU POP true wireless earphones: why overspend on Apple AirPods?
 Huawei Honor FlyPods lite vs. Xiaomi Mi AirDots pro: a comprehensive comparison between two wireless earphones

 

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