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Edifier TWS1 Earbuds Review: Budget AirPod Killer?

Here’s our Edifier TWS1 Earbuds review.

Let’s cut straight to the chase, these True Wireless Earbuds by Edifier are really good. They aren’t perfect and they do have a couple of minor faults, (in our opinion) but they are a great budget alternative to the Apple AirPods.

If you are on a budget and don’t want to fork out for Apples wireless headphone offering, these are probably the next best thing.

Edifier TWS1 Earbuds Review – Wireless on a Budget

We start with the packaging. It looks great and feels like it’s made using great quality cardboard, I like a company that takes care of designing good packaging! Once I’d opened them up I popped them on charge almost immediately, I couldn’t wait to try them out.

For this review I was sent the black colourway, they come in either black or white. I’ve had a look at the white variety online and I definitely prefer the black.

An image of the Edifier TWS1 packaging.
An image of the Edifier TWS1 packaging.

These awesome budget wireless headphones are perfect if you are looking for a cost-effective truly wireless earbud with great sound quality. The only thing to be wary of is comfort. Make sure you try all 3 of the included sizes before using them for long periods of time.

I made the mistake of sticking with the medium and it was really uncomfortable due to the lack of a pressure vent to equalise inner ear pressure. The vent is a feature seen on the AirPod Pro’s. Once I’d selected a size that was a decent fit, they are actually really comfortable.

Edifier have had a really busy year, they recently attended CES 2020. They’ll be releasing several different products including some awesome gaming headphones.

Edifier TWS1 Earbuds Review – At a glance:

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Edifier TWS1 Earbuds for Exercising

The first real test I wanted to put these under was a bit of a stress test. To do that I decided I’d use them on my daily 5km run. I swapped out my usual headphones and popped in the Edifier TWS1’s and began my run.

They did not budge! I was doing star jumps at certain points on my run to try and dislodge them, I thought due to the pretty bulky 8mm driver that powers them they’d fall out, I was wrong. I’m really impressed that they stayed put.

My AirPods don’t fall out but they do tend to move slightly which starts letting the breeze in. This causes me to have to turn the volume up quite loud to drown out the passing cars and wind. I didn’t have this problem with the Edifier’s, I could listen at a safe volume for the entirety of my run.

Now to my only dislike. The controls are a little bit temperamental, this became apparent when trying to pause or skip a track whilst on the move.

If I wanted to pause the track I’d press the touch surface once, in line with the instructions but it’d pause, play, pause and then play again. A little frustrating but I suspect it could have been down to how I was pressing it! I’m used to a double tap of the AirPods, so perhaps I’d get used to it.

These are great headphones for all types of physical activity and if it rains whilst you are out don’t worry, they are rain proof too.

An Image of A close up of one of the Stylish Edifier Earbuds.
A close up of one of the Stylish Edifier Earbuds. Image: Edifier

Edifier TWS1 Earbuds Review – Detailed Technical Specification

For the audiophiles and geeks amongst us, we’ve detailed the tech spec! Quite impressive for a pair of budget earbuds.

  • Bluetooth 5.0 with AptX codec
  • IPX5 waterproof
  • 8 hours playback on a full charge
  • Charging case extends that a further 24 hours
  • 3 Size Eartips
  • Micro USB Charging Cable
  • 8mm Drivers

Connection & Drivers

They come with an 8mm driver, a built-in battery and a touch controlled panel that’s used for music control and for phone calls. They come equipped with Bluetooth 5.0. The aptX wireless codec also reduces audio latency. This means the video and audio will remain perfectly insync, excellent for gaming and watching films or TV shows.

User Experience

I touched on this earlier in the review but here is a more in-depth look at the controls of the Edifier TWS1’s.

You’ll find the same controls on the left and right ear buds. A triple click going back a song, a double click will go to the next song and a single tap will pause or play.

Taking incoming calls is simple, tap once. To cancel it, you can press and hold. To turn them off, pop them back into the case.

If you want to play with equaliser settings, we’re afraid you can’t. You are limited to only volume up or down. You could get a 3rd party app to equalise the sound but we wouldn’t recommend it.

As I’d previously predicted, I did get used to the controls and overall the user experience is really good. I love a tech product that doesn’t over complicate things and the controls are simple.

Edifier TWS1 – What’s in the box?

  • Edifier TWS1 Earbuds
  • Charging Case
  • Charging Cable
  • Earbud Size Adapters
  • Instruction Booklet

You get everything you need to get set up quickly. My only gripe is the charging cable is quite short, so plugged into my under-desk mounted USB hub it left very little slack. This meant that they kept falling off of my desk! It’s a good job that they have a decent build quality. To get around this, you can use any other micro USB cable you have laying around.

Sound Quality & Battery Life of the Edifier TWS1

The sound quality for a £49.99 / $49.99 pair of Wireless Earbuds is fantastic. I listen to a range of different genres. Whilst running it’s high tempo bass heavy and whilst working it’s more slow easy listening instrumentals. They are a typical Edifier product, they are able to handle all music genres and they sound great.

The high frequencies are a little shallow and don’t sound as good as the AirPods (sorry I keep comparing the two), the bass is punchy and gives a pleasing rumble but don’t expect Beats By Dre levels of thump!

They offer an equalised, balanced sound. Describing the sound of the TWS1 is difficult. If we had to, I guess we’d say that it’s very balanced and not too ‘in your face’.

It’s exactly what you’d expect from a wallet friendly pair of wireless earbuds.

Promotional Video Clip

The launch video of the Edifier TWS1

Verdict & Summary

We really enjoyed writing this Edifier TWS1 Earbuds Review. We were sent these earbuds in exchange for an honest review.

If you need a big battery life, budget friendly price and aren’t to fussed about heavy bass, the Edifier TWS1 should make your short list. There are a good all-rounder. I’d be more than happy to part with my own cash for a pair.

Final Rating: 8/10

They are available from Amazon for around £49.99 / $49.99


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  1. AskMeForHelp

    Great review Mike! – Enjoyed the in depth look at these Edifier’s!

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