Affordable, compact earbuds have room for improvement.
I am a big fan of headphones because I like to listen to music when I work, but I don’t like to disturb others. So, I either put on a pair of over-ear headphones or slide in my trusty Apple AirPods. When I’m at work, I don’t like to drown out the whole world around me because I feel as though I might miss something. With that in mind, I typically default to wearing earbuds. Unfortunately for me, I have an ear shape that isn’t quite compatible with all types of earbuds. I get uncomfortable really quickly — especially when I have to jam earbuds into my ear canal to get a decent sound. Apple’s AirPods are the best shape for my personal comfort so when I saw the REECHO EchoWeek True Wireless Earbuds, I wanted to give them a try because of their size and shape.
DETAILS & FEATURES
The REECHO EchoWeek True Wireless Earbuds are designed to deliver ‘flawless audio without skimping on style.’ The earbuds are offered in 7 different colors, provide 48 hours of battery life (with charging case), have Bluetooth 5.0 integrated, and are rated IPX6 (waterproof). The crowning achievement of the EchoWeek earbuds is that they feature the world’s smallest rounded balanced armature unit as the driver of the earbuds. The earbuds are compatible with wireless assistants (Siri/Google Assistant/Smart Speakers) and provide both share mode and single mode to users.
- Bluetooth version: 5.0
Straight linetransmission distance: 10m
- Product Weight: about 46g (about 4.2g for single-sided earbuds)
- Earbuds battery capacity: 50mAh polymer lithium battery
- Charging battery capacity: 750mAh polymer lithium battery
- Earbuds battery time: about 6 hour
Before I get too far into this review, I want to point out that this product was recently funded through an Indiegogo campaign. The campaign ended in April (2019) and as of 27 days ago, campaign organizers were still communicating with backers through the Indiegogo page. As is the case with many campaigns, there are several comments from followers/backers that are negative. I wanted to point this out to say that it’s still a fairly new product. I did take this into consideration while I was testing. That said, I will discuss areas for improvement with the earbuds.
I was actually very happy with the sound quality of these earbuds. I listened to several different types of music and watched many videos and I didn’t really find any reason to complain about the sound. I could always hear sound elements equally and thought volume levels were appropriate.
This was an area that I had some trouble with. For starters, when I took them out of the box the first time, only one earbud would pair to my phone. I had to turn both of them off and place them back in the charging box in order for them to pair together and then to my phone. In addition to that, I have had the earbuds cut in and out from time to time.
I don’t always comment on how well earbuds handle phone calls because I don’t always use earbuds for that purposes. That said, when I attempted to answer a phone call with the earbuds, the call dropped from the earbuds to be answered on the phone itself. I had to quickly select ‘speakerphone’ to make sure I could complete the call.
I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable these earbuds are. As I mentioned, earbuds don’t always fit me well. Fortunately, the REECHO EchoWeek did. I was able to wear them for several hours at a time and not experience any earaches. REECHO does include several pairs of ear gels with the headphones. I was happy that the ones that were already installed ended up working fine for me.
Charging Case & Battery Life
As far as battery life goes, I was pretty happy with it. The earbuds lastly plenty long for my needs and I always slipped them into the charging case when I wasn’t actively using them. This helped me to achieve the maximum amount of battery life.
Overall, I think the EchoWeek earbuds are