Among the now many models of true wireless headphones on the market we could not ignore these Honor Choice True Wireless Stereo Earbuds, a low-cost alternative to the Apple AirPods Pro developed by a sub-brand of the brand born from a rib of Huawei.
The interest in the product derives essentially from two reasons: the more than decent list of technical specifications (which also includes a noise cancellation system) and the competitive price: about thirty euros for an increasingly appreciated by users are a figure that is not an exaggeration to define "shabby".
Is there any trick, some deception? After trying them for a few days we are ready to tell you our impressions.
- DESIGN AND ERGONOMICS
- AUDIO QUALITY
That the Choice are inspired by Apple's AirPods Pro is already clear at a first quick glance of the product just unpacked. The headphones arrive in their magnetic “casket” to be used as a case (and as a recharge). In the package we also find a USB-A USB-C charging cable and two pairs of additional rubber pads for the in-ear.
The design of the headphones is all in all clean, a little more approximate than that of the case, which appears a bit anonymous and not particularly compact. Discreet assembly of the details. The click of the opening-closing mechanism of the case is not as granite as that of the AirPods but not as precarious as some low cost products on the market.
In terms of comfort, the Choice are quite ergonomic, perhaps oversized (this is especially noticeable in prolonged use) but still sufficiently stable: once inserted into the ear, the in-ears remain there, even during the most demanding activities (such as sports).
Remaining in terms of resistance, the degree of protection IP54 should also be emphasized. Which means, in simple terms, resistant to sweat, splashes and rain but not completely immersed in water.
- Earphone size: 30.9×17.5×20.3mm
- Case dimensions: 60.3x28x43.3mm
- Earphone Weight: 4.4g each
- Case weight: 38.3 g
- Type: in-ear headphones
- Driver unit: 7mm composite diaphragm speaker
- Noise cancellation for calls
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Earphone Battery (Lithium Ion): 55mAh
- Charging Case Battery: 500mAh
- Autonomy declared: up to 6 hours of listening to music, up to 24 hours with case
The pairing between the Honor Choice and the phone is beginner-proof. Just open the case, search for Wireless Earbuds in the list of Bluetooth devices and click. Once paired, the Choices prove to be quite reliable in maintaining the connection over medium-short distances (say within a radius of 10 meters). In the almost two weeks of testing, carried out on two different phones (iPhone 11 Pro max and Huawei P30 Pro), the radio link was blown only on a couple of occasions.
The response in terms of latency on Bluetooth 5.0 is also good: from the click on the phone to the audio response on the earphones, the delay is in the order of a tenth of a second.
The presence of a touch surface on the outside of both earphones allows the Earbuds to be controlled in their main functions through one or more touches. In this case: a double tap is enough to open and close a call, start and pause playback, a long tap (2 seconds) on both earphones to reject an incoming call, a long tap on the right earphone to switch to the track next, a long tap on the left earphone to return to the previous one, three consecutive taps to activate the voice assistants. In general these controls work well and are more responsive than many other headphones we've tried.
Unfortunately, there is no sensor for detecting the position and this precludes all the various auto-start and auto-pause functions. There is no way to automatically stop the playback of a track when, for example, we take off the headphones to place them on the table; it is always necessary to pass through a manual control.
Ok, but let's get to the point. That is: how do these true wireless feel? Our response, after about two weeks of use, is certainly positive. The audio quality in calls is good, both incoming and outgoing. The volume is sustained and does not distort, as for the dynamics of the frequencies in the musical reproduction phase there is perhaps a slight imbalance on the highs, however not such as to affect the final result. In short, it being understood that true wireless headphones represent a compromise for those who want to listen to music without wires (high fidelity is another thing), it can be said that these Honor Choice are still a good compromise.
It must be said that the noise cancellation is not of the active type (ANC) like on the AirPods Pro or like on Honor's Magic Earbuds. It means that it is not possible to use headphones to "isolate yourself" from the environment; the goal of the two integrated anti-noise microphones is only to muffle background noise during conversations. The result is acceptable, although not at the levels of the best products on the market. In short, miracles are not to be expected, especially in the face of the most demanding challenges (for example gusts of wind), but the damping intervention can be heard and without significant alterations in the quality of the voice.
In general, it can be said that the batteries of the Choice keep the promises declared by the manufacturer: with a full charge, the new true-wireless of the Chinese manufacturer allow about 5 hours of uninterrupted use on the ears and almost 24 hours by returning the headphones to the "base. ”To recharge your batteries.
Charging via USB Type-C is flawless: it takes and takes about 1 hour and a half to fill up from scratch. Unfortunately, there is no dedicated application that allows you to have some service information, first of all an indication of the remaining battery. To have a minimum of orientation, all that remains is to open the charging case and throw your eye on the color of the small indicator light: which remains blue, when the charge is sufficient, and turns red when you enter "reserve".
The feedback we have had on the field from these Honor Choice has gone far beyond our wildest expectations. Of course, we are not at the levels of the most prestigious true wireless and there are many small details missing (above all the proximity sensor for starting and pausing playback), nevertheless the overall value of the product can be said to be more than satisfactory. .
If you are attracted to the idea of trying a pair of wireless in-ears but are not yet convinced of the purchase, these Choice are definitely for you. For the price of two pizzas and two beers, there aren't many other products that can offer this level of audio performance, especially when calling.
Good audio quality on callEffective touch controlsPrice Improved design and ergonomicsThe proximity sensor is missing
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