The Tic true wireless earbuds from Dudios offer Bluetooth 5.0, up to 4.5 hours of battery life and a low-latency gaming mode for the price of around £35.
The earbuds have a plastic construction with a matte finish, which looks good as the earbuds will not be able to easily catch fingerprints or smudges. The earbuds aren’t the smallest pair on the market, but they are still relatively small and feel lightweight, so they aren’t distracting to wear.
The earbuds have a rounded design with some Dudios branding out the outer side with the multi-function touch button found at the top. The multi-function button can be used for track and call controls as well as being able to activate the “game mode” functionality.
Unfortunately, there is no support for volume controls from the earbuds, you’ll need to get your phone out when you want to adjust the volume. The LED status light for the earbuds can also be found below the logo.
The rounded design of the earbuds helps keep them comfortable, but I do think they are a tad too large so they can sometimes feel a little loose when worn in comparison to other earbuds such as Dudios’ Shuttle earbuds. To try and get around this, I have found that angling the earbuds can help get a more secure fit, greatly improving the listening experience.
The charging case features the same design characteristics as the earbuds, with a matte black plastic build which will help minimize the likelihood of smudges and scratches appearing on the case.
The charging case has two LED status lights on the front and micro-USB charging port on the back. The lid opens with a clamshell design and is firm enough to not to fall over when holding the case open at an angle, which is a nice benefit to see.
Once the earbuds can get a secure fit in my ear, they sound good – providing an enjoyable listening experience. When the earbuds are slightly loose, they don’t sound as good. It’s a shame that I must think about how to wear the earbuds, but for the price, it’s not a huge dealbreaker.
If you’re a casual listener and need a pair of true wireless earbuds that are comfortable to wear for the commute or for around the house, these are a good option, the rounded design really does help make the listening experience very comfortable and weightless.
The earbuds have a warmer sound profile, with deep bass that is prominent within the mix – particularly within electronic dance music. The mid and high frequencies sound good and clear enough for a pair of earbuds within this price bracket, although I would’ve liked to have heard a little more clarity on the high frequencies.
The microphone found on the Dudios Tic earbuds is great for making phone calls, it’s clear and picks up my voice at an easily audible volume.
It’s not the most realistic sounding as it sounds a little tinny, but the person on the other end of the line will be able to hear you without any issues.
The earbuds come with a modest set of features. Aside from support for Bluetooth 5.0, the only other standout feature that these earbuds have is “game mode”.
The iPhone 6s that I use does not support Bluetooth 5.0, so I am unsure if I would be getting the full benefit of this lower-latency mode as I could not tell a significant difference between having the mode on and off when viewing an audio latency test.
The earbuds can be used separately if you wish to do so, but they also work well as a pair and can be paired to your mobile device under a single name in the Bluetooth devices list.
You can expect to get around 4.5 hours of listening time with the earbuds, which can, of course, vary depending on your usage and listening volume. The charging case can then charge the earbuds an additional 4 times to give you around 20 hours of total listening time.
Unfortunately, there’s no fast charging to be seen. It would’ve been nice to see some fast charging capability, whether it be on the case or the earbuds themselves.
When it comes to charging, the earbuds will take around 2 hours to charge – as will the charging case. The charging case is charged via micro-USB, I would have liked to have seen this be USB Type-C instead.
Dudios’ Tic earbuds bring another decent offering to the market of affordable true wireless earbuds. The earbuds are comfortable to wear and are well made, which makes them great for wearing around the house or on a commute.
The earbuds also sound good, providing you can get them to fit well, but the lack of any IP water resistance rating can make them less appealing for gym-goers and fitness buffs.
The Dudios Tic true wireless earbuds are available to purchase on Amazon.