The Edifier TWS1 true wireless earbuds pack in a bunch of handy features such as Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus, aptX, Bluetooth 5.0 and up to 8 hours of listening time per charge for around £50.
The earbuds have a plastic construction with a glossy finish, available in black and white colours. The glossy finish does attract quite a few fingerprints and grease – so can sometimes become slippery, but they are easy to wipe down and clean.
The earbuds have a multi-function touch button featuring the Edifier logo on the outer side for track and call controls. Unfortunately, there is no support for volume controls from the earbuds, which is a shame as if you’re wearing the earbuds during sport or exercise, you will need to get your phone out when you want to adjust the volume.
There’s a subtle LED status indicator on the bottom of the earbuds to inform you the status of the earbuds as well as the charging pins on the underside of the earbud for when it comes to charging them up in the case.
The earbuds have an ergonomic design which fits well in the ear and they are comfortable to wear, they are also lightweight. They also manage to get a good seal, although sometimes it can require a little adjustment to get the best fit.
The charging case shares similar design characteristics with plastic construction and the outer side features the same glossy plastic finish as the earbuds. I think the glossy finish could be more problematic for the charging case as it would eventually show small scratches, this is something that has happened with my AirPods charging case.
The charging case has an LED indicator on the front to let you know if the case can charge up the earbuds or if the case itself needs charging. The case is charged using a micro-USB cable, although it would’ve been nice to see this be USB Type-C as micro-USB is an older port.
Like many other earbuds on the market, the TWS1 are more friendly towards the bass frequencies within the audio spectrum, providing a warmer listening experience. Some emphasis mid frequencies and maybe a little too much on the treble can be heard, sometimes, but it does sound like some areas can get lost within the mix – that’s me being picky.
When the price is taken into consideration, the earbuds provide a good listening experience and are well suited for casual listening for as a pair of earbuds to take to the gym or on your commute.
The microphone on the earbuds sounds clear and captures my voice well. The microphone supports environmental noise reduction so your voice will be less likely to be overwhelmed by ambient noise around you – which could come in handy if you need to take a phone call in a public place.
The only problem I have found with the microphone is that it can be a little quiet at times, so the person on the other end of the line will need to have their volume turned up.
Edifier has packed a bunch of different features into the TWS1 earbuds. For those of you with the latest devices, support for Bluetooth 5.0 will be a big benefit with lower latency and improved range.
Others features include aptX which will provide a higher quality audio stream in comparison to earbuds that don’t support the technology and Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus allows for both earbuds to be paired simultaneously whilst acting as a single device.
The earbuds are also IPX5 rated against liquids, so you’ll be able to confidently work up a sweat in the gym wearing these earbuds or wear them in the rain.
You can expect to get around 8 hours of listening time per charge with the TWS1 earbuds, which can be charged an additional 3 times using the charging case to give you a total of 32 hours of listening time. This can, of course, vary by listening volume.
Unfortunately, there’s no fast charging to be seen, it will take the earbuds around an hour and a half to fully charge again. It would’ve been nice to see some fast charging capability, whether it be on the case or the earbuds themselves.
Charging up the case is done via micro-USB, although I would have like to have seen this done over USB Type-C instead as the newer port is becoming a lot more common among devices.
Edifier’s TWS1 true wireless earbuds provide a good quality experience and decent value for money. The earbuds are well made and are packed with a good number of features to make them stand out from other earbuds that can fall into this price bracket.
The earbuds sound good and provide a decent listening experience for casual listening and features such as IPX5 water resistance make them great for wearing out and about or at the gym.