Those lovely folks over at Soundpeats have furnished us with a set of their newest earbuds for reviewing. We previously got to grips with their awesome True Air 2 airpods which soon became a firm favourite, so we’re excited to see what updates Soundpeats have made to our go-to pods. Join us as we take these little legends for an audio test drive…
The box for these pods is as equally unassuming. The charging case itself is significantly different, that seems like a good place to start. The case is not only smaller but a rounder from the flat full sized lid of the True Air2‘s. The Air3 boasts a more vertical slot system than the horizontal positioning of the previous release, owing to the pods being 10% smaller than the last release and resulting in a lighter product overall.
The front of the case features a Bluetooth pairing button which is set neatly into the case and accompanied by a status indicator light which glows green when battery level is at 50%-100%, Yellow at 10%-49% and Red for 10% or less. The Air3 takes a USB C cable (included) which is a handy format and slots in effortlessly on the case’s underside. From the case you can also initiate a reset on the pods.
As with previous releases the power of Soundpeats pods rests in their functionality and controls. Play/Pause, Volume, track skipping, Call Answer and mode selection can all be controlled by the buttons built into the pods themselves. A very noticeable change to the pods design is the location of this button – with the True Air2 i was prone to accidentally hitting the button when readjusting the pods. This has been addressed in the release of the Air3.
The microphones are crystal clear when making and receiving calls and resulting in a natural conversation experience. The pods feature in-ear detection which means they sense when you put them on, even picking up where you left off to play audio automatically which made for a nice surprise – especially when listening to the fantastic CRAZYDISCOSTU podcast or the almost-as-entertaining FELLASHIP podcast. The audio picks up where you left off meaning you won’t have to open your phone to initiate the player.
A single charge will grant around 4-5 hours continuous play time.
The Bluetooth remains stable even at 10 metres from the device. The audio works well on both Android and ios devices. Air3 features a low-latency game mode which syncs the pods up for the best gaming experience.
The Air3 provides decent frequencies across the board but obviously the lower tones struggle with these Airpods, as with any of its peers. The volume delivered is massive nonetheless and the EQ is warm and rich.
- Qualcomm QCC3040 chip
- AptX-Adaptive codec supporting 24bit 420khz
- Bluetooth 5.2
- TrueWireless Mirroring technology
- In-Ear Detection
- 14.2mm Driver
- Four Microphones
- cVc 8.0 Noise Cancelling
- Game Mode
- 17.5H Playtime
- Product Dimensions : 4.93 x 2.24 x 4.75 cm; 33g
Once again i’m surprised by the quality of these buds, especially with such an affordable price tag. The Air3 have now retired (or at least initiated donation to the wife…) my True Air2 earbuds. Another triumph of decent and affordable tech. The Air3 earbuds cost around £42.99.
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