Price: $ 130
TicPods Free are 130 percent Mobvoi wireless earphones, and they're really good. In fact, they are almost perfect – they are practical and comfortable. Despite the bad gesture control and the weak bass, I still love her.
Here's What Like
- Incredibly comfortable
- They are super comfortable even when worn for hours
- They stay in place even during intense workouts
And what we do not
- Unable to customize gestures
- Not enough options for battery notification
Design: Small and practical
Let's talk a little bit about the design That's probably my favorite thing about the TicPods. They are simply so comfortable. Like virtually every set of truly wireless earphones on the market, they come in a small charging case that has a great, pocket-sized size. That means you can take them everywhere.
Besides, they are incredibly easy to connect. You will enter pairing mode the first time you remove it from the case – connect your phone to the phone and a connection will be established immediately. When they come to my ears, they are already connected and ready to go. So fast.
That alone made them my first choice while I reviewed them. I have multiple devices – both wired and wireless – but I looked for the TicPods about 90 percent of the time I needed headphones. They do not sound as good as my others, which we will talk about in detail below, but the convenience undoes all compromises. All of them.
Of course they are not perfect. The case burdens the buds when they are in it (so they always come out full if the case is not dead), but there are not enough options to tell the state of charge of the case or the earphones. There are two settings:
- Stays Green: More than 10% charge
- Flashing Red: Less than 10% charge
Yes, that's it. It is pretty awful. For example, c'mon Mobvoi, let me get a medium option – green flashing for 10-49% or so. This all or nothing crap does not cut it. I do not want to know that my buds are almost dead before I realize I have to recharge them.
Fit and comfort: like gloves for my ear holes … or something
A wise man once said that really wireless earphones are only as good as they feel, what Mobvoi does with TicPods Free (hereafter referred to as "TicPods") must take to heart. Straight from the box, these jokers jumped right into my ears as if they were destined to live there.
Since not everyone has the same experience, the TicPods come with a pair of sets of silicone tips. They come standard with the larger of the two sets – which should work well for most people – but the smaller ones should be good if you're one of those tiny ears. With your sweet little ear holes.
I have worn the TicPods pretty much since I got them. I wore them while I mowed the yard, went shopping, sat at my desk, walked in the park, and exercised. I wore them for 10 or 15 minutes, and I wore them for two or three hours. But no matter what I did, one thing was clear: man, that's so comfortable.
For the most part, they stayed in my ears very well and somehow disappeared. They are super super light, so it's almost as if they were not there. It is nice. And again they are comfortable. Maybe the most comfortable earphones I've ever worn. This is of course quite subjective, but still worth mentioning.
While listening to them pretty well, they occasionally slipped a bit and required a quick adjustment – mostly during crazy sweaty, hard workouts. Makes sense.
Features and Usage: Great Fit with Tiny Gestures
Wearing the TicPods proved to be a great experience, the use of which was a bit more complicated than most due to gesture-based interactions.
By default, there are some important gestures:
- Swipe up and down to adjust the volume. this works on both sides.
- Tap twice to skip tracks; This also works on both sides.
- Press and hold the left button to stop playback.
- Press the right button to enter the Google Assistant.
- Automatic ear detection to stop / play music when you insert the buds.
These are pretty useful, but they are far from perfect. For one, they are not customizable. I would give a way to change the assigned command for a particular gesture. For example, I want to double-click on the left bud to go back one track, and the right bud goes forward. If you tap on one of the buds, the track skips the track. That does not make much sense to me.
Second: When I had to adjust the earbuds, the setting was often interpreted as tapping twice on the title and skipping the title. Let me tell you, this is a lot more frustrating than it should be, especially since it was 70 percent of the time. Irritating.
Third, the long-lasting effect on both buds is straightforward garbage. It takes about 1.5 seconds longer than it should – it feels like you'll keep it forever . It feels so petty to point this out, but typing and holding should not take more than 1.5 seconds, but at three seconds it's twice as big. And although I also realize that three seconds are not long it feels like eternity when you stand there and hold your hand to the earphone to stop the music. It's just a silly gesture, and I'd rather turn it off.
That's my biggest complaint with the TicPods. I wish there was a way to change, change, or disable gestures, especially on an individual basis. But even within the Mobvoi app, this is not possible. And it is frustrating.
Sound quality: I mean, it's fine
If I had to choose the biggest drawback of the TicPods, that's the sound quality. Not because they sound bad just because they suffer from the same problems that other really wireless buds have: they have very low bass response.
I understand that bass is not for everyone. and that's cool, but all music needs something bass. It does not have to rattle your brain and all that, but the bass gives the music most of the time it takes most of the time – the low end that even defines some genres. But you will not get it with the TicPods. Some frequencies do not even register with these little guys. It's a bastard.
Honestly, it makes sense. In every earphone of this type, there is a lot of technology that takes up minimal space, leaving space for larger riders. The result is, you guessed it, less bass.
Apart from that, the TicPods have excellent sound quality. They do not have the bass, but that does not mean that they are shrill or even tiny – they have a clear, defined sound quality, which is excellent if you have left the subject "Where's the bass" behind. That's why I still recommend them very much if you are looking for really wireless earbuds that you can plug into your headholes.
As another plus, these are some of the only earphones I have ever worn in my life. I can still have conversations with real people in the same room as myself. They do not block my ear canals so much that anything that does not come out of their buds sounds muffled and terrible, so I can still hear people talking to me. In another funny twist, I can also talk to these people and use something like "conversation". Everything without removing my earphones!
They are also great for making phone calls. I've always hated to wear earbuds (or suppress anything with noise) when I'm talking on the phone because I can not hear myself well enough – I hear muffled in my head and can not stand it. But since the TicPods do not block my hearing so much, I can talk to them. I like that because they're so useful for long conversations or video chats and so on.
Conclusion: Despite the Shortcomings I Love Them
As much as I love headphones that have great low-end options, of which I several Couples have both wired and wireless, I still use the TicPods account for about 90 percent of the time when I need headphones. Why? Because they are so damn comfortable.
And you can not overdo it here: the convenience of really wireless earphones is the true value. It is not the sound quality. In the case of the TicPods, it's not even comfort (though that's a big selling point to me) – they're easy to use. The case is small, so I can easily throw it in my pocket and take it everywhere. They connect immediately. No on / off switching; no waiting for a connection No cables to mess with. They work fast and immediately. And they separate just as fast and easy. Not to mention, at $ 130, they are cheaper than the cheapest AirPod level, which starts at $ 160.
But at the end of the day comfort and convenience are what really stands out for wireless earphones – that's where the TicPods stand out.
Here's what we like
- Incredibly comfortable
- They're super comfortable even after hours of wearing
- They stay in place even during vigorous workouts
- Gestures can not be adjusted
- Not enough battery notification options