Further to my last post on comparing Apple Airpods with BeatsX , I also said that there is more cheaper option than BeatsX which is Trablab X2.
At the time of writing this post Treblab X2 are $125 Cheaper than Apple Airpods ! Wow !! that’s huge savings indeed !!
The reason behind searching for alternates is simple, I keep on loosing my earbuds now and then ! so for me its costly affair to loose Apple Airpods ! But I liked the way they are designed .. truly wireless .. both earbuds not connected to each other at all …. So in the search of similar designs I found the Treblab X2 precisely similar design approach … truly wireless ..
Treblab X2 earbuds, exactly same as Apple AirPods …
Yes, Treblab X2 also follow the independent earbuds concept without any wired connection.
Although Apple was the first one to introduce this unique concept of independent earbuds without any wired connection as well as having intelligence to identify which one is in ear, Treblab X2 also follows the concept on similar lines, they also claim to be made from Beryllium which is normally used in top Hi-end & Pro audio devices (Beryllium is an element produced from cosmic ray interactions)
Looks wise Airpods feature more smoother curves whereas Treblab X2 are more like true cylindrical without any fillets over.
If you look at the earbuds, treblab has smaller earbuds which shall fit inside the ear canal giving passive noise cancellation well, airpods are slightly lacking in this area due to its bigger earbud size (also many users have complained about loosing the airpods during use, even in the air travels where no great movement is expected)
Ergonomics and ease of operation
Apple has tried to give something out of the world by eliminating the control buttons, all you have to do it tapping on your pod to Pause, Play, Invoke Siri etc. But what this means is gaining some expertise on how to control the airpods, for someone it may become pain in the ass.
I liked the Treblab X2 in the aspect of control buttons, they are more traditional and reachable, actable easily and no super learning curve necessary for a layman.
Further the Treblab X2 features X-Drop ear fins which ensures a snug fit giving you passive noise cancellation during calls. Such find are completely absent in airpods, making it more prone to falls not only during exercise but also during normal use.
When it comes to the sound quality, Apple has their own patented W1 Chip, delivering crystal clear sound … tuned to be listened quiet … if you are outdoors many times you will need to pump up volumes …
In terms of microphone performance, specially on outdoor calls, AirPods perform excellent.
Treblab X2 delivers quite punchy bass with crisp vocals, it covers mids in good way though, so when you are outdoor you need not worry about ambient noises, just pump up some bass through …
During the calls CVC 6.0 noise isolation works the best in Treblab X2
For an outdoor traveler battery backup is one of the determining factor … here Apple W1 chip plays vital role, with the charging case airpods will be able to support you for 24 hours of music playtime (5 hours in one full charge)
Trablab is powered to deliver 10 hours of music playtime in a single full charge, which means it has double the music playtime than airpods. It also provides a charging doc, which can power the earbuds to life to one full charge. I think 10 hours itself is more than sufficient for any outdoor travel + 10 more hours you can get using the case.
So airpods can go to max 24 hours and treblab 20 hours using the charging case. Both are pretty close in this regards, Treblab wins since in a single charge it runs a marathon race of 10 hours of continuous operation 🙂
Connectivity & compatibility
AirPods provides great reliable Bluetooth connectivity and clean long range using Apple’s own W1 chip, the power consumption is also controlled with low energy Bluetooth connection.
Airpods features auto pairing, with simple proximity to your phone, a screen will pop-up offering to pair and you are ready to go. they also facilitate pairing with any iCloud device which means auto-switch between Apple devices.
One more thing Airpods provide you “Find my phone” app, using which via Bluetooth connection you wil be able to find earbuds (only in 33 feet range though)
Trablab X2 uses Bluetooth 4.1 CSR protocol, which itself is reliable low energy protocol, so you will experience less drop of signals and can go upto 38 feet (unobstructed distance), also it allows multi-point-connection, which means you will be able to pair them with more than one devices at the same time, which is extremely useful while you switch between your calls and listening to the music system at the same time.
Doing any activity, even walking means sweating .. sometimes you may need to go through a drizzle, in this case with IPX4 rating treblab x2 offers an attractive proposal compared to airpods, which are not water resistant.
One last point which is always overlooked is the warranty.
Although Apple being known for its quality from ages .. it provides 1 year warranty for airpods.
Treblab with full confidence offers lifetime warranty !! wow !!!
Final words and recommendation:
At the time of writing this post Treblab X2 were $125 cheaper than Apple AirPods, which is almost 64% cheaper (prices are at the time of writing this post, 7 Feb 2018)
So with similar design principal, Treblab X2 delivers More BASS, crunchy sound, less price, simple & functional buttons design ..till follow the trend of being truly wireless.
So no harm in trying not to be truly Apple .. go for TrebLab X2 ! try your luck !!