SoundPeats is one of the top leading audio gadget maker with affordable price point on all of their products and the TrueAir 2 is definitely one of the most interesting on the market within the affordable price point.
The device feature a really distinctive design aesthetics as well as every other qualities you would expect from a US$50 bucks TWS earbuds which includes a solid battery life and good audio output.
My little time with the device was great and I was able to experience what you’ll expect from the earbuds. First thing that struck me the most is the unique design of the earbuds charging case. Compared to TWS earbuds I’ve reviewed on Brumpost which are usually usually prone to being thick in one way or the other, the Soundpeats TrueAir 2 comes with a flattened charging case which is meant to be as portable as possible and can fit right well anywhere in your pocket.
Speaking of the designs, I like the fact that SoundPeats engrave their logo right on each of the earbuds which is not something most Chinese companies do. A good example would be the Havit TW918ANC which I reviewed recently or even the SWZYOR A2 TWS both of which sounds really great though the former is quite pricey due to the presence of its active noise cancellation technology on the device.
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In terms of specifications, you get the high-end Bluetooth 5.0 with AptX codec but that’s not all – The Soundpeats TrueAir 2 is certified IPX4 which makes it waterproof just in case of accidental water splashes as well as in dusty situations. The sealing around the device to protect the internal components is very solid and that is why this is so possible to a large extent.
Even though it’s certified IPX4, it might not be sweat proof because of the presence of salt – which is really harsh on electronic devices. With that said, you will still be able exercise with this device because it’s extremely lightweight and will not slip out of your ear unless it gets wet which could make it slippery as the design doesn’t have in-ear tips which can be swapped out.
As for the generalized battery life, you get 4 to 5 hours of continuous listening under normal volume range when using the earbuds while the charging case is able to charge the device up to four times before finally needing to be recharged itself.
Compared to the Havit TW918ANC for example, this device can last a whooping 8 hours with the ANC turned off while it will use 6 to 7 hours under active music listening with the ANC turned on but the big drawback is the charging case which can only charge the device twice because the device’s batteries are big and sort of consume the entire battery power from the case.
There is also support for the current USB Type-C cable and a bunch of interesting yet premium feel to the device. The SoundPeats TrueAir 2 is interesting but not the best affordable TWS earbuds on the market because it definitely have its flaws which thanks to its price point, you might be forgiven to overlook.
Design, comfort and battery life
The unique design of the casing is interesting but the TWS earbuds itself is fascinating. The SoundPeats TrueAir 2 isn’t for those that want the super bass or tightly-packed earbud which isolate surrounding noises automatically because it doesn’t come with support for changeable eartips.
I also love the fact that SoundPeats makes its brand distinctive from the rest of the pack who are obviously copying the AirPods – even a big tech giant like Huawei is notorious for but I’ll digress. The “S” logo of the SoundPeats brand looks like that of the Superman and its well engraved on each pair of the TrueAir 2 earbuds which also serve as its touch control.
In terms of comfort, I’m able to wear this device for hours upon hours without having a single issue with it thanks to the lightweight build as well as the tip design which doesn’t protrude into the ear canal which can sometimes cause irritations.
I’ve experienced the inner ear irritation during my test with the Swzyor A2 TWS and it’s weird design makes everything uninteresting even though it sounded really great.
While the TrueAir 2 stays snugly in the ear, you might be forced to manually redress the earbuds every time if you’re sweaty because it might be slippery and there is no eartip to hold it in place. But this is a really small device with smaller stems unlike others on the market which are unnecessarily long like the Honor MagicBuds 3.
There is a cute grey LED on each of the earbuds which blink periodically to inform the pairing status of the device. And as for the charging case, it’s pretty flat and fit right well and easily within the pocket without any issue and that’s something I find fascinating about the device.
There is another LED right beside the USB-C port that lets you know the charging status of the device however the light changes as the battery life dwindles over time due to usage.
And lastly, the fact that you’re able to charge up the TrueAir 2 earbuds up to four times with the charging case is an interesting thing. Under a single charge, you’ll get a whooping 4 to 5 hours depending on how loud you’re blasting the audio but the overall experience of the battery life is definitely positive.
Connectivity and controls
Controlling the Soundpeats TrueAir 2 isn’t complicated like some TWS earbuds out there but the lack of a mobile application to tweak up the controls to your taste can make things a bit tricky but with time, you should be used to it. Below is a simple guide on how to control your SoundPeats TrueAir 2 TWS earbuds.
- Tap R once to increase the volume
- Tap L once to decrease volume
- Tap R or L twice to play/ pause music
- Tap R or L thrice to activate the voice assistant on your phone
- Hold R to skip a song
- Hold L to return a song
The responsiveness of the touch sensors is a great thing to have and the location is also cool. Unlike the earbuds with buttons which usually require actively pressing the device down into your ear canal — that can be hurtful or irritating to the ear.
However with the advantage of being quick to touch inputs, the touch controls can be oversensitive sometimes and if you’re coming from other TWS earbuds, you might mix things up sometimes. For example, a single tap increases/decreases the volume but that could have been configured to audio play/pause but there is no application to tweak up the configuration so you’re stuck with what you get fro the factory and that’s part of what you get for using some of these affordable TWS earbuds on the market.
Bluetooth signal can be as far as 7 meters away from the device and you’ll still have a clear audio response but that distance is less than average considering the fact that most TWS earbuds out there offer up to 10 meters on the average.
There is also no master/slave with the earbuds so whichever you pick will automatically assume the master role while the other can be left to charge unlike the Havit TW918ANC whose right earbud is the master and the moment its inactive, the left earbud is technically rendered useless.
Calling and video playback on TrueAir 2
This is definitely another important part of the TrueAir 2 earbuds because most users might want to use the device for Zoom meeting or conventional phone calls without needing to pull off the earbuds and switching to their device’s earpiece instead.
While you might hear everything that’s being said to you very clearly, those you’re speaking to might not be able to hear you that clearly especially if you’re in a noisy environment. Making calls with the TrueAir 2 indoor is okay but things can get a bit awkward outside.
There are built-in noise cancellation for the microphone so it’s able to pick up good audio sounds from the noisy chatters in your office environment and all that.
Watching videos with the SoundPeats TrueAir 2 is also interesting and there s often a good synchronization as there is a really low latency even though that might not be guaranteed with gaming because this device isn’t specifically made for gaming so the latency can be noticed however, YouTube either on iPhone or Android devices or even computers are all great.
Sound quality of SoundPEATS TrueAir 2
Now to the main point which is the audio quality of the SoundPeas TrueAir2. The audio quality is warm and calm and as I’ve mentioned earlier, you don’t get the super bass which you might expect from bass-focused TWS earbuds out there but you’ll definitely get the warm audio sound that’s pleasing to your ears.
The TWS earbuds promotes vocals and higher-pitched voices are more emphasized however there are times whereby lower vocals are hardly heard compared to music instrumentals. I’m not an audiophile but I won’t be entirely disappointed with the audio quality of the TrueAir 2.
Because it lacks the replaceable eartips design, you don’t get to feel the hard punches of music instruments especially the 808s however, you can use your hands to hold them down closer to your ear to feel the bass which is surround across your ear giving the nice feel rather than a direct audio punches directly into the ear.
You can further enhance the audio output by using your smartphone’s Equalizer which basically tune the audio experience to your preference and that’s the most important thing about the TWS earbuds which has no mobile application of its own.
Depending on your music preference, all these are factors that’ll contribute to the audio output of the device and your experience which is subjective but the general overview based on the number of people I tested the SoundPeats TrueAIR 2 with all objected that the audio ouput isn’t as bad for an under US$50 wireless earbuds.
Should you buy the SoundPeats TrueAir 2?
The unique design of the earbuds is great and the long lasting battery life is yet another interesting thing about the device however if you’re like me and love the super bass audio output, this is not for you as an alternative like the Havit i99 can be your best option.
Also if you plan to play games with this device, you might not get the exact audio output or good latency which you’d expect because of the device’s capabilities. There is also the aspect of designs for those who want something lightweight that can be carried along with them wherever they might might want to because the casing is flat and very portable.
Also the pricing is yet another good thing about the device which is an interesting reason to give the device a try as long as you want an affordable TWS earbuds with great value for your money then the SoundPEATS TrueAir 2 might just be your best option.
SoundPeats True Air 2 versus….
There are hundreds of affordable TWS earbuds out there and the SoundPeats TrueAir 2 is one of the interesting ones out there but in this case I’ll measure the device up against some of the coolest on the market right now. For example, the Havit TW918ANC is an affordable TWS earbuds out there and it has an active noise cancellation (ANC) technology.
This is great but it kind of cranked up the price point to about US$79 compared to the US$35 SoundPeats TrueAir 2 which doesn’t have the feature. But there is also the Havit i99 TWS which also come with an affordable price point but sans the ANC feature.
My best bet would be the Bluedio T-elf 2 which is really tiny and has no stem. Depending on your choice, the design of the earbuds is what will shape your purchase decision but all in all, the SoundPeats TrueAir 2 has secured a place among the affordable True wireless earbuds in 2021 offering great audio output.