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Tronsmart Spunky Beat Earbuds With 2-Way Charging Case

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The market of true wireless earbuds is so flooded that the smart way to stand out is by offering a good price with more features than the competition. The Tronsmart Spunky Beat do just that with features you won't find in many expensive true wireless earbuds, including built-in strap, fast charging and 2-way charging!
On the side of the Spunky Beat charging case, there is a short and thin PU leather strap large enough to fit one finger, letting you carry the charging securely and comfortably in your hand just like a ring phone holder.
The loop strap is permanently attached to the charging case so, it's non-removable. Most charging cases don't have a strap. In fact, the Spunky Beat charging case seem to be the only one to have a strap built-in without the use of a protective cover.
There is a 350 mAh battery inside the charging case that takes 2 hours to fully charge and can provide up to 17 hours of extra charge. The Spunky Beat charging case weighs 40 grams and measures 6cm long, 4cm wide and 3cm tall.
The charging case has a pebble design with smooth matte black finish. There is a small opening for prying open the lid with a finger nail. The charging area is magnetized so, the earbuds won't fall out.
On the base of the Spunky Beat charging case, there is a male USB-A connector with a very thin rubber cable. The USB-A connector is different to the standard as this one is made of plastic and has a low-profile without the metal casing around it.
The USB-A cable provides a neat back up should you not have a USB-C charging cable at hand. That said, given how thin and fragile the cable feels, you probably don't want to use it all the time to avoid premature breaking. The input charge of the charging case is limited to 5V/0.5A, which means charging the case both ways won't speed up the full charge.
The small four leds on the front of the charging case are designed to indicate the status of the battery, which it does via two colors: yellow (low battery) and white (charging).You can also check battery life when connecting the earbuds to a phone via the "batteries widget" (iOS) and BatON app (Android).
The Spunky Beat automatically turn on and turn off when taken in and taken out of their charging case. But, you can also manually turn on and turn off the earbuds by holding the multi-functional button.
The pairing process of the Spunky Beat earbuds is easy and straightforward since you only have to pair them as one single device after the right earbud connects to the left earbud in 2-3 seconds.
When the left earbud led ring flashes red/blue, it indicates bluetooth pairing is ready. After both earbuds are connected, you can seamlessly switch between left and right earbud mono listening. You can use them independently for mono listening and pair them separately with two different devices too. You can also take calls too since each earbud incorporates a microphone. The phone call quality is good and even better with two microphones in stereo mode.
The Spunky Beat earbuds have a sleak design with a thin led ring around the outer edge that blinks blue every 5 seconds while music is playing. The centre part contains a capacitive touch, multi-functional sensor button with a small pinhole next to it, concealing the speaking microphone.
The Spunky Beats multi-functional button controls everything but the volume so, that means having to control the volume manually via the device.You can control most functions via either earbud by tapping once, including voice assistant play/pause, answer/end/reject calls and power on/off. The only function that is controlled independently is the skipping of tracks, which is done by long tapping the left earbud (skips to next track) and long tapping the right earbud (skips to previous track). If volume support from earbuds is important to you, you can get this with the Spunky Pro version.
Capacitive touch sensors are usually easier and quicker to activate than mechanical buttons. The Spunky Beat touch sensors only require light touches to register the function and are accompanied with an audible beep to let you know the function has been activated. Even long touching the buttons to change tracks is effortless without having to apply hardly any force, unlike the physical buttons on some earbuds that force you to almost shove the earbuds into the ear canals.
Inside each Spunky Beat earbud, there is a 6mm graphene-coated driver, as well as a 35 mAh polymer battery, which takes 50 minutes to recharge from 0% to 100%, thanks to quick charge, which provides 1 hour worth of charge from a 5 minute charge. Each earbud weighs 4 grams so, they are extremely lightly and comfortable to wear in the ears for a few hours. The Spunky Beat earbuds will automatically power off after 5 minutes if they are not paired to any device.
The Spunky Beat integrate a Qualcomm QCC3020 Bluetooth 5.0 chip that supports SBC, AAC and aptX, which means support for hi-resolution and low latency audio when watching videos and playing games. The audio quality is good without distortions at max volume. The volume sound won't go overly loud at max volume but, thanks to the DSP noise cancellation you don't have to crank up the volume as much in noisy environments like a gym. The sound quality is balanced with light bass and stronger performance in the upper frequency range.
the Spunky Beat earbuds have an IPx5 water resistance rating
There is also support for noise cancelling (cVc 8.0 noise cancellation) during phone calls via the same digital signal processor (DSP) chip, which also handles the audio signal, tweaking it in real time. Not all headphones/earphones integrate DSP, which does make a positive difference to the audio because a DSP chip, essentially, acts as an on-board equalizer automatically tweaking the audio.
Battery performance depends on several factors, including the device you are connected to (i.e. bluetooth 4.2, bluetooth 5.0, etc), volume level (i.e. 50%) and bluetooth codec (i.e. SBC, aptX, etc). If you're connected to a bluetooth 5.0 device while streaming via SBC on 50% volume, you can expect up to 6 hours of playtime.



You can expect a bit less battery life with hi resolution streaming via aptX or AAC. The wireless range also depends on the bluetooth version of your phone. With a bluetooth 5 device, the wireless range is longer and stronger up to 15 meters.
Included with the Spunky Beat are eartips, a short USB-C charging cable, a user guide and a one year warranty. You can pick up the Spunky Beat at 20% off on Amazon.

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