Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 Review Vs TWS1/TWS1 Pro Earbuds

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

The latest TWS1 Pro 2 true wireless earbuds is Edifier's third generation of the original TWS1 series. It is an upgraded version with newer Bluetooth 5.3 chip and ANC capability but lacking aptX support found on the predecessors TWS1 and TWS1 Pro.

The Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 earbuds, weighing in at a mere 4 grams each, feature a design that blends matte and glossy plastic, incorporating touch control functionality on the faceplate. Notably, the faceplate proudly showcases the Edifier logo, which might not align with minimalist design preferences. Despite lacking a rubberized texture, these earbuds offer a secure and comfortable fit, remaining firmly in place during wear. Additionally, their IP54 rating ensures durability and shields against dust and sweat, rendering them ideal for both workouts and outdoor pursuits.

The charging case for the TWS1 Pro 2, measuring 6cm in length, 4cm in height, and 2cm in thickness, weighs just 33 grams, and it boasts a compact and robust build. It's effortlessly portable, slipping comfortably into pockets or bags. The case is styled with a glossy plastic exterior, featuring a subtle Edifier logo engraving on its lid. While the high-gloss finish adds a touch of elegance, it does have a tendency to attract dust and dirt. The case's design thoughtfully incorporates a USB-C port at the rear, a flat bottom base, a reset button on the side, and a single battery status LED at the front. Remarkably, you can pair and seamlessly switch between the earbuds while they are housed within the charging case, thanks to the instant connection feature, which eliminates any re-connection delays.

In terms of audio quality, the TWS1 Pro 2 may not be the loudest when it comes to volume, but they offer a pleasing sound experience when set at around 50% volume. You'll experience a complete bass profile, encompassing sub-bass and mid-bass, which remains clean and doesn't overshadow the forward midrange. The treble is indeed present but somewhat understated. However, at maximum volume (100%), the bass becomes less prominent, while the treble can become somewhat harsh. Whether you're enjoying music or handling calls, the TWS1 Pro 2 delivers an enjoyable audio experience. Yet, for those who favor a more pronounced bass, there may be

Considering its price point, the TWS1 Pro 2's active noise cancellation capability is truly impressive and likely to exceed your expectations. The ANC effectively minimizes both low and high-frequency noises, performing comparably to the NeoBuds Pro S. You have the flexibility to personalize the level of active noise cancellation with two available settings, and the option to activate wind mode via the Edifier Connect App, which is a convenient feature for adapting to various environments.

However, one limitation of the ANC is that it requires both earbuds to be inserted; it doesn't function with just one earbud in use. On the bright side, the TWS1 Pro 2 excels in call quality by effectively reducing background noise, making it highly proficient at minimizing external noise interference during calls, even in noisy surroundings, ensuring clear call clarity.

The earbuds' user-friendly touch controls simplify navigation and adjustments during playback. An intelligent ear detection feature proves quite handy as it automatically pauses and resumes playback when you put on or remove the earbuds. Furthermore, through the Edifier Connect App, you gain access to extensive customization options, including EQ settings and mode selection among a total of five modes (high ANC, medium ANC, wind reduction, ambient sound, and ANC off). It's worth noting that you can only manage three of these modes directly from the earbuds.

Within the app, you can also monitor the battery levels for each earbud and the case, access calming sounds, locate your headphones, deactivate wearing detection, adjust prompt volume, power the earbuds on/off, enable auto sleep mode, choose from four preset sound modes, activate game mode, and reconfigure the double-tap and triple-tap functions. Notably, there is no single-tap function available, which may appear somewhat unusual.

The TWS1 Pro 2 exhibits commendable battery performance when active noise cancellation (ANC) is enabled, providing a solid 4-hour playback duration with the earbuds alone and a total of 16 hours when coupled with the charging case. When ANC is deactivated, you can enjoy an extended 6 hours of usage, and the case can provide a total of 24 hours of playback. Notably, a brief 10-minute charge can supply an additional hour of usage. It's important to note that these battery ratings are based on a 50% volume setting and the use of the SBC codec; these earbuds do not support the AAC codec. Charging time for the earbuds is approximately 2 hours, while the case requires about 1.5 hours to fully recharge.

The inclusion of a low latency game mode is a valuable feature for gamers. However, it's important to note that the latency, at approximately 200ms, falls within the range similar to the latency observed with the AAC codec. Comparatively, other Edifier earbuds such as the TWS330, NeoBuds Pro, Free Pro and W240TN offer even lower latency at approximately 80ms. This game mode effectively minimizes audio delay, thereby improving the gaming experience and providing gamers with enhanced accuracy when pinpointing enemy positions.

In terms of performance, the Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 shares similarities with the NeoBuds Pro and W320TN, as they are all active noise cancellation (ANC) earbuds with IP54 dust and sweat resistance. However, there are subtle distinctions among them. The W320TN boasts extended playtime (approximately 27 hours), larger drivers (13mm), and LDAC support. On the other hand, the NeoBuds Pro offers a playtime similar to that of the TWS1 Pro 2 but includes LDAC support and utilizes a dual-driver setup (BA+10mm DD).

Selling points
  • 10 minute fast charge (1 hour playtime)
  • On-ear wearing detection (auto play/pause)
  • Edifier app support
  • Bluetooth 5.3
  • Good sound clarity with plenty of bass
  • Low latency game mode
  • Wind reduction mode
  • No annoying blinking light on earbuds
  • Earbuds easy to remove form case
  • Top tier like ANC performance
  • Good call quality with effective noise reduction
  • Good for weight training (IP54 rating)
  • Comfortable and secure
  • Strong hinge lid
  • Loud and clear voice prompts
  • No re-connection delay
  • Highly responsive touch controls
Potential deal breakers
  • No LDAC support
  • No single tap and no long tap gestures
  • Edifier app privacy unfriendly
  • single status led (4 status leds are better)
  • No AAC codec
  • No quick charge
  • No EQ band equalizer
  • No Qi wireless charging
  • No multipoint
  • Ambient (transparency mode) not as good as ANC performance
Accessories include charging cable and ear tips. You can buy the TWS1 Pro 2 earbuds from amazon. 

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