True Wireless Stereo (TWS) is the current trend when it comes to wireless earphones. With premium TWS earbuds like the Apple Air Pods costing more than the $100 mark, many people tend to prefer buying budget earbuds. In this article, we will be reviewing the Arbily TWS T8 earbuds which sit quite close to the budget earbuds territory.
Inside the box, we get a pair of the Arbily TWS T8 earbuds, a magnetic charging case that also acts as a 3000 mAh power bank, a Micro-USB charging cable, 4 pairs of ear-tips(one attached to the earbuds), a carry pouch, and a user manual.
Build & Design
The Arbily TWS T8 earbuds have a complete plastic design. While they are plastic, they do not feel cheap in any way. The charging case is made of plastic as well. The case is a bit larger and bulkier compared to an average earbud case but that’s a compromise I am willing to make as the case houses a 3000mAh battery which can be used as a power bank. I was still able to fit it in my pockets. The charging case has a plastic flap on the top which keeps the case sealed. While the case looks sturdy, the flap looks quite fragile around the hinge.
On the left side of the case, you can find the Type-A port which you can use to charge your phone. On the right, you get the Micro USB port for charging the case. The earbuds sit well inside the magnetic case and do not fall off even if you invert the case or purposely try to shake them out of the case.
The T8 earbuds have a nice shape to it and they fit perfectly in my ears and somewhat block off the background noise. I can barely hear the background noise when I am listening to music on these earbuds. The earbuds are black in colour with just the red accent provided for the LED indicators. The earbuds do not have any buttons as they are completely touch-controlled. This is the touch layout-
Activate Siri: Triple tap the earbud to activate Siri and do it again to exit.
Playback/Pause: single tap
Skip forward: Double-tap the R earbud
Skip backwards: Double-tap the L earbud Answer
End a call: single tap
Reject a call: tap and hold
Redial the last number: Double-tap while not in music mode
Volume control: tap and hold the R earbud for volume up and L earbud for volume down
I have been using these earbuds for more than two weeks now and I am quite satisfied with them. After listening to them, I can say that you can definitely feel the bass from these earbuds. As for the mids and the highs, they are quite decent as well. As for the volume, man I was impressed. The earbuds are quite louder compared to a couple of TWS earbuds that I have tested. Even on higher volumes, the audio was clear without any noticeable distortion.
Like all the latest earbuds, the Arbily T8 comes equipped with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology. The earbuds turn on and pair with your phone as soon as you remove them from the charging case. The Bluetooth range is around 10m which is expected from BT 5.0 and I had no issues with the connectivity. You can also use the mono mode which allows you to use the left or right side separately to connect to different devices.
The earbud comes with an IPX6 water-resistant nano-coating which prevents water and dust from entering the earbuds. This makes the T8 a great workout partner as it can easily protect the earbuds from any sweat. You can also wear them in rains without having to worry.
While the earbuds are charging, the red LED lights blink every few seconds. Once they are fully charged, the light turns off. Each side of the earbud houses a 50mAh battery. This means that you can get around 3.5 hours of battery life. During my testing, I was using the earbuds mostly on a volume of 80% or more and I was able to get around 3 hours of battery life. Charging the earbuds took around an hour. The charging case comes with a 3000mAh battery and it also acts as a power bank. You can easily expect around 15-20 full charges before needing to charge the power bank. The power bank takes around 3-4 hours to charge from 0-100.
Overall, I am quite impressed with the Arbily TWS T8 earbuds. The earbuds have good bass and it is quite loud. With an IPX6 certification, you don’t need to worry about damaging the earbuds from water or dust. My personal favourite is the 300mAh battery bank which lets me charge my phone in case of any emergency. At an affordable price of $45, I can definitely recommend these earbuds.