Let me start by saying this statement to summarize the information I will be dumping below — do not buy these earbuds.
I’ve been using Bose Sound Sport for more than two years already, and while it’s still working, it actually looked like it’s falling apart already and so I’ve been searching for earbuds this time that will fit my needs as an active person.
You see, I love my Bose SS because I know it will last me for a whole marathon (6 hours) without it failing to give me the music/motivation that I need whenever I run 42km. At least that’s what it was 2 years ago. hahaha. As much as I wanted to get one from the same brand, priorities have shifted ever since Rem came into our lives. Also, I like the idea of totally cordless now as the soundsport is still wired at some point despite it being a Bluetooth earphone.
Being the nerd that I am, I’ve scoured Amazon, Shopee, Lazada and Carousel for brands like Bose, Jaybird, JBL, Sudio, even the ones from Kickstarter. As much as I drool on their specs, they are way beyond my budget. And it’s not like I’m going to run a marathon anytime soon as well — so what I really need is an earbud that would allow me to hear my music wirelessly and would allow me to still take calls without changing into another headset.
One bright sunny day, I stumbled into an item from Globe Official Store on Shopee. I remember a friend sold this same item too via her IG page — so I got curious and impulsively bought the item. The original price is P1480 and I got it last September 18. I saw Kimstore selling the same item for P999 (I saw it through an ad in IG)
Now before I share my experience using it, here are the snaps from unboxing it.
The price is a little too much for the specs that I got. Please refer to the image above where they have indicated the claimed specs of this device.
Let me start by commenting on the fit of it in my ears. Now I’m not particularly an expert on how to wear them so I checked out the internet on how it was really worn and this is what it looked like:
I don’t know if my ears are just too big or too small but if I’m going to wear it like that, I know small movements are going to make it fall off of my ears. See image below:
The most efficient way I wear it is like the photo below:
You guys can have a free laugh first of me using myself as a model for this. hahahaha. #sarilingsikap
Apart from the snug fit that I’m used to my Bose (and I used Jaybird before too) that this Proton earbuds did not deliver, I have a patience issue with its pairing with my phones. I used both Android and iOS so this review won’t be biased. I was used to having my earphones connected within a second or so but this one, took around 10 seconds or more to pair. Not to mention the long press you need to execute in your right earbud first, then the left.
My worry is that with the long hard presses needed to turn each of the earbuds on, it will not last me a year or so.
After having the two buds team-up/connect to each other, it’s a hit and miss when connecting to my devices. Sometimes it does it on its own after 10 seconds or so — or if you’re impatient like me, you would select it from the list of your Bluetooth devices.
Now that one is still a little okay for me to do — give it a little effort and choose it from the Bluetooth devices list, no problemo. My biggest turn off, battery life and call quality.
Contrary to what they claim above, I actually used it to watch a movie and it only lasted two hours. That’s not even on full-volume! I still calmed myself though and said “Abby, that’s alright you won’t really want to watch movies using earbuds right? Blast off the stereo while watching instead. Cool cool cool cool cool cool cool (Imitating Jake Peralta).”
I think their threshold of 3-4 hours of playtime is when you’re at a very low volume when listening to your music which c’mon guys, most of us don’t— especially when you don’t want to hear the stories of people around you or when you’re waiting in the queue or in a studio and you hear the girls talking in a very conyo accent (the overly high pitched) and you just want to mute them out of your system. Relate?
Lastly, I was really turned off by the call quality I get whenever answering calls using this earbud. Jeez, it’s horrible. The person on the other end of the line won’t hear me — I either sound too far or too choppy, excluding the factors like signal or internet speed. I was actually talking loud already but to no avail. This one crushed my techie heart — I always had to remove my earbuds and switch to talking without a headset. (Such a sad moment)
I personally think you can get better earbuds from other brands. My teammate uses Mi buds and he’s pretty happy with its performance.
Some random errors I also noticed are:
- Some times, the left and right buds don’t pair up.
- Its range isn’t even 5 meters; I’m holding my phone sometimes and the music is gone for a few seconds before it plays it again.
- There are moments where the left and right buds aren’t even in sync. The left is behind for about two seconds or something. Really weird.
- Battery life. Again, battery life.
I guess I really shouldn’t compare it with higher brands because the price is way farther and you get what you pay for, right? I hope though that I was able to impart something if you’re even considering getting earbuds and you don’t wanna shell out money for an airpod (or airpods 2 — wink wink).
If you have also used Proton TWS earbuds do let me know what you think about it — the comments section below is welcome for everyone. 🙂Let's Connect!