A Baseus is not a popular company in Brazil, but Chinese brand products are in the hands of many Brazilians thanks to the famous Chinese e-commerces. In addition to cables and dongles, they also design Bluetooth headphones and the Bowie E8 is the new bet for this second semester. With a design identical to that of AirPods, TWS has a minimalist design, promises low latency, dedicated application for headphone settings and tracking.
In Brazil, the device can be found for less than R$ 200. Is the Bowie an interesting alternative in relation to Redmi AirDots 3 and Edifier X3 and X5? I have been using the Baseus Bowie E8 for over a month now and share my experience using it in this review.
Baseus Bowie E8 Review in Video
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Design, comfort and case
Right off the bat, when we analyze the design, the similarity between the Baseus Bowie E8 and Apple’s AirPods becomes evident — yet another blatant copy. Despite this, the construction and the care in finishing made me very satisfied. Baseus delivers a minimalist product, which is discreet in the ear and the case, which also follows this language, can be carried easily. Compared to the Edifier TWS200, which I recently tested and which is also a copy of the AirPods, the Bowie E8 offers a leaner and more comfortable look.
Speaking of comfort, the company is to be congratulated in this regard. I was able to use them on several occasions: at work at home, on the street and on public transport. And I can say that the Bowie E8 is one of the most comfortable headphones I’ve used in the last few months. The fit is firm and precise; it doesn’t generate pressure; and allows use for long hours. We tested the white version which, in my perception, is prettier and more elegant compared to the black model. This body is still water resistant, thanks to IPX5 certification.
The case, as I have already mentioned, is compact and has a pleasant-to-touch matte material. However, it is a shame to know that this finish used stains very easily. In my first few months of use, the case soon started to get stained. It’s a downside that you need to consider before buying it, at least in this plain version. In addition, Baseus has included here three LEDs to accompany the battery, a physical pairing button and the USB-C connection for power.
Features and connectivity
Directly on the headphones, you can control the tracks playing or activate the connected device’s virtual assistant. All these features can be modified in the application that the brand makes available. As expected, it’s a simple app with extremely basic functions, but enough for basic users. I can, for example, check the battery status of the headphones (but not the case), activate the low latency mode, as well as configure the ringtones, as I’ve already mentioned.
Another cool feature, which is usually found on more expensive models, is headphone location. In Baseus’ own app I can see where the devices are. I just found it confusing that the company left the audible alert buttons separate, on the app’s home screen and not on the location menu. They could keep everything concentrated on one screen, couldn’t they?
The Bowie E8 has Bluetooth 5.0 which, depending on the other device connected, will provide fast and stable communication. Despite this, I expected to see Bluetooth 5.1 or 5.2, versions that are found in cheap competitors. The latency for videos does not exist, even without activating the dedicated mode for it.
As many of you know, I like full-bodied sound in headphones and the Baseus Bowie E8’s profile takes me out of my comfort zone. It’s not signature sharp, with strong bass and high volume — you won’t find it on this model. However, the balance that the brand delivers was largely responsible for making me prefer it for a few moments. Those who don’t approve of the bass power of the Redmi AirDots 3 will most likely like the smoothness of the E8.
High, a song by Lighthouse Family, plays on this headphone with accented vocals and bass instruments sound with good intensity. There isn’t that strength we find in AirDots 3, but they’re pronounced with a lot of life. The mids and highs are also clear, and don’t lose stability even at the height of the track. The only point that could improve, in my perception, is the volume, which remains low.
With a cheerful pop, again I felt that the Bowie E8 values the vocals of singers and can get shrill when the high frequencies, where the treble are, are impactful. When playing a rock, One, by Creed, has a good performance: the instruments reverberate freely, however, at the high point of the song, you can feel a congestion between the nuances.
Microphone and battery
I used the Bowie E8 frequently in online meetings on Techblog. Once again, I can say that I liked the performance of the components, because the other person hears you clearly, even without him reducing the noise around him. For those who need a good device for video calls, the Bowie E8 can be interesting.
Let’s talk about autonomy. The brand says that the gadget has a battery for up to 5 hours of playback and can reach 20 hours when combined with the case. The result, however, is not impressive. I connected them to an iPhone 12 to play via Spotify at 50% volume. The left phone held 3h57min and the right one hung up 22 minutes later.
Baseus Bowie E8: is it worth it?
The Baseus Bowie E8 is a good entry-level headset, but it’s not just the cost-effectiveness that makes it an interesting purchase. The model has sound quality that deviates a little from the standard and while many in this category deliver a powerful sound to please most people, the Bowie E8 bets on a balanced profile to attract those looking for something more balanced.
It is not spectacular in sound, after all there are limitations, as I commented throughout the review. Still, for a popular product, performance is great. In terms of design and comfort, although it is a dull copy of AirPods, Baseus earns my admiration for comfort. The devices did very well on a daily basis, without generating any discomfort. The autonomy, however, I found shy and is far below expectations.
The E8 has Redmi AirDots 3, Edifier X3, X5 and Realme Buds Q as competitors. These models have a full-bodied sound and the Baseus device can be a good alternative for those looking for something different on the market. Still, it’s good to remember that it’s not officially sold in the country, so you lose your warranty and other support.
Fone Bluetooth Baseus Bowie E8
- Model has a very comfortable design
- Balanced sound should please a lot of people
- Application brings good features
- Great value for money
- Another “inspired” headset on AirPods
- Autonomy is a downside
- Does not allow you to control the volume through the headphones