Edifier continues to bet on entry-level true wireless headphones to compete with Xiaomi, BlitzWolf, Baseus and other Chinese brands that are prominent in this area. This year alone, the company announced a series in Brazil for all kinds of tastes. O Edifier TWS200 is one of them and, as you can see in the images, the model aims to meet those looking for something similar to the popular Apple headphones, but for a much friendlier price.
Costing $399, the TWS200 has Bluetooth 5.0, protection against water jets, battery for up to six hours of sound or 18 hours with the case, and aptX decoding. But how should the sound performance be? I tested the Edifier TWS200 and I’ll tell you all the details in today’s review.
Edifier TWS200 Review on Video
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Design, comfort and case
“Unique design, clean and elegant”. That’s how Edifier defines the look of the TWS200. I sincerely believe she is praising the Apple headset in her communication, as the product is a blatant copy of the AirPods. The only difference is that they decided to record the Edifier name on the cable, which automatically eliminates the impression that these are the original AirPods and gives the idea that the product is fake. The shot backfired.
But beyond that, the cable is slightly longer compared to Apple’s model. And, to be honest again, it bothered me: I had the feeling that the headphones were too bulky in the ear, drawing attention in the street, but this is something personal. For those who exercise outdoors, the devices withstand splash and even jets of water thanks to IPX4 certification.
In terms of comfort, the experience is the same as AirPods and there’s no denying it, given that the format is the same. During the period I was with them, I felt no discomfort. Wearables have a soft fit, are light on the ear and there are no signs that they will fall off easily while walking or jogging, and luckily the pressure is zero.
The case is also very similar to the Apple headphones. At least it’s compact and can be transported easily. On the front there is the brand identification, on the back there is a pairing button and on the bottom is the power port which is microUSB, to show us that there is nothing so bad that it cannot get worse.
Features and connectivity
On the cable itself, the user can control bands, answer and end phone calls, as well as activate virtual assistants. But the essential thing Edifier doesn’t deliver: it’s not possible to fast forward and rewind the songs through the headphones, which forces me to pick up my cell phone every time I want to skip a track, for example. It is also not possible to configure the ringtones, as the TWS200 is an input device, the company does not provide an application, but this is not necessarily a negative point.
In terms of connectivity, here we have Bluetooth 5.0 that did very well and didn’t lose the connection even when I walked around the apartment with my cell phone far away. In the latency test, the video delay is practically non-existent and the TWS200 proves to be a good headset when consuming movies, series and games. And just like the Redmi AirDots 3 and the Edifier X5, the TWS200 works independently, that is, if you keep one earphone in the case, the other keeps playing.
The Edifier TWS200’s sound is not impressive, but it is good for the category and I believe it should please most people. It has a more open signature when compared to Redmi AirDots 3, which means that, in practice, Xiaomi’s true wireless will deliver a fuller sound with active bass all the time. The TWS200’s mids are bright and don’t always sound balanced, and the highs tend to be crisp and more balanced.
The model tries to emphasize vocals and instruments. You can feel both very well, but that’s not always positive. With this sound profile, some tracks may sound convoluted and the highs, especially from the singers, reverberate with strident noise. You might notice this when playing an animated pop, for example.
In another scenario, with rock playing, the Edifier earphone soon shows other limitations. Just drop in a Creed track to feel a strong jumble between mids and bass. In the end, everything is very congested and it’s almost impossible to hear at high volume. It’s a limitation that bothers me, but it shouldn’t cause headaches for you who aren’t that demanding and just want a basic headphone for everyday use.
Microphone and battery
In the microphone we have the following scenario: even highlighting the cVc noise reduction technology, the Edifier TWS200 cannot eliminate the noises around it. Also, although I have the legs to house the components, I found the audio to be very low. For quick calls and audios on messengers, they should do the job.
In autonomy, the company talks about six hours of reproduction with the headphones and 18 hours when combined with the case. Overall these are good numbers, but I would be even happier if Edifier were able to raise the runtime to seven or eight hours. In practice, performance is not pleasing. Connected to an iPhone 12 with the volume at 50%, the Edifier TWS200 played for just 5h21min, far below the combined time.
Edifier TWS200: is it worth it?
I’ve been praising Edifier for a while for producing decent input headphones, but this time the company let me down. It had been following a vigorous path: there are models with unique design, high quality sound and excellent connectivity for the category. The Edifier TWS200, however, is the opposite and, in my opinion, it came to market with many problems that contribute to the feeling of a second-rate product.
First, Edifier is not the only one to copy AirPods, after all brands like Huawei, Realme, Xiaomi, QCY, Pamu and others also have models that refer to the Apple device. But considering Edifier is a respected company in the field of sound, I was really hoping for something more original in their entire lineup. I don’t exactly know if copying is a sales-boosting strategy since AirPods are so popular, but this practice among brands definitely needs to end.
Furthermore, not allowing lanes to fast forward and rewind is a serious problem. The Edifier TWS200 doesn’t make my list of best input headphones, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it. Although I prefer the signature Edifier X3 and Redmi AirDots 3, the TWS200’s sound is good for the category and will please many people for its vibrancy. It still has a comfortable design and an affordable price. But even with these highlights, the TWS200 is still a troublesome phone.
Fone Bluetooth Edifier TWS200
- Phone has a good price for the category
- Model has aptX codec
- “Unique design, clean and elegant”. Hi?
- It is not possible to fast forward and rewind the tracks through the headphones
- Autonomy much lower than expected
- Sound can snag easily