Sound, colored lights and gamer mode. O Edifier GM4 Mini 1 is the brand new TWS headset specialized in audio for the gamer audience. It is a miniature version of the Edifier GM4 and delivers a case with a showy design, hidden LEDs, Bluetooth 5.0, IPX5 protection and battery for up to 22 hours of playback. Costing R $ 399, the GM4 Mini 1 will battle with the BlitzWolf BW-FLB2 Gamer and the Realme Buds Q.
But how is the latency of this model? And does it make sense to buy a TWS gamer? I spent a few days testing the Edifier GM4 Mini 1 and now I share my experience of use.
Video review of the Edifier GM4 Mini 1
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Design, comfort and case
Even with LEDs to prove it is a gamer device, the Edifier GM4 Mini 1 is not as flashy as other products in this category. The headphones are small and very light, each wearable weighs only 4.5 grams, but in addition to the lightness, what most caught my attention was the finish. The devices are made of plastic and, at the end, they gained a shiny material, responsible for further enhancing the look.
The “H” from Hecate, the brand that identifies Edifier gamers headsets, is hidden on the outside of the headphones. Whether listening to music or playing on your cell phone, these LEDs are always on, blinking slowly. Now, you may be asking yourself: don’t these LEDs consume a lot of batteries? I’ll talk more about that later.
As for comfort, Edifier is to be congratulated. I don’t remember having rated such a comfortable TWS in the past few months. This reveals that the company has not only thought about latency and this well-being offered is very convenient for those who spend more than an hour playing games. For a better fit, two extra pairs of erasers are shipped in the box. I honestly do not know if you intend to use them in the gym or in any outdoor activity, but if you find it interesting, the headphones have IPX5 certification, protection against low pressure water jet.
The gamer case of the GM4 Mini 1 houses a 500 mAh battery. Unlike wearables, the material is very simple, but the design is interesting: the brand put another golden “H” on the cover; there are three LEDs on the front, while the power port (USB-C) is on the back of the accessory.
Features and connectivity
The GM4 Mini 1 has gamer mode and music mode. According to Edifier, the first promises low latency of 65 milliseconds and the second guarantees HIFI sound quality. Both settings need to be activated directly on the devices: three taps in a row on the right side activate and deactivate gamer / music mode. Before talking about the performance, it is worth remembering that, even by ringing, you can answer calls, activate personal assistants and control tracks. But the option to adjust the volume equal to that of the Edifier TWS1 Pro was lacking.
I used a Motorola Moto G60 to evaluate the performance of the GM4 Mini 1 and I confess that I did not feel any significant changes when switching between music and gamer mode when playing Asphalt 9, PUBG and Call of Duty. In both configurations it was possible to enjoy the titles without difficulty and I could even notice an immersion, especially with the action games, as the last two mentioned. You hear the steps, dialogues and background shots clearly.
The latency tests on YouTube don’t let me lie. I reconnected the GM4 Mini 1 to a Moto G60, but I also tested it with an iPhone 12 and a notebook. Video latency simply does not exist regardless of the mode set. Ultimately, the gamer mode does not deliver a superior experience.
In connectivity, it has Bluetooth version 5.0 and the communication with all my devices was very fast during the tests. The stability also pleases and the GM4 Mini 1 does not get to lose the connection easily when the cell phone is distant.
The sound quality of this phone impressed me more than the gamer proposal. He tends to exalt the bass and sub-bass – anyone who follows my analysis already knows that I love this signature. Even with this proposal, I must point out that the GM4 Mini 1 is not that type of phone with thunderous beats, so there is a small chance that it will please those who like a more open sound.
In Upside Down, by Diana Ross, in addition to the crystalline and well positioned vocals, I hear the deaf, the cymbals and the bass drum, as well as the bass and piano. At the height of the song, part of which comes the vocal backing with Diana and the more serious instruments, the GM4 Mini 1 remains stable, even at high volume.
Already Again, by Lenny Kravitz, sounds less full-bodied, with more active mids and trebles, and, again, I continue to identify the main instruments, while the vocal does not conflict. There is a bit of stridency in specific moments, when, for example, the guitar gains more space on the track. This small limitation, however, only disturbs when the volume is high.
Now, in another more complex scenario, with In the Name of Love, by Martin Garrix, in reproduction, Bebe Rexha’s trebles are not so strident and there are no signs of embolism. The bass, more weakened in this song, are still felt, but are not as striking as in other more expensive headphones.
Microphone and battery
In turn, the microphone is not spectacular, but it is good. Of course, there are some limitations, such as Bluetooth compression and slightly more distant voice, but for a basic product, the quality is acceptable. You will be able to use it during a phone call on the street, in video calls and with mobile games.
The battery, however, is the most delicate point of this TWS gamer. Edifier promises up to 22 hours of sound with the case, 4 hours with headphones and 18 hours with the case. These 4 hours are much lower than expected, especially for a gamer product. In my view, the main obstacle to autonomy is the LEDs, which are basically here to “decorate” the devices.
In my tests, connected to a Moto G60, the headphones played for only 3h39min, an even more disappointing number. I repeated this assessment, but now with an iPhone 12: the gadgets played via Spotify, with the volume at 50%, for 3h56min. Difficult to swallow, isn’t it?
Edifier GM4 Mini 1: is it worth it?
The Edifier GM4 Mini 1 has a striking proposal, given that the differentiated design, the LEDs and the gamer / music modes are good differentials for a relatively accessible headset. I, honestly, am in doubt about the gamer subscription, since any other model with low latency can perfectly suit those who play. And yes, that means that, for that purpose, the GM4 Mini 1 would not be my first purchase option today.
Let’s think that, instead of enabling and disabling the feature, it would be more interesting to deliver a product ready for games and music. After all, people want a good quality headset with no delays, be it in the PUBG or to watch a video on YouTube. The idea of introducing LEDs is cool and makes the TWS more beautiful, but Edifier shot himself in the foot, because the GM4 Mini 1 does not have a good range and the lights can influence here.
Even with the conflicting points, I can still like this model, because in the main, it pleases: the sound is excellent for a phone that is neither intermediate nor top of the line. The brand has hit a lot in this entry category and the feedback from customers only reinforces what I think. The Edifier GM4 Mini 1 is not the best TWS gamer, but, in sound, it is one of the best in the entry category.
Bluetooth headset Edifier GM4 Mini 1
- Delivers beautiful design and is comfortable
- The sound quality surprises
- You can feel an immersion in games
- Autonomy is terrible (even more for a gamer phone)
- Do you need gamer mode and music mode?
- It is not possible to control the volume via headphones
- Battery Life: 4 hours (phone) and 18 hours (case);
- Recharge time: about 1.5h;
- Connections: USB-C;
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0;
- Audio decoding: aptX, PixArt;
- Driver: 6 mm;
- Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 KHz;
- Microphones: yea;
- Protection: IPX5.