Review Bluetooth headset Philco Air Beats: cheap with full-bodied sound [análise/vídeo]

O Air Beats is the cheap TWS headset from Philco IPX6 certified, touch sensitive buttons and battery that guarantees up to 24 hours of playback with the case. Currently, the model is found in online retail for less than R $ 300, but is it worth taking a chance?

Philco Air Beats has been my work and leisure companion for the past few days and I now share all the details in this review.

Video review of Philco Air Beats

Ethics notice

O Tecnoblog is a technology-independent journalistic vehicle that helps people make their next purchase decision since 2005. Our product reviews are opinionated and have no advertising intent. For this reason, we always transparently highlight the positive and negative points of each product.

No company, manufacturer or store has paid the Tecnoblog to produce this content. Our reviews are not reviewed or approved by external agents. Philco Air Beats was provided by Philco by donation. The product will be used in future content and will not be returned to the company.

Design, comfort and case

The Philco Air Beats is a headset for basic consumers. So don’t wait for a dedicated app, noise cancellation and other more advanced features. In the same way, the construction of the product is very simple with plastic and rubber all over the outside. Basically, the brand followed the recipe for other inbound true wireless.

The pink version, which we received for this review, is very clear, but that does not mean that the product is discreet. The headphones are popped out due to the chubby design, at the same time, there is a feeling of firmness, they do not weigh on the ear and even manage to isolate from external noise because they are in-ear. Ah, a blue version is also available.

Philco Air Beats Bluetooth Headset (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Generally, some headphones with this sturdier shape end up hurting my ear, but I didn’t feel uncomfortable during use, thankfully. In the box, the brand sends three silicone tips (P, M and G) next to a power cable and the charging case. For those who play sports, here’s good news: it is IPX6 certified, resistant to high pressure water jets.

Philco Air Beats Bluetooth Headset (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philco Air Beats Bluetooth Headset (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philco Air Beats Bluetooth Headset (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philco Air Beats Bluetooth Headset (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philco, unfortunately, insists on maintaining the already outdated micro USB in its products and things have not changed here; Air Beats deserved to win USB Type C.

By the way, the case has a different shape that reminds me of a soap – it is big and, therefore, keeping it in your pants pocket may not be that comfortable. In addition, the accessory is all rubberized, pleasant to the touch and has no physical button.

Philco Air Beats Bluetooth Headset (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philco Air Beats Bluetooth Headset (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Features and connectivity

As I mentioned, Air Beats did not get a dedicated application, in view of this, it is not possible to equalize or make other adjustments. I do not consider this a negative point, since we are talking about an entry-level product and many headphones that belong to this category also do not offer additional features.

As a result, it would not be fair for me to criticize the company, but it is a pity, as this true wireless has an interesting sound quality.

Regarding connectivity, the phone only took time to pair only on the first contact. Then, the communication was stable, agile and without connection failures.

Sound and battery quality

I was startled when I first tested Air Beats. For an affordable gadget, the sound quality may surprise you. The Philco phone has a very full-bodied, energetic sound and tends to value the bass considerably, which should not please everyone. However, the proposal satisfies me.

Philco Air Beats Bluetooth Headset (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philco Air Beats Bluetooth Headset (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

A less hectic song like All of Me, by John Legend, gains liveliness, mids and trebles are present in almost the entire range. Even with the volume at maximum, there are no noticeable noises that spoil the song.

One Woman Man, a more complex song with many details, by the same singer, sounds with extremely clear vocals and the beats are very striking, and can be annoying with the increase in volume. In electronic music the experience does not differ, however it is impossible to set the volume to maximum, considering that the Philco Air Beats is quite loud.

In rock, it is possible to hear the instruments clearly, except that I had the impression that the Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman tries to dispute the foreground with the drums in Californication, again due to the accentuated bass. The situation was better with the reduction in volume, even so, I felt little noise in this circumstance, but they don’t bother me much.

Philco Air Beats Bluetooth Headset (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philco Air Beats Bluetooth Headset (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

The microphone, on the other hand, is within the expected range for this category: fortunately, it does not leave its metallic voice, but the conversation is muffled.

Regarding the battery, Philco could deliver more, because I only got 3h19min of reproduction, autonomy very similar to that of the Philips UpBeat SHB2505. Meanwhile, the Pulse TWS Touch PH320 manages to reach five hours and the Xiaomi Redmi AirDots provides about four hours.

Philco Air Beats: is it worth it?

If you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford to spend nearly $ 1,000 on a more complete model, Air Beats can be a nice option. Even abusing the bass, Philco was able to develop a true wireless phone with formidable and striking sound quality, very positive characteristics for an input gadget.

Still, some details considered negative, such as low volume noises and impacting knocks, can bother more demanding consumers.

Philco Air Beats Bluetooth Headset (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philco Air Beats Bluetooth Headset (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Other downsides are battery life, which is lower compared to competitors; the micro USB port that complicates the life of smartphone owners with USB-C (which could use only one charger); and a more minimalist case would be very welcome.

In conclusion, despite these cons, the Philco Air Beats is a great entry-level headset at an interesting price. While I was doing this review, it was possible to find the product for R $ 280 on the internet. Redmi AirDots S, Pulse TWS Touch PH320 and JBL TUNE 500BT are other affordable options for you to keep an eye on.

Philco Air Beats Bluetooth Headset

Pros

  • Full-bodied sound for an affordable headset
  • Decent connectivity
  • Interesting price

Cons

  • Battery life does not please
  • Case deserved to win USB-C, right?

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