If there’s a sector in technology that I like to follow, it’s the TWS phone. In recent years many companies have started to inject advanced features into popular models. THE Edifier TWS330 NB it’s a nice example. Costing less than R$400, we’re talking about an entry-level product, but it offers active noise cancellation, ambient sound mode, a dedicated app and a more sophisticated finish, reminiscent of – and a lot of – the AirPods Pro.
In terms of autonomy, the company says only 5 hours of sound or 20 hours with a case. So, well below the competitor Realme Buds Air 2 Neo. But is it still worth investing in the Edifier TWS330 NB? Can it be superior to other popular models? I’ve tested this phone over the last few weeks to answer these and other questions in today’s review.
Edifier TWS330 NB review on video
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Design, comfort and case
It’s undeniable. The Edifier TWS330 NB is identical to the AirPods Pro, and if it weren’t for the Edifier ID on the cable, I would definitely mistake it on the street. We know that the brand is not the only one to do this, just look at the Baseus Bowie E8, Huawei FreeBuds 4i and the Realme Buds Air Pro. Inside Edifier itself, you can still find the TWS200, which we have already tested here, and it is simplified version of the TWS330 NB, and it’s also a shameless copy of Apple’s popular headphones.
Despite this, the TWS330 NB is a small earphone, they are well-finished and sit comfortably in the ear canal. This also means that the model is of the in-ear type and in the box the manufacturer sends four pairs of ear tips for different ears. If you exercise, they have IP54 certification here, so they are water and dust resistant. I really liked what Edifier delivered and the headphones remained secure and comfortable throughout the trial period.
The case is also very similar to the AirPods Pro. It has an oval shape, with a USB Type-C connection, an LED on the front and a button on the back for pairing. The accessory is also white and should get some stains over time. At least it’s easy to carry and shouldn’t cause day-to-day discomfort.
Features and connectivity
Another thing that makes the TWS330 NB stand out from other input gadgets is the application integration. They provide Edifier Connect, which is available for Android and iPhone (iOS). I already knew it and, as I said in previous reviews, it is a simple app, with a basic layout and essential functions. What I liked about this time is that, within seconds, Edifier Connect was able to recognize the headphones automatically.
In addition to controlling noise cancellation, the app lets you adjust touch sensitivity, do a factory reset, and change touch controls. Here, the company made me very happy, as it is possible to control the volume directly from the devices. This is a feature that I’ve been valuing more and more and I hope to see it in other headphones now in 2022, in basic, intermediate and advanced models.
When we get to connectivity, the brand offers Bluetooth 5.0. I was expecting to find version 5.2, as the simpler TWS1 Pro offers 5.2, but oh well. Paired with an iPhone 12, the headphones showed no vulnerability and remain connected and have not lost connection even with the smartphone far away. In terms of codecs, the company only highlights AAC, so iPhone owners will get the best out of high-quality audio. AptX, available in Edifier X3, was ignored here.
Sound quality and microphone
The Edifier TWS330 NB doesn’t sound as closed as other branded headphones. I was even surprised to find that he bets on an open signature, letting the mids and highs sound more freely. For those who don’t know, Edifier usually launches models with full-bodied sound, thinking precisely about pleasing the masses. Even though there is this preference, the low frequencies are always here and I can feel the bass well in dance pop, electronica and hip-hop.
But there’s a catch. Because it is more open, the shrillness comes on the TWS330 NB easily, especially at high volumes. She will always show up in heavy rock, in Creed’s songs, and also in some high-spirited pop tracks, with highs in the ceiling, like Boy With Luv, do BTS.
In hip-hop, the beats reproduced by the TWS330 NB are not so strong and even bass-laden songs sound balanced. In general, I really liked the sound of this headphone and, despite some limitations, normal for a product of this category, you’ll be able to listen to its tracks without major discomfort.
On its website, Edifier highlights an AI-powered noise cancellation for phone calls, for example. The truth is that I didn’t notice any difference and the quality of the capture is just ok. You can feel the compression of Bluetooth during the entire communication and the microphones cannot separate voice and noise.
Noise and battery cancellation
The Edifier TWS330 NB doesn’t have good passive isolation, but you do get active noise cancellation (ANC). First of all, it’s important to emphasize, once again, that this is an input phone, so you can’t expect a very efficient ANC. It operates in a very restricted range and will have difficulties to reduce some external interference. So much so that, during the tests, I was barely able to differentiate between normal and noise canceling modes.
What can you expect? In high sounds, true wireless can reduce some interference, but low sounds should not be reduced. You will still hear the motorcycle, the truck and other people’s voices when you are on the subway. It seems to be “something normal” among these models, because the Realme Buds Air 2 Neo doesn’t offer an interesting ANC either. Ambient mode works well and in the app you can adjust the intensity of the capture.
Let’s talk about battery. Looking at the specs, Edifier doesn’t present such encouraging numbers, after all it can play for only 4 hours with the ANC on and 5 hours with the technology off. In practice, you can see that the phone does not drain the battery efficiently. On a test day, I left them playing more or less with the volume at 50% and with the ANC activated: the left earphone rang for 3h29min; the right lost charge 8 minutes later. Therefore, we have a terrible autonomy and far below the competitors.
Edifier TWS330 NB: vale a pena?
Edifier TWS330 NB is a very interesting Bluetooth headset for you looking for something superior to Edifier X3, X5, Redmi AirDots 3 and JBL Wave 100 TWS. That’s because, unlike those rivals, the TWS330 NB offers active noise cancellation and a simple settings app. Overall, this Edifier is an attractive value for money, but we still have a few points to look at.
If you’ve had your eye on the TWS330 NB due to noise cancellation, you’d better change your mind. The technology embedded here is very weak and, considering that, I recommend investing in Redmi Buds 3 Pro, Huawei FreeBuds 4i or Galaxy Buds 2, which are intermediate models, but offer efficient noise canceling. Another disappointing point is the autonomy, which is low, even more considering that the ANC is not that accurate.
In terms of sound, however, it already pleases me for delivering what I expected for an almost intermediate model. The TWS330 NB has an open sound that doesn’t ignore bass. Considering all this, it is even worth it, as long as you are aware of the limitations presented here. It’s a phone that I recommend, especially when the price drops with the devaluation in the coming months.
Review Edifier TWS330 NB
- Comfortable design that does not generate pressure
- Open sound pleases those who like something more neutral
- App is simple but offers good features
- disappointing autonomy
- Active noise cancellation is poor and does not insulate well