Edifier TWS6 True Wireless Earbuds Review
Want to know all about the TWS6 Earbuds from Edifier? then you’ve come to the right place! With over 60 hours of testing, it’s time to spill the beans on their latest flagship set of True Wireless Earbuds.
Edifier have done a great job with product packaging and accessories. The TWS6 earbuds come in a flip-open retail box along with 4 sets of ear-tips, 3 sets of ear-wings and type-C USB charging cable.
Each set of ear-wings and tips are of different sizes. Furthermore, two of the ear-tip sets are made of memory foam. With this selection, you’re guaranteed to find a combination perfect for your ears. Along with the accessories is a very basic user manual. For those looking for a little more info on the product, Edifier has a more detailed version online, you can find it here.
Design and Build Quality – The Earbuds
Edifier TWS6 earbuds are exceptionally compact for a set of true wireless earbuds. The ergonomic housing has a matte finish and is available in classic black or white. Each bud is clearly marked with an ‘L’ and ‘R’ on the inside. As a result, it’s very easy to identify them when it comes to placing them in your ear or back in the charging case.
The Fit and Comfort
These are, without any shadow of a doubt, the most comfortable and well-fitting set of True Wireless Earbuds I’ve come across.
They sit so snugly in the ear and hardly protrude at all. Subsequently, the fit straight out of the box has been so good that I’ve found absolutely no need to make use of the ear-wings. Perhaps if I were performing some elaborate cross-fit exercise (not gonna happen), there could be the possibility of finding a need for them.
Here’s a shot of the TWS6 earbud with a wing fitted for those who are interested. Personally, I’d hesitate to use them unless totally necessary. Although they have cutouts for the charging pins and microphone, I think there’s a good possibility of the wings shifting and partially obstructing the mic during calls.
Let’s look at the Charging Case
The Edifier TWS6 case is very similar in design to the Apple Airpod’s case. It has a sturdy hinge and features a Type-C USB charging port on the underside. In addition to the port, the case will also recharge wirelessly when placed on a Qi Charging Pad.
While charging, there is a barely visible orange light alongside the USB port. Whilst I do prefer a subtle light when charging, especially overnight, I have to say this one could be a touch too discreet. Furthermore, in the absence of any battery status indicator, there seems to be absolutely no way of knowing how much charge is remaining on the case.
This isn’t a huge issue, as the case only takes a couple of hours to recharge fully. However, it might have been nice to press the button on the case and have the light flash a number of times to indicate the battery level. – Perhaps that’s possible with a firmware update sometime in the future?
The Dreaded Curse of The Glossy Finish
Ok, before I begin ranting about glossy surfaces on portable devices, let me just say that I get why it’s chosen over a matte finish on a box-fresh product. You take it out of the packaging, you peel off the protective covers and it looks great. Perhaps if you then handle it with cotton gloves and gently place it in an airtight display cabinet it will continue to look great. However, this is not a reality. Reality is instant greasy fingerprints, smears, dust, and eventually scuffs and scratches.
Let’s face it, anyone that actually uses a product on a daily basis will find it practically impossible to keep a glossy plastic surface in a good condition. Having watched video reviews on YouTube and read countless website reviews, I’ve come to a conclusion. None of these guys has actually spent any real-time with the product. Their cases are all pristine…
In contrast, I’ve spent a solid 2 weeks with these buds, during that time, the case has been in my pocket rubbing up against all sorts of things. I’m not going to sugar coat it, the case is scuffed up, I didn’t expect anything less to be honest. Perhaps a white one would fair better, who knows?
Does it bother me? no, not really, it’s superficial. What really counts is comfort in the ears, audio quality, battery life, and the reliability of the Bluetooth connection.
Aside from the glossy finish and lack of battery indicator, the case is fantastic. The lid opens and closes with precision and the buds drop inside the charging bays effortlessly.
Edifier TWS6 Specification
- Bluetooth 5.0, aptX and AAC (10m Range)
- Mono Mode (Each side can be paired and used separately)
- Wireless Charging and Type C USB
- Touch controls (Play/Pause, Answer/End Calls, Google/Siri control)
- IPX55 – (Dust, Rain and Sweat Proof)
- Battery Life – 8 Hours on the Buds, +24 Hours on the case Total 32 Hours
- Total Recharge Time – 2 Hours (From USB)
- CVC Noise Cancelling Microphone
The Bluetooth Connection
On first use, simply open the charging case, leave the buds docked and press the pairing button until the orange lights begin flashing quickly. You can choose to pair either the left or the right earbud, or both. From then on, just take them out and they’ll reconnect automatically.
The Edifier TWS6’s have Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX codecs, the reliability has been rock-solid, no drops at all after over 60 hours of use. I was even able to side sleep without the signal dropping off the earbud pressed into the pillow, I think that’s a first for a set of True Wireless earbuds.
The combination of Bluetooth 5.0 and the aptX codecs do a good job of reducing audio lag when watching a video. It’s not quite perfect, I think you’d need aptX Low Latency for that, but it’s damn close and practically unnoticeable.
The Simplistic Touch Controls
The touch controls are responsive and very easy to use. Double-tapping the right earbud plays or pauses, double-tapping the left, activates Siri or Google assistant. When a call comes in, double-tapping on either bud will answer and end a call. Double-tapping prevents accidental contact, which I really like.
– But what about skipping tracks or adjusting the volume?
This will be an issue for some, but for me, I’m fine with it. Having used bloated controls on other True Wireless Earphones, I’ve found it unreliable and more of a frustration than not having it as an option. On a big set of headphones, swiping up and down or left and right is fine, but on a set of tiny in-ear buds like these, it’s just too fiddly.
Edifier TWS6 Battery Life
Edifier always knocks it out of the park when it comes to battery life. For instance, their W830BT Bluetooth headphones have a whopping 95 hours playtime. The TWS6’s will last 8 hours per charge, considering how small these are, that’s an impressive number. The case provides 3 additional charges, so in total, you’ll get 32 hours.
TWS6 Audio Quality and Performance
The Edifier TWS6’s have Knowles balanced armature drivers and are tuned to favour the mid-range. Vocals are very crisp and for those that appreciate this type of tuning will be extremely pleased. The lows are ok, but if you’re a bass head, you might want to look elsewhere.
I’ve been listening to Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, some Kate Bush, and the new Haim album and the TWS6’s have been absolutely perfect for this type of music.
Whenever I’m testing out a new set of headphones or earphones, I’ll compare the sound to my Tin T3 IEM’s. Similarly, they also use Knowles balanced armatures, along with PU+PEK Dynamic drivers. Anyone looking for absolutely stunning audio for a crazily cheap price, you should definitely get a set.
While it would be untrue to say that the TWS6’s sound as good, they definitely do an ok job considering they don’t have the baggage of an 8 core silver-plated oxygen-free copper cable yanking at your ears. Doing away with a cable will always have a knock-on effect on the audio. That said, putting any of my other true wireless earphones up against the Tin T3’s it would be a very depressing affair. However, as far as wireless earbuds go, the Edifier TWS6 are at the top of the list for audio clarity.
The Microphone on the Edifier TWS6 Earbuds.
I’ve had dozens of calls on these over the last couple of weeks. Not once have I been asked to speak up or repeat myself. Furthermore, many of the calls have taken place while walking alongside a busy road. The CVC noise cancelling technology is clearly doing its job. Additionally, the passive noise reduction you get from these earbuds is unbelievable.
At the time of writing this review, Edifier is offering a whopping 50% off on the TWS6 earbuds. At that price, you’d be an absolute fool to not buy them. If you’ve missed that deal and you’re wondering if they are worth the regular price, I’d say yes. They certainly tick the boxes when it comes to audio clarity and comfort. Anyone looking for true wireless earbuds that don’t dangle or protrude too far, these are a great choice.