Skip to main content
Loading...

Featured Post

Game Of Thrones Season 8 - End Game With Sinhala Subtitles

Flipboard

Flipboard

Snugs True Wireless Review

Wireless earbuds are all the rage and you're unlikely to find any more comfortable than Snugs. Find out why in our Snugs True Wireless review.

Wireless earbuds are all the rage these days but it's hard to find a pair that both fit well and sound great. Can Snugs solve this problem? Here's our Snugs True Wireless review which uses the Jabees BTwins buds.

It's perhaps a bit confusing if you don't know how it works so… Snugs is a company that specialises on custom moulded earphone tips. These are then partnered with different headsets from different manufacturers.

In the case of the Snugs Wireless you have a choice of three pairs including Beats X, while the True Wireless only come with Jabees BTwins.

PRICE
The True Wireless package comes in at £299 if you're not an existing Snugs customer – ie you need to have your ears scanned so the firm can create a detailed map of your ear and canal so your tips fit like gloves.

If you are a customer then the price drops to £269. Most of this cost is attributed to the custom moulded tips as the Jabees BTwins have an RRP of £99.

Snugs has made it easier to get your digital impressions done thanks to a retail concession in the Tekzone of Selfridges. Here you can just rock up and get your free scan done in no time at all with no need to make an appointment.

DESIGN AND BUILD
There are two elements to the design here as the headphones themselves are made by Jabees. The BTwins are tiny wireless earbuds that come with a selection of different tips – 9 pairs to be precise.

However, the difference here is that you'll leave those in the box and attach them to your made to measure Snugs tips. As mentioned these are moulded to the exact contours of your ears – individually – so it's as if you'd put playdough in your ear but a lot more comfortable.

You can choose from 16 different colours and even have different for left and right to make them easier to identify if you wish.

Comfort is the optimum word here and Snugs are a live saver for anyone who typically finds in-ear headphones a painful or awkward experience. Where this reviewer tends to find them falling out or simply causing agony, Snugs feel incredible.

You can wear the Snugs tips for hours on end and barely notice they're there and also go running or other forms of exercise with almost no chance of them coming out. In fact, ours fit so well they can be hard to take out at times. This is partly down to how small and lightweight the BTwins are at just 4.5g each.

The level of comfort will come down to your ear shape but Snugs technology means there's a slim chance it won't work. If you're not happy with the shape of either tip, adjustments can be made.

A small downside here is that the BTwins needs to be charged via a small battery case. That in itself is fine and normal for wireless earbuds, but you can't fit the headphones into the case without removing the Snugs moulds.

You do get a little hard case so you'll have to carry both around with you if you want somewhere to put the tips while the earbuds are charging.

The BTwins themselves look sleek with a nice aluminium design and on the end are two contacts for charging and multi-function button. You'll use this for just about everything including powering them on, play/pause and answering calls.

If you like, you can just use one earbud on its own like an old-school Bluetooth headset.
SOUNDS QUALITY
As the name suggests, there are no wires in sight here (apart from when you charge the battery case). This means you'll have to connect the BTwins to your smartphone or other devices over Bluetooth.

Perfect if your phone doesn't have a headphone jack as is the case with many these days. The problem here is that Bluetooth isn't as reliable compared to a good old fashioned cable.

When the BTwins work everything is great but we've had a few issues. Occasional drop outs of one or both earbuds is a frustrating thing but we've not been able to use them at all with the OnePlus 5. Some devices, namely iPhones, have been completely issue free.

A note on the official Jabees site says: "Being compatible with all iPhones, iPads, iPods, iMacs, some Android Phones, but NOT for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7."

That's already two major devices off this list with no explanation as to why. We're investigating the OnePlus 5 problem and suspect it might be down to Bluetooth 5.0. Those Galaxy devices are both on version of 4.0, though.

It's not always between the earbuds and the device either, with the two sometimes struggling to communicate with each other.

The other issue here is battery life as the BTwins will only last for three hours of music playback. That's fine if you just want to use them on your commute but for longer periods in the day or perhaps a reasonable length flight and you'll be chucking them in the Power Pouch case to refuel.

The battery case can charge them four times, so there is that, but you'll have to wait two hours if they're completely dead.

When the BTwins are working ok, the sound quality is pretty decent, especially when you're using the Snugs tips. Your custom moulds improve the sound by keeping the earbuds in place, directing the sound better and forming an infinitely better seal compared to a regular tip.

You can pump the earbuds pretty loud without drastically losing the quality and the way the Snugs fit in your ears mean you won't be leaking sound to those around you. We've found the soundscape to be very spacious which is great.

There are no details of the driver size inside the earbuds but Snugs lists a frequency response of 20-20,000Hz which matches the theoretical range of human hearing.

We like the tuning here which is nicely balanced and suits a wide range of music genres. For such small earphones, the bass is impressive here. It's warm and present rather than rich and detailed but does the job if you're into dance styles.

The mid-range makes up a large part of the sound, as it should arguable, with authentic vocals. A typical dip between 1-2kHz, a range most people are sensitive to, avoids a tinny sound. Although the mid-range is strong, the high-end is by no means hidden and there's enough in the mix to produce a well-rounded result.

Overall, the sound quality is decent but not something we're blown away by. It's about what we'd expect considering the price of the BTwins minus the Snugs tips. They are suitable for a wide range of music and most users will find the tuning comfortable.

Comments

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Loading...

Popular posts from this blog

Samsung Galaxy Buds Review

Samsung has introduced a new pair of wireless earbuds with various upgrades including wireless charging. Find out what we make of the Galaxy Buds in our full review.
Should I Buy The Samsung Galaxy Buds?
The Galaxy Buds are solidly good wireless earbuds with comfortable design and reasonable sound quality for an affordable price.
Samsung has added some nice features here like Ambient Sound, but there are also cost cutting measures and iPhone owners will want to avoid considering these as an AirPods alternative.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Review

A mid-range phone with triple rear cameras is a rare thing, especially at under £300 but the Galaxy A7 isn't an instant winner. Find out why in our full review.
Should I Buy The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)? The Galaxy A7 is a decent choice for a mid-range phone if you're looking to spend less than £300. Highlights include an excellent screen, nice design and cameras you'd wouldn't expect to find.
However, unless you're going to use the wide-angle lens a lot there are some strong rivals out there like the Moto G7 Plus and Honor Play.

Huawei Mate 20 X Review

The Huawei Mate 20 X is an obscenely large smartphone but it has many of the features of the Mate 20 Pro for less. Here’s our full review of the huge premium slab
Should I Buy The Huawei Mate 20 X?
With a bigger screen, bigger battery and smaller notch than the Mate 20 Pro, the Huawei Mate 20 X also has the same camera set up and adds a headphone jack. If you want the most screen possible, it might be for you. 
You lose the curved display, wireless charging, full water resistance and secure Face ID but for many that won’t matter if a huge display, outstanding camera and great performance are top of your list. If you want a normal size phone, get the Mate 20 Pro.

iHealth Core Review

This smart scale from iHealth offers detailed body composition measurements, from BMI to visceral fat rating. Find out what we think in our iHealth Core review.
Should I Buy The iHealth Core? We like the way that the Core and Lite scales interact with the other iHealth products, and the Core offers a bunch of useful metrics with which to monitor your health. Setup is easy and the app's graphs give a decent visual representation of your health-metric trends as you progress.

How To Send A Text Message Using Google Home

Google Home might tell you it can't send a text message, but we've found a way. Here's how to set up text messaging on Google Home.
Regardless of what it tells you, it is possible to send a text message via Google Home using the free app IFTTT, as we'll explain below.

Like Fan Page