Totally Wireless Stereo (TWS) earphones, otherwise known as true wireless, are a hot category right now. There’s a reason for that; many new mobile devices, including the latest generation of iPhones and Android phones, don’t include audio jacks, which means you can either use an adapter with 3.5mm wired headphones, or you go completely wireless. Most readers will agree that going wireless is convenient while exercising or for any activity, since you aren’t bogged down by a tangle of wires.
While I still prefer wired headphones and earphones, I can’t deny the ease and convenience of using TWS earphones. For something discrete, easily pocketable, and easy on the pocketbook (US$80), I would recommend the Tranya T10. These are true wireless earphones that offer impressive features like up to 32 hours of battery life (including use of the charging case), full touch controls, HD Audio, 12mm Graphene drivers, wireless charging, USB-C and IPX7 rated waterproofing (though not recommended to be submersible).
The T10 comes in a relatively tiny egg-sized charging case that is pocket-sized and can be easily carried around. This is one of the first charging cases I’ve seen with a USB-C fast charging port in a sub $100 price, that also has induction charging (Qi standard) and an LED charge indicator.
Just like any true wireless buds, the T10 earphones charge inside the case. These buds are actually perfectly sized. I’ve used a few wireless earphones that were way too large and very uncomfortable to wear after a short period of time, but the T10 are not like that. The ear tips fit right into my ears and the short main body sits comfortably within my ear canal. There’s no pressure being put on any part of my ear and they’re so lightweight that I can barely feel them. When worn, the T10 earphones are very stealthy and sit fairly flush with my ears. I much prefer the fit of these “phones” over Apple’s AirPods 2.
Specs and Experience
The T10 lasts about eight hours on a single charge, which can be extended with the use of the charging case to a full 32 hours of usage. When you need to charge the case, the USB-C fast charge technology can give you 90 minutes of play-time with just a 10-minute charge. It takes about an hour to fully charge the earphones and about two hours to fully charge the case. These are not only published numbers, but numbers I confirmed after using and charging the T10 earbuds several times over the past month.
The T10s automatically pair with a Smartphone when removed from their case. I effortlessly paired with my iPhone 8 Plus and when putting them back in the case, the earphones instantly disconnect. During my month-long review of these earphones, I’ve had only two random disconnections. The same thing can’t be said with my AirPods 2.
So how do they sound? This is yet another set of earphones that I find to sound better than what are really considered the industry standard, the AirPods 2. The bass is ample (thanks to the 12mm graphene drivers), midrange is clear, and treble is not harsh in any sense of the word, creating a very satisfying sound. While obviously not recommended for proper listening but handy for say a phone call, I do like the fact that you can choose to just wear just one earphone, either the left or right, if you desire. It doesn’t matter which one you choose – a feature just like with the AirPods.
While the Tranya T10 are far from being audiophile quality, if you’re looking for a better-than-decent pair of wireless earphones, take a look at Tranya T10. Their case is small and pocketable, it charges via standard USB-C cable and Qi wireless charging, and they sound very good for the price. Considering that these are less than quarter the price of the Apple AirPods and sound superior to my ears, they’re a no-brainer alternative option.
- Bluetooth version: 5.0
- Audio codecs: SBC, aptX, AAC
- Drivers: 12mm dynamic with graphene coating
- Bluetooth profiles: A2DP/HFP/HSP/AVRCP
- Range: 35 feet/10m
- Microphones: MEMs cVc 8.0 noise reduction
- Charging: USB-C or wireless
- Playing time: 8 hours (earbuds)
- Earbud battery: 50 mAh
- Standby time: 120 hours
- Case battery: 480 mAh
- Charging time: < 2 hours
- Charging voltage: 5V
All photos courtesy of Tranya