Honor is becoming strong as an independent brand, quickly rebuilding its position to split into more and more markets and segments. The last device we had for review is the Earbuds Choice X – TWS wearable device with a set of features much richer than the price tag suggests.
After spending a few weeks with the white couple we got, we are ready to share our impressions of what is great and what can be improved.
The design and packaging of these headphones is quite simple – a rectangular case, two pads with short legs and a small USB-A – USB-C cable are in the retail box. The body is flat at the top and bottom so it can sit upright. The hinge is not very tight and easy to open, the bus still feels strong enough so we have nothing to worry about in terms of durability.
The pads are standard in-ear headphones that glide smoothly in the case thanks to the magic of the magnets.
Below is a USB-C port as well as a round button for pairing. The case comes with an LED light that pulsates when the device is ready to connect and shows the battery charge level.
Honor has equipped the Choice Earbuds X headphone case with a capacity of 500 mAh, while each headphone has a 40 mAh battery. The buds are IPX4 waterproof, which basically means that sweat and light rain are covered. On the side there are sensory areas to control the phone.
Honor has a special app for additional adjustments to its audio devices, but support for Choice X is not yet included. We assume that they will appear as soon as real market availability appears in the EU.
So we turned to a simple Bluetooth connection that was impressively fast. Also the automatic connection when you take the Choice X headphones out of the case was instant with no problems during our testing.
Unfortunately, one area where the cheaper Choice X price tag shines through is sound quality. They contain a large 12mm dynamic driver with a biodiaphragm, but we get no explanation of what the bioparticle should mean in this context.
The fact remains that the music sounds equally with a lack of bass and limited clarity of higher frequencies. Things improved a bit when we reduced the volume below 70%, but it was still not worth writing about. If they get official app support and equalizers, we can get a little more control over the sound, but obviously the potential is limited, so we won’t hold our breath.
A much more important fix, which will be made by official application support, concerns the dual microphone, which works with “neural network algorithms for intelligent noise filtering.”
This cannot be turned on or off, which means that the random sound of the environment is reproduced through the earphone in the user’s ear – talk on the radio in a taxi, shouting children at home or just a garbage truck on the street.
The two microphones are also not very aligned, so a phone conversation can be perfect only if the stars are placed well – no ambient noise, the buds are properly placed in the ear, and there are no other people in the room.
One thing we liked about Choice X is how comfortable they are. Weighing just 4.3 grams they remain in the ear even in difficult conditions. A member of our team here at GSMArena took them on a six-hour run (yes, indeed) and they required no adjustment for all of this.
The test also confirmed that the advertised Honor six-hour battery life on a single charge (only 28 hours) is true. Choice X went from full to even in exactly 360 minutes at 70% volume.
There’s also a game mode that reduces latency to 125ms due to some battery life, but even that’s a little high for most dynamic games.
Side-to-side touch is pretty standard – double-tap to play and pause music, and answer calls. The game mode is activated by a three-second long press on both buttons at the same time, while one press does nothing.
A two-second press on the right earphone proceeds to the next song, and a two-second press on the left rewinds to the beginning of the track. Theoretically, it should also play the previous song, but in practice it doesn’t work – a long press is two seconds, but if the track exceeds 00:02, it rewinds. This means that the user has to be very fast to play the previous song right at the beginning of the current one, which is more frustrating than convenient.
We have to commend Honor for coming up with these wireless headphones that are easy to pair. Battery life is impressive, the headphones are comfortable and ergonomic with an overall nice design.
Availability is limited even at this point, but users in several countries can purchase Choice X for 50 euros.
Unfortunately, their sound quality is far from impressive, so they are far from a universal recommendation. If you’re picky about this, you’ll probably better spend your hard-earned money elsewhere. However, more casual listeners should be completely satisfied with the latest Honor tape.