Chinese Tech company Honor, which was formerly part of Huawei has built a solid reputation for affordable but high-quality tech and are aspiring to be the next Apple but aimed at a younger crowd.
The Honor Earbuds 2 Lite are their latest, lightweight wireless earbuds and at first glance, you’d be forgiven for mistaking them for an Apple product.
Firstly, I was sent the white set and the look of these buds very closely imitates that of the Apple Airpods, which can be a good thing if you’re an Android user who likes that Apple look.
The buds are available in two colours Glacier White and Midnight Black which both look nice albeit a little glossy, with a subtle but noticeable Honor logo on the front.
With the thin, plain design they measure 37.5mm x 23.9mm x 21mm the buds are small, but the long stems are noticeable, although not distracting.
Incredibly lightweight weighing only 5.5g, which means they are comfortable in your ears for a decent period of time making them good for work or just listening to music and podcasts, however, they felt a little uncomfortable after a few hours so they may not be a pair to leave in all day.
The case weighs about 41g meaning they are very easy to slip into your pocket and forget about, which is perfect if you want a pair of wireless earphones for on the go or at the gym.
Despite this lightness, the build quality felt solid even though they are plastic, however, I would still be careful throwing them in a bag or purse.
The case itself measures and has a minimal LED light on the front to indicated if the buds are charged, I would appreciate a little more detail like 3 to 5 LEDs to give me a clear level of charge at a glance.
Connectivity was very simple and easy using Bluetooth 5.2, they were easy to find, and the connection was solid with only one or two drops in the entire time I used them.
Featuring an impressive battery life of 32 hours with Up to 6 hours of playback on a single charge the case holds another three full charges.
This will easily last you an entire day and some change, or if like me you often throw your buds in your pocket and forget to charge them up, they’ll likely have some juice left.
The charging case has a 410mAh capacity rechargeable battery and uses a USB-C port for charging like most modern phones, so you won’t have to carry additional cables.
It also features fast charging meaning you can get just under 4 hours playback from only 10 minutes of charging.
The 10mm driver offered a surprisingly impressive audio quality, with detailed sound mid-tones and treble is great, giving a brilliant vocal reproduction however, the bass was serviceable but won’t impress those looking for heavier tones.
I also didn’t notice any lag while watching videos on YouTube and Netflix apps or when playing mobile games which is great for buds in the price range.
The Huawei AI Life app adds additional options and controls for the Honor earbuds. This allows you to change the tap controls as well as turn on or off the noise-cancelling which is handy if you want to save battery or you don’t require it on all the time.
The app also offers a more detailed breakdown of both buds and the case’s remaining battery life.
With an IPX4 water-resistant rating, these buds can resist sweat and are protected from mild splashing water, which is handy if you’re jogging or if you are caught by standard British weather.
The active noise cancelling provided by the wasn’t as powerful as I hoped, and it struggled to filter out noise while I was outdoors, but it did a suitable job indoors or in moderately noisy environments.
It just wasn’t quite strong enough for a busy cafe or office. But it did do a good job of softening the noise of my computer, the fan in my living room and the vacuum cleaner.
Awareness Mode offers passthrough sound if you need to hear sounds from your environment which worked well and was very handy to have especially when you’re suddenly asked a question or need to hear a train announcement.
The microphone quality was good and with the inbuilt noise reduction did a great job of making my voice clear and focusing on me rather than my environment, as well as reducing things like the wind being picked up in calls.
The buds also feature simple touch controls. Tapping them twice will play or pause music, while doing this with a voice call will answer or hang up the call.
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I had mixed results with this as it wouldn’t always recognise my taps and would sometimes register a tap while I was adjusting them which could be annoying.
I like that if you removed an earbud the audio will pause, and resume again when you place them back in your ear, so you won’t need to hunt around in your pocket for your phone to stop playback.
The Honor Earbuds 2 Lite offer a solid, dependable set of earbuds that do so much well, it’s easy to overlook the weak bass and the imperfect touch controls given the absolutely amazing price.
With the above-average audio, a stylish look, fantastically long battery life and higher-end features, like noise-cancelling, the Honor Earbuds 2 Lite are solid recommendations for anyone who wants a great set of wireless earbuds that does it all.