Truly wireless earphones are one of the fastest growing technologies when it comes to how we listen to music, and as time moves on we’re seeing new companies create new products that push boundaries. A perfect example of this is Earin, a new Swedish company which has recently released a new wireless earbud concept which is rivalling Samsung’s IconX.
Wireless earbuds have come a long way, and the demand for them is higher than ever after Apple said farewell to the headphone jack. To be a success, they must tick all consumer demands including battery life, appearance, pairing with the phone, convenience and most importantly price.
Let’s see what these Earin wireless earbuds are like after they were put to the test!
When you look at the Earin earbuds, you can see that design has been a major focal point from start to finish. The box they arrive in is sleek and well designed, and you slide the box out to reveal the charging unit, as well as the two earphones. The sleek silver tube in which the earphones are charged and housed also slides open to give you access to the charging ports.
There is an ongoing design in both the case and the earphones of small close ridges. These give both a bit of texture for aesthetics as well as ease of using the sometimes fiddly products. Overall the design is pretty good, the earphones look stylish and feel like they are good quality. It is also nice to have a charger box that is equally sleek.
Earin Pairing and Installation
Pairing the headphones with the phone isn’t very easy, but once they are successfully connected via Bluetooth things became a lot simpler. The issue at first is getting the phone to detect the earbuds, and because it’s not straightforward, this tells us the signal is pretty weak because the phone doesn’t easily pick them up, nor allow them to talk to each other successfully. It can take some time and several resets before they pop up in the list of Bluetooth devices to pair with.
Truly wireless earphones generally connect by having one ear connected to the phone and then relaying the information to the other. This is how the Earin earbuds works, however, it’s also where it struggles. The ears don’t always talk to each other and as a result, the sound can totally drop out of the right ear.
It seems as though the transmitting signal is not strong enough to go through or around your head. In a room, this can be okay as the signal can bounce off the walls, but if you’re out running you may experience some issues. This is a pretty critical error for the earbuds, as the only way to help this is to wait for them to re-connect.
After pairing the earphones you need to install the companion app. This tells you the battery level and allows you to control the volume of each ear. However, this seems like a somewhat pointless endeavour as the regular headphone controls on your phone is plenty for day-to-day operation.
Using Earin Earbuds
The first stage of using the Earin earphones – taking them out of the charger – is by far the most frustrating part of this device. The way the earphones know to connect to your phone is by removing them from the charger case. This process was very fiddly, and you may have to do it a couple of times before they successfully connect. Not only is it very awkward, but you have to remove them by the earbud itself, the part which then goes in your ear. This is not the most hygienic method as anything on your fingers can then go into your ear.
Once you have the earphones out and connected, they’re fairly pleasant to use. They are light, much lighter than their Samsung counterparts, weighing in at just 3.5g. The volume level is reasonably good, around what you would expect from a reasonable pair of regular earphones. They struggle a bit in the lower tones and bass, but higher is clear and relatively crisp.
The battery will last you around two to two and a half hours, which is plenty for a good run, but might not last you all the way through a long gym session. The fit is comfortable; this is a mixture of a good ergonomic design, as well as being so light.
Overall the end experience is a pleasant one. The issue is just getting to that point with all of the connectivity issues. However, using and wearing the earphones is probably a more comfortable and enjoyable experience than the Samsung version.
- Clear sound quality
- Very hard to connect
- Earphones can lose connection to each other
- Hard to remove from the case
The main, and glaring, issue with these earphones is the connectivity. Unfortunately, this is an issue that is hard to look past, especially when you use your earphones, you’ll likely be working out or leaving the house. This means the last thing you want to be doing is standing with a very fiddly case trying to get them to pair with your phone.
Then, once they’re in your ears, you have the anticipation of the right earphone losing connection and cutting out. Though they are comfortable to wear, and the sound quality is good, the connection issues make them a non-starter really.
They cost around $180-$200 to buy (this varies depending on where you buy them from), which isn’t as much much as Apple’s wireless earphones but is still quite a lot of money to spend on something which has a few faults.
Earin shows a lot of promise for the future, and if they can work out their connection issues they could be in contention with the top brands. However, at the moment they don’t have the same quality in the design as Samsung’s Gear IconX, which are fully ironed out. But look out for future models as they could be a hidden gem.