In-ear headphones aren’t exactly stylish and there’s always this fear that you’ll easily lose either one. I used the Treblab X2 for roughly three weeks and this is how it went.
Before we proceed, I need to get a few things out of the way. This is by no means an expert review; I’m nowhere near an audio expert; I’m just like a lot of you — a casual listener who enjoys a good tune or two. With that said, let’s go.
When Apple’s AirPods were first announced, it wasn’t received warmly. Two small in-ear headphones sticking out your ear is not exactly a good look. It also didn’t look secure and appeared like one might fall off at any given moment.
These concerns remain true today, even for other in-ear headphones. I did a quick poll on Instagram stories to ask people if they dig the look of the Treblab X2. It was a landslide victory for the no votes.
While taking photos for this article, our Creative Director Chay even said, “It looks like there are tiny hammers sticking out of your ear.”
I have to admit, in the beginning, I shared this opinion. Not anymore.
The Treblab X2’s hammer-like design actually helps in keeping the headphones inside your ear. It’s something our Lifestyle Editor Isa isn’t too fond off, but it doesn’t bother me.
I had these on while doing some light basketball shooting drills for a little over an hour and not once did it feel like they were going to fall off. Those drills involve a lot of running and jumping, but even then, the Treblab X2 stayed firmly in place.
It also has an IPX4 rating which means it can withstand body sweat and even a little rain.
I did get weird looks from some people as I made my way to the basketball court. It went on as I was going through the drills. It may take a while before people are used to seeing in-ear headphones out and about.
Inside the box are, of course, the two in-ear headphones. Each one has two buttons and are labeled L and R at the bottom tip so you know which one goes where.
It also comes with a charging dock that doubles as a carrying case. The dock can provide one full charge for each earbud. There’s a carrying strap for the dock so it’s easier to grab.
You’ll also find three sizes of silicone eartips, three sizes of expandable foam eartips, and three sizes of X-Drop ear-fins so you can find the one that works best for you.
Pairing is a breeze. Turn on the right earbud first. When you turn the left one on, it should immediately connect to the right earbud.
Press and hold the power button for about four to five seconds. If you have them on, you should hear a voice prompt say “pairing.” Otherwise, there is an LED light indicator that should blink red and blue to indicate the device is ready for pairing.
The Treblab X2 is made of beryllium — it’s the same material used in other high-end sound devices. How exactly does it perform?
In a word: Fantastic.
I’ve had a rough go with previous wireless headphones. The previous two or three I used didn’t quite live up to their billing and would quickly disconnect from the device even if I’m about 10 or 15 feet away. That’s not the case with the Treblab X2.
It can be paired with two devices and has a range of 38 feet or roughly around 11.5 meters. Once turned on, it pairs to your preferred device right away. There were moments when I would wonder why no sound was coming from my phone. I didn’t realize they quickly connected to the Treblab, but that’s just me being stupid.
The pairing and quick connection is key for me since I’ve used Bluetooth headphones wherein the connection didn’t feel seamless. It’s a little detail that users should not have to worry about and Treblab does it well.
How about sound quality?
As mentioned earlier, I am by no means an audio expert. However, I do deal with audio a lot. I have been in the business of video production for roughly five to six years now (yikes, I’m old), so it’s imperative I always have a good pair of headphones with me to make sure audio is good for publishing.
It produces a clear and loud enough sound that I can maintain focus despite editing in a noisy environment. But it’s not too loud that it would hurt my ears.
The bass doesn’t come at you with full force. Using the Treblab X2 feels more like watching a low-key gig at a bar than being in a jam-packed coliseum concert.
Its passive noise cancellation is great for when you still want to hear what’s going on around you despite having the headphones on. That’s perfect since I also use them while walking to and from work.
I still need to hear if there’s anything coming my way despite “Sugar We’re Going Down” by Fall Out Boy blasting in my ear.
In case you were wondering, I like listening to upbeat tracks while walking so I can keep my pace up. Here’s my playlist if you want to give a try.
Its battery is supposed to last for up to 10 hours. During my test, it actually felt like it lasted longer. I’ve gone two days without charging and I usually use it for roughly six hours per day.
I don’t recommend having it on for longer than four hours. Make sure you let your ears breathe after two or three hours of use. That goes for any in-ear headphones.
Will I use it even after completing this hands-on review? The answer is yes. It does everything I need it to do and accompanies me while playing ball or walking home.
The Treblab X2 performs probably better than you would expect from any wireless in-ear headphones. The look might put some people off, but if you’re after headphones you can use while working out, this is a solid option.
If, like me, you’re fed up with wires magically getting tangled inside your pocket, I would give the Treblab X2 a chance.
Sony XB Series Speakers: His and Hers
Portable speakers for everyone!
Speakers may be made for parties and fun gatherings, but that’s not always the case. It can also be your best buddy, even during times when you’re not out socializing.
In the fourth installment of His and Hers, I went through a different route. I wanted to show how instrumental music is in our lives. These are the latest additions to Sony’s Extra Bass Portable Bluetooth speakers: the SRS-XB41 and SRS-XB21.
Both speakers have the same features and the only noticeable differences are in terms of size and, of course, the party lights. The SRS-XB41 comes in red with flashing strobes and a changing line light in multiple colors. It’s perfect for guys who like it flashy but don’t mind having a bulky and heavy speaker.
The SRS-XB21, on the other hand, comes in white with lights of the same color. It’s perfect for girls who like something that will fit in their bags — something they can carry wherever they go.
Let your heart sing with art
It’s not every day you get to wake up with a beautiful view. So, when creativity kicks in, bring out your portable speaker and art kit! Roll up your sleeves and paint something in sync with the beat. Next thing you know, you’ve already created something you can be proud of.
Beating the game
Some game nights can be enjoyed when you have a friend by your side. But sometimes, a speaker can be enough of a buddy. Play loud music that pumps you up, makes you smash those buttons, clear the stages, and win!
Pretty by the pool
There are times when stress gets the best of us, so it’s important to find time to relax. Put those sunglasses on and show off that new swimsuit you just bought. This splash-proof speaker is a good companion when lounging by the pool so you can listen to some great summer tunes. Now, go ahead, take a dip, and enjoy this moment.
Playing the right jam
After playing ball, you’ll find yourself trying to recover from a tiring game. Pull out that speaker and play your relaxing tunes. With the Sony Music Center app, you can select your favorite playlists, change the lighting patterns and sound modes, and be in complete control of your music. Be your own DJ when you turn on the live mode; you’ll get a festival vibe that takes your experience to the next level.
Lost in music and words
When the weather’s all cuddly and gloomy, it becomes ideal to stay indoors and have coffee by the bedside table. Pair it up with a good book, like Eat, Pray, Love, and a speaker to play some mellow music that soothes you. That’s the recipe for a perfect day!
Own the night
These wireless speakers remind us to stay connected. Invite your BF or BFF to come over and light up the night. Hand over some wine and unwind from everyday stress.
This episode of His and Hers proved that music is a necessary companion in our lives. It has the power to change a person or a place’s mood, and with the right speakers like Sony’s SRS-XB21 or the SRS-XB41, the moment can be more enjoyable and memorable.
Matching Nillkin phone accessory sets makes for great gifts
Gifts for yourself
Smartphone releases are getting prettier and prettier, so it’s only right that phone accessories catch up to this trend.
I tend to think that phone cases, aside from protecting my phone, should add to the whole aesthetic of my handset. And though there are a number of case options and designs to choose from, there aren’t really a lot that have matching wireless chargers and cords.
Popular phone accessory maker Nillkin has stepped up to the design plate to give users just that. They’ve recently announced their gift sets: a box set with matching items that include a tempered glass case, a wireless charging pad, and a 3-in-1 cord. They’re looking pretty good. 😍
The first box is a pink, flower-themed set and it’s the daintiest-looking thing ever. The case and charging pad sport the same pattern with the cord in a matching color theme to boot.
There’s also a blue box that comes with a colorful pattern with purple and pink hues. (My favorite set!)
The third box is a neutral black set — which I really wasn’t fond of, but it looks great in that box set, nonetheless.
Aside from this, Nillkin has yet to announce anything else about these sets, so there isn’t any news on pricing and availability for now.
One thing’s for sure: Once you get your hands on these, all you’re missing are the outfits to match!
EQUA smart bottle will glow when you need to drink
An easy way to keep yourself healthy is to make sure you’re hydrated. However, this is easier said than done. It’s pretty normal to forget to drink water throughout a busy day — I know I’ve done this one too many times.
I’ve learned that it does help to have an app remind you of your water intake, but EQUA takes it a step further with their smart water bottles.
This might look like a normal water bottle, but believe me, it does a lot more. The EQUA bottle glows to remind you to take a sip of water.
It also connects to your phone and the EQUA app via Bluetooth so you won’t have to input your drinking habits — it just knows! 👌🏽
Not only that, it tracks and calculates how much more water you need to drink throughout the day.
Even without your phone, you can just tap the side of the water bottle to find out if you’re on track for the day’s water quota. A quick glow means you need to catch up, while a longer glow means you’re all good and are on track.
No need to fuss about charging, either! The bottle is designed to work for as long as around six months, and then you can just replace the batteries. It’s also dishwasher-safe (just take out the cap and the tracker) so you’ll never have to worry about cleaning up.
It comes in a beautiful rose hue, like pictured above. But for those who aren’t such a big fan of pink, it also comes in a clean, crisp white.
There’s a classic black bottle that looks more neutral for men who’d want to rock these bottles.
They also have spill-proof marble or stone covers that make them look even more unique.
Aside from looking good, each 680ml bottle is double-insulated, which means it’ll keep your cold beverages cold, and your hot drinks hot. It starts shipping out in September of this year and each one comes with a one-year warranty.
Check out their Kickstarter page here.
Image credit: MYEQUA.COM
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