Decent budget TWS in a crowded section
Wings Lifestyle, an Indian audio brand, is slowly but surely becoming a significant audio brand with a wide portfolio of affordable audio products, especially true wireless and neckband-style wireless earphones. Here, we are reviewing the latest Wings Lifestyle True Wireless offer which launched on 18th September, Wings Techno True Wireless earbud with a competitive price of Rs 3,999. Over the past year, however, real wireless offers have exploded within this price range, with brands such as Noise, Bolt Audio, Boat, Realmy and Xiaomi providing lucrative products for consumers to choose from. Wings Techno has a lot of competition and let’s find out if it can stand out significantly in our review.
Construction, design and comfort
Wings Techno True Wireless earbuds have a language with a small but smooth design. The charging case comes in a small square-ish form factor with rounded edges. The plastic body has a matte texture that feels good to the touch but is rather slippery, so be careful when placing the case on curved surfaces.
On the front, there is the Wings logo which is not very noticeable as the glossy black finish of the logo fails to pop out from the matte black finish of the case. There are also three LED lights that indicate the battery life of the case On the right side of the case, you’ll find a micro-USB charging port, which is disappointing because we’ve seen countless real wireless earbuds like the Playgo T44 and Realme Buds Air Sport USB-C charging at the same price. Range
The earbuds themselves have a pipe-style design, much like the Realme Buds Air, however, they have an in-ear design with silicone buds, which we appreciate because they can fit in half the ear. The back of the earbud has a sleek-looking CD-like texture that doubles as touch sensors used to control music playback and handsfree calling.
The buds have an enlarged round bulge at one end which helps the user to sit safely in the ear. People with small ears, however, may feel some discomfort in their ears where this rounded part comes in contact with their inner ear, especially during long listening. The earbud nozzles are angled to further enhance the fit and the company has provided additional silicone tips for those who need it.
Overall, the buds are quite comfortable and sit snugly in the ear. They are quite stable even during activities like jogging, running. You can easily use these buds in the gym as they are equipped with an IPX5 water resistance rating, which means you don’t have to worry about damaging these earphones due to sweat or even light rain.
Wings Techno is featured enough for their price point. Powered by Bluetooth 5.0, the earphones support the AAC audio codec, along with the standard SBC codec. Although there is no aptX support. You also get a wireless transmission range of about 30 feet and while we didn’t test it extensively, the Bluetooth connection seemed extremely stable and could even go through a wall.
Wings are equipped with touch controls for playing techno music and making calls. The controls are fairly intuitive – single tap pauses / plays music, double tap on the right tap avoids a track while double tap on the left tap goes to the previous track, and tapping and holding the right or left key increases or decreases the volume, including earphones. , So triple-tapping any bud will activate your device assistant. However, control does not always serve the purpose. Sometimes double or triple taps are not registered and the music will not stop when we try to activate the voice assistant or skip the tracks, which was a bit exciting.
The battery life of these buds is quite great, the buds provide 6 hours of play time from full charge, while the case is capable of giving 18 more hours of play time, which makes it a total of 24 hours admirable. In our experiment, we used earphones for about 5 days at about 70 percent volume and we could not completely eliminate the charging case.
Listen first, Wings Techno has a nice sound quality, with a bass response that is not too loud and clear voice. The earbuds employ a 5.8mm graphene driver that provides a warm and pleasing sonic experience, which is great for this price range as the earphones in this range usually come with extra, muddy bus response. However, if you listen to these earphones with earplugs, you will notice that the mid-heights and heights suffer considerable damage in detail and quality.
Inside Pull me down By Dream Theater, Claps and high-hat sounds flat and moves in the background, bringing down the overall dynamics of the song. As well as on the base-heavy tracks, when the base reaction thrust must be present, sometimes the earbuds do not manage to drive or stimulate enough.
But as in vocal-centric tracks Hello By Adele, Wings Techno Silky with smooth and clear voice shows quite subtlety which is pierced by other instruments. Overall, we found the Sonic signature pleasing but lacked the polish and detail.
Coming to the microphone, the Wings Techno has dual microphones that work well for making calls and even recording voice notes. The pipe-style design lends itself to better performance of microphones because they are much closer to the face. In the calls, it sounded clear to our voice receiver, but some background sound was taken and relayed.
The last row
Priced at Rs 3,999, the Wings Techno is a decent pair of truly wireless earphones that come with some lucrative features like touch control and 24-hour-long battery life. The charging case is one of the more pockets we have seen when the buds fit nicely into the ear and give a comfortable feeling to most ears. The sound quality, however, is plagued by some loss of detail and lack of drive in bus response. In our experience, the Playgo T44 and Boult Audio Airbass Livebuds had some battery auditory performance compared to these buddies, however, the latter did not feature touch control.