Honor Choice Earbuds X5 Review: Good Sound, Reliable Battery Life on a Budget

Mar14,2024


Honor recently launched the Choice Earbuds X5 in India as the company's latest true wireless stereo (TWS) earphones with support for Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). The wireless headset is claimed to provide up to nine hours of playback with the ANC feature turned off – or up to 35 hours total with the charging case – while the earphones have an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance. I've spent a few weeks using the Honor Choice Earbuds X5 and here's what I think about this wireless headset.

Honor Choice Earbuds X5 review: Design and features

Choice Earbuds While the case looks similar to its predecessor, the company has changed the position of the earphones so that the stems are next to each other, while the eartips are on the opposite side. I can easily open and close the case with one finger, and the earphones hold firmly in place while charging.

Due to the all-plastic design, the Choice Earbuds X5 are very lightweight. Its individual weight is 4.6 grams (each earphone) and with the charging case it weighs 50 grams. There is an acoustic vent at the rear end of the earphones, while the microphone is located at the bottom of the stem, between the charging contact points. They don't have a dedicated sensor to detect when you take them out of your ear, so music will keep playing until you use the pause signal.

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Honor Choice Earbuds X5 are available in a single white colorway

The earbuds and charging case have a glossy finish that attracts traces of dust and smudges, and the latter has a single LED indicator on the outside that tells you when it's time to charge the headset. There is a USB Type-C port at the bottom and the headset comes with three eartips in the box. While earphone fit can be very subjective, I found this headset to be quite comfortable to wear for about an hour without much fatigue.

Honor Choice Earbuds X5 review: Apps and specifications

If you have an Android smartphone, you can download Honor's AI Space app that allows you to pair the earphones and control various settings and features. The app requires you to sign up using your phone number, there's no way to bypass the login process and just use the app. The AI ​​Space app allows you to pair the earphones with your smartphone or tablet – the earphones automatically enter pairing mode for the first time, while you tap and hold the touch panel on either earphone to initiate the pairing process. can do.

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Once you've paired the earphones, you can choose from three equalizer presets – more about these in the next section – that affect the audio output on the Honor Choice Earbuds X5. You can also adjust the tap controls on the earphones which offer single tap and double tap options along with support for long-press shortcuts. The location of the touch sensor is high on the stem, which means you won't accidentally trigger it when you take the earphones out of your ears.

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Honor Choice Earbuds X5 can be controlled through Android applications

Honor Choice Earbuds You can double tap to answer or hang up a call, and the same gesture can be used to control playback, or summon Google Assistant/Bixby. The triple tap gesture lets you switch to your previous device or enable low latency gaming mode.

However, it's worth noting that if you have an iPhone, there's no way to access any of these functions. You can still pair earphones and access basic sound modes on iOS, but you can't change the equalizer mode, modify touch controls, or download and install firmware updates.

Honor Choice Earbuds X5 review: Performance and battery life

According to the company, the TWS earphones are equipped with 10mm dynamic drivers and offer support up to 30dB ANC. These also feature environmental noise cancellation (ENC) during calls. These have an IP54 rating and are claimed to deliver up to 9 hours of playback on a single charge.

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Honor Choice Earbuds X5 TWS earphones are lightweight and comfortable

The Honor Choice Earbuds X5 have three equalizer modes – Bass Boost, Default, and Treble Boost. The default mode provides clear audio playback when listening to most music genres, but you can tell there's been some emphasis on bass at the expense of some detail. The company hasn't included a graphic equalizer, which means you're limited to these three presets.

I found myself switching to treble boost mode while listening to Brahms' Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90: III. Poco Allegretto by James Levine, and similar recordings that have much more detail. You'll also want to use this preset on tracks like Adele's Set Fire to the Rain, or Birdy & Rhodes' Let It All Go, so that the vocals aren't affected.

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The mids tend to get a little muddy due to the bass, and the vocals sound a little spaced out on some tracks, but these TWS earphones definitely punch above their weight, especially in these genres. I had no complaints with how the earphones handled Carnival of Rust by Poets of the Fall, but it was unable to handle Your Side of Town by The Killers, which is quite a busy track.

If you listen to very bass-heavy tracks, the Honor Choice Earbuds Clean Bandit and Topic's Drive (featuring Wes Nelson) sounds great, as do Dua Lipa's Physical and Kylie Minogue's Padma Padma. The earphones also handle Trampoline by SHAED and Zayn quite well, with the right amount of detail and reverb.

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Honor Choice Earbuds X5 offer up to seven hours of battery life

The ANC mode on the Honor Choice Earbuds X5 keeps out low-frequency hum and noise from home appliances like vacuum cleaners and air conditioners. Although it can't deal with high-pitched sounds, it can “muffle” them a bit, which is more than acceptable for a pair of TWS earphones at this price point.

Honor says the Choice earbuds are Apple Watch. I got about five and a half hours of battery life with ANC on and about seven hours with ANC off.

Decision

If you are looking to buy a pair of wireless earphones that cost less than Rs. 2,000, the Honor Choice Earbuds X5 are a solid option to consider. The TWS headset is currently available at Rs. 1,999 and it offers good audio quality for this price segment with entry-level ANC support. It is compact and lightweight and offers reliable battery life. The inclusion of SBC and AAC codecs means they will work well on both iOS and Android smartphones.

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One big downside is the lack of an official app on iOS – while you can still pair the headset with an iPhone or iPad, there's no way to configure any settings without using an Android smartphone. Although there are multiple touch control options available, the limited surface means you may have to touch the earbuds repeatedly on some occasions.

Although there's no multipoint support available, you can instantly switch between the current device and the previous device with a single gesture – other budget TWS headsets in this price segment also offer similar functionality. This headset competes with the OnePlus Nord Buds 2R and Anker Soundcore R50i – these don't offer ANC support, so if you're looking for a pair that comes with noise cancellation, consider the Boult Z40 Ultra and Boat Airdopes. Worth doing. Flex 454 which is priced similarly in India.


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