No wires, good battery life, and it can fit in any pocket
The universe has a rule of thumb according to which quality always comes at a price. BlitzWolf, however, much to our benefit, must have skipped this class and instead of obeying laws supposed to be carved in stone, has attempted to make the jump. Fruitful efforts it seems, as the concept employed and the magic ingredients invested have in the end produced the BW-FYE1 true wireless earbuds. Such rule-defying attitude bravery eminently deserves our respect and attention, so let’s submerge now and try to find out if they have been successful or not.
Design and comfort
In the box you will find a charging cable, three different-sized pairs of earplugs, a compact glossy charging case, and your pair of true wireless earbuds (6.25 grams each). The total weight with the charging case is 60 grams.
The first thing that makes an impression is the small case, which easily fits into any pocket. On the practical side, BlitzWolf has placed four capacity indicator lights on the back of the case, next to the micro-USB charging port.
Each of the earbuds comes with an LED which is red while charging and blue when in active mode. Two transparent holes on the charging case lid allow you to see the earbuds’ LED colors while recharging.
The earbuds look rather cool. Thanks to their soft rubber ear hooks, they fit comfortably into my ears. The feel instantly reminded me of my old pair of Marshall Minor earphones which I have always considered extremely ergonomic.
BW-FYE1 comes with three pairs of earplugs of different sizes. Changing the plugs isn’t easy, but it’s a one-off job and once you get your size sorted you’re on for good. Sticking BW-FYE1 in the ear and getting it out is smooth without compromising the secure fit. Even while walking like an Egyptian in front of the mirror, Usain-Bolting after the train, or splashing water on your face in the gym to appear as if you have been actually working out, it is virtually impossible to lose an earbud.
Honestly, for earbuds at this price I wasn’t expecting much, and just like in fairytales, BlitzWolf BW-FYE1 surprised me with a loud and crisp sound. They perform particularly well in the low- and the mid- frequency ranges, while the highs and the deep basses are not that great. If you listen to drums- and bass-heavy music these might not be the best choice for you.
Using the BlitzWolf to make calls is a pleasant experience – voice sounds natural and rich, and their passive noise isolation is good enough for noisy environments. The microphones, on the other hand, are not particularly strong.
BlitzWolf BW-FYE1 comes loaded with Bluetooth 5.0. The initial setup was intuitive and easy when I paired them with my phone and my laptop. Once paired, they worked like a charm. The connection is stable and reliable. During the week-long testing, I never had a problem or a glitch. They sport a monaural pairing feature which allows for using each of the earbuds separately.
The buds automatically power on and pair with your device as you take them out of the charging case, and respectively turn themselves off once they are back into the charger.
Controls and Functionality
Each of the earbuds has a multi-functioning button, a microphone hole, and an LED indicator. These easy-to-reach buttons have the same functionality with one exception: long-pressing the button on the right earbud plays the next song and applying the same action to the left one goes one song back.
I found all controls to be pretty much spot on. Playing or pausing a song is a one-tap action. Answering/rejecting an incoming call, hanging up, or activating Siri / Google Voice is just as easy. In general, the guys from BlitzWolf did a good job in their attempt to go “one button does it all”. Volume control was the only feature I was missing.
Earbuds’ battery life is nothing but good. During my Spotify marathon tests, the BW-FYE1 lasted for 2:58 hours on average, and that is quite close to the upper limit of the advertised 2.5H to 3H of battery juice per charge. The charging case energy capacity allows for charging the earbuds 4 times, and that should keep you going for at least 12+ hours.
To add up, their standby time is also good. To test it, I intentionally “forgot” them out of the charging box and was pleased to find out they lasted a little more than three days.
Charging the case takes exactly 1.5 hours while charging the earbuds takes between 1.5 and 2 hours depending on the remaining energy in the case battery.
The earbuds look anything but cheap. For this kind of money, the BW-FYE1 offers much more than good sound, decent battery life, and solid performance. The pairing process is seamless. Having a hardware button to control your music and answer calls is a nice touch, especially if you are coming from Apple AirPods, which lack such buttons. The buds are IPX4 Waterproof and sweat-resistant, which makes them a trusty gym companion.
On the downside, the lack of strong and deep bass and the mediocre high-frequency range performance would probably turn off some hardcore music junkies.
However, if you are looking for good earbuds at a decent price, BlitzWolf BW-FYE1 most certainly should be taken into consideration for winning the spot of your next in-ear-hands-free-true-wireless device.