The Chinese company Aukey is not yet one of the best-known headphone manufacturers in this country, but all of the devices we tested made a good impression. Whether this is also the case with the true wireless version EP-T21 is to be clarified in the test.
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Quality & Comfort
The design of the Aukey EP-T21 is slightly reminiscent of the Apple AirPods with their elongated stem. With dimensions of 4.2 centimeters in height, 1.9 centimeters in width and almost 2.5 centimeters in depth, they are not exactly filigree and always clearly visible in the ear. The user can easily grip the earbuds and does not make any accidental touches on the touch-sensitive back. In terms of color, the Aukey are completely black, not even a logo loosens up the color unit.
We don’t have much to complain about in terms of build quality. The two earbuds are made of shiny plastic that do leave fingerprints behind. In addition, the plastic used is beautifully robust and cannot be bent even under great force. The earphones each consist of two halves of the housing. However, these are so seamlessly connected that at first glance they could also be made of one piece. There are no gaps in which dust or dirt can collect.
The Aukey EP-T21 are pleasantly light and the weight does not stand in the way of wearing comfort. Even after prolonged use, the earphones are not a burden for the wearer. But apart from that, they feel very comfortable in the ear. If you don’t concentrate on it, you will forget them – perfect. So that every user can find the right size, there are three pairs of silicone pads included. The customer / user does not have to be afraid that the plugs will fall out during exercise. In the case of very jerky or rapid movements, however, it can happen that they slide out a little, but this is not a major problem.
Aukey saved himself an active noise suppression, but this is not surprising given the low price. Since the headphones do not close the ear completely, noises can still get through even at high volume. Thanks to IPX4 splash protection, the true wireless headphones can withstand sweaty activities unscathed.
Comfort & Operation
Operation is touch-sensitive on the back of the two earphones and is not self-explanatory. Here, however, the detailed, multilingual instructions that explain all control commands can help. The operation is internalized very quickly, but that does not mean that it works perfectly. For example, tapping one of the two earphones twice pauses playback. A short hold regulates the volume, a longer press jumps to the next song. Estimating the different periods of time is particularly difficult. Overall, the two keys are also quite sensitive. It often happens that the user makes inputs when inserting or adjusting the plug. Tapping the right earbud three times activates the voice assistant of the smartphone used. This works without any problems and the integrated microphone does a good job – also when making calls, of course.
Bluetooth is in the current version 5.0, but the connection quality is not quite perfect. If the playback device is close to the Aukey, the quality leaves nothing to be desired, even in the trouser pocket we do not notice any breaks or interference. However, the connection quality is greatly reduced by walls. Already in the next room we noticed clear breaks and disruptions. To connect the headphones to other Bluetooth-compatible devices, simply switch on both earphones and put them into pairing mode.
The charging case is kept nice and compact and doesn’t weigh much either. This means that you can easily carry the Aukey within the case in your pocket. Thanks to magnets, the two earphones sit firmly in the recesses provided. As with many other true wireless headphones, the case can also charge the earbuds. The user is happy to receive up to three additional charges. With one charge, the earphones last just under 4.5 hours. It takes just under 1.5 hours in the charging case until they are fully charged again.
The latter, incomprehensibly, still uses the outdated MicroUSB connection. In addition, the charging cable is extremely short, so that the case almost always dangles from the socket. A status LED on the earbuds provides a rough overview of the current battery level. If the lamp lights up red, the battery is running low, if it lights up green, there is enough juice left.
In terms of sound, the Aukey EP-T21 deliver a good performance and generate a fairly wide stereo panorama. The overall sound is balanced, no frequencies come to the fore. Bass is clearly present and is pleasantly crisp, but never becomes dominant. Only when the playback is very loud does it muddy and hum slightly on the ears.
Overall, the earphones offer a rather warm sound. Mids and highs come into their own, even if it is of course even more detailed. The Aukey are far from sounding dull, however. When rummaging through the music landscape, the EP-T21 reveal no preferences. Hip-hop and electro fans get their money’s worth as well as rock lovers. But even classical music is definitely fun with the headphones. The pieces sound beautifully transparent and open and the headphones score with good audibility. The voice reproduction, on the other hand, could be a bit more detailed, but nasality and hissing noises are not overemphasized
Conclusion: AUKEY True Wireless Earbuds
The Aukey EP-T21 convince with a good price-performance ratio. In terms of workmanship, they do not fault anything. The operation is a bit clumsy, but it works for long stretches after getting used to it. In terms of sound, the headphones leave a good impression and score with a balanced sound.
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Last product update on 2022-09-29 | Source: Amazon Affiliate