Amazfit PowerBuds sports headphones for $99 introduced
Amazfit presented its new PowerBuds at the CES 2020. These are the first headphones in the product range of the manufacturer, which has so far been known mainly for fitness and smart watches. What should the Bluetooth headphones be able to do and what sets them apart from the competition?
|Model||Earbuds A1965; Charging Case A1967|
|Battery capacity||Headphone 55 mAh (8 hours usage); Charger 450 mAh (16 hours usage)|
|Water resistance||IP55; protected against dust and splash water|
|System requirement||Android 5.0 or iOS 10.0 and higher|
|Sensors||PPG Heart Rate Sensor|
|Weight||7 g per earphone|
Scope of delivery
In addition to the headphones and the portable charging box, the package includes a matching USB type C charging cable, magnetic ear hooks, 4 pairs of silicone earplugs (sizes XS, S, M and L) and a user manual.
Modern but well-known design
Amazfit probably tries to stand out from the competition in terms of design, but they are not really innovative as they are a bit similar to the Redmi AirDots in shape. With a weight of about 7 g per headphone (without earhook) they are also a bit heavier. The headphones and the charging box are available in the color combinations black/red, white/red and white/green.
For additional wearing comfort, magnetic earhooks should provide, which can be removed or replaced as desired and stored in the charging box. They seem to be the first to offer such a function. Anyone who has ever removed and replaced silicone earhooks will certainly appreciate this innovation.
When you are exercising, a PPG heart rate sensor helps you to maintain your blood pressure, which is preset in the Amazfit app. If you exceed these values, a voice message is immediately announced over the headphones.
The headphones also have an IP55 rating, which means that they are protected against dust and splash water/sweat, although comparable models often have higher ratings.
In addition, you can control your music by touch commands on the headphones and by voice control, although an option for volume control is missing here. This unfortunately weakens the argument of not having to take your mobile phone into sweaty hands.
The fact that the word “power” is in the name of the headphones is probably not only meant to refer to the sports aspect. With a runtime of 8 hours (55 mAh) of the headphones, and additionally another 16 hours (450 mAh) through the charging box, you get a value of 24 hours battery life. Moreover, you should be able to use the headphones for 3 hours with 15 minutes Quick Charge charging. This data is definitely impressive, but there are already other manufacturers that advertise with similar values.
With a set price of $99, the PowerBuds are priced significantly lower than many headphones from the major manufacturers. But there are also cheaper models, such as the Xiaomi AirDots Youth Edition, which offer fewer functions. For sports use, however, they seem to be perfectly equipped and come with some features that are missing in comparable headphones. So if you are looking for a pair of headphones for exactly this use, you should definitely keep the Amazfit PowerBuds in mind and wait for our review!To the gadget