Haylou GT1 Pro wireless in-ear headphones for $22.99
With the Haylou GT1 Pro, we are testing our first wireless in-ear headphones from the Chinese manufacturer, which, like QCY, is also supported by Xiaomi. The GT1 Pro may even be the better alternative to the Redmi AirDots.
|Name||Haylou GT1 Pro|
|Driver||2 x 7.2 mm Ø dynamic driver|
|Battery capacity||800 mAh in charging box; 43 mAh per handset|
|Weight||45.1 g; 3.3 per handset|
|Dimensions||22 x 13.8 x 16 mm|
|IP Protection class||IPX5|
|Bluetooth profiles||A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP|
Packaging & Scope of delivery
Even if it probably doesn’t interest the very least, I like the packaging of the Haylou GT1 Pro quite well. The “corporate color” in which the logo is dipped is a beautiful, deep blue, which can also be found on the short side of the packaging. Front and back are otherwise in silver. While on the front you can see the headphones with battery box, on the back there are technical data in Chinese and English, a CE mark is fortunately also available!
The actual cardboard is kept in a plain black, which suggests a certain value – I like it!
It’s standard inside. As with most budget headphones for around $20, you’ll find a very short micro-USB charger cable (one is included), a manual in English and Chinese, and ear cushions in three different sizes.
Design – simplicity is hard to find!
The Haylou GT1 Pro is probably the one with the most inconspicuous wireless in-ears you can buy today. The headphones remind me a bit of TicTacs, even though they are bigger compared to them. But you can find design lines, edges or something similar.
Measuring 21.4 x 15 x 13.8 mm, they are about the size of the Redmi AirDots and weigh just 3.3 g per earpiece. While the Redmi AirDots are partly glossy, partly matt black, the Haylou GT1 Pro are completely in a matt black; as I said inconspicuous.
Personally, I like that pretty much, the headphones are damn compact, which also ensures that no earhooks are needed. If you don’t like huge things in your ears, you’ve found your headphones here.
Of course, a $20€ headphone does not use the highest quality materials. If you compare them with the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro, for example, there are definitely noticeable haptic differences in quality.
If you remain in the budget category, however, the Haylou GT1 Pro is in no way inferior to other headphones. Both the charging box and the headphones themselves are processed without being damaged and there are no material defects. The Haylou GT1 Pro is in no way inferior to the competition from Redmi or QCY.
Sound of the Haylou GT1 Pro
In keeping with the headphone price, the Haylou GT1 Pro wireless In-Ear “only” incorporates a cost-effective 7.2 mm dynamic driver.
Like most of its class, the performance in the bass and sub-bass range is quite impressive. The small headphones produce a powerful sound at the bottom and, in my opinion, perform even better than the Redmi AirDots.
In the upper midrange and the treble the weaknesses become clear again. Fortunately, the headphones don’t sound “muddy” here and the tuning is good overall, but the highs are not very differentiated and some frequencies are completely “swallowed up” by the headphones.
This is especially in comparison to the mid-range, to which I would count the TaoTronics Soundliberty 53, for example, and the upper class.
If you compare the Haylou GT1 Pro with the Redmi AirDots or the T2S from QCY, for example, there are no significant differences in sound quality. Even in a direct comparison with the same song and same volume, it’s not possible for me to detect sound differences.
Listening to music with the Haylou GT1 Pro is definitely fun, especially with the fat basses. You just have to decide for yourself how important sound is to you and whether you have noticed differences between the headphones in the past or whether you simply don’t care.
I would say that at least 60-70% of all people can be absolutely happy with the sound of the Haylou GT1 Pro or similar models like the Redmi AirDots or QCY-T2S. Especially since for most of them it’s just the cheap headphones for sports or a train ride.
The Haylout GT1 Pro offers me a great wearing comfort due to the small and light earphones. With the middle ear cushions they offer a firm hold in the ear and do not slip.
The headset of the Haylou GT1 Pro is absolutely average. During the test phone calls, my conversation partners said that my voice sometimes gets very quiet, and even noise is sometimes a problem. In my opinion the wireless In-Ear is only suitable for short calls, for longer/important calls I would use another headphone.
In this price class the operation via touch panel is rare to find. On the Haylou GT1 Pro, these are well hidden on the back of the earpiece and cannot be seen from the outside.
Xiaomi, on the other hand, opted for pushbuttons in the cheap Redmi AirDots and reserved touch panels for the more expensive Xiaomi AirDots.
One advantage of touch buttons, in my opinion, is that less pressure has to be applied to the handset to perform a function – this reduces the “risk” of accidentally moving the handset inside the ear.
In practice, the touch panels work surprisingly well. Initial concerns that you might accidentally touch the touch panel when inserting or adjusting it in the ear proved to be unfounded – the touch sensitivity was very well adjusted by Haylou.
Functions of the buttons:
|Touch panel||1x press||2x press||3x press|
|left earpiece||play/pause; answer/end call||previous title||start language assistant|
|right earpiece||play/pause; accept/end call||next title||start language assistant|
Unfortunately, the music volume cannot be adjusted with the earpieces, you still need your mobile phone for this. In this price range, however, we can confidently overlook this.
The Haylou GT1 Pro are equipped with Bluetooth 5, so the connection should remain stable at a distance of 10 meters. As with most Budget-In-Ears, the phone connects to the right earpiece and the left earpiece.
Of course, the handsets of the Haylou GT1 Pro can also be used individually, which in case of doubt allows longer telephone calls or music listening in one piece with only one earpiece.
In the test, the Bluetooth connection remains stable at a distance of about 10 meters, which is confirmed by the factory specification. Here, too, there isn’t much or nothing going on between the GT1 Pro and the budget competition.
As already noticed with the QCY-T2S, the connection between the left and right handsets is susceptible to interference. If you put your hands over your ears when listening to music, it happens from time to time that the music is simply played back via the right earpiece. If you take your hands away, the music continues immediately in stereo mode. Especially now in winter, when you are wearing a thick cap, the not optimal connection between the listeners could lead to problems.
Video streaming with the Haylou GT1 Pro
In the video streaming test, under optimal conditions, I didn’t notice any delays between sound and picture on both YouTube and Netflix. I could imagine, however, that things look different in the train or in urban areas (airport or main station).
Like the QCY-T2S, the Haylou GT1 Pro is also equipped with a 43 mAh battery per handset and an 800 mAh battery in the charging box, coincidence? Be that as it may, in the test, at a mixed volume of 50-70% we were able to achieve a runtime of about 3 hours. In this price segment, it’s a standard value that we could also achieve with the QCY-T2S and the Redmi AirDots.
The 800 mAh battery box offers a generous energy reserve, in the test we were able to recharge the Haylou GT1 Pro almost seven times. This results in a total battery life of about 25 hours – that’s something to be proud of.
The Haylou GT1 Pro is another solid budget wireless in-ear that even features touch panels compared to the competition. They react reliably and yet are not too touch-sensitive.
Also the workmanship of the budget headphones is absolutely acceptable for this price range and I personally like the unobtrusive and very simple design. In terms of sound quality, it plays in league with the Xiaomi AirDots and the QCY-T2s. In a direct comparison of the budget listeners, there is hardly any difference.
If not one of the three listeners appeals to you more than the others, I think you can confidently go for the current price.To the gadget