Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro review

Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro

Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro is admired for its innovative approach to the flowing sea of true wireless earphones. The earbud and the lightweight design of the case make it an excellent portable companion if you are able to keep it in your ear. Sure, you can spend your money on better earphones than intended, but then you’ll lose the latest marriage between AI and consumer audio.

Pros

  • SBC, aptX, and AAC
  • Lightweight and compact
  • IPX4 water-resistant
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Poor fit and isolation
  • Battery life
  • Microphone quality
  • Lacks multiconnect

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Box Content

Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro
  • Poduct
  • USB Type-c cable
  • User Guide

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Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro : Design

When it comes to design, the Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro will look just like its predecessors. Because, it retains the same stamped design and odd, rectangular charging case with a few modifications. Moreover, the earbuds come with a more smooth-running design. This makes them look more stylish but hinders isolation as they do not have separate ear tips like Tickpods Free. On the back side, the earbuds include an dazzling new USB-C one on the miniature charging case.

Additionally, TicPods 2 Pro comes with IPX4 rated. Which is unexpectedly downgraded from its predecessor. With an IPX4 rating, it will comfortably resist sweat and water during exercise and during swimming or running. In my experience, if you’re looking for workout earbuds, this is probably not for you. In addition, it impairs poor sound quality, but allows you to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Despite all the drawbacks associated with improper fit and complete lack of seals. Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro has its advantages, namely safety. If your walk to work involves any type of walking, it is important to be aware of your environment. TicPods 2 Pro lets you do this without having to manually enter transparent hearing mode. It’s also easy to hear train tickets and announcements on the intercom.

Touch controls,

Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro

TicPods 2 Pro provide a patented “tickle” touch control. Which give you more point of access to control your earbuds, when you are commuting or walking around town. if you long press the middle button, it will active smart assistance and reject call option. Double tab work for skip song, pick up call and hang up call. Lastly, slide up and down adjust the volume.

Call commands:

 DOUBLE TAPTAP AND HOLD (2s)TAP AND HOLD (3s)TAP AND HOLD (5s)
LEFT EARBUDAnswer call Hung up callIgnore callActivate smart assistant Cancel smart assistantMute Unmute
RIGHT EARBUDAnswer call Hung up callIgnore callActivate smart assistant Cancel smart assistantMute Unmute

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Mobvoi app,

The free “Mobvoi app” app can be found on Google Play and Apple’s App store. And features a 10 band equalizer with presets and the ability to create your own custom presets. The equalizer feature also includes a hearing test function that will personalize your EQ settings based on the results of the hearing test.

This new app does have a depth in customization and most comfortable design to use. But, it does not have the quality like the Sony Headphones and Apple’s app-level but enough tweaks to keep your attention invested. Such as general customization, battery status, OTA firmware updates and customizable 10-band EQ with 5 presets.

How do TicHear and TicMotion work?

Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro

Mobvoi went a long way in ensuring that TicPods 2 Pro frees you from the hassle of messing up your phone or earbuds. The company’s TicHear technology facilitates direct voice command functionality without the need for Wake Word. For example, instead of saying “Hey Google“. Pause music, “You can only say,” Pause music”. This works for basic playback functionality and call commands.

TicHear (Hey Tico) is a big deal for hands-free Siri users. Who don’t want to shell out for the Apple AirPods or Beats FitPro.

TicHear is a clever way to bypass Apple’s H1 chip. For hands-free Siri access, just say, “Hey Tico”. From there, you can inquire about the weather, nearby shopping centers, set timers and more. Using “Hey Tico” on my smartphone is as fast as using “Hey Google”. The only difference is that the former expands the voice of the former Google Assistant more than the latter. Which is a strange but flawed discrepancy.

Furthermore, TicMotion is a unique way to answer or reject a call via head motion. To take an incoming call, nod twice and to reject one, shake your head twice. It’s intuitive, though I often forget that this functionality is available at the moment and I end up simply double-tapping or long pressing the earbud to answer or reject the call.

Each earbud is equipped with an accelerometer and gyroscope for automatic ear examination. Removing an earbud immediately stops playback and re-inserting it resumes playback. This works every time without missing a beat.

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Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro : Sound

Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro has a different frequency response than the company’s first wireless earbuds. The TicPods 2 Pro is less bass-heavy. However, amplification still applies to low notes. Which is necessary because bass response is one of the first things due to auditory masking. While in a quiet environment, I really enjoy the TicPods 2 Pro sound signature. The moment I take to the streets, however, the sound quality deteriorates dramatically and the various instruments are difficult to discern.

Can the Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro be used for calls?

Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro promotes dual-mic arrays with noise cancellation to reduce background noise interference. Microphones work well for zeroing out repetitive sounds like the hum of a dryer but struggle to block syncopated street noise and din in the kitchen. While it does not render low voices completely unrecognizable. It does give them distant and echo-y sounds, which can be problematic during commercial phone calls.

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Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro : Battery

In my test found 3 hours, 39 minutes of playback from the TicPods 2 Pro before the battery cells ran out. USB-C case supports fast charging: 5 minutes in the case provides 60 minutes play time. Generally speaking, the case provides an additional four charge cycles. Thus, it is unlikely that you will ever be without charge.

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Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro : Connectivity

For better connectivity, it provides aptX and AAC high-quality Bluetooth audio codec support. Which benefits Android and iPhone users. However, since it does not exist, the improved sound quality is zero, but you can still enjoy minimal delay while watching the video. That said, when I look closely, I see a slight audio-visual lag (~ 0.5 seconds) from my smartphone.

Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro uses Bluetooth 5.0 and connects quickly to your designated device. It auto-connects to the device used last time and lacks Bluetooth multipoint functionality. Which is a discrepancy but does not disqualify the TicPods 2 Pro from being a solid pair of true wireless earbuds.

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Verdict

If you prefer technology and innovation, Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro will itch and is worth the expense. Especially now that its price has dropped significantly. Water resistance is a smart inclusion because you never know when it might rain in your area. Also, both touch control and automatic ear detection are awesome.

On the other hand, if you are a person who does not value useless features. Then TicPods 2 Pro or a number of AirPods and AirPods Pro options will suit you better. The TicPods 2 Pro is great for a lot of consumers. Though its incredible merits have made it unusable outside of the stable environment. The last thing you want is an earbud to get lost on the somewhere. Then you’re without buds and out of $ 70.

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Frequently asked questions

What should you get instead of the Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro?

The Beats Studio Buds has been a favourite for true wireless fans with tight budgets since its release. It come with a same charging case design, features touch controls, and merits an IPX4 rating. Unlike the aforementioned alternatives, the Beats Studio Buds has dedicated nozzles with replaceable ear tips. That seal to the ear, promoting improved sound quality. Additionally, if you download the Beat app, you can customize the EQ settings by testing your hearing abilities. Or by changing them manually, or with several different preset options.

You can also go with a Urbanista Lisbon instead of the Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro. With just $70, it is not much costly and also give you very features as TicPods 2 Pro. The Urbanista Lisbon has an unsealed fit that allows you to hear your surroundings perfectly. The earbuds stay in place and sit comfortably, though with some concessions. It come with a compact design, 27 hour battery, touch control, voice control and USB Typre-C charging.

Jabra Elite 7 Active is also a great alternative for TicPods 2 Pro. It come with a IP57 rated water and sweatproof, Active Noise Cancellation, HearThrough technology support, 6mm dynamic speakers, Voice Assistants on tap ask Alexa or Google, Bluetooth Multipoint and offers up to 8 hours battery and 30 hrs with the case.

The Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 are not semi-in ear though, what other semi-in ear TWS can you recommend for Android users?

If by semi-in-ear, you mean earbuds that don’t have ear tips that seal your ears. We recommend trying out the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2. These bean-shaped buds are definitely unique. As they do not create a seal on your ears but offer active noise cancellation. People who do not like the feeling of fullness of ear will benefit from this. However, keep in mind that lack of seals means poor sound quality and ANC performance.

Why should I get these over the AirPods?

For one thing, Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro supports SBC and aptX while AirPods (3rd Generation) SBC supports AAC. Thus, Android users will only get the benefit of consistently high-quality codec support with TicPods 2 Pro. Both headsets have an IPX4 rating but the AirPods (3rd generation) cost about $ 100 USD more than the TicPods 2 Pro. TicPods 2 Pro also integrates AI voice control and motion control, while AirPods only has Siri functionality.

How do these compare to the Anker Soundcore Life P2?

These are inherently different earbuds: Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro lacks any nozzles to seal the ears. So you’ll always hear environmental noise. This can be a good thing if you always want to be aware of the environment around you, but tradeoff reduces audio quality. Anchor Soundcore Life P2 has a range of nozzles and ear tips designed to fit most users. Soundcore Life P2 will be better for people with more active lifestyles as they are better fit and have a tendency not to come out. However, hands-free access to the virtual assistant of your choice is very convenient. In which case TicPods 2 Pro might be better for you.

What colors do these come in?

The TicPods 2 Pro are available in ice (white), navy, and blossom (pink).

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