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Review: HHOGene GPods light earbuds

The HHOGene GPods offer great sound quality, and their customizable design helps them stand out in a sea of bland-looking earbuds.

GPods earbuds in box
Image: Steve Smith / KnowTechie
The Good
Great sound quality
Light-up design
Comfortable to wear
Easy to use app
The Bad
Pricey
ANC not the best
Bulky charging case
Earbuds are on the larger side
8.5
Overall

The tech industry has an identity problem. When a company hits on a product that becomes so successful, every other tech company rushes to mimic it.

While slight tweaks are made to the various styles, they usually follow a similar pattern. This phenomenon has been in full swing within the earbuds market for some time.

That was the case until HHOGene entered the market with the GPods.

Quick Verdict

The $139 HHOGene GPod earbuds set themselves apart from the pack with a unique design, great sound quality, and decent battery life. They are a bit bulky and can’t be easily transported in their case, but the featured light-up design is what truly shines here.

HHOGene is a new company, and after a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, the GPods were born.

The HHOGene GPods take traditional earbuds’ design and add something unique to the space: customization. They come in black or white, with a unique light-up design.

So, do GPods live up to the hype, or are they just a gimmick? I spent the past few weeks figuring that out. Let’s dive in and see what they’re all about.

Specifications

Bluetooth:Bluetooth 5.2
Dimensions:65x42x39mm (charging case)
Weight:5.4g per earbud
Light Show:Full RGB LEDs
Audio Quality:Audio codes: SBC/AAC
Active Noise Cancellation:25db
Water Resistance:IPX4
Sensor:In-ear detection
Battery Life:ANC On: 4 hours / ANC Off: 5 hours
Charging Case Capacity:20 hours with case
Battery Capacity:Earbuds: 50mAh / Charing case: 500 mAh
Charging Time:1.5 hours
Charing Type:USB-C
Fast Charging:10 minutes fast charging for 2 hours listening
Ear Tips:4 pairs (XS/S/M/L)
Compatibility:iOS 13.0 and up / Android 6.0 and up

Light-up design

GPods earbuds in case on wooden table glowing yellow
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The GPods stem, or ‘shell’ as HHOGene refers to it, has fully adjustable LED lights.

HHOGene says these earbuds display over 300,000 color combinations in addition to four lighting modes: ripple, pulse, bright, and breath.

Each lighting mode causes the lights to display in a different pattern or static color.

The lights are fully adjustable within the app. You even have the ability to create a custom color profile from a photo.

Customizable

To make the earbuds even more customizable, the company offers snap-on shells

GPods earbuds on wooden table with a purple skeleton design
Image: Steve Smith / KnowTechie

GPod shells are little plastic caps that cover the LED lights to create various designs. The shells included are: Tiger Stripes, Dare to Shine, The Ripples, and The Skull.

You can buy these and FIFA World Cup shells separately for $20 each. HHOGene includes four shells in the GPods Premium Set.

Sound quality and features

GPods are solidly built and sound fantastic. They include four different gel tips for the perfect fit. Even after extended play sessions, they never felt uncomfortable.

The 10mm high-definition drivers do a great job of delivering punchy bass while producing crisp and clear sound. These earbuds support SBC and AAC audio codecs.

Listening modes

You get a few different listening modes with the HHOGene GPods.

For instance, there is active noise cancellation (ANC), capable of reducing background sound levels up to 25 decibels. ANC on these earbuds is good but not great.

I could make out some noise around me, but the earbuds were able to suppress it a bit. Don’t expect the GPods to drown out the sound around you completely, however.

GPods earbuds with the word dare shine led on wooden table
Image: Steve Smith / KnowTechie

You can also enable transparency mode if you want to hear the world around you. This allows ambient noise to come in, keeping you in tune with your surroundings.

Transparency mode worked well enough for my use. I did have trouble understanding others around me if the volume was too high, though.

If I set the volume mid-way or lower, I could have a full conversation with someone without pausing my content.

Touch controls and IPX4 rated

GPods feature touch controls to answer and reject calls, skip tracks, pause and play content, or change ANC settings.

In addition, they are IPX4 rated, which means they can withstand a splash of water in any direction.

I wish they were IPX5 for better protection, but IPX4 should be enough to take them out in the rain without worrying about ruining them.

Battery life

GPods earbuds purple zebra led on wooden table
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HHOGene rates the GPods battery life at five hours (four with ANC active) with another 15 hours from the charging case.

During my testing, these numbers proved accurate. With a combination of ANC on and off, I got about four hours and 15 minutes before I had to charge them.

If your GPods battery is running low, a 10-minute charge is good enough for an additional two hours of listening.

Pocketability

The charging case is pretty large and hurts the overall pocketability of these earbuds. At 65mm x 39mm, the case doesn’t easily fit into your pocket.

Large, loose pockets can fit them, but it won’t be comfortable. You can forget about putting this case into tighter pockets. GPods are best carried by hand or tossing it into a bag.

HHOGene GPods app

GPods earbuds app showing settings
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The HHOGene app is where all the customization lives. It’s laid out well and offers an intuitive way to change your settings quickly.

The top of the app features a live view of your current selection, letting you see what your GPods look like without having to take them out of your ears.

The default page is where you adjust GPods lighting colors. You get a selection of preset colors at the bottom of the page, or you can follow a link to see additional color profiles.

Selecting the Light tab lets you change the brightness level, turn the lights on or off, and adjust its lighting modes.

The Hear tab lets you turn on ANC, transparency mode, or turn off noise control altogether. The Shell tab lets you preview various shells and see what they would look like on the GPods.

Hitting the menu at the top left brings you to the HHOGene Shop, where you can leave feedback or get any product help. You can also disconnect GPods from this menu.

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Final verdict

GPods earbuds with ripple shell on wooden table
Image: Steve Smith / KnowTechie

The HHOGene GPods aren’t cheap, with a base price of $139 and the premium set costing $200.

Initially, I was skeptical that the price was inflated due to its unique light-up design. Those worries melted away the moment I began to use them.

These earbuds sound great, fit in my ear well, and last a decent amount of time without having to charge them. I had no issues taking them out on a run or wearing them around the house.

My preferred setting is to enable transparency mode and to keep the lighting at a steady glow.

The GPods truly stand out from the crowd, so don’t be surprised if people stop to ask you about them once in a while.

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KEY POINTS

  • Light Show
    GPods take traditional earbud design and add something unique to the mix: customization and lights.
  • Surprisingly good battery life
    With a combination of ANC on and off, I got about four hours and 15 minutes before I had to charge them.
  • Various lighting modes
    These earbuds display over 300,000 color combinations in addition to four lighting modes: ripple, pulse, bright, and breath.
OVERALL RATING

Where to find GPods

As of now, the only place you can find GPods is directly from HHOGene’s website. They cost $139.99 and come in black or white.

Review
HHOGene GPods

HHOGene GPods

GPods are the world’s first true wireless earbuds with light, featuring a unique shell design, active noise cancellation, and powerful 10mm drivers. The combination of these features separates GPods from the rest of the pack.

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The Good
Great sound quality
Light-up design
Comfortable to wear
Easy to use app
The Bad
Pricey
ANC not the best
Bulky charging case
Earbuds are on the larger side
8.5
Overall

Steve is a tech enthusiast and an avid gamer. He loves writing about, tinkering with, researching, and reviewing the latest technology. When not doing something tech related, he enjoys spending time with his family, running, and hiking.

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