Review: SoundPEATS Q32 wireless earbuds
For $50, these may be the best budget Bluetooth 5.0 headphones on the market.
In my continual search for a pair of wireless earbuds, I was really surprised when the SoundPEATS Q32 Wireless Earbuds showed up at my house. I wasn’t surprised that they showed up, cause I had been informed a while back that I was gonna be getting another pair of earbuds, but I was surprised at how much quality there is in such a budget-friendly package.
I know what you’re thinking, “So what, they’re cheap? Who gives a shit,” and “What a surprise, some cheap knockoffs.” Those are both fair thoughts to have, but I can’t even to explain how surprised I am with the performance for the money here. Opening the packaging, the SoundPEATS Q32 come in a nice little slide-out box that presents the earbuds inside their rechargeable carrying case. Inside the box, you’ll also find a few different sized ear-tips, as well as variations that have the curved rubber attached which helps keep the earbuds securely in your ears. There’s also a small Micro-USB cable, the tiniest instruction manual I’ve ever seen, and a little faux leather carrying bag. Pretty impressive for such a low cost.
Buildwise, the case is pretty solid and has taken a beating by being thrown in my pocket or backpack and lugged around with very few signs of wear, even with stuff sliding around on them. The earbuds stay in place pretty well and you can see when they’re charging because the lid is slightly translucent which allows you to see the lights on the earbuds themselves to indicate charging. My only complaint with the charging case is that it doesn’t accommodate the earbud tips that have the extra rubber very well, so you kind of have to tuck the rubber ends into the charging slot in order to get the lid to close unless you want to change the tips out.
Changing the tips is by far the worst part about this product. While the earbuds and the case are constructed pretty well, trying to get the ear tips to fit around the groove inside is a nightmare and took me about 15 minutes of finagling in order to get the damn things to sit on properly. I’m sure this gets easier if you constantly swap the tips out, but I’d be afraid that will cause the rubber to get loose and that’s the last thing you want. I wore the standard tips that the SoundPEATS Q32 come equipped with to cut the grass and one fell out and thankfully landed on the deck of my lawnmower, but half an inch further and it would have likely gotten sucked into the blade. Switching to the winged ear tips assisted with the stability of the earbuds, but again, putting them back in the charging case was a bit of a pain in the ass.
The runtime on these earbuds is advertised to last approximately three hours, which is about what I got out of them, give or take 20-30 minutes on either side. Tossing them back in the case, they were always fully charged and ready to go when I wanted to use them again. The case itself has a button on the front which you can press to see what the power level is at so you know when to recharge the case as well, but I’ve charged mine about six times thus far off the case without recharging and it’s still around 50% power, so I’d say that’s pretty damn decent. While the sound quality is average at best on these earbuds, it’s far from terrible. Everything is quite middle ground, so you can’t really hear highs, mids kind of flood the sound, and bass is pretty weak. They’re also not very loud, as even at max volume with Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven blaring through my skull, it wasn’t nearly as loud as I’d normally have it in my car. Maybe SoundPEATS is looking out for your hearing? Big K.R.I.T’s 4eva is a Mighty Long Time didn’t quite have the punch I was used to, but I’m not all that mad about it because the price to quality is still very good.
Overall, SoundPEATS Q32 accomplishes a few things I’m always on the lookout for – decent sound, comfort, and good battery life. I can happily recommend these if you’re looking for your first real pair of Bluetooth earbuds. The SoundPEATS Q32 is a very affordable solution that will get you in the game without looking like a goober with fake earrings dangling out of your ears. The only thing you’ll need to be aware of is that when making phone calls, only the right side seems to get audio which seems like a strange oversight for a product that is otherwise extremely solid.
The SoundPEATS Q32 wireless earbuds are currently $49.99.
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