There is no arguing with the convenience of true wireless earphones; These tiny and completely wire-free earphones are the future of personal audio. However, the size and form factor of most true wireless earphones and their charging cases mean that battery life typically doesn’t exceed 30 hours total. So would you believe us if we tell you that you can have true wireless earphones with more than three times the battery life of the Apple AirPods?
The product we are reviewing today is exactly what it claims to offer – Rs. 4,499 HiFuture TidyBuds Pro The promise of over 100 hours of battery life per charge cycle. Furthermore, the charging case can be used as a handy power bank for your other devices. How do these earphones sound, and is this bold claim of battery life authentic? Find out in our review.
HiFuture TidyBuds Pro Design and Specifications
When it comes to design in the affordable true wireless space, we haven’t seen much innovation, or a sense of adventure, and the HiFuture TidyBuds Pro sticks to a secure look and feel. The earpieces are large, each one with a 70mAh battery. We initially expected this to be a problem for the fit, but the plastic casings keep them lightweight, and ensure they stay in place when we go about our normal activities.
The protruding stalks in the ears were sometimes a problem for us when it came to comfort and noise isolation. The included ear tips are short and rather flimsy, with even the largest of the three included pairs offering barely any in-ear seals. Because of this lack of seals and the large size of the earpieces, we often had to adjust them, and didn’t like how they fit in our ears.
The HiFuture TidyBuds Pro earphones have touch controls, with a control area on the outside of each earbud. There is also an interesting black and green HiFuture logo on each. The gesture controls are fairly easy to use, work well, and let you control most important functions right from the headset, including playback, answering or rejecting calls, and connecting to the voice assistant on your smartphone. includes doing. Unfortunately, the volume can’t be controlled on the earbuds, and will have to be adjusted on the source device.
The charging case of the HiFuture TidyBuds Pro is its most impressive feature, which houses a massive 3,000mAh battery capacity. Naturally, the case is a bit bigger than what we’re used to seeing on affordable true wireless earphones. Although it is not unreasonably large; It can still fit in your pocket. The earphones are magnetically affixed to the inside of the case, and the lid also uses a magnet to stay firmly closed.
The front of the case has four indicator lights to give you a rough idea of the case’s battery level, while the rear has two ports – a full-size USB Type-A port and a smaller USB Type-C port. The latter is used to charge the case, while the former can be used to charge other devices. It’s functional, but the uneven positioning of the two ports on the rear makes it look a bit awkward.
Using the case as a power bank worked as expected, but power delivery was slow. Nevertheless it is a useful feature. It can extend your smartphone’s battery a bit on the go, or charge other accessories like a fitness tracker or smartwatch.
We were able to get around six hours of use from the earphones on a single full charge (against the estimated figure of eight hours), and the case is claimed to give the earphones an additional 12 full charges. We weren’t able to test it thoroughly, but it took three full charges of the earphones for one of the four indicator lights on the case to go out, suggesting it’s likely to come pretty close to what the company claims.
We estimate that the HiFuture TidyBuds Pro will be able to achieve around 80-85 hours of use per charge cycle. That’s not the 100 hours the company claims, but still significantly more than anything we’ve tested in this product segment.
As other specifications you would expect from budget true wireless earphones; The HiFuture TidyBuds Pro supports Bluetooth 5, and there are 6mm dynamic drivers in each earpiece. SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs are supported, and the sales package also includes three pairs of ear tips and a USB Type-C cable.
HiFuture TidyBuds Pro performance
Although the HiFuture TidyBuds Pro’s battery life is exceptional, the sound quality doesn’t quite live up to that standard. While we weren’t completely disappointed with the earphones in terms of sound quality, they were a bit dull and lacked any real appeal; The sound was about as normal as anything we’ve heard, even for this price. We tested the earphones with the OnePlus 7T Pro (Review) as the primary source device, using the AAC Bluetooth codec for listening.
Starting with the sub focus ‘could it be real, we liked the opening thump in the track, but it didn’t take long for things to get a little muddy. When the track came into its stride, we found the sound to be very warm, the lower end a bit overpowering and overpowering the rest of the frequency range. The bass definitely had some raw punch, but the trouble was that it made the overall sound a little unpleasant.
The sound signature may appeal to those looking for a raw attack, and it probably won’t be too bad if you’re used to low-resolution streaming or listen to FM radio a lot. However, any semi-decent audio streams or files bring out the lack of detail and refinement in the HiFuture TidyBuds Pro. Despite using the AAC codec, the earphones weren’t able to get much out of the track, instead doing what most would call safe sound. This is one that we found monotonous and ordinary.
Switching to Gotye’s State of The Art with the volume in FLAC format didn’t produce the results we’re used to. Instead, we got a sound that sounded slightly better than a compressed audio stream, with only a slight improvement in terms of imaging and stereo separation. The incredibly well-engineered, detailed and immersive track felt flat, sounding little more than boring. Compared to some of the other options in this price segment that we’ve reviewed recently, it was disappointing.
While the drivers’ average tuning is largely responsible for this general sound, the poor fit and noise isolation didn’t make things any better. At times the sound felt uneven and unbalanced, and the slightest movement of our heads sometimes affected the TidyBuds Pro’s sound.
Using the HiFuture TidyBuds Pro for calls yielded mixed results. We didn’t have much trouble in a quiet indoor environment, but outside, the earphones were impossible to use as callers couldn’t hear us at all. We also faced a strange issue once – the earphones got disconnected from our smartphone in the middle of a call. This issue did not repeat itself beyond one occasion.
There are plenty of true wireless headsets under Rs. 5,000, but none offer quite what the HiFuture TidyBuds Pro brings to the table: segment-leading battery life. With over 80 hours of battery life (by our estimates) per charge cycle, if you have trouble remembering to charge your earphones, this is the perfect wireless headset. The fact that the charging case works as a power bank is an added bonus, considering it’s small enough to slip into your pocket.
However, the sound quality is mediocre and lacks anything special. the sound is not offensive or obnoxious in any way, and shall conform to the basic listening preferences; There’s nothing particularly remarkable in the HiFuture TidyBuds Pro’s sound. The weird design of the earphones and case is a further drawback which we don’t think is adequately offset by a big pro.
Alternatives like the Noise Shots X3 and Shanling MTW100 are better overall, even if they can’t match the exceptional battery life of the HiFuture TidyBuds Pro.
worth: Rupee. 4,499
- Segment-Leading Battery Life
- The charging case can be used as a power bank
- AAC bluetooth codec support
- good bass attack
- fit and noise isolation is poor
- The sound is a bit muddy and lacks details
Rating (out of 5)
- Design / Comfort: 3
- Audio Quality: 2.5
- Battery Life: 5
- Value for money: 4
- Overall: 3