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I have tried HONOR’s Magic Earbuds and here are my thoughts on the true wireless earphones

Do you find it difficult to concentrate while working from home? The home office make-shift can often be enhanced with decent noise-canceling headphones to drown out any distracting noises.

A new contender in the world of noise reduction is HONOR with its debut set of headphones, the true wireless Magic earplugs.

There are many options to choose from in the bluetooth earphone industry, including the incredibly popular Apple AirPods Pro, the Samsung Galaxy Buds, Enacfire E18 Plus and Bose SoundSport. They all promise high-quality audio, a strong connection, a comfortable fit and long battery life.

HONOR has launched its debut set of ANC wireless headphones, the Magic Earbuds

HONOR has launched its debut set of ANC wireless headphones, the Magic Earbuds

So we tested the real wireless technology HONOR Magic earplugs, which cost £ 89.99, to see if they stand out.

Built with hybrid active noise cancellation technology, triple microphone noise cancellation and a large dynamic driver, these wireless earphones are designed to remove noise from your environment, so you can enjoy listening to your favorite music, streaming a movie or taking a conversation without any sound distractions.

Whether you work from home or are looking for earplugs to stay motivated during your daily jog or workout, the HONOR earplugs can be a good choice.

So how do Magic Earbuds perform, are they worth buying and stand out as a worthy Apple AirPods alternative? I have been wearing them for the past week to find out.

Honor Magic Earbuds release date and price

The Magic Earbuds were unveiled on the recently launched HONOR website hihonor.com on May 19, 2020 in addition to a large selection of limited-time offers for the brand’s wearables, laptops and smartphones.

The Magic Earbuds are also available at Amazon and John Lewis. They are available in two different colors: Pearl White and Robin Egg Blue.

Thanks to the ANC technology of the HONOR Magic Earbuds you can enjoy listening to music, streaming a movie or taking a call without any significant noise disturbance

Thanks to the ANC technology of the HONOR Magic Earbuds you can enjoy listening to music, streaming a movie or taking a call without any significant noise disturbance

Thanks to the ANC technology of the HONOR Magic Earbuds you can enjoy listening to music, streaming a movie or taking a call without any significant noise disturbance

Honor Magic earbud design

Like many headphone manufacturers, HONOR has been inspired by Apple’s AirPods and Air Pods Pro. Each earplug has a large stem and the silicone tips provide in-ear comfort and sound insulation.

Weighing in at around 5.4g per earbud and each at 41.8 x 23.7 x 19.8mm, the HONOR Magic earbuds are slightly heavier and larger than Apple AirPods, but I personally didn’t find this a problem.

The ergonomically designed earplugs come with three different sizes of earplugs to remain stable in your ears. I already found the silicone tips on the Magic Earbuds too big for my own ears, so they slide out during exercise. But a quick change for a smaller pair solved the problem and provided a very safe and comfortable in-ear design.

HONOR says the in-ear design provides extra passive noise cancellation and a quieter environment for listening to music. Not everyone is a fan of in-ear designs, but I find this style of earphone more comfortable and can drown out sound more efficiently.

To play and resume songs, just double-tap the left or right earbud. You can also set a ‘skip song’ function, but I have yet to figure out how to do this without a HONOR phone.

The HONOR Magic Earbuds Dual-Mic Active Noise Cancellation can achieve up to 32dB ANC

The HONOR Magic Earbuds Dual-Mic Active Noise Cancellation can achieve up to 32dB ANC

Triple-Mic Call Noise Reduction helps improve call quality and reduce ambient noise

Triple-Mic Call Noise Reduction helps improve call quality and reduce ambient noise

The HONOR Magic Earbuds Dual-Mic Active Noise Cancellation can achieve up to 32dB ANC

HONOR Magic earplugs Sound quality

HONOR earplugs are made with a custom driver, which promises to deliver balanced audio with deep bass, crisp alto, crisp highs and rich detail.

I like to listen to video game music while working and dance music while training. I found the sound quality satisfying for this kind of music, but if you prefer bass with more punch, these might not be the earplugs for you.

Honor Magic Earbuds Compatibility

The earphones are compatible with HONOR smartphones and can also be connected via Bluetooth to iPhone, Samsung and other smartphones and laptops.

My earbuds didn’t come with a manual in the box, so I had to search online how to connect to my iPhone, which was easy enough when I found out that I had to press the button on the back to reveal the earbuds on my iPhone.

If you own a HONOR phone it will be much easier to connect. Simply place it near your smartphone and open the charging case. The pairing window appears on the screen of your smartphone. Just tap to connect.

Honor Magic Earbuds Active Noise Canceling Technology

The HONOR Magic earbuds with dual microphone and active noise cancellation can achieve up to 32 dB of active noise cancellation. The ANC technology generates equal anti-noise to eliminate the ambient noise detected by the outward facing microphone. The inward-facing microphone works to further adjust the equal anti-noise by suppressing ambient noise in your ears.

HONOR’s ANC technology worked effectively when I was listening to music inside and I absolutely couldn’t hear sounds like people talking or outside sounds. However, I could still hear some external noise when I was training outside.

The magical earbuds also have Triple-Mic Call Noise Reduction, which means that each earbud has two outward-facing microphones to accurately pick up your voice and reduce ambient noise with beamforming technology. The third inward-facing microphone picks up clear voice that is routed through your inner ear to further enhance your call quality.

I tested the earbuds by making a quick call and found the call quality to be very clear, but I had to turn up the volume higher than usual to reduce the ambient noise like other people around me are talking.

To activate or deactivate the ANC, long press the left or right ear button.

The battery life of the HONOR Magic Earbuds is approximately 12 hours with ANC on and 14.5 hours with ANC off

The battery life of the HONOR Magic Earbuds is approximately 12 hours with ANC on and 14.5 hours with ANC off

The battery life of the HONOR Magic Earbuds is approximately 12 hours with ANC on and 14.5 hours with ANC off

HONOR Magic Earbuds battery life

HONOR products have an impressively long battery life. These earphones are equipped with low consumption Bluetooth technology (5.0.). With a single charge, this provides approximately three hours of continuous music with ANC on and 3.5 hours with ANC off, or two hours of voice calls with ANC on and two and a half hours of conversations with ANC turned off.

While that doesn’t seem long, the sleek fast-charging case increases the total battery life to about 12 hours of battery life with ANC on and 14.5 hours of battery life with ANC turned off. Unfortunately, this isn’t as impressive as competitors’ battery life, like Sennheiser Momentumis 28 hours of playtime and has about the same battery life as Enacfire’s E18 Plus.

Train with the Honor Magic earplugs

These headphones have an IP54 rating that is water and sweat resistant on a daily basis, meaning you can freely enjoy music during workouts or on rainy days.

The Magic Earbuds gave only a slight movement while jogging, but still felt safe. I probably wouldn’t wear them during a more intense workout.

Final verdict

HONOR Magic earplugs deliver a comfortable fit, solid sound quality and efficient active noise cancellation. For under £ 100, they’re probably worth picking up for an affordable pair of true wireless earbuds for easy diving in when working from home.

However, if you’re looking for longer battery life or more bass for your money, you might want to check out our other recommendations in our list of best headphones here.

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