Review of the new headphones Honor Earbuds 2 Lite: Noise cancellation and monstrous autonomy

The TWS market proposal continues to increase for the benefit of the user, who sees how there are models that fall in price and add new functions in a very competitive price range below $ 100. Honor had already surprised us with its Moecen Earbuds X1 and its simplicity, but now they seriously come with a new “lite” model that fools anyone.

These are the specifications of the Honor Earbuds 2 Lite

  • SIZE: 37.5 x 23.9 x 21mm | CASE 45.5 x 61.2 x 25.35mm
  • WEIGHT: 5.5 each earbud
  • CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth 5.2 | BLE / HFP / A2DP / AVRCP
  • AUTONOMY: HEARING AIDS: 55 mAh | CASE: 410 mAh
  • PORT: USB-C | Up to 4 hours of playtime on a 10-minute charge
  • CANCELLATION: MIIXTA: Passive by design, active, awareness mode
  • BUTTONS: CASE: pairing | earbuds: touch panel
  • COMPATIBILITY: Bluetooth pairing without software
  • MICROPHONES: 3: two for calls and one for noise cancellation

A healthy evolution. Despite maintaining its "Airpod wing" design, Honor has managed to adjust measurements with respect to the X1. Headphones feel lighter and slimmer than the previous generation, and the case itself has reduced the measurements. The case is now slimmer and features a button on the right side to facilitate pairing and resetting of the earbuds, as well as keeping the LED notifier above the HONOR logo. Likewise, the hinge being very aggressive and does not facilitate extraction with one hand. You have to "stick a fingernail."

“Easy peasy” pairing. During my tests, I used the equipment directly pairing the case with different phones and everything was flawless. The manual recommends the installation of Huawei AI Life to improve the user experience, but I didn't see the need for it as soon as I put them on. The equipment has a 10mm driver and a five-piece system that includes a “PEEK + PU” polymer composite diaphragm, a system that reduces high-frequency vibrations in combination with polyether ketone to reduce friction between materials.

 A "noise killer". I had already highlighted the great design work of the X1 for passive reduction of exterior noise, but this new team reduces even more without the need to activate active cancellation. It's a great way to slightly isolate yourself from street or office noise at certain times. Unlike the X1, which has a marked line to fit the ear slits, these 2 Lite are more gentle in design and soften those edges for a smooth fit that improves the position of the hearing aid to cancel out external sound. Be careful, I'm not talking about active cancellation yet.

More sensors for more comfort. There are several things I will omit that I already saw in the X1 review. To begin with, we have a sensor that identifies if we withdraw the equipment to pause, and resume playback in a range of three minutes. After that time, you must manually resume playback. Additionally, two more microphones are added to each earbud to integrate noise cancellation.

A step back in gestures. With the X1, Honor had been a bit complicated in the use of the tactile part that, although it responded well, had serious limitations in the reproduction of multimedia, such as modulating the volume. This edition removes us by default - at least I have not tested in AI Life if there is the option to change this - the possibility of changing to the next track in playback, and replaces the long touch of pause by activating the ANC profiles. To pause or play, we must use the double-tap, just like to answer calls. We don't have three-touch recognition, at least not by default. And the touch surface is smaller than in the X1, causing me to repeat the gesture 5 out of ten times, something that did not happen to me in the previous model. It is better to take out the phone and control the multimedia. In the best case,

Give me that cancellation always. Already with the passive reduction, the E2Lites had my respect. With ANC, it is something else. There were times when I would walk the dog for half an hour, and just turn on the ANC without music. Glorious. The "awareness" works very well, although it does carry a bit of noise in the high frequencies. However, you can establish a conversation without problems. The downside is that the volume of the voice that mentions the type of cancellation is imperceptible when you play music, and you must pause what you are listening to know what mode you are in.

Quality fast charging. This equipment allows a fast charge that delivers up to 4 hours of playback without ANC with only 10 minutes connected to a power source. Each earbud is capable of accommodating 55 mAh of charge and, in theory, this equipment is capable of achieving an autonomy of up to 32 hours with volume at 50% and without ANC, combining the charge available in the case. Generally speaking, I have been with an average of 6 continuous hours of playback with the noise reduction active at 90% volume, something really interesting for a pair of headphones in this price range. You will not be thrown without listening to music, I guarantee it. The earbuds can be charged in an hour inside the case, the same that goes from 0 to 100% in an hour and a half.

How do they sound? They are of a more aggressive nature, where there is a slight predominance of bass and mids. In the case of “Freak on a Leash,” the song I always use for my testing, the bass takes quite a long trip, and the snare plays a bit further back due to the slight treble reduction. Overall it's a full-bodied sound with good instrument spacing, even on the pre-chorus stereo where both guitars come out on either side and the cymbals start to shine a little brighter. The voice stands out little, but enough to understand the lyrics. In the 2:36 intermission, the bass trip is accentuated, and the guitar takes on a little more dominance in the treble arrangement. The ANC does not affect the mix in any case. For Dream Theater's “Spirit Carries On” - the slow one I use in testing - the compression in the voice is felt a bit more. The string arrangement that accompanies the intro piano becomes a little more apparent, but disappears a bit when the bass comes in. The bass drum has a lot of presence in the rest of the song, while the guitar that accompanies the singer's figures recedes a bit. It is a team of good range, but that prioritizes the intermediate frequency zone.

They're worth it? Yes, although there are some details to consider. For a starting price of 329 soles we limit the interaction with these Earbuds 2 Lite, since we cannot advance or return to the song we were listening to, and I still do not know if that parameter may vary in the AI ​​LIfe application - I will update the note as soon as possible. discover -. At this starting point, cheaper equipment has a better navigation and interaction system, although they suffer from the autonomy and the level of noise cancellation that this equipment achieves.

However, there is no way you can beat the COMFORT of this pair of TWS against others in the same price range, which are a bit slimmer and can easily fall off on a hike, plus you don't have to twist them. in your ear to find the sweet spot. These Earbuds 2 Lite have a simple philosophy: you put them on and they work. You just have to live with those limitations. If you want to add ANC to a sound that you already know from the X1, and you don't want to install anything to improve what comes by default, go for them. To me, I liked it a lot.

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