Honor Magic Earbuds, hands on: Capable and affordable, but battery life could be better Review

Honor’s profile in the United kingdom is mainly constructed on its cell telephones, even though the corporation has also experienced laptops, physical fitness bands and smartwatches in its portfolio for some time. Previous 12 months I appeared at the Honor MagicWatch 2, for example. Now the Huawei sub-model has launched a variety of headphone products and solutions, which include the £89.ninety nine (inc. VAT) Honor Magic Earbuds I am hunting at here. 

My review package was a somewhat vibrant Robin Egg Blue. It’s not really colour match to robin’s eggs I have observed, but I guess the stage is that it is really vibrant and different to the regular white or black. I somewhat like it, but if you do not there is certainly a Pearl White choice at the exact same rate.


Honor’s Magic Earbuds element triple microphones and Energetic Sound Cancellation (ANC). They are available in Robin Egg Blue (above) or Pearl White for £89.ninety nine (€99.90).

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The circumstance is sturdy with strong hinges. It delivers great defense for the buds themselves and, as you’d anticipate, a battery that can cost the buds. Honor suggests you’ll get 14.5 hrs of tunes playback with ANC (Energetic Sound Cancelling) turned off from the blend of buds and circumstance batteries, or twelve hrs if you have ANC turned on. The buds will deliver 3 hrs of tunes with ANC on, 3.5 with it off, and 2 hrs of calls with ANC on, 2.5 with it off.  These figures are certainly on the lower side. The great news is that the cost cable is USB-C, so if you are already carrying a cable it can double up to cost the Magic Earbuds.

Honor delivers 3 sets of silicon strategies to participate in with in addition to the established which is connected out of the box and I bought a nice, cosy in good shape. The buds are mild at just 5.5g every single, and the circumstance only weights 51g.

Pairing is effortless. Open the circumstance, and maintain down the pairing button on the back until a mild among the in-circumstance earbuds flashes, and you are ready to pair. 

What issues most, however, is usability and audio good quality. On the usability entrance, I uncovered the contact controls worked a treat. Tapping possibly bud controls tunes playback, and when you get a bud out of your ear, whichever is taking part in back instantly pauses. Tapping also responses calls and toggles ANC. The buds have 3 mics positioned around them to help perform out what you want your interlocutor to listen to (your very own voice), and what demands to be blocked out (ambient noise). When I asked individuals on the other close of voice calls if they could listen to me perfectly, they mentioned ‘yes’.


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New music sounds fantastic unless of course you require a large amount of bass. Volume goes loud enough, even though it does drop fidelity at the major of the assortment. Spoken-word content material like radio or audiobooks is beautifully great enough. I tested the ANC by listening with the radio on in the background and blocking was noticeable, if not total. Fast paced and noisy environments like educate stations aren’t available to me right now, even though screening expertise indicates there will be some noise blocking in these areas.

Everyone hunting for a serviceable established of legitimate wireless earbuds at an acceptable rate should take into account the Honor Magic Earbuds. They are a great in good shape, pair easily, have a straightforward faucet-dependent regulate method and great ambient noise filtering for voice calls. Just be certain that the somewhat quick battery existence is acceptable for your demands.

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