True Wireless Earbuds have surely taken the market by a storm and are slowly replacing wired earphones as our daily driver. With this in mind, we’re taking a closer look at one of the earbuds from UGREEN, the HiTune T2 Wireless Earbuds.
The HiTune T2 was crafted with the latest technology on the market and gamers in mind. With its compact design, one would assume that it’s one of those expensive earbuds out there but it is not. Moreover, what makes the HiTune T2 picked out interest is its gaming mode technology where UGREEN claims that the earbuds can achieve a 60ms low latency when in gaming mode. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at it.
UGREEN HiTune T2 Wireless Gaming Earbuds
- 60ms Extremely Low Latency Gaming Mode
- 4 Superior MEMS Microphones
- Twin/Mono Mode
- 4hrs playtime from a single charge and 20 hrs with the charging case
- Wireless Charging
- IPX5 Waterproof
- Bluetooth 5.0
- HSP, HFP, AVRCP, A2DP
- Support voice assistant
- 5.386409 grams each bud
- Hi-Fi Sound Quality with 14.2mm Titanium-coated Massive Drivers
- ENC Noise Cancelling
- Charging Case Battery Capacity: 500mAh
- HiTune T2 Battery Capacity: 40 mAh
UGREEN HiTune T2 Touchpad Functions
|x1 Tap||Play/Pause/Answer Call||Play/Pause/End Call|
|x2 Tap||Volume Decrease||Volume Increase|
|x3 Tap||Next Track||Previous Track|
|x4||Switch Gaming Mode||Switch Gaming Mode|
|2s Hold Press||Voice Assistant/Decline Call||Voice Assistant/Decline Call|
|4s Hold Press||Turn Off Left||Turn Off Right|
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Unboxing – UGREEN HiTune T2 Wireless Gaming Earbuds
The UGREEN HiTune T2 comes well packed in a white box that feels premium overall. The packaging is sturdy and is covered with soft plastic to protect the box from scratches. Furthermore, the front side of the packaging highlights the product name.
The backside highlights a couple of instructions on how to use the earbuds as well as its specification, product labeling, and a couple of manufacturer warnings. Other than that, there’s not much else to see. The sides of the box don’t indicate much about the product as well as the top side. On the bottom side, you’ll find information about the brand such as their address, origin, and contact information.
Opening the box reveals the contents. The earbuds are packed inside the charging case and the included cable also comes packed with a box which gives an overall premium quality. Both are held in place with a carved slot that perfectly fits both items. Looking underneath the packaging cover reveals the instruction manual.
The instruction manual is fairly easy to understand. It also comes in 7 different languages which might be the reason why the manual is quite thick for a simple product.
Lastly, taking the cable out of its box reveals a color black USB Type-C cable with UGREEN branding. It’s nice to get a free cable most especially that it’s a Type-C. It’s just a matter of time before Type-B becomes obsolete and Type-C becomes the new standard for every electronic device.
Closer Look – UGREEN HiTune T2 Wireless Gaming Earbuds
Taking a closer look at the HiTune T2 reveals a couple of aspects and features that would surprise anyone. The one that we have here is a color white design that closely resembles the AirPods. The charging case feels quite sturdy and heavy which feels nice and spells premium quality overall. It has a magnetic lid that holds and locks the lid of the charging case as well as a magnetic charging port to hold both buds in place.
The hole on the outer portion of both earbuds are the ambient microphone that’s integrated to reduce environmental noise during conversational calls. At the top of it, the one with the letter U and a color gray surrounding is the touchpad. The touchpad simply lets you control the functionality of the earbuds.
At the bottom of the stem of the earbuds, you will find 2 gold metallic plate point connector which is used to charge both earbuds via the charging case. The hole at the middle of the two gold metal points is the input microphone. Each earbud has one input microphone to record your voice and send it to the other side of your call.
Looking at the driver portion of the earbuds reveals a mesh point of the tube where the audio outputs itself. Along with it is a dash of mesh line that also acts as another audio point to enhance audio quality.
Next, looking at the charging case reveals a reset button where you can use to reset the default connection of the earbuds. If you wish to connect the earbuds to a different device, you can do so by simply pressing the reset button on the charging case while both earbuds are in place. Additionally, this also acts as a factory reset button.
Looking at the bottom of the case reveals a Type-C port. According to its specification, the charging case of the HiTune T2 is set to accept an input charging rate of 5V at 400mA. If it takes about 1.5 hours to fully charge the case, then it’s safe to assume that the battery capacity of the charging case is around 500 to 600mAh, and each earbud has about 50 to 70 mAh.
Fortunately, we can confirm that the charging case comes with a 500mAh capacity according to its specs found inside the charging case.
If the charging case comes with a battery capacity of 500mAh, then it’s safe to assume that each earbud has about 50mAh. This, of course, considering that the charging case extends the battery life of the earbuds up to 20 hours from 4 hours.
Performance – UGREEN HiTune T2 Wireless Gaming Earbuds
In this section, we test the earbuds in terms of sound quality, microphone quality, gaming performance, and functionality.
The audio and sound quality of the HiTune T2 out of the box is excellent. The tune is quite subtle while each note is impactful. However, we noticed that most of the notes are on highs and the earbuds lack some punch on the low and bass department. When pressing the earbuds to fully enclosed our ears canal and listen to its audio output, the sound became more intense and the bass is heavier overall. Semi-in ear earbuds suffer from this loss of audio quality due to their design of being a semi-in ear. This is also the reason why most in-ear earbuds outperformance most semi in-ear earbuds despite the difference in cost and features.
When set to gaming mode, that quality drastically changes. From rich-sounding audio to a muddy tune in a mere 4 taps. We assume that when gaming mode is enabled, certain audio enhancing techniques are disabled which results in a raw audio format directly coming from the drivers.
To test the microphone quality, we made a short recording using the microphone of the HiTune T2.
If you listen to our recording, you’ll notice that our voice is slightly on the high pitch tone. This is to be expected since the microphone compresses the data converted from our voice to quickly send the data over cellular or internet spectrum. However, the overall quality is average. We’ve tested better ones but of course, they’re more expensive considering the price.
The HiTune T2 wireless earbuds have all the functionality that you would want from an earbud. Its pre-built controls cover all functionality that an earbud must have such as controls for calls, listening to music, watching videos, and most of all, a mode for enhanced gaming. Additionally, it can also be used to enable or active voice assistants such as Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on Windows to enable or activate Cortana.
Mono and Twin Mode
The HiTune T2 can also work in Mono or Twin mode. This feature lets you use each earbud freely. Meaning, you can use one earbud for one thing and the other for others. Pairing is fairly easy as well, all you have to do is open the charging case and start pairing it with your device.
For those on the go and with an active lifestyle, the HiTune T2 comes with an IPX5 ingress protection rating. To explain the IPX rating, you can refer to the image below.
Additionally, one certain aspect that we would appreciate to have is the support for earbuds configuration via the smartphone app. Unfortunately, the HiTune T2 doesn’t support this.
The HiTune T2 supports wireless charging and UGREEN claims that 10 minutes of wireless charging equates to 1 hour of listening.
The HiTune T2 is engineered and crafted with gamers in mind. So one of its main features intended for gaming is the low latency. Basically, this enables the earbuds to virtually sync the audio with the video. So you can hear every shot of your gunfire or sneaking footsteps behind you without any delay which is crucial for competitive gaming.
According to UGREEN, the HiTune T2 has a gaming mode that lowers the latency of the audio to 60ms. When it comes to audio latency, anything at 100ms is acceptable for gaming. However, the ideal range is between 20ms to 40ms for an optimal experience. So simply put, low latency is good for every gamer while high latency can present obstacles.
Personal experience-wise, the gaming mode actually works. The synchronization between the audio and the video while playing Overwatch, in this case, is far better than the normal mode. However, I prefer the audio quality of the normal mode but for video games, that are competitive by nature, the gaming mode works. With normal mode, there’s a noticeable delay. It might be short but the longer you play the more noticeable it becomes but with gaming mode, there’s almost none.
Most earbuds on the market that are marketed with gaming modes or low latency usually comes with Qualcomm’s chipset that offers aptx technology. Unfortuantely, the HiTune T2 doesn’t come with Qualcomm. Instead, it uses a certain technique to achieve its rated low latency which enabled UGREEN to offer HiTune T2 at a very competitive price.
The UGREEN HiTune T2 Wireless Earbuds are one of those earbuds that are considered a good alternative to expensive or top-tier ones. Overall, the performance of these earbuds is outstanding especially considering the price. The audio and sound quality is not on par with the professional level and other models at the same price range offer better quality. However, considering its price and its overall design, the HiTune T2 is a good earbud and must be on your list if you’re ever on the market to purchase a brand new semi in-ear earbuds. The gaming mode that lowers the latency to 60ms is mind-blowing for us. UGREEN achieved such feat without using Qualcomm’s ApTx technology. However, such a feature doesn’t come without a cost. Apparently, the audio quality changes drastically once the gaming mode is enabled. We assume that this disables a lot of audio enhancing technique to achieve low latency which ultimately results to a raw audio format that sound muddy overall.
All in all, the UGREEN HiTune T2 is a great earbud for those that desire quality and functionality without costing as much and are on the budget. We highly recommend you to check them out if you’re on the market to purchase brand new earbuds.
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