Amkette Trubeats SLIX Review
My basic review of the new earpiece it begins well, looks pretty awesome, is easy to run and actually power efficient, the radio accessory is a excellent item. Iím pleased I bought it, read more below.
Delhi-based electronic hardware manufacturer Amkette has added another headset to its line of Trubeats audio headsets–Trubeats SLIX. The device is ideal for those looking for a wireless headset to use with Bluetooth enabled devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops. Trubeats SLIX are quite a tempting deal when looking at its price. Those who are a little tight on budget might find it as a good investment. So, should you buy this or not? Letís find out.
Wireless Interface: Bluetooth v2.1
Bluetooth Profiles: A2DPi.2, HFP1.5, AVRCP1.0, HSP
Battery Type: Rechargeable 150mAh Li-Ion
Operational Time: >5 Hours
Charging Time: 100 Hours
Weight: 32 grams
The SLIX come in nice packaging. The headset is available in dark red and in black. Contents of the box include a Quick Start Guide, a pair of smaller ear buds and a micro USB data cable for charging the headset. The larger earbuds come pre-fit on the headset and in case they are too big for your ears, you can remove them and put on the smaller ones.
The letdown was that the bigger earbuds are too big and the smaller ones are too small and sadly Amkette hasnít supplied medium sized earbuds. The earpieces do sit well in the ears though, thanks to the good design and light weight of just 32 grams. The headset is easy to carry and use.
Build and design
The Trubeats SLIX has been designed quite cleverly. The headset has a sporty, lean look; and it sits comfortably on the back of the neck due to the ergonomic design of the wire that joins the two ends of the headset. The curve of the wire is precise and it never loses its bend even after rough handling. You can keep the headset inside your bag without any protection and they would still come out of the bag in the same shape. You can keep the headset in your pocket as well without damaging or ruining its shape as the headsets reset to their original shape without any issues.
An interesting feature of the SLIX is the magnetic clips placed at each end of the earpiece. This makes the earpieces snap together when not in use and prevents it from getting tangled with other items in a bag. It has angled earpieces that fit nicely in the ear. But in case you are wearing a hoodie or too many clothes, it might get difficult for the headset to fit properly as the attached wire is not adjustable.
The volume control button which is also used as a power on/off, play/pause and for receiving and answering calls, is located on the left earpiece right above the earbud. The left earpiece also features the micro USB port for charging. The LED is also featured on the front of the left earpiece, and notifies the user about battery and connectivity status. The right earpiece features two buttons for changing tracks.
The best feature of the headset is its minimalist design; there are no long wires or large earpieces to be concerned about.
The Trubeats SLIX is easy to operate due to its one-button functionality– the volume button does most of the work; including making, receiving, ending or rejecting calls. Holding the volume button down puts the headset in a pairing mode and once it has found the device for pairing, the user only needs to let go of the button and permit the headset to pair with the device. The headset flashes different colors to indicate when it is looking for a device, when it pairs with one, and when it disconnects. The controls are completely different than conventional wireless headphones but once you get used to them, the SLIX is a delight to use. You wonít spend much time in pairing this headset to any Bluetooth enabled device.
The SLIX supports A2DP1.2, HFP1.5, AVRCP1.0 and HSP Bluetooth profiles and works on Bluetooth 2.1 interface.
Call and Music performance
The SLIX has a range of 10 meters which is adequate enough for use with smartphones, tablets, laptops or PCs and even PCs. There are multiple pauses once the recommended distance is crossed over.
The microphone is located in the left earpiece. The sensitivity of the microphone is average and we didn’t find any real problem while using the SLIX for calls. We used the headset in different environments and found that due to its unimpressive noise cancellation, you will have to increase the volume to a full level in order to have clear calls. That worked for us though itís ideal for use in quiet environments.
The volume of the SLIX is pretty loud and audiophiles looking for loud wireless headphones wonít be disappointed. But at full volume, music quality suffers as with any low-end headphones. The headset is ideal for listening to music at medium volumes. The lows and highs suffer at higher volumes which sound too harsh on ears. At full volume, the headphone is so loud that you can even hear the sounds without the need to put it on your ears. The lows are quite impressive but we were disappointed by its mids and highs. If you are into bass, then the SLIX should suffice especially for its price. The mid and high frequencies sound quite artificial at higher volumes, however.
The Trubeats SLIX features a 150mAh battery which takes around 3 hours to charge. We would have liked if such a small battery did not take such a long time to charge. The battery can be charged by connecting the headset to a laptop/PC or a mobile charger via the micro USB port. The SLIX can continuously play music for just above 5 hours which is a decent playback time and enough for daily use; but people who listen to music on the go will need to keep a recharging option handy. On an average, a single charge should suffice for a day.
The Trubeats SLIX is a decent headset and for a price of around Rs.3000, it is a good deal. The volumes are pretty loud and the music playback quality is quite decent. Audiophiles may not be impressed but for someone who is looking for a decent quality wireless headphones at an affordable price, then the Trubeats SLIX is worth buying. Flipkart sells the headset at an even lower price of Rs.2649.
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