The emerging QCY brand does not stand in one place. Just the other day, I managed to spend a little time with another model of wireless earbuds called QCY HT01.
In this review, I will share with you my emotions, which were given to me by the next standing TWS earbuds. But I do not want to strongly praise this model in advance, as it also has disadvantages in its execution. As you know, nothing is perfect.
Therefore, I should first tell you a little about the price tag. Now you are able to purchase and buy QCY HT01 earbuds for just under $56. In my opinion, this is a great price.
For example, from the technical specifications, you can highlight such features as ANC active noise cancellation, Bluetooth 5.0, 7 mm dynamic driver, game mode, and wireless charging box.
Of course, QCY wireless earbuds have many other features that I want to share with you in my full and detailed review below.
QCY HT01: Specifications
|Driver unit:||7 mm Dynamic driver|
|Bluetooth protocol:||AAC and SBC|
Unboxing and packaging
The new model of QCY HT01 earbuds comes in a fairly budgetary and simple box. The cardboard itself is thin, but the boxes came to be intact and without damage. If we talk about the appearance, then it is made in white and on the front, there is a drawing of earbuds with the main features and the name of the model.
The inside of the box also does not cause much delight, since everything is very simple and budgetary. It seems to me that even the $30 TWS earbuds have better packaging quality.
But okay, despite this moment, inside the package I found separately lying earbuds and a charging box. At the bottom, there is a manual, a Type-C charging cable, and a set of additional ear tips.
In general, the quality of the components themselves is at an average level and it is difficult to call them budgetary, except for the packaging itself. Now I think it’s worth taking a little more about looks and wearability.
Design, build quality and materials
The attractive and unusual color of both the earbuds and the charging box deserves special attention. The manufacturer has made a combination of dark blue with a golden hue.
At first glance, it may seem that this is black matte plastic. But if you look under the correct and bright light, you can immediately see that it is a dark blue color.
I also liked that the QCY HT01 model is made of matte and rather durable plastic. It fits well in the hand, and the matte plastic itself has more confidence than the glossy version since it is more durable.
Therefore, I have no particular complaints about the build quality. All components are well assembled and during wearing, I did not notice any extraneous squeaks and noises.
A good location has received a large microphone hole. On the outside of the QCY HT01, this hole is located at the bottom and also has an interesting bezel in gold. But I’ll talk about the quality of the microphone a little later.
A few words about the comfort of wearing, the QCY HT01 wireless earbuds have a very ergonomic design. Therefore, wearing earbuds, even for a long period of time, will not cause much discomfort. In my case, I can safely wear earbuds without taking them off for up to 3 hours.
In addition, I could easily do anything, including various strength training in the gym, as well as athletics, in terms of running. Thanks to their lightweight, the earbuds fit perfectly into my ear canal and they did not give me the feeling that I was about to fall out and I would lose one or both earbuds.
On the front of the HT01 earbuds, there is a touch control with the company name QCY. But on the inside of the device, there are two contacts for charging, a channel designation, and an infrared sensor for automatic auto-pause.
As for the charging box, as I already mentioned, it is also made in dark blue and matte plastic. There is a brand logo on the top of the cover, and on the front, you can see two battery level indicators. On the back of the box is a Type-C charging port.
Covers easily, but the magnetic connection is secure. Therefore, you should not worry that the earbuds will fall out of the box during strong shaking. The lid itself has practically no backlash and has a smooth running.
Another feature in the charging box is wireless charging, which is a really useful option. The charger is small in size and therefore it will not be a big problem to put it in your jeans pocket.
Connection, latency, and control
Considering the fact that even budget earbuds get a Bluetooth 5.1 wireless connection, using the 5.0 version is not very exciting. In the case of the QCY HT01 model, Bluetooth 5.0 version is used, and this is not the newest connection, but the connection quality was good and I did not have severe problems while wearing the earbuds.
Another feature of most QCY wireless earbuds is the support for a proprietary application. After installing it, you will have the opportunity to customize the touch controls to your liking. Also, when you open the lid of the charging box, a window with a quick connection and a battery level in percent will pop up on the mobile application.
In the application settings, you can also adjust the equalizer to suit your priorities and taste. In addition, there is an interesting headphone search function, after activating it, the earbuds will emit sound and you can easily find them.
Another feature is the gaming mode. During its use, the latency in games will be almost imperceptible and close to zero. But I do not recommend using this mode while listening to music.
In terms of touch control, many functions have been installed on the QCY HT01. For example, this is play, pause, accept or put a phone call, skip or next track, as well as activate the game mode, active noise canceling mode, and call the voice assistant. Also, in the application settings, you can choose another volume control function, but you will have to sacrifice some other function.
Sound and microphone quality
The QCY HT01 wireless earbuds sound quite powerful, thanks to the presence of a 7 mm dynamic driver. The volume level is high, so it is possible to listen to music even in noisy places. But do not overdo it with the maximum volume, as your hearing can easily be damaged.
Low frequencies play well, there is a pleasant and impressive bass. But at the same time, it does not go beyond its range.
The mid and high frequencies are also not bad. For example, every musical instrument is heard clearly, especially when it comes to the guitar or piano. Besides, I cannot say anything bad about the vocalist’s voice, as it is crystal clear.
In general, you can easily hear all genres of music and I did not notice any problems while playing QCY HT01.
Some information about active noise canceling on HT01. I can’t say that ANC works poorly here since the percentage of extraneous noise rejection is about 75%. For comparison, flagship earbuds have a value of about 90%. In general, the function is useful and it really limits you from the outside world and extraneous noise so that you can enjoy your favorite music.
As for the microphone, it is typical here, as on most earbuds of this class. For example, in a quiet place, the interlocutors will hear you clearly, but in noisy places, there may be problems with understanding.
Battery and run time
If we talk about battery life, then on the QCY HT01 you can achieve a result of 4.5 hours with normal listening to music and 3.5 hours with the ANC function active.
The result is predictable since small and light earbuds will definitely not work for you for more than 5 hours. In this case, the total battery life using the charging box will be about 22 hours.
As I said, the charging box received wireless charging, but you can’t name it quickly – 2.5 hours. If charged via the Type-C port, the charging time is up to 1.5 hours.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
Considering its low cost, the QCY HT01 is one of the few earbuds that surprised me. There are a lot of modern models nowadays, but QCY has managed to produce incredible TWS earbuds with a lot of useful features for a small fee.
On the positive side, I can attribute it to an ergonomic design with a comfortable fit. Also, a beautiful color combination, matte durable plastic, high-quality sound, good work of the active noise canceling function, and much more.
But the disadvantages are not the best microphone performance in noisy places and I would like a little more battery life.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
The manufacturer offers a sweet price for the new QCY HT01 wireless earbuds for only $56.90 with a discount of more than 20%.
Of course, I can safely recommend this earbud model for purchase, since its cost is much lower than that of competitors. Also, I will leave a list of alternative options below.