Just recently, I tested QCY T10 wireless earbuds, as the company has already released an updated version with the next name QCY T11.
I assumed that the next generation of TWS earbuds would be called QCY T10S. But as it turned out, the Chinese brand QCY decided to outplay everyone and released an updated version of the earbuds with some modifications under the next generation T11.
As for the price tag, it remained within the limits of its predecessor. That is, the cost of the QCY T11 model does not exceed $30. Let me remind you that the price for the T10 model was almost the same, but now the price is about $1 cheaper.
Therefore, comparing both models, let’s find out what are the main features of the new generation. The first thing that makes the T11 earbuds stand out is the 7mm hybrid driver with dynamic and armature driver. If you remember, the T10 used a dual armature driver.
Other features I can attribute are a pop-up window on a mobile device during connection, a very lightweight and ergonomic design, as well as a good battery life with fast charging.
Thus, from the technical specifications, both models look identical. But let’s find out what mistakes the manufacturer fixed compared to its predecessor. I propose to start my in-depth and full review with the appearance of the packaging and find out what the manufacturer put inside the box for us.
QCY T11: Specifications
|Driver unit:||7 mm dynamic + armature drivers|
|Bluetooth protocol:||AAC and SBC|
Unboxing and packaging
The QCY T11 wireless earbuds are delivered in a rather small and simple package, which is made in white. On the front, you can see a drawing of earbuds with a charging box, as well as the name of the brand and model.
Charging boxes and earbuds are painted on the back of the package, only in different colors. Below is a list of technical features and specs. I already talked about the main specifications in the introduction, so I will not repeat them.
Inside the package, I found a charging box with earbuds inside, a Type-C charging cable, an additional pair of replaceable silicone ear tips, and an instruction – it’s in Chinese and English.
As you might have guessed, the manufacturer offers a completely identical box appearance to the QCY T10 model. So, the equipment is completely identical, but now let’s see what materials the earbuds are made of now.
Design, build quality and materials
The appearance of the QCY T11 and T10 earbuds remained almost the same. That is, the same plastic is used here, and the build quality is at the same level.
For example, the new QCY earbud model received a combined plastic. Where the earbud leg itself is made of glossy plastic, and the inside of the sound guide uses matte plastic.
In addition, the earbuds are still in-ear with silicone ear tips. It can also be noted here that the quality of the ear tips has become an order of magnitude better than that of its predecessor T10.
I had no strong complaints about the comfort of wearing, but after two hours of wearing, I needed a break. Since my ears were starting to feel discomfort due to in-ear silicone ear tips. At the same time, the weight of one earbud remained the same at about 4 grams.
Touch control is located on the outer part of the body, and there is nothing on the inner part, except for the channel designation. The lower part of the leg received two charging contacts with a microphone hole. There is one compensation hole on the inside of the sound guide of the earbuds.
Of course, I would like to see an automatic pause sensor here, but unfortunately, it is not on board the new T11. I can also say about the presence of protection against water under the IPX5 standard.
As for the QCY T11 charging box itself, the appearance and shape remained similar to the T10 model. But now plastic was used from a different material. Whereas the previous generation had matte plastic in their performance, the new generation T11 began to use glossy plastic.
For me, this is a strong drawback, since even after several days of testing, you can already see scuffs on the charging box. Therefore, I am a supporter of matte products.
As for the build quality, I have no strong complaints, but I can note that the hinge is not very high-quality. The hinge itself is made of plastic and it has no fixation, but only a slight backlash. But this is not surprising, since the QCY T11 earbuds belong to the budget class of devices.
On the front of the case, there are three LED indicators that indicate the remaining charge level. There is a Type-C charging port at the bottom of the case. But under the hinge, there is a button for pairing or resetting the settings to the factory.
From the above, I can conclude that the build quality matches its value. But the materials used have become worse when compared with its predecessor QCY T10. Therefore, I propose to proceed to the next section and find out how high-quality the signal from the smartphone has become and found out the main control functions.
Connection, latency, and control
Both generations of QCY T11 and T10 wireless earbuds have received the Bluetooth 5.0 version of the wireless connection. Also, the earbuds have support for AAC and SBC codecs. During my tests, the signal quality was stable and I did not notice any interruptions.
As I said in my other reviews, QCY offers its own proprietary application for wider settings for wireless earbuds. In the QCY app menu, you can set a convenient touch panel control method, as well as adjust the equalizer or select a sound genre to suit your style of music.
In addition, I was pleasantly surprised to find the game mode on board the QCY T11. The latency was about 200ms and if you are an avid gamer then only wired earbuds will help you. But I didn’t feel much discomfort while playing games like PUBG Mobile.
The touch controls worked well and I felt comfortable using them. Let’s take a look at what the main features are on board the earbuds out of the box.
- Double-tap on any earbud causes plays, pauses, and also accepts or puts a phone call.
- Switching tracks forward or backward is carried out by holding 1.5 seconds on the left or right channel, respectively.
- A triple tap on the left calls up the voice assistant function, and on the right switches the game mode to normal.
As I said, some features can be replaced with others in the QCY application settings. For example, if you don’t need voice control, then you can replace it with volume control.
Sound and microphone quality
The new hybrid technology in the QCY T11 earbuds really won me over. The device uses one 7mm dynamic driver and another armature driver. If the dynamic driver is designed for low frequencies, then the armature one serves for the high-quality sounding of mid and high frequencies.
With the T11, I was really surprised at how good and detailed the mids and highs sound. It’s an incredibly crystal sound that doesn’t sound like its big brother, the QCY T10 at all. I really liked the way the new generation of earbuds plays.
At the same time, I cannot say that there is no bass or low frequencies. They are available and sound just as good for their price. Therefore, listening to music was a very pleasant pleasure for me using the T11.
Another nice feature in the QCY T11 earbuds is the work of four microphones. During my tests, I used the earbuds in a quiet and noisy place. In both cases, the microphone quality was good. Even in noisy places, my interlocutors heard me well, and the surrounding noises were blocked pretty well.
Battery and run time
Battery life may not be the strong point of the QCY T11 earbuds. But I want to remind you once again that two hybrid drivers are used onboard the earbuds. Therefore, the power consumption will be significantly higher than that of conventional single-driver earbuds.
For example, in my case, the device worked on a single charge for about 3 hours and 25 minutes at 50% volume. The manufacturer speaks of the same result. Naturally, you can additionally recharge the earbuds through the charging box with a capacity of 600 mAh.
For example, 10 minutes of charging the earbuds in the case will provide you with 1 hour of listening to music. A full charge will take about 50 minutes while charging the box itself will take about 1.5 hours.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
After several days of active use of the new QCY T11 model, I was left under positive emotions, but there were also some drawbacks.
First, let’s talk about the merits of the new generation of earbuds. The first thing I liked was the presence of new hybrid drivers with dynamic and armature drivers. The sound quality, for its price, is very good and the earbuds play with different types of music genres perfectly.
I also liked the technology of the four microphones, where the interlocutors heard me well even in noisy places. Battery life, though not the highest, is sufficient for everyday use. And most importantly, there is fast charging on board the earbuds.
The disadvantages are the materials used and the build quality of the charging box. I didn’t really like the glossy plastic, as it is very easily soiled. It also leaves marks and scuffs even after several days of use.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Currently, you can order and purchase the QCY T11 TWS earbuds at a tempting cost of only $29.85.
These are not the worst wireless earbuds that I have tested and I can easily recommend them to you.