Edifier is one of my favorite brands, making not only quality TWS earbuds, but other categories of audio products as well. For example, these are speakers, full-size headphones and other gadgets. Today I have a rather tempting model on the test called – Edifier Hecate GM5.
The manufacturer calls its new line of wireless earbuds Hecate – gaming. But is it really so? Will I be able to comfortably play these games, let’s talk about all this in a detailed review.
But first of all, I would like to draw your attention to the cost of Edifier Hecate GM5. At the moment, the price for this earbud model is $80. Is it a lot or a little? I think it is worth looking at the technical features and specifications to understand.
The Edifier Hecate GM5 is not just a gaming earbud with minimal latency in games, but also features the latest generation of Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connectivity. And also the device is equipped with support for Qualcomm QCC 3046 chipset and has aptX codec.
In addition, I can talk about the presence of a good battery life, 12 mm dynamic driver and a rather tempting charging box. Thus, I suggest starting my in-depth and complete review now.
Edifier Hecate GM5: Specifications
|Edifier Hecate GM5:||Specs|
|Driver size:||12 mm driver|
|Wireless connection:||Bluetooth 5.2|
|Frequency response:||20-20000 Hz|
|Bluetooth protocol:||aptX, AAC и SBC|
|Battery:||50 (500) mAh|
|Charging time:||90 min|
|Weight:||4,0 (38) grans|
|Music time:||8 hours|
Unboxing and packaging
The manufacturer Edifier paid special attention to the appearance of the package and its design. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the box itself, it really looks not only stylish and beautiful, but also reliable and sturdy.
On the front, you can see the charging box of the headphones themselves through the transparent red partition. Also, there are inscriptions of the name of the model and brand. At the same time, on the reverse side, there is a list of some features.
In addition, on the back of the package, I found information about the packaging and even about the touch control functions. I can also note that many of the Gaming signs are both on the side edges and on other parts of the package.
Inside the box, I found a lot of interesting components. These are the instructions for use, a Type-C charging cable, a silicone protective case and even a lanyard with a carabiner. Naturally, the package included the earbuds themselves with a charging box.
Design, workmanship and materials used
Since the new Edifier Hecate GM5 wireless earbuds are considered a gaming model, the appearance must be appropriate. But to call the design of the earbuds a gaming one is quite problematic for me. Since the Hecate GM5 is very similar to the regular Apple AirPods, only with a different color.
The manufacturer decided to use a combination of two materials – gray matte plastic and glossy black plastic on the outside of the case. Of course, I liked this color combination. For example, I tested earbuds from the Razer Hammerhead True brand, so there were some elements of the play style.
Although, if the earbuds look standard, like most wireless earbuds, then the charging box has a really tempting gaming design. For example, it is made of transparent polycarbonate. On the side ends, both on the right and on the left, you can find LED lighting.
At the bottom of the box is a Type-C charging port. As for the build quality of the box, I have no strong remarks, the lid opens perfectly. Yes, and in the open position, the lid stays tight. In addition, the design of the box is decorated with a round coin with the “H” sign and just below the earbud line name – Hecate.
But I can attribute the minus of the charging case – it is a glossy transparent box in terms of practicality. Over time, you will have many scratches on it. Therefore, the manufacturer put a silicone case in the kit to protect it from scratches or other troubles. Although there is also a small inconvenience here. When this silicone case is on, you will not be able to open the cover to remove or replace the earbuds.
Now some information about the earbuds themselves. The quality of their execution is pretty good, they are assembled well and without any questions. I also liked the materials used, and the quality of the plastic is at a fairly high level. That is, I definitely cannot call it budget. I can also highlight the presence of protection against water under the IPX5 standard. Although this is not a complete protection from water, you can play sports in them or use them in a light rain.
I had no major problems with wearing comfort. An even greater advantage in terms of comfort and fit is the lack of ear tips. Thus, I could wear the Edifier Hecate GM5 for a very long time and without any questions. In addition, the fit was very firm and even during my workouts, the earbuds fit securely and I didn’t have the feeling that they would fall out at the wrong time.
On the front part of the case, there is a touch control, but on the bottom, there are two contacts for charging with a microphone. Another additional microphone can be found on the top of the earbud housing. I will talk about the quality of the microphone itself a little later. Now I think it’s worth talking about the quality of the connection and its features.
Connection, latency, game mode and touch control
An important feature in the wireless connection of the Edifier Hecate GM5 is the presence of Bluetooth 5.2 connection. This is the latest version in wireless connectivity and cannot be found better at the moment. Therefore, the earbuds received a very high-quality signal transmission, without any jerks and, most importantly, even less power consumption.
It is also possible to use the earbuds, either separately or together. Also, you can connect each earphone to different devices at the same time.
As for the delay, I didn’t notice it at all. Even when I switched between different modes of operation, such as game and music, I did not notice a strong difference in latency. Therefore, with these earbuds, you can not only comfortably watch videos on YouTube, but also play shooters without unnecessary discomfort.
As for the touch control, here it is quite rich in functionality. Edifier Hecate GM5 has almost all functions to control, except for volume control.
- Double tap on the touch panel produces – play, pause, accept or suspend a phone conversation.
- Holding for about 2 seconds – switching tracks forward or backward, depending on the channel of the earbuds.
- Right triple tap – toggles between game and music mode. On the left, it activates the ambient mode.
Sound quality and microphone performance
Edifier uses a 12mm dynamic driver on the Hecate GM5 game model. Yes, it may seem that it is not so large in size when compared with competitors. But in fact, it was enough for me both in terms of volume reserve and sound.
Compared to game mode and music mode, both have good sound. Although, as you can know, more budget earbuds play a little worse in gaming mode than in standard mode.
Naturally, there were few low frequencies, and the bass was practically not felt. But I’m not surprised by this, since these earbuds are semi-in-ear, not in-ear earbuds. But the advantage of this model is its transparency in sound. There is good detail in the scenes, each musical instrument plays distinctly and beautifully.
The noise canceling CvC technology is responsible for the quality of the microphone, but in noisy places it does not work as well as I wanted. Although I cannot call the microphone quality terrible. For example, in noisy places, the interlocutors heard me clearly and without unnecessary questions.
Battery and run time
Few wireless earbuds have great battery life. In the case of the Edifier Hecate GM5 earbuds, each of the channels received 50 mAh, and the charging box – 500 mAh.
During my test, the earbuds lasted about 7.5 hours at a volume level of 60-70%. The battery life using the charging box is approximately 32 hours.
In this case, a full charge of the earbuds through the Type-C port is about 1.5 hours.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
Edifier Hecate GM5 are modern TWS wireless gaming earbuds that have many interesting features.
On the positive side of this model, I can mention the latest wireless connection Bluetooth 5.2, support for aptX and Qualcomm chipset. In addition, I liked the comfortable fit in this model. I also liked the battery life on a single charge.
Of the negative points, I did not like it – this is the lack of a volume control function, a not very practical transparent case and scratches can easily remain on it.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
You can currently get the Edifier Hecate GM5 earbuds at a good price for just $79.99 and with a 50% discount.
Considering its cost, I can definitely recommend these gaming earbuds. They got the most important feature for gamers with minimal latency and many other features.