You will remember that about half a year ago I wrote about the top 10 wireless earbuds from Lenovo. So the manufacturer does not stand in one place and produces a large number of different models of TWS earbuds. Today I want to add another interesting model to this list, which is called Lenovo H16.
Like most earbuds from the Lenovo brand, the new generation of the H16 device belongs to the budget category. So I had some questions, the first about the sound quality and the second about the wearing comfort. I think these two factors are the most important when choosing any TWS earbuds.
Let’s talk about the cost first, the Lenovo H16 is currently priced at around $30. On the one hand, this is not such a large amount of money, but on the other hand, it is not $20, as I tested earbuds from the Lenovo brand earlier.
If you look at the technical features, then the updated earbud model received a Bluetooth 5.1 version, lightweight and a comfortable ergonomic fit. In addition, the device has an elementary protection against water under the IPX4 standard.
Lenovo also promises up to 36 hours of battery life, minimal latency in games and a touchpad. This, of course, is all good, but the main features such as active noise reduction or transparency mode will not be here. So you yourself will not find a proximity sensor for automatic pause here.
Therefore, now I propose to learn about the sound quality and fit, as well as talk about all other aspects of the new earbud model. Thus, let’s start an already complete and in-depth review, namely with unboxing and appearance.
Lenovo H16: Specifications
|Driver unit:||13 mm driver|
|Bluetooth protocol:||SBC and AAC|
Unboxing and packaging
The earbuds are delivered in the most common white packaging. But here it is worth noting that the box itself was made of fairly durable cardboard and all the components, including the packaging, came to me for testing intact and without damage.
At the same time, on the front of the box, I found a drawing of a charging case with earbuds and the name of the model and company. As you can see, both English words and Chinese characters are found on the packaging. That is, this is the Chinese version of the earbuds and most likely there will not even be a global version.
Also on the back of the box, you can find information about the version of the wireless connection, the amount of capacity of the built-in battery and information about the brand.
Okay, after unpacking, I am greeted separately by the charging case and earbuds. The package also included instructions for use with a separate box, which contained a Type-C charging cable. Since these are semi in-ear earbuds, it will be impossible to find silicone ear tips here, because they are simply not needed here.
Design, build quality and materials
Lenovo offers a fairly wide range of colors to choose from. My version of the earbuds was made in gray, but you can also choose green, pink and white to choose from. Therefore, the number of colors was quite wide and I am very happy about that, like most users, right? And sometimes some brands will offer only one, well, or two colors, and this is a little frustrating.
If you take a closer look at the new model of Lenovo H16 earbuds, it may seem that the device was made of one material. But in reality this is not the case, a combination of glossy and matte plastic is used here. At the same time, the matte plastic had a large coverage. Since the glossy material was used only on the inside of the sound guide. Usually it is the other way around, but here the manufacturer decided to do so.
Although I do not mind that the glossy material is used little, as I do not like it. But in practice, a matte material is used on the sound tube, because matte plastic will not slip as much during sports as glossy material.
Although, I cannot say that the fit of the earbuds was not comfortable and the earbuds fell out of the ear canal. Quite the opposite, the Lenovo H16 earbuds sat very firmly in the ear canal and while running or playing sports, the device was not even supposed to fall out of the ear canal. In addition, the weight of one earbud was only 4.1 grams. This is very small and I could wear Lenovo earbuds for days without even taking them off. That is, in terms of ergonomics and ease of fit, I did not have any special comments at all.
In addition, the build quality also proved to be good. During my testing, I did not detect any extraneous sounds and squeaks. The device also received IPX4 protection against splashes and water. Although this does not mean that you can wet the device underwater or swim with them.
The touch panel is located on the outside of the case, but there is a blue LED indicator at the top of the sound guide. A two-pin magnetic connection was installed on the lower part of the leg, but I did not find a hole for a microphone here. This is very strange as it is the most convenient location. Therefore, later I will definitely share with you about the quality of the microphones.
On the inside of the sound guide there was an oval hole for the air outlet, and the sound guide itself received a metal mesh from dirt and debris.
Okay, I figured out the earbuds, now let’s talk about the charging case and its features. The charging box of the Lenovo H16 earbuds was made of matte gray plastic, just like the earbuds themselves. On the front, you can find the brand logo and LED indicator. In addition, I liked the chrome bezel between the body and the box lid. But the Type-C charging connection was located on the bottom of the case.
In terms of build quality, I liked how the case was assembled. The lid opened without a single backlash, but there was one drawback and that was the lack of fixation in the open position. I can also highlight that the seats of the H16 earbuds were made of glossy plastic. Okay, I figured out the appearance, now let’s talk about the signal quality and other features.
Connection, latency and touch control
Lenovo H16 earbuds are connected via wireless Bluetooth 5.1 version. This, of course, is not the latest generation of wireless communication, but during my testing, I did not find any particular problems with signal transmission. For example, the signal with the smartphone was always stable even at a distance of 10 meters.
As for the game mode, it is not here. Therefore, I will definitely not be able to call the Lenovo H16 a gaming model.
Yes, you might be able to play games like PUBG Mobile, but you won’t have much fun. The delay, although not significant, was there. But if you plan to watch movies or videos on YouTube, then I did not find much delay.
Since this is a budget version of earbuds, you will not find a mobile application here either. But the touch control is very positive and here I found the following functions:
- One channel on any of the earbuds plays or stops the track. Also this feature will allow you to accept or reject phone calls.
- Double tapping on the right channel increases the volume, and triple tapping on the same channel decreases the volume.
- Double-tapping the left channel of the earbud switches the track forward, and triple-tapping it switches the track backward.
Sound and microphone quality
The Lenovo H16 earbud case uses a 13mm dynamic driver inside. This is a very good size, as for the inexpensive version of wireless earbuds. In addition, the volume margin will be enough for all occasions.
As for the sound itself, the sound in the H16 earbuds was oriented more towards lower frequencies. Since the amount of bass, especially at 100% volume level stood out very much.
Besides, the mids also sounded good, but the high frequencies were already playing very squeaky. For example, at the maximum volume setting, the high frequencies produced many annoying sounds. But if you reduce the volume to 70%, then all squeaky sounds disappear completely.
Overall, for its value, the sound quality was very good. I could not even imagine that ordinary semi in-ear earbuds are able to play so dynamically and have good bass.
As for the quality of the microphone, in a quiet place the sound quality was pretty good, that is, the interlocutors heard me well and without any problems. But in noisy places, the quality of the microphones was no longer the best in its segment. For example, on a noisy street, the interlocutors heard me a little legibly and I always needed to repeat what I said earlier.
Battery and run time
If we talk about battery life, then on a full charge, Lenovo H16 earbuds can work for about 4 hours. This is a very good result for a 30mAh battery.
At the same time, the charging case received a 400 mAh battery and the total battery life of the earbuds will be about 30 hours.
But the earbuds are charged via the Type-C connection and a full charge of the case will take about 1.5 hours. The earbuds themselves can be charged in 50 minutes.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
During my testing, I found that the updated version of the Lenovo H16 wireless earbuds has good functionality for its value.
Now I can easily answer you this question, which I posed at the beginning of the review. Namely, how comfortable the earbuds are to wear and what their sound is. So, this model of earbuds from Lenovo is very comfortable to wear and it was a pleasure to listen to music.
Also, I cannot say that the build quality and materials were bad. The case of the earbuds and the case was well assembled and did not have extraneous creaks and backlashes in its performance.
I also liked the touch controls with the volume control function. In addition, the battery life was very good, even.
And on the downside, I can attribute this lack of modern features, such as active noise cancellation, transparency mode, automatic pause sensor and others. There was also no game mode here, and the high frequencies made very annoying sounds at the maximum volume value.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
I already talked about the cost of Lenovo H16 earbuds at the beginning of the review, but I will remind you once again that at the current time you can purchase the device for only $28.33 with a 40% discount.
Overall, these are good TWS earbuds that have good main aspects. It’s a comfortable and ergonomic fit, and the sound quality was pretty good for its value.