Great looks with performance to match!
At the turn of the new year, Truke came out with its new gaming TWS, the BTG X1. The wireless gaming headset has been launched at an introductory price of Rs 999. Currently, the TWS is listed on Amazon for Rs 1,299. However, the BTG X1 still competes in the entry-level segment, a category that can be easily overlooked as wired headphones are still favored over wireless headphones in this price range. However, this may not last long as the affordable TWS keep getting better with each new release. So what does he do? Trucks do you have his latest TWS ready for us? We’ve been using the Truke BTG X1 for over a week, here’s our review.
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Truke BTG X1 Review: Design
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Inside the box you will find wireless headphones, a charging case, a USB Type-C charging cable, a quick guide and a warranty card. The plastic tray used to store these contents is rather flimsy and the charging cable falls out as soon as you pull it out. The headphones are not placed inside the charging case, but have a separate cutout for them in the package. Given the affordable price of TWS, trimming the packaging material seems like an understandable choice.
What Truke has not compromised on is the look and overall design of the BTG X1. The oval-shaped plastic charging case is quite compact and fits easily in a pocket. The lid of the charging case is bordered on both sides by RGB lighting strips, along with an illuminated “X” in front. The ‘X’ design motif seems to be a running theme as the illuminated lettering gives way to glossy stripes that run down the sides of the case before joining into an ‘X’ on the back. The charging port is also located here.
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The main feature of the charging case is the RGB lighting. It definitely looks like a gaming TWS BTG X1. Truke has equipped the TWS with 20+ RGB LEDs that light up every time the lid is opened. The “X” on the front will flash each time the case is charged. The plastic body can withstand a few taps and doesn’t pick up fingerprints, but the lid can come loose after a while.
The headphones also have a plastic body and an open-ear design. This means they don’t come with silicone ear tips and have a “one size fits all” design. They fit pretty well, but the lack of silicone ear tips means a lot of outside noise will get in. The stems of the headphones have a small notification light along with the touch controls. We were impressed with the touch sensitivity and found basic functions to be very easy to access. Since a single tap on either earbud will either increase or decrease the volume, accidental touches won’t be too much of a problem.
The TWS packaging or product information does not mention an IP rating, but we used the BTG X1 for light training and experienced no performance issues. However, due to the missing ear tips, the buds tend to slip off in sweaty conditions.
Truke BTG X1 Review: Performance
The Truke BTG X1 features 12mm titanium audio drivers and supports both SBC and AAC codecs. The headphones pair immediately after opening the lid thanks to the Bluetooth 5.3 connection. The earphones emit sound every time TWS is connected to the device. This can be pretty annoying, and the audio recording of this warning is quite rude. You will also hear similar notifications when disconnecting TWS or switching to game or music mode.
Low quality caveats aside, the Truke BTG X1 has an absolutely impressive sound profile. We weren’t expecting this level of clarity from a basic headset, but Truke seems to have raised the bar here. We’ve played music from different genres like Bollywood pop, classic rock, indie and hip hop and TWS has held up very well all over the world. The higher frequencies didn’t sound shrill, which is the case with most basic TWS, but they blended quite well with the bass and mids. There is a very slight “boxiness” to the sound, but all things considered, the BTG X1 certainly punches above its weight. Even when played at 100% volume, the sound showed very little signs of distortion.
The BTG X1 is a gaming TWS and also offers a 40ms low latency mode. Game mode can be turned on with three touches of the right stem of the handset. We played Call of Duty Mobile with the BTG X1 on and it performed decently. The sound matched the game perfectly and the sounds in the game were transmitted very well. After a week of testing, we encountered no audio lag.
The touch controls on the BTG X1 are very accessible but cannot be customized as there is no app support for TWS. A single tap on a step changes the volume, while a double tap pauses or resumes music. As mentioned earlier, you can switch to gaming or music mode with three taps on the right stem. The headphones also come with voice assistant support, which can be activated with three taps on the stem of the left earpiece. Any incoming call can be answered with a single tap on either handset. A double tap is required to hang up the phone. To mute the call, press and hold either earpiece for one second. 6 quick taps will reset TWS to factory settings.
The call experience has been significantly improved thanks to Quad-Mic Environmental Noise Cancellation (ENC) technology. TWS was able to successfully isolate our voice from the surrounding noise and transmit it to the caller without significant loss of quality. While this ENC level works well for filtering out noise in relatively quiet environments (inside your home, workplace, etc.), it’s not enough to reduce overwhelming sounds in the outdoors. The same goes for in-game voice calls.
In terms of battery power, the 300mAh charging case holds enough charge to power the headset for 48 hours. The headphones with a capacity of 40 mAh offer a musical return of up to 10 hours. After charging for 10 minutes, the headphones can be used for up to 10 hours. It takes less than 2 hours to fully charge the case.
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At Rs 1,299, the Truke BTG X1 is easily one of the best entry-level TWS headsets. The sound quality delivered is very impressive for a TWS in this price range. In addition, the RGB lighting adds a spectacular “gaming headset” look. The low latency mode works as it should and is sure to appeal to gamers. The open-ear design may not be for everyone, but if these earbuds fit perfectly, there’s nothing to complain about.
Impressive sound quality
Low latency mode for gaming
The open ear design may not be for everyone
No support for touch customization apps
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