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Price Elephone Elepods X
Time line
Unpacking
Configuration
Battery range
Bluetooth range
Sound quality
Features
Compatibility
Final review / conclusion
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Elephone Elepods X : test / review

Elephone Elepods X : test / review

Category: Tests / Reviews

[b]I'm not used to testing smartphone accessories but while I was testing the Elephone U5, I had the opportunity to test the Elepods X so I thought it could be interesting to test this type of accessory.[b][b]The Elepods X are Bluetooth earphones from the Elephone brand which also produces smartphones. The Elepods X offer everything you would expect from this kind of product such as noise cancellation, low latency, a good autonomy, ... I will therefore test these Elepods X on all these points to give you a complete and objective opinion.[b][b]

Price Elephone Elepods X

[b]If you can't wait for the end of my test to buy, here is already a link to the Elepods X delivered from Spain for less than 50€:[b]Elephone Elepods X[b][b]

Time line

[b]10/11/2020 order the Elepods X from the official Elephone website (https://www.elephone.hk)[b][b]

Unpacking

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[b]I was a bit surprised by the Elepods X box because I was expecting a product from the Elephone brand but it is a Rexso product used in combination with the Elephone brand which is much less visible. It doesn't change anything to the product but I had the impression that I received the wrong product.[b][b]The box contains the headphones in their charging box, a USB cable type C to charge them and a manual in English and Chinese. The packaging of the product is not a low cost packaging, I never had the impression to have a low quality product in hand while the price is one of the arguments of the product.[b][b][b][b]

Configuration

[b]The configuration of the Elepods X earphones is quite simple. Just turn on the bluetooth on your smartphone, choose the Elepods X, it appears quite quickly. [b][b]

Battery range

[b]I don't have an application to test the autonomy of the Elepods X but I can share my experience. I've been using the headphones quite intensively these last few days to see how the battery was behaving. Without going into a scientific demonstration, I noticed that with constant use (ex: listening to music), the battery decreases by 10% per hour (with the phone nearby). The battery can therefore last a full day with a few hours of use. [b][b]

Bluetooth range

[b]The Elepods X earphones use the Bluetooth 5.2 standard, this should give them a great range. I first did a test inside where I left my phone in my office and went to the kitchen which is at the other end of the house, I started to lose the signal at the entrance of the kitchen which is about 16m from my office but the rooms are separated by three walls (with open doors). Outdoors I moved more than 20m from the phone without any signal interruption, there were no obstacles here and I think the actual range is even greater.[b][b]

Sound quality

[b]The Elepods X earphones have a construction that reduces the impact of surrounding noise (also called "noise cancelling"). The first time I listened to them, I didn't feel any reduction in environmental noise, but it is above all a question of positioning in the ear. When the earphones are well positioned, the surrounding noise is effectively reduced. For example, my PC fan produces about 40 dB and when I place the earphones correctly, I can barely hear the noise. Without being able to measure it, I think that the Elepods manage to reduce the noise by about 20 dB.[b][b]Unfortunately I don't have a tool to measure the quality of sound produced by earphones but I first took one of my best smartphone for sound (Samsung Galaxy S20) to rule out any problems coming from the phone. I listened to several hours of music (different styles) on Deezer, Spotify and YouTube. I didn't expect extraordinary quality because of the size of the headphones but the quality is quite comparable to the quality of my Sony headphones (entry-level headphones). I did not notice any weakness in the highs or lows, the sound is overall good. As I haven't tested other headphones yet, I can't judge if this sound is better than the one coming from another brand.[b][b]

Features

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[b]Each headset has a small button that allows you to interact with the phone, for example to pick up the phone when you receive a call, but you can also pause the music or skip to the next track. Although the idea is interesting, I find that the responsiveness of these buttons could be better. To pause the music or skip to the next track, I often have to go through it several times.[b][b]

Compatibility

[b]I have tested the headphones with the Samsung Galaxy S20 and have not encountered any problems. I will test the Elepod X with other phones as my smartphone testing progresses.[b][b]

Final review / conclusion

[b]These are the first earphones that I am testing, so I don't have a test protocol yet as for the other products I am testing, so my conclusion will be a little less factual than what I am used to writing. [b][b]The Elepods X are similar to most other headphones on the market, a blind test would not distinguish them from other more expensive headphones. I have never felt like I had a Chinese product in my hands. The earphones fit very well in the ear, you just have to make sure you push them in enough to benefit from the noise cancellation effect. Once installed, the Elepods fit quite well in the ear as I was able to run for 30 minutes without ever having to put them back on.[b][b]The sound produced by the Elepods X is of good quality, it is equivalent in quality to an entry level stereo headset, I don't have any high end headphones to compare. The highs and lows are well rendered. [b][b]The autonomy makes it possible to hold the day with a few hours of use, I do not know if it is the case for other products of this type because I did not test others. A priori, I don't need my headphones at night, so recharging the earphones every night is not a big problem.[b][b][b][b]

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