We have looked at a few products from ODEC, including the ODEC 20000mAh USB-C Power Bank (read our review here), and the ODEC 20W Dual Port Wall Charger (read our review here). Today, we are taking a look at another ODEC category and test out the ODEC True Wireless Earbuds.
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Apple Tech Talk Scorecard
|Excellent sound quality
|Touch controls are not as easy as some we have tested
|Compact design for easy carrying
|Long battery life with the case
ODEC OD-E6 True Wireless Earbuds – Unboxing
There is certainly no shortage of wireless earbuds. A quick search on Amazon comes up with 20 pages of items and with at least 20 items per page, you have hundreds of models and styles to choose from. But for all the variety, our experience shows that they almost always have the same items packed in the box, and the ODEC OD-E6 True Wireless Earbuds are no exception.
In the box are the ODEC OD-E6 True Wireless Earbuds (Model # OD-E6), which come installed in the recharging case. Also included is a USB-C to USB-A charging cable, three sets of ear tips in small, medium and large, (one is installed on the earbuds and two in a separate package), a multi-language User Manual and the ODEC 24-Month Product Warranty card.
While many of the wireless earbud charging cases we have tested use a micro-USB connector, the ODEC OD-E6 True Wireless Earbuds use the newer USB-C connector. Unfortunately, the included 20” charging cable still has a USB-A style plug on one end. We understand that many users still use USB-A style chargers but we would have liked to see a second cable included with a USB-C plug on both ends for us Mac users.
ODEC OD-E6 True Wireless Earbuds – Specifications
The ODEC OD-E6 True Wireless Earbuds contain a 9mm speaker driver with a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20kHz. The earbud pair weighs just 0.36 oz (10.2g) and have an IPX8 rating.
Each earbud contains a 50mAh Li-polymer batter that can provide up to 7 hours of playback time.
On the stem that extends down from each earbud is an integrated touch sensitive panel which controls the earbud functions, an LED which flashes green when the earbuds are disconnected and are otherwise off, as well as a built-in microphone.
The earbuds have an Active Noise Cancellation (“ANC”) system to reduce unwanted background noise. It does this by using a microphone to “listen” to sounds both outside and inside the earbuds, and then uses the ANC chipset to invert the soundwaves which cancels out the external noise.
The charging case measures 2.6” long x 0.8” wide x 1.5” high (66mm x 20.3mm x 38.1mm), and weighs just 1.5oz (42.5g). The charging case contains a 550mAh Li-polymer battery.
On the rear of the case is a single USB-C port which needs DC 5V to fully charge the battery in about 1.5 hours. A fully charged case can recharge both earbuds five (5) times which provides an additional 35 hours to the initial 7 hours of playback time for a fully charged set of earbuds. In all, that’s a massive 42- hours of play time before a full recharge of the case is needed.
Integrated into the front of the charging case is a single LED which falls perfectly in line with the where the top of the case opens. This gives a nice clean look to the overall design.
When the case is connected to a power source, the LED lights white to indicate the case, and the earbuds if installed, are charging. The LED turns off when charging is complete.
ODEC OD-E6 True Wireless Earbuds – Usage and Test Results
Out of the box, our ODEC OD-E6 True Wireless Earbuds had a partial charge but, as suggested in the User Manual, we plugged them in to get a full charge before starting our tests. It took less than an hour to top off the earbuds and the case.
To pair the ODEC OD-E6 True Wireless Earbuds, we put our iPhone into Bluetooth pairing mode and removed both earbuds from the case. The earbuds turn on automatically and within a few seconds appeared as a new device in our Bluetooth list. We accepted the device and the pairing process completed.
Once the ODEC OD-E6 True Wireless Earbuds are paired to your device, you only need to remove them from the case to use them. They will automatically power on and connect. To turn them off, just put them back in the case and they will turn off and begin charging.
The functions of the ODEC OD-E6 True Wireless Earbuds are controlled by the touch sensitive panel on each earbud.
Function Action Play or pause Tap the touch-sensitive panel on either earbud Skip to the next track Double tap the panel on the right earbud Skip to the previous track Triple tap the panel on the right earbud Answer a call Double tap the panel on either earbud End a call Double tap the panel on either earbud Reject an incoming call Press and hold the panel on either earbud for 2 seconds Use Siri Press and hold the panel on the right earbud for 2 seconds or just say “Hey Siri”. Change ANC mode Double tap the panel on the left earbud
These controls are not quite as easy as some of the other earbuds we have tested but they are also not the most confusing. With a little practice, we think the controls will become easy to remember.
Overall, we think the sound quality of theODEC OD-E6 True Wireless Earbuds was very good. ODEC advertises the OD-E6 as having “Super Deep Bass”. We usually don’t like the sound quality when the base is too heavy and we were surprised to find that despite the claim, we found the sound to be well balanced.
The touch controls worked well and probably with a little more practice, the control functions will become second nature.
The Bottom Line
With such a large selection of wireless earbuds available, it’s hard to find one that is right for you. That said, we think the ODEC OD-E6 True Wireless Earbuds are a great combination of high quality sound and super long play time in a compact package that is easy to carry and very affordable.
The ODEC OD-E6 True Wireless Earbuds come with a 24-month warranty and are available on Amazon. Be sure to check the Amazon page when you shop since theses earbuds often have a discount coupon available on the site.
We would like to thank the folks at ODEC for providing the ODEC OD-E6 True Wireless Earbuds for our testing and review.
What do you look for in a set of wireless earbuds? Do you prefer compact size, long battery life or superior sound quality? Why not join the conversation and leave a comment below?
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