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SoundPEATS Truefree 2 Review - Real TWS budget contender

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SoundPEATS has been breaking the mold of being a go-to provider of amazing audio companions without breaking your budget.
SoundPeats Truefree 2 Review - Real TWS budget contender
SoundPeats Truefree 2 in the case

We think that Truefree 2 is a perfect example. It is a robust and compact sports TWS that punches way above its weight class without giving you the feeling that you spent too much.

Here's our review.


Unboxing/Accessories

Clean box
Clean box

The SoundPEATS Truefree 2 is packaged true to its selling point: compact. It is a small box adorned with the SoundPEATS Logo, the TrueFree 2 label, and the descriptive literature at the back pertaining to the SoundPEATS.
Everything inside
Everything inside

Inside, you would see the Truefree 2 charging case, replacement fins and buds, Type–C charging cable, and the user manual/warranty card combo. Simple and concise, the Truefree 2 packaging contains the necessary accessories which check the usual load-out list.

The charging cable is of the short variant which I believe is more intended to be paired with a power-bank rather than a wall outlet.

The additional fins and buds are provided for a better fit for normal use or for sports activities. Though, personally, the default fin and bud combo work just fine.

Build Quality/Design

Back of the case
Back of the case

The charging case is made of matte plastic. The cover has the company logo and magnetically snaps on to lock the compartment. It is small in size so it won't because of creases in your pocket.

The Type-C socket and a charge light indicator can be seen at the back. The battery level indicators can be seen under the cover with the Truefree 2 node TWS headset.
The small buds
The small buds

The headsets are made of the same matte plastic material. At first glance, the earpieces might not look like much due to its size but this feels robust and can take any workout you can. The sides of the buds are rubberized buttons with LED indicators. This might provide some people a small discomfort since doing so actually pushes the earpiece further in and against to walls of your ears.
Rubber rings
Rubber rings

The overall design is practical. No nonsense earphones at your service. It has an IPX7 rating which means you wouldn't have to worry about the sweat and water splashed during your gym visit or your daily jogging routine may it be rain or shine.

Comfort/Isolation

TrueFree 2 doesn't feel heavy at all but it has enough weight letting you know that it is there.

The fins provide a certain fit that takes some getting used to. After spending some time with them, you would be able to adjust the fit accordingly if you find the need to. Regardless of whether you are jumping, running, or even tumbling, the TrueFree 2 fins help keep the buds at bay and intact.

Since the headset is node-type in design, it does offer some passive noise canceling. Surrounding sounds are still audible but on a minimal level. This actually makes this headset an amazing commuting companion as well.

I don't notice any active noise canceling but I honestly don't think that is needed given what is already being offered by using the correct fit. It is also understandable as this is a budget in-ear earphones.

Battery

The battery indicators offer little information on the actual capacity. The battery life of the headsets lasts approx. 4 hours. Now that is not a long span of time compared to other TWS in the same market range. The charging case can charge it up to 4 times.

That would span up to 20 hours of battery life before you need to plug it to another power source with the USB-C adapter.

Battery duration could have been longer

The charging time is around 1.5 hours which is not bad at all.

Features

Easy to use and connect

The Truefree 2 is Bluetooth 5.0 capable. This means that it offers rapid connectivity and pairing. The TrueFree 2 pairs instantaneously. Distance is also not much of a factor. Playing music, while putting some 5 to 7 meters of distance, did not cause any interruptions or degradation of sound quality. 

In terms of controls, the TrueFree 2 offers a wide range of button press patterns to utilize the hands-free nature of TWS.

It offers functionality from the manual on/off to switch between calls. A single press plays and pauses the music. Double-presses serve as the volume control. 1.5-sec button hold for the right or left node would skip to the next song and return to the previous track respectively. 

We noticed that taking the earpiece out doesn't pause the playing music automatically. However, it does switch between mono and stereo modes in a snap.

Calls and Video playback are a bit of a challenge for the Truefree 2. As mentioned, the microphone doesn't perform well especially in the open where there is an abundance of ambient noise. Videos have a noticeable delay on the audio sync-up. 

Microphone isolation is a problem area for TrueFree 2. It takes in a lot of ambient sounds and if you are out in the open, you might sound soft and distant on the other end. The microphone works better if you are handling calls indoors but do take note that surrounding sounds can still be picked up.

This proves why TrueFree 2 is more suited to commute and sports-related activities.

Audio



The audio quality of the TrueFree 2 is bass-centric. It gives you that bounce that all bassy sounds aim to give listeners. The bass provides a generous strong thump around the 50 percent to 70 percent volume range. This is the sweet spot. The bass balance is superb.

The higher the volume, the more profound the lows become. It can be too much for my taste when the volume is maxed out as some of the sounds becomes a bit distorted.

Bassy, but not too much!

Instrumentals and acoustics are a bit on the forgotten end. They don't garner enough attention and less engaging compared to upbeat, bass-driven genres.

The headset performs well on the mids as well. Vocals are sound-staged primarily on the front and are properly accented and are amazingly not overpowered by the bass sounds. This is even on higher volumes. The soundstage is intimate.

The music surrounds you and with the appropriate volume, you would not feel suffocated by it.

Pros - Robust build, IPX7 rating is rare for the price range, amazing fit for sports, good sound quality
Cons - Battery life could be improved, the microphone has minimal isolation capabilities, video to audio sync has some delays.

SoundPEATS Truefree 2 Specs

Frequency response range: 20Hz - 20kHz
Maximum input power: 15mW
Impedance: 16 ohms
Microphone: Built-in microphones
Battery: Up to 4 hours battery per earpiece w/o case, 380mAh up to 22.5 hours w/ case
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 (HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP)
Others: IPX7 water splash resistance
Price: PHP 2,290 (PHP 1,890 sale price)

Verdict

Putting the price and the quality of the output the headset provides on a scale, I would say that consumers would see the scales tipped in their favor.

There SoundPEATS Truefree 2 gives you amazing sound quality while maintaining a strong, tough exterior characteristic.

Sure, looking at the mic and video-related aspects would leave you wanting more but if you look like a Sports TWS. It's an audio companion that can take whatever you throw at it, then the Truefree 2 is a force to be reckoned with. Taking the price range into consideration, you would see the very definition of a steal.

A wide range of controls, amazing full-bodied audio capabilities, at par battery life, strong practical design and build, and a market price that doesn't hurt your pockets, The SoundPEATS Truefree 2 is nothing short of spectacular.

Build/Design - 4.5
Comfort/Isolation - 4.5
Battery Life - 4.0
Features - 4.0
Sound - 4.5
Average - 4.3/5
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