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When choosing true wireless Bluetooth earbuds, you should pay attention at only a few features. Of course, we prefer they look amazing. But also, they should comfortably fit in the ear. We would like them to support the latest version of Bluetooth. Also, we want an easier interaction experience. Thus, many things should be done hands-free. But even if it is not so, we shouldn’t do complicated moves and operations on it. At last, the earbuds we are going to buy should be packed with large batteries and provide a long endurance. When I try to combine all these features into one, there are only a few brands I can trust. But I would like to pass the overpriced models of Sony and other giants. Personally, I often prefer brands that make high-quality products and require a sensible price for it. Earlier this year, I got two brand new headphones from iTeknic. After using them for a week, I understand this company is really capable of designing outstanding products. This time I am going to review their newly launched Bluetooth earbuds, namely the iTeknic IK-BH004 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds.
iTeknic IK-BH004 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Specs List
Product Name: iTeknic IK-BH004 TWS
Type: True wireless earbuds
Charging case weight: 45 grams with earbuds inserted
Charging case dimensions: 54 x 48 x 26mm
Earbud Weight: 4 grams
Charging case battery: 500mAh Lithium
Earbud batteries: 55mAh Lithium battery (1 per earpiece)
Earbud battery life: Up to 6 hours
Charging time: 1.5 – 2 hours
Connection: Bluetooth 5.0 (AVRCP/A2DP/HSP/HFP)
Noise suppression: Digital Signal Processing
Water resistance: IPX5
Package content: Two earbuds, charging case, six earpads, USB cable, and user’s guide
iTeknic IK-BH004 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Design
The appearance of the iTeknic IK-BH004 is not a special topic of conversation. I mean it comes with the high build quality and the materials used in it do not cause any doubts. But there is nothing special the earbuds can boast of. Honestly, no earbuds can boast of a unique design. This is the most painful part for the earbuds manufacturers.
Inside the charging case, we can find LED light that notifies about the charging status of the internal batteries. The 500mAh battery inside the box can charge the two earbuds twice. So you have to keep the case charged and put the earbuds into it every time after using them. Otherwise, one day you will find that there is no power.
As for the earbuds themselves, they have a bit longer tails. But due to the outstanding design, they wouldn’t prevent any of the operations. Also, they won’t fall off from your ears. It’s very comfortable to wear. A 5.8-millimeter driver fits inside each of these earbuds. Noise-canceling microphones eliminate background noise and enhance voice pick-up during phone conversations. Personally, I recommend you to wear them when exercising. Inside the box, you can also find two other pairs of earpads.
Moreover, the iTeknic IK-BH004 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds are IPX5 waterproof. So exercising under the rain shouldn’t harm them.
As for the interaction with these earbuds, everything is simpler than you think. In fact, the iTeknic IK-BN004 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds have won Reddot design award 2019. Due to the combined fine design with great functions, it can fight against any top brand.
Touch Control Functions
Press L or R earbuds multi-function panel once to answer calls.
When you are in a call, double-click the L or R multi-function button to answer the incoming call and hang up the previous call. If you wish to keep the previous call but answer the new one, just click the L or R multi-function button. When you are in a three-way call, click the L or R multi-function button to switch the call. In the case when you want to reject the incoming call and keep the current call, press the L or R multi-function button for 2 seconds.
Long press L or R earbuds multi-function panel for 2 seconds to activate Voice Assistant.
Double Click L or R multifunctional panel to end the call.
Long Press L or R multi-function panel for 2 seconds to reject calls.
Double click L or R earbuds multi-function to activate play or pause options.
Click right panel volume + to play music or answer the call.
Triple-click left earbud multi-function panel to track backward.
Triple-click right earbud multi-function panel to track forward.
iTeknic IK-BH004 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Connectivity
When pulled from the charging case, the earbuds will pair with each other and then began to search for a device. We tested the iTeknic IK-BH004 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds with Windows-running computers and Android devices. And we had no problem when connecting. You can connect the device in both mono and stereo mode.
Like all the previous headphones coming our way from iTeknic, these earbuds support Bluetooth 5.0 as well. It’s the latest version of Bluetooth. Due to the enhanced communication features, it is used for multiple devices, such as wireless headphones, wireless keyboards, mice, game controllers, and even for communication between various smart home and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
However, if you own a smartphone that supports Bluetooth 5.0 and your headphones support the older version, you won’t get any benefit from this friendship. Bluetooth is backward compatible. This means you can continue using your existing Bluetooth 4.2 and older devices with a Bluetooth 5.0 phone. Plus, when you buy new Bluetooth 5.0-enabled accessories, they will work better thanks to the higher version of Bluetooth on your phone.
But this is not the only cool feature of Bluetooth 5.0. Say, it allows you to play audio on two connected devices simultaneously. Usually, I do this when watching movies with my wife. You could even stream two different audio sources to two different audio devices at the same time. This means we can listen to two different pieces of music, but streaming from the same phone.
iTeknic IK-BH004 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Advantages
Even on the box of the iTeknic IK-BH004, we can see a special term True Wireless Stereo. TWS is a technology, which allows two audio devices to be paired via Bluetooth. In fact, we have talked about this above. But this is implemented not only due to Bluetooth 5.0 but also to TWS. As separate transmissions can be sent to the left and right earpieces, it permits the reception of a stereo signal.
Moreover, the iTeknic IK-BH004 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds are equipped with Digital Signal Processing Technology. DSP improves sound quality by tweaking the original signal in several different ways. Particularly, it generates wider frequency output, filters out reverberation, and includes both automatic gain control and dynamic adjustment.
Finally, we should talk about the biggest highlight of iTeknic earphones. It has long-lasting battery life. On a single charge, the earbuds can provide up to 6 hours of operation. And if taking into account the fact that the case can charge them twice, these earbuds can last for 18 hours. Though in some cases, it can last for 25 hours due to the low power-consumption chips, I didn’t have such an experience.
It’s unfair to say the iTeknic IK-BH004 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds offer something that top brands don’t. In this sense, we have reviewed a pair of high-end earbuds that can compete with any brand. Due to the low-power consumption chip, Bluetooth 5.0, optimized touch operations, TWS technology, DSP technology, and a few other features, these earbuds provide a long-lasting and really immersive performance. I was using it when doing fitness. But there are myriads of scenarios you can use them for.
At last, these earbuds cost $54.99. Just search for similar products on the web and compare with the iTeknic earbuds. Most of the results will show overpriced headphones from big manufacturers. But they won’t bring anything that these earphones don’t.