True Wireless in-ears for 30 Euro is feasible. That’s what Aukey probably thought, and they are entering the wireless headphones race with the EP-T25. But do they have anything to offer in terms of workmanship, functions and sound at this price? Let’s find out.
The EP-T25s come in a small, plain cardboard box with the expected standard of accessories: in-ears, three types of earpieces (S, M and L), charging case, USB-A to USB-C charging cable and a manual.
These in-ears magnetically fix into the pleasantly pocket-friendly charging case. The first time you open the somewhat loose lid of the case, first contact is established with the player via Bluetooth 5.0. The slightly asymmetrical shape of the Aukeys is reminiscent of AirPods Pro and, with a weight of 3.5 grams per side, they are pleasantly light and, above all, tiny. Therefore, despite the matching earpads that seal the ear canal well, the in-ears always slipped in my ear. Otherwise, the EP-T25s have six-millimetre dynamic drivers, are waterproof to IPX5 and have a specified running time of five hours, which I did not achieve. SBC and AAC are the codecs that are used to deliver the sound. Higher quality codecs are not offered by the EP-T25.
Saturated bass is promised, but this hardly ever happened. The mids dominated the sound. This made everything seem a bit flat and lifeless, especially as the trebles did not manage to produce much transparency and clarity. The sound was a bit muffled and not very wide, had hardly any depth, and at higher levels, it got rather exhausting. For unobtrusive background listening, the EP-T25 are useful but for more than that, the overall tuning needs to be more balanced and the bass more assertive. You can give it a little more presence with an EQ boost, but you shouldn’t expect miracles. Podcasts and spoken word are what work best with the EP-T25. The microphones pointing at the mouth allow for acceptable speech intelligibility when making a phone call.
Control via the touch surfaces on the rear of these in-ears is responsive and reliable. Six actions from start/stop to skip forward/backwards, call controls to calling up the digital assistant make a tidy repertoire and actually, only the volume adjustment is missing for it to be complete. The EP-T25s are quite convincing, it’s easy to accidentally touch the touch-field of the small earplugs, even with just a little tap.
Charging case and power
The small charging case comes with a USB-C socket and four small LEDs for checking the charge level and is supposed to charge the EP-T25 up to four times, which means a net playing time of 25 hours. This would be of solid value but, in practice, this is not reached, because the in-ears were emptied after about four hours at a moderate volume and had to be put back into the case.
The Aukey EP-T25s do a lot of good things and don’t look as cheap as the price would suggest. Their feel is light and smooth, but the handling is sometimes a bit fiddly due to the small size of the in-ears. Unfortunately, you can’t expect much in terms of sound. The bass is not pronounced and the mids are too dominant, which reduces the listening experience. On the other hand, the remote control is better than on some higher-priced models. In the end, for thirty Euros you get functional and working True Wireless in-ears that are well made and do their job. The Aukey EP-T25 are definitely worth a look for money savers with a very small budget.
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What's in the box
- 3 pairs of ear tips (S, M, L)
- USB-A to USB-C charging cable
- Charging case
- BT codecs: SBC, AAC
- BT version: 5.0