UNBOXED: Reviewing the Altec Lansing True EVO Wireless Earbuds
The top of the box of Altec Lansing’s True EVO wireless earbuds says it all: Just listen.
Altec has made a name for itself as a manufacturer of affordable but quality audio products, and the True EVO earbuds are no different. In a market that is dominated by gimmicky products that put more emphasis on silly features and anything other than sound quality, Altec’s earbuds are a sort of breath of fresh air. The True EVO wireless earbuds are a no-frills product that places greater priority on producing a solid sound profile than it does anything else—which contributes to both the successes and drawbacks of the product. But they manage to do that while maintaining a $99 price tag, which is far below any other notable true wireless earbud that consumers will be able to find.
Right off the bat, it’s clear that the sound engineers at Altec love bass. It’s rather impressive the amount of bass the company was able to squeeze out of these tiny little wireless earbuds. The amount of bass and emphasis on the lows was right in my wheelhouse for a personal audio experience, but it might not be for every listener. Otherwise, everything about the True EVO listening experience was crisp, the kids and highs could easily get drowned out by the bass response at lower volumes, but it’s overall a rather solid sound profile.
Moving to the design, these True EVO wireless earbuds is supremely comfortable. The earpieces themselves are perfectly sized, fitting snuggly in my ear. Altc provides three different sizes of their Freebit Ear Tip sleeves, which mimics a traditional sport headphone tip. The sleeves provide the perfect amount of comfort and security, which makes the True EVO wireless earbuds an ideal workout partner—not to mention the IPX6 waterproof rating.
The battery situation for the True EVO earbuds is about par for the course with everything I’ve seen come out of this market. You get about three hours per charge and around three additional charges through the included carrying/battery case for a total of about 12 hours. What’s unique about the charging case itself is that Altec integrated Qi wireless charging capabilities into the case. It’s a bit of an I’m-not-sure-why kind of feature, but it’s neat to see the technology make its way into different product segments beyond just smartphones.
Additional features of the True EVO wireless earphones include “Just Ask” access to Siri and Google Assistant and the standard 30-foot Bluetooth wireless range. Notably missing from the earbuds is volume and track control, but both of those things are easily done through your device, which you’re connected to anyway.
And when considering, again, that Altec Lansing manager to pack all of that bass and some of the additional features into a pair of wireless earbuds that check in a tick under $100, it’s easy to be impressed. These are a great pair of true wireless earbuds for the budget conscious consumer looking to save a little while not sacrificing sound quality and some of the basic benefits of this product category.