UNBOXED: Reviewing the HELM Audio True Wireless 5.0
As odd as it may sound, technology has truly become a form of self-expression. The level of importance varies from person to person, but in the end, we all make buying decisions based on a certain style of a product. Whether it be the size, the shape, or the color of product, consumers have more options than ever for their tech.
One category where we’ve been seeing this a lot is in the true wireless earbud market. More and more audio brands are creating earbuds that act as an accessory on top of their basic functions. That concept seems to be paramount in the HELM Audio True Wireless 5.0 earbuds.
My initial thought when I opened these up was “wow these are the biggest pair of true wireless earbuds I’ve ever seen,” and I was a bit nervous about how well they would stay in my ears. To my surprise they were lightweight, and once I switched the ear tip out for the smallest one available, they stayed in my ears nice and securely. I think the built-in ear wing at the top also helped ensure a nice fit.
My biggest critique of these earbuds has actually nothing to do with the earbuds themselves, but the charging case they come in. I dropped this thing almost every time I tried to open it. The bottom part tends to be slippery and the lid is difficult to open, so the combination of the two often resulted in a complete mishandling of the product. The direction booklet does say “charging case becomes easier to open every time,” so I guess I’ll just have to wait it out.
As far as the design goes, the True Wireless 5.0 have a 3D kaleidoscope-like pattern on the outer portion. The matte and shiny black colors offer a nice contrast, and the single button on each earbud blends in nicely. I found the controls easy to use as long as I had the directions in front of me for reference. Some of them were easy to remember, like one press for pause and a long press to access Siri. But for volume adjustment, it’s two clicks on the right earbud only while two clicks on the left earbud skips to the next track. I found that all of the controls worked seamlessly but I know it will take me some time to remember what does what.
My favorite part of the HELM Audio True Wireless 5.0 is the auto-pairing. I’ve come across so many pairs of true wireless headphones without auto pairing and it can be a huge pain. Connecting to Bluetooth was also painless and took no more than a couple of seconds. I was also happy with the sound. It was crisp and clear, and I was able to adjust the volume however high or low I wanted it to be. The bass is definitely “there” in certain songs but it never felt overbearing.
Between the fit and the sound, I would definitely be comfortable using these earbuds for an extended period of time. The HELM True Wireless 5.0 retail for $129.99, and they are definitely a strong player in the mid-range true wireless market.