Rowkin is a name that we’ve seen before in our UNBOXED reviews. Last year, we took a look at their Bit Charge wireless earbuds in a roundup similar to the one above. This time, they’re back with a very similar looking product in the Rowkin Micro—truly wireless earbuds that have a lighter-weight design than their predecessor, and a much sleeker looking charging case.
One of the concerns that I had the first time around with Rowkin was the design of the earbud itself. It’s an incredibly tiny earpiece in comparison to others in the truly wireless space, which is a plus. But the cylindrical design was worrisome from the standpoint of, how would it actually hold itself in my ear?
As I found last time, though, the Rowkin Micro earbuds stayed perfectly put in my ear and were actually incredibly comfortable to wear. Their larger ear tip design helps to keep the earpiece secure while the rest of the earbud simply rests inside the user’s ear. I was able to be fairly active with the earbuds in, and they never fell out. As with any wireless earbud product, the experience can be different from one user to the next, but Rowkin provides just enough different ear tip options that most users should be able to find the perfect fit.
Also similar to the previous product, I found that the call quality on the Rowkin Micro was a bit underwhelming. One of the things that Rowkin had touted in the past was exceptional call quality, but, again with the Micro, I found that the noise coming through on my end was slightly muffled. The listener on the other end, for what it’s worth, said I sounded fine in multiple tests.
The subpar phone call quality carried through to the music experience as well. Audio quality on the Micro is OK, but it’s a stark contrast from some of the other truly wireless earbuds that we’ve reviewed in the past. The Micro sound like Rowkin tried to go heavy on the bass, but forgot to correct everything else, so the audio experience is a little unbalanced—and not the most crisp.
One other knock against the Micro is the product’s battery life. At three hours per charge, the Micro fall a tad short of where most truly wireless earbuds tend to come in. The three additional charges provided by the case provides a total of 12 hours of listening time, which is plenty to get you through a workday, but it still feels low in terms of battery life we’ve seen in other products in this market.
Rowkin again gives users access to their normal functions through a physical button on the back of the product, which is very easy to access, and the Siri integration through those controls plays nice with Apple users. Additionally, the smaller charging case that the Micro comes in is much more travel friendly thanks to the lid, which wasn’t a part of the product the last time around.
All in all, the Rowkin Micro is a solid, affordably priced product ($129.99) that would appeal to consumers looking for an entry-level option in the truly-wireless space. There’s a lot to be desired from an audio performance perspective, but Rowkin provides just enough value in the portability and comfortable fit of the Micro.