The Haylou GT1 is a remarkably economic and lightweight true wireless earbud model featuring 12 hours play time, Bluetooth 5.0 connection, and a magnetic lid.
What comes in the box
The box comes with the earbuds, charging case, four additional ear tips (smaller and larger sizes than the ones equipped to the earbuds), a manual, and a charging cable.
Design & Comfort
The earbuds come in black and white, although the white model is priced at $26 while the black model is $20.
The charging case of the GT1 is quite small compared to other true wireless earbuds. I found that one of the most convenient things about the airpod alternative when using it.
The GT1 goes for 4 hours of listening time and 3.5 hours of talk time with a single charge. The mini charging box provides an extra 8 hours of battery life.
The sound quality on the earbuds is crystal clear.
The only complaint I have is that the model doesn’t play as loudly as other true wireless airpods I’ve used in the past. If you’re looking for higher sound levels outputted, this model is definitely not for you.
The call quality on the earbuds is pretty bad after using it for a while. It’s hard to hear unless the person using the earbuds talks loudly.
The touch controls are not too sensitive, although I found it extremely difficult to double tap for seeking tracks as it usually picks up only one of those taps, pausing the track that is playing.
Hold the earbuds for around 3 seconds or take them out of the charging case to turn them on, and hold them for around 6 seconds or take them out of the charging case to turn them off.
Single tapping plays or pauses ongoing tracks. Double tapping is used to seek tracks. Triple clicking (good luck with that!!) activates the voice assistant (i.e. Siri or Google Assistant).
The model is IPX5 waterproof.
Digital Signal Processing
The earbuds do not come with ANC but rather DSP. Digital Signal Processing works by enhancing the sound quality of the original signal in almost real-time. This results in a higher quality of balanced audio outputted to the user.
ANC, or Active Noise Cancellation on the other hand gives the illusion of a quieter environment by considering noise around it using a microphone then countering it by adding additional noise opposing what is surrounding it.
This earbud claims to come with DSP.
The brand has claimed reputability after the release of this model which is incredibly good quality for the cheap price it comes at.
The price is ridiculously cheap, at $19.99. This is perhaps the only reason I’m reviewing this model, and one of the motivating factors for me to test it.
Pros & Cons
- Extremely cheap for the what it offers
- Decent sound quality
- IPX5 Waterproof
- DSP Noise Cancellation
- Poor call quality
- Touch controls make it hard to double tap for seeking tracks
They’re definitely top-tier for the $15 – $30 price range, however they cannot compete with more expensive True Wireless Earbuds. I’d recommend them for anyone who is looking for budget alternatives to Apple’s Airpods. In determining what to buy in that case, don’t be fooled by what looks like the Airpods by Apple, but rather what works as good as it, or is as close to it in quality – that’s what puts the GT1 over other similarly priced airpod alternatives.