PLAY, popular for its mobile accessories, recently launched BudsLite, the company’s latest budget True Wireless Earbuds. These distinctively styled and designed earbuds feature an ingenious in-ear design that is embedded with an ear-hook, has IPX4 splash-resistant body, EBEL (Enhanced Bass and Extra Loud) drivers for crisp audio, promises up to 6 hours of standalone and 24 hours of battery life with the case. Let us dive into the review to find out if this one is good.
- PLAYGO BudsLite in Black colour
- USB Type-C Cable
- Ear tips in Large and Small sizes (Medium installed)
- User manual and warranty information
Design and Build Quality
Starting with the design, the headset comes in a small box that fits in your pocket. There is a Play branding on the top. The box is made of plastic, but doesn’t attract fingerprints or prone to scratches. Earbuds weigh about 4 grams per bud, which is light for a comfortable, long period of use.
The earbuds have LED light that glows in red and blue colours, and the box also comes with an LED on the inside that glow in white colour indicating the charge left.
The earbuds have an in-ear design that offers a comfortable fit and the in-ear hook fit design ensures a secure fit even when you are running or during workouts. I have been using this for my runs for an hour without any issues.
There are touch controls on both the earbuds that let you play or pause music, go to previous or next song, launch voice assistant and accept or reject calls, and it also has volume controls. Check them out below.
|Function||Left earphone (L)||Right earphone (R)|
|Play/Pause, Answer / Hang calls||Double tap|
|Previous Song||Triple Tap|
|Next Song||Triple Tap|
|Volume down||Touch and Hold|
|Volume up||Touch and Hold|
|Voice Assistant||Tap four times|
Since it comes with IPX4 ratings, it can withstand sweat and light rain, but you can use it in the shower or go swimming wearing it.
Coming to the audio quality, these earbuds offers good audio quality with decent bass for the price, thanks to proprietary EBEL (Enhanced Bass and Extra Loud) drivers. Since it has an in-ear design, the passive noise isolation is decent. It has support for high quality AAC audio codec, so once you enable this in the Bluetooth settings, audio quality is slightly better. We did not face any connectivity issues or latency issues when listening to music or video playback, but there is no dedicated low-latency mode for gaming, which is common even in budget earphones these days. Overall, the audio quality is better than expected in most conditions.
The earbuds have a tiny microphone, which is decent in most cases in picking up your voice clearly for calls. It might struggle in crowded and noisy environment, which is common in most Bluetooth headsets in the price range.
Connectivity and Pairing
The Bluetooth headset supports Bluetooth 5.1, so you can connect it to Android and iOS devices with Bluetooth support. Taking the earbuds out of the case lets you pair it with your phone. Left earphone automatically connects to right earphone, and you hear the audio feedback ‘connected’. Each earbud can be used independently. You can remove any one earbud from charger case, it automatically becomes master earpiece.
The headset doesn’t have a companion app, but you can launch Siri on iOS and Google Assistant on Android devices when you tap right or right earbuds four times.
The 30mAh battery in the buds promise about 6 hours of battery life, and we managed to get about 5 and a half hours of battery life on a single charge with about 70% volume, which is good. The headset automatically turns off when it’s not in use. The 300mAh battery in the case promises a total 24 hours of battery life. It gives audio prompts to charge the headset when the battery is low.
Charging the case from 0 to 100% takes about 2 and half hours using USB Type-C port. The LED light on the case lights up, indicating the charge.
Overall, the PlayGo BudsLite is a good true wireless earbuds for Rs. 1399. It has a light-weight design and a compact case, comes with AAC audio and good audio quality, has volume controls that you rarely see in the budget, and it offers a good battery life when combined with the case. The earbuds lack a dedicated low-latency mode. It is available from PLAY e-store, and Amazon.in.