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AUVI Studio-G TWS Review | Gaming mode goodness

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There are many options for TWS earphones these days but not so many optimized for low-latency mobile gaming and video. In this review, I’m testing the AUVI Studio-G low-latency TWS earphones. The Studio-G is equipped with Bluetooth 5.1 and touch controls and has an IPX4 water-resistance rating. Let’s see how it performs.

AUVI website: https://www.auvi-inc.com/

Disclaimer: This sample was provided for the purpose of an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own based on my experience with the product.

Pros
  • Low latency
  • Audio quality
  • Soundstage
  • Compact charging case
Cons
  • No on-board volume controls
  • Included eartips are a bit small

AUVI Studio-G

Specifications
  • 50ms latency
  • Bluetooth 5.1 / SBC/ AAC
  • Deep Base with immersive gaming mode
  • Full Touch Control
  • Auto Pairing and connection
  • Siri, Google Assistance enabled
  • Water Resistance  IPX4
  • Ergonomic design
  • 5 Hours Playtime, 4 charging cycles from battery case, total of 20 hours.
Packaging & Accessories

The Studio-G comes in a small white box with green accents. There is an image of the earphones on the front of the box and on the back of the box is a list of features and specifications. Inside the box are the charging case, Studio-G TWS earphones, 3 pairs of silicone eartips and a Type-C USB cable for charging.

What's inside the box

Design & Functionality

To stem or not to stem? If you’re familiar with Apple AirPods (and let’s face it, who’s not) then the Studio-G earpieces will look fairly familiar. Thankfully, however, the Studio-G does away with the one-size-fits-all strategy and instead uses conventional nozzles and silicone eartips for a more secure fit.

The earpieces are plastic but the build quality is excellent and the Studio-G feels rugged and durable. They have an IPX4 water resistance rating which means you don’t need to worry about sweat or being caught in light rain. I really like having the stems to hold onto as well, since it makes inserting or repositioning easy and helps to avoid unintentional button presses.

The AUVI Studio-G TWS earphones

Speaking of button presses, the Studio-G has touch controls which I found to be responsive and work well. All of the controls are logical and easy to use. Unfortunately, there are no onboard volume controls so that still needs to be done from your phone.

I found the fit to be really good. The Studio-G is comfortable and feels stable in my ears. I’ve used them for walking, working out and even running and they never felt like they might fall out. Noise isolation is good too and the earpieces passively block out a lot of external sounds.

The charging case
Charging Case

The Studio-G charging case is small and triangular in shape. It’s the perfect size to slip into a pocket and it’s lightweight too. It’s plastic just like the earpieces but feels sturdy enough to throw into a pocket or bag without fear of damaging it. There’s a Type-C USB port for charging on the front side.

The case has a couple of cool features too. First of all, there are two green LED strips on the top of the case. These pulse while the case is charging and glow solidly when fully charged. Another thing is the battery level indicators inside the case: instead of just having tiny LED dots, the Studio-G case has numeric indicators that show you when there’s 25, 50, 75 or 100% charge.

Perhaps the thing I love most about this charging case is that it can easily accommodate my extra-large silicone eartips. This is a huge plus for me and is especially surprising given how tiny the case is.

AUVI Studio-G inside the charging case
The Studio-G has a Gaming Mode

One of Studio-G’s main features is its low-latency gaming mode. A double-tap on either earpiece activates gaming mode and you’re good to go. It seems to work really well and I didn’t notice any delay or sync issues when playing online games or watching video. In fact, the Studio-G clearly delivers the best gaming experience out of all the TWS earphones I’ve tested so far.

Studio-G App

There’s a Studio-G app that is available on both the Google Play and Apple Store. The app works as a standard music player and also adds EQ functionality. There are 4 preset EQ modes available as well as a custom EQ mode. At present, the Android version has some added functionality but the iOS version is expected to be updated soon.

Earpiece with charging case
How is the call quality?

Voices sound clear and are easily audible but the built-in microphone isn’t great. It’s good enough to get you by for chat in games and quick calls but I had some complaints about my voice sometimes being hard to understand on the other end of a phone call.

Bluetooth and Battery Life

The Studio-G comes equipped with Bluetooth 5.1. It supports SBC and AAC codecs up to 16bit/96kHz. Connecting the earphones to my iPhone was easy and fast. During my testing, I haven’t had any signal loss or dropouts.

Studio-G’s battery life is rated at 5 hours for the earphones plus 3 more full charges from the carrying case for a total of around 20 hours. I found the numbers to be pretty accurate and for my use, I can go for several days or even up to a week between charges.

AUVI Studio-G with phone and charging case

Sound

As I already mentioned, Studio-G’s low-latency function works really well. But that won’t matter much if the sound isn’t up to par. Well, there’s no need for concern because these earphones actually sound really good.

The AUVI Studio-G has a light v-shaped sound signature with pronounced bass and slightly lifted treble. The overall tonality is pleasing and more balanced than I expected, especially considering these are being marketed as gaming earphones.

The bass is punchy and has ample weight in both the mid-bass and sub-bass which is great for music, games and movies. Thankfully, it’s a well-controlled bass that neither dominates the sound spectrum nor buries the midrange but still has enough impact for those gunshots and explosions.

Listen to a track like “Jetlag Corporation – Remastered” by Aes Dana and the sub-bass gives a deep, satisfying rumble without drowning the midrange or treble notes. The mid-bass is bold but has the same control, giving Studio-G has a good sense of rhythm and drive.

The midrange has good clarity and a touch of warmth creating an analogue yet clean sound. Instrument separation is better than expected which helps the overall resolution and soundstage. Studio-G’s soundstage is large but not huge. But it’s organized and has good imaging which plays a major part in its gaming performance, especially in first-person shooter games.

When we get to the highs (treble) the Studio-G continues to impress. The treble is crisp and clear yet never shows harshness or sibilance. Detail retrieval is good too. In fact, Studio-G’s ability to pick up micro-details puts some of its wired counterparts to shame, all without any noticeable sharpness or lift in the high frequencies.

Earphones and case

Conclusion

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the AUVI Studio-G. It’s marketed as a gaming TWS so I wasn’t expecting too much in terms of audio quality. Add to that the absence of Hi-Res codecs like aptX and LDAC and features like active noise cancellation and my hopes weren’t high. However, as soon as I started listening, the Studio-G started to win me over with its balanced and dynamic sound.

It turns out that this is one of the best TWS earphones I’ve heard in this price range and can even compete with some of its wired counterparts. And as far as the gaming experience goes, the Studio-G really delivers. It is by far the best-performing TWS I’ve tested in terms of latency which is especially noticeable in fast first-person shooters. But it also works great for movies that not only sound great but have zero sync issues.

Rounding things off is the good build quality, decent battery life and compact carrying case. The AUVI Studio-G is a good all-around TWS and I look forward to seeing what they do next.

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