Now that we are fully immersed in the TWS age we’re seeing more and more ultra-affordable models appearing in stores. I was recently offered the chance to review one such TWS earphone and I thought it would be interesting to compare it with some other uber-cheap models like the recent ones from KZ. So, in this review, I’m checking out the EZEAR Q70Y TWS earphones.
The Q70Y features Bluetooth 5.0, touch controls, independent (left and right) mode and comes in at just $17. Yes, you read that right. You can get these for less than a twenty. So let’s find out if they’re any good. Onward!
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.
Very comfortable fit
Good call quality
Reliable and consistent connectivity
Balanced sound signature
Value for money
Not for bassheads
No volume controls on earbuds
Package and Accessories
The Q70Y comes in a nice, compact box with an image of the charging case and earpieces on the front. Inside you’ll find the Q70Y, 3 pairs of silicone eartips, USB Type-C charging cable, charging case and user manual.
The charging case is quite small and can easily fit in a jeans pocket. On the back is a USB Type-C port for charging the battery. On the front, there are 5 LED indicators that display the current status of the earbuds and the case’s battery level. The earbuds snap into place magnetically in the case and they fit securely enough to not cause any concern they will fall out by accident. It takes around 1.5 hours for a full charge which is pretty good.
Design, Comfort and Noise Isolation
These ‘stem’ type shells are often a love or hate design for end-users. Personally, I love this form factor as it allows me to easily insert or readjust the earpieces without fear of any accidental button presses. And by buttons, I mean the capacitive touch controls found on the faceplates of the EZEAR Q70Y.
These touch controls are absurdly good for something that costs as little as this. The buttons are responsive, fast-acting and intuitive. Sure the volume controls are missing but you get Play/Pause, Accept/Reject call, next and previous track and voice assistant functionality.
The nozzles on the Q70Y are quite long and furthermore, they work well with third-party eartips. This makes getting a secure fit even easier. In terms of comfort, I find these really good. I can essentially use any eartips that I want and the long nozzles ensure they fit plum in my ears.
Because of the great fit, noise isolation is also pretty good, assuming you have a good seal. With music playing at moderate volume, I can’t really hear a darn thing going on around me.
Bluetooth Connectivity and Battery
Once again, I’m taken aback by how the EZEAR Q70Y performs concerning connectivity and battery life in the context of its low price. Pairing is a breeze and it’s fast too. The connection is stable as can be and I’m able to leave my phone on my desk and walk around my entire house and yard without a hiccup. Granted, my house is pretty small but nonetheless, the Bluetooth connection is really good.
Battery life is also pleasingly good, giving you 4-5 hours play time from the earbuds themselves and two additional full charges from the charging case. This gives you a total of up to 15 hours which isn’t a lot, but if you take into account that it only takes 1.5 hours to fully charge the case, it ain’t bad at all.
The bass is punchy and focuses mostly on the mid-bass. If you’re a basshead, these probably won’t be to your liking as the bass quantity is balanced with the mids and treble. Sub-bass has some roll off but can still produce a satisfying rumble and lower notes are delivered with good impact when necessary.
Because of the mature tonal balance of the Q70Y, the midrange is forward and not drowned by the bass like most budget TWS earbuds. The mids have a warm, inviting character with good clarity but it should be noted that they can get a little congested on demanding/busy music. Vocals are rich and vibrant; they’re not pushed back or recessed like you might expect for a $17 earphone, let alone a truly wireless one.
There is some warmth carried over from the bass but the midrange is still clear and doesn’t sound muddy or veiled. Overall, it’s really a surprisingly good midrange that can sound as good as the mids from wired budget earphones.
Like most consumer-targeted TWS earbuds, the Q70Y has a somewhat relaxed and non-fatiguing treble. There is a 6-7kHz that adds clarity and definition to the overall signature but it’s not dissonant or harsh.
The Q70Y is free from sibilance and still has enough energy in the treble to keep the sound interesting, as well as provide detail. This is a treble that is well-suited for easygoing, prolonged listening and rounds up the overall presentation nicely.
With its bargain price, stable Bluetooth, good battery life and balanced sound, the EZEAR Q70Y is a real surprise. Furthermore, the touch controls are very responsive and the charging case is compact and perfect for portability.
This TWS earphone is easily as good as many of its wired counterparts in its price range when it comes to audio quality. If you want some good TWS earbuds but are on a tight budget then look no further. The Q70Y offers outstanding value.