Vivo TWS 2 ANC headphones review: Great design, good sound but high price
Most smartphones these days do not come with a headphone jack, which has forced consumers to seek out feature-rich, pocket-friendly wireless headphones. This sudden change in consumer behavior is one of the major reasons for the recent rise in the TWS earphone market. In fact, this is also one of the reasons why the majority of telephone companies are entering the TWS segment lately.
Almost all major smartphone manufacturers including Realme, Oppo, Xiaomi, OnePlus and many more have recently entered the TWS audio market. So why should Vivo, which is currently impressing buyers with its new range of camera-centric phones, stay behind? Vivo had entered the audio space with the Vivo TWS Neo, which was aimed at the budget audience. But with ANC and support for the Qualcomm aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codec, Vivo TWS 2 ANC is the newest addition to the company’s growing lineup of truly wireless headphones.
Vivo entered the audio space with the Vivo TWS Neo a few years ago, which was aimed primarily at the budget audience. Now with support for ANC and Qualcomm aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codecs, Vivo TWS 2 ANC is the newest addition to the company’s growing lineup of truly wireless earbuds.
At Rs 5,999, the Vivo TWS 2 ANC looks like a decent option, but the competition is tough. The mid-range audio segment in India is currently dominated by brands like OnePlus, Realme, Oppo, boAt and Noise among others. The question that remains now is: will the Vivo TWS 2 ANC shine in the crowd? Let’s find out in the review.
Vivo TWS 2 ANC headphones review: Design and comfort
If you already have the Vivo TWS 2 Neo, you won’t find too many changes in the Vivo TWS 2 ANC. The only major difference is that the Vivo TWS 2 ANC headphones offer an in-canal fit as opposed to the Neo’s in-ear fit, which is necessary to facilitate proper active noise cancellation.
The Vivo TWS 2 ANC comes in a pebble-shaped charging case, which comes in two colors including Moonlight White and Starry Blue. I like the dazzling blue color option, but the only issue here is that the case has a glossy finish and invariably picks up fingerprints and grime. There is also Vivo branding on the front side of the case, just below the Vivo logo there is a button which can be used to reset the device. The charging case is extremely light and can be carried in your pockets, bags, etc. There’s also a charging light on the front, which lights up green when you open the device. What I liked here is that the lid isn’t particularly flimsy and easily withstands your restless nature.
The headphones feature an Apple AirPod-like stem design, which provides a snug fit. It is also quite light so you won’t feel the weight even if you wear it all day long. However, the shiny finish of the earbuds can act as a spoiler and cause the earbuds to slip out of your ears if you wear them while sweating at the gym or walking in the rain. So, to ensure a snug fit, you may need to slightly twist the ear tips to keep them in place. That said, the headphones come with an IP54 rating that can withstand accidental water splashes and repel sweat. The charging case, however, is not water resistant.
The headphones come with touch controls, but what separates them from the rest is that they use a force touch sensor, something you’ll find on higher-end devices like the Apple AirPods Pro and OnePlus. Buds Pro. This means that if you accidentally touch your headphones, they won’t suddenly stop and you won’t notice a sudden increase in volume. Thanks to the force touch sensors, your song won’t change or stop unless you press the controls a little harder. To activate the ANC mode, you will have to long press the rod. Similarly, the swipe gesture can be used to reject calls.
Vivo TWS 2 ANC headphones review: Performance and battery life
Vivo TWS 2 ANC can be personalized if you pair it with the Vivo Earphones app. However, if you are an iOS user, you won’t have the luxury as the app is not available on the Apple App Store. So, to enjoy all the benefits of the app, it is best to pair the device with an Android smartphone.
The headphones feature 12.2mm drivers and include support for SBC, AAC and aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codecs. The different codecs only improve the sound quality, especially with Android devices. The sound quality when paired with my primary device, which is an iPhone 13, was quite poor compared to the sound output when the headphones were paired with an Android smartphone. With the iPhone, the headphones just didn’t feel loud enough. I often found myself pressing the volume buttons unnecessarily even when they were at the maximum level.
Pairing Android and iOS devices with the Vivo TWS is quite easy, you just need to open the lid of the charging case and wait for it to connect to the paired phone, which barely takes a few seconds.
What separates the Vivo TWS 2 ANC from its other siblings is the fact that it comes with active noise cancellation. You have to press hard on the stem to turn ANC on and off. Active noise cancellation worked well in India Today’s newsroom, which is usually filled with chatter and the sounds of people typing furiously on the keyboard. With ANC on, I couldn’t hear when my colleague sitting next to me was typing on his keyboard. It also worked well on the Delhi Metro. However, what I did notice was that the ANC was not effective in high traffic areas as I could constantly hear honking and music blasting from a truck standing near my car . Transparency mode worked well. He was able to let in background noise.
The Vivo TWS 2 ANC supports Qualcomm APTX but if your smartphone does not support APTx, it will automatically support AAC. The sound quality of the Vivo TWS 2 ANC is quite balanced.
I listened to every possible genre I could think of, from soft classical Indian Bollywood music to EDM hits, and I wasn’t particularly disappointed. While listening to Explosions in the sky by the Wilderness, I noticed that the highs get a bit overwhelming while the piano and other instruments sound pretty good. The highs generally get coarse, but the earbuds can handle bass-heavy music decently. For example, Darkside by Paper Trails, which is a bass-dominated song, sounds edgy on the Vivo TWS 2 ANC. The soundstage was spacious in songs like Khuda Jaane and the late KK singer’s “I am in Love.”
I got over 3.5 hours on battery with ANC on and without ANC I got about 8 hours of play time. The headphones do not come with fast charging and take around an hour to fully charge.
Vivo TWS 2 ANC earbuds review: Should you buy it?
Vivo TWS 2 ANC is a good pair of headphones that can easily be your daily driver. The headphones have an eye-catching design and offer a perfect fit. It also has a force touch sensor, which won’t change your song until you press down hard on the rod. The battery is decent and can easily last 2-3 days on a single charge, which equates to nearly 8 hours of playtime. With ANC on, you can get up to 3.5 hours of playtime.
The Vivo TWS 2 ANC delivers balanced sound output. The highs and mids are good but the lows are average. The volume is quite low. You would barely hear anything clearly below 50% volume levels. ANC is not effective in certain areas like very noisy environments, but works well in places like the subway.
So, if you are planning to buy headphones under Rs 6,000, you should check out options like Nothing ear (1), which is hailed as the best in the price segment. There are also boat options, Realme, Oppo, Noise, etc.
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Vivo TWS 2 ANC 7.5 Earbuds Review
- The battery lasts a long time
- Ineffective ANC
- Volume down
- No iOS app support