Are These The Best Wireless Earbuds Under £50?
My Review of the SoundPEATS Life Earbuds
I think it is fair to say that I reviewed a lot of earbuds this year, but the SoundPEATS Life earbuds are ones that I wasn’t expecting to review, particularly as I won them through a competition on Twitter, but that’s another story and just because I won them doesn’t mean that that they are getting off lightly through my tests!
I decided to capture the unboxing for an upcoming YouTube video and I’m pleased to say that I captured my first impression which is actually very positive!
At the time of writing this article, the SoundPeats Life cost £39.99 on Amazon here in the UK and you can get an additional 15% off, that’s £33.99 for earbuds that actually sound really good and have some great features you don’t often come across in budget earbuds.
Unboxing & First Impressions
Let’s face it, I was surprised that I received these in the first place! Unsurprisingly the earbuds arrived in the standard SoundPeats packaging, nothing too special or too exciting there. But one thing I will mention is that from experience, SoundPeats package their items very well. Their packaging is minimal, but the item is always secure and well-presented.
Like the packaging, the contents of the box were also minimal, the box included a short USB-A to C cable, paperwork as well as two additional sets of ear tips, a large and a small set. But for £39.99, I couldn’t have expected more.
Like with many of their products, the case looks cool and has this nice leather-like texture. A material that won’t scratch easily. Something that even high-end manufacturers forget about! My one complaint about the design of the case is that I wish the magnet was slightly stronger, as when I accidentally dropped the case the earbuds fell out.
Moving on to the earbuds, they, too look very cool and give those AirPods Pro vibes. The design is very similar to the SoundPEATS Air 3 Deluxe which I reviewed on my channel a while back. You can check out my review below:
Whilst the SoundPEATS Air 3 Deluxe are slightly dearer compared to the SoundPEATS Life, I think the SoundPeats Life are better in every way, particularly features which we’ll discuss later in this article.
Let’s talk about the Sound Quality
As someone who likes a bit of bass, these earbuds certainly satisfy my taste, even in their default setting they sound bassy, the bass isn’t too overpowering, it is just right.
If you download the SoundPEATS app you not only get treated with eight extra presets and that’s not including the SoundPEATS Classic preset, but it also has a custom equaliser! The App also allows you to switch between Active Noise Cancelling, normal and transparency modes.
Traditionally, I selected the Bass Boost Preset and I think that it makes music sound great!
Let’s get a few things straight, these earbuds cost £39.99, so we can’t expect them to have too many features and certainly nowhere near as many as the Google Pixel Buds Pro I recently wrote about. You can read that article here. But that’s where SoundPEATS may surprise you because these earbuds have features that many expensive earbuds don’t!
Active Noise Cancelling (ANC)
I find ANC to be an essential feature for any earbuds or even headphones to have. It’s one of those features that once you use once, you don’t want to give up. It allows you to have a break from the noisy world around you or work distraction-free.
The SoundPEATS Life have a decent level of active noise cancellation, particularly due to their in-ear design. They coped incredibly well in a noisy train carriage, and that was a very noisy train carriage with kids screaming and everyone talking. So that’s a huge thumbs up from me!
Transparency mode is another feature, that I just can’t live without. It enables you to have conversations with people without even taking your earbuds out like when I’m buying a coffee or when I’m listening out for announcements at the train station. It allows you to hear everything around you better.
Like with the active noise cancelling, the transparency mode on the SoundPEATS Life is actually decent and I was able to comfortably talk to people without taking the earbuds out. My one complaint about both ANC and transparency modes, and it’s possibly entirely my fault is that I haven’t found a way to easily trigger between modes using the earbuds. but then again, I haven’t been using them for a very long time.
The app has an easy-to-use interface but I feel that it’s still a working progress. For the time being, I was only able to use the presets and EQ manually as well as select the mode. There is an “Adaptive EQ option” but when I select it, it gives me an error stating that this feature hasn’t been tested yet. If this is a genuine feature that will be available on these earbuds sometime in the future, then I truly believe that these earbuds are a really good buy for the price!
To tell you the truth, I haven’t been using these earbuds for that long, but from the very first moment I used these earbuds and heard the sound quality, I was impressed. I mean, I used many wireless earbuds for around that price range, and some of them were a lot more expensive and not only do these sound much better, but they also are packed with features that you can usually only find on more expensive earbuds priced above £80!