Review: Aukey EP-T21 True Wireless Bluetooth 5 Earbuds

Aukey EP-T21 True Wireless Bluetooth 5 Earbuds

9.3

Sound Quality

9.0/10

Design

10.0/10

Build

9.0/10

Pros

  • Easy to use with touch controls on each earbud
  • Great sound, with the earbuds deliver good mids and passive noise cancellation with an enclosed design
  • Comes with a charging case and a Micro-USB cable

Cons

  • A bit weak with delivering bass

The rise of Bluetooth earbuds has happened rapidly, and this is mainly due to the majority of smartphones no longer using a headphone jack. This makes many large and small brands compete heavily in the space of Bluetooth accessories, especially Bluetooth earbuds, and that’s why there are so many brands competing with their Bluetooth products.

In this review, we’re taking a look at these Aukey EP-T21 True Wireless Bluetooth 5 Earbuds. The Aukey brand has grown quite a lot in recent years, from being a charging electronics company to expanding to other products, such as these earbuds that now rank as one of the highest Bluetooth earbuds on Amazon. It says a lot, as the competition is fierce, so let’s see what these have to offer.

Sound Quality

The first thing that you should know is that these Aukey EP-T21 earbuds do not feature Active Noise Canceling (ANC), so they don’t actively block out noise from the environment from the tech that the earbuds have. However, these earbuds do have Passive noise-canceling through the earbud tips, and they do a pretty good job at blocking a good amount of noise.

So, just how much noise is going to get through these earbuds? Well, you’re still going to be hearing cars, people talking and you may very well hear all the noises around you rather well unless you have the volume on the earbuds very high. That said, this one of those cases on whether you really need noise canceling.

With these Aukey earbuds, you’re still able to be aware of what’s going on around you, you can have a conversation with these earbuds in, while with ANC earbuds, you’d likely have to take them out. Also, the lack of ANC is what makes these EP-T21 earbuds so affordable.

Music / Video Sound Quality

When it comes to the music quality that these earbuds can output, well, they’re good and at times they can be great. The good part, or at times the part that can fall short is the bass from these buds. These earbuds don’t have a very strong driver, and this causes the bass from the music or videos that you’re listening to be underwhelming or even non-existent at times.

So if you’re someone that listens to bass-heavy music, these won’t exactly hit your level or at all for that matter.

However, when it comes to other sound effects, such as people talking, or instrumentals that’s the strongest part of the Aukey earbuds. These deliver strong all-around sound quality and don’t turn tinny even at higher volumes. With an impedance of 16 ohms for earbuds such as these, it’s the sweet spot that can deliver most sounds accurately.

Connectivity Controls

Easily one of the best parts of using these earbuds is how easy they are to use, especially when it comes to connecting your smartphone to the earbuds or other devices.

The earbuds come in a case, you’re going to need the case to use the earbuds. This is because to turn on the earbuds you have to remove them from the case, and each of the buds starts blinking Green and Red. 

At this point, once the earbuds are removed from the case, make sure you have Bluetooth on, then you can search for Bluetooth devices via your smartphone and the earbuds are labeled “AUKEY EP-T21” and once you tap on the name via the Bluetooth screen, they’re connected.

Once connected, the earbuds have tap/touch controls directly on them that can do certain things.

Double Tap on Either Earbud – Play / Pause Music or Video

Press and Hold Right Earbud for 2 seconds –  Go to Next Track / Video

Press and Hold Left Earbud for 2 seconds – Go to Previous Track / Video

Double Tap Either Earbud – Answer / End Calls

Trip Tap on Either Earbud – Active Siri or Google Voice Assistant

Hold Either Earbud Down for 10 Seconds  – Unpair from Device

All these earbud controls are easy to use, but there are going to be times where you miss the tap location on the earbuds. It’s happened quite a few times for us until we did it enough times.

Design and Fit

These Aukey EP-T21 earbuds are about the size of Airpods, and they are as comfortable as Airpods, too. The earbuds come out of the box with Medium earbud tips already install, but in the box is where you find smaller and larger earbud tips.

In my case, I found the medium tips to be just fine and they didn’t come out at all with a full day’s use. Also, the comfortable level of these earbuds is great as your ears don’t get tired from having them in too long.

Charging Case and Accessories

As we already mentioned, these earbuds do come with two other sized earbud tips, and also in the box, you’ll be getting the charging case and a Micro-USB cable.

The charging case is built well and looks great, and it has a magnetic closing mechanism to make sure that it closes. At the back is where you’ll find the Micro-USB port, and when the case is charging two Green lights appear at the front of the case.

It would have been better if the case used a USB-C input port for charging, but once again, this is a very affordable earbud package. Overall, the earbuds come with everything that you need to use them, all you need is your smartphone or any other device that you plan on using with the earbuds.

Conclusion:

Aukey continues to dominate the Bluetooth earbud market among many others, mostly because these EP-T21 earbuds are very affordable while still delivering great sound quality and a form factor that looks good and provides long-term comfort. If you’re not looking to spend hundreds of dollars on big-name brand earbuds from Apple or Samsung, then we recommend the Aukey EP-T21, the more reasonable choice.