If you’re strapped for cash, but looking to delve into the world of truly wireless earbuds, NOVA is the best bet for you. Read on for details on features, specs, price and more on TRNDlabs newest wireless addition in our NOVA True Wireless Earbuds review.
NOVA True Wireless Earbuds Review, Best Pair Under $80
NOVA True Wireless Earbuds – Packaging
Out of the box, I was really impressed by the unique look and feel of the earbuds and portable charging case. Rotating the sliding case reveals a magnetic dock for the tiny earbuds as well as a micro USB port to charge the case/buds and a USB port to use the case as a power bank for your phone, which is most certainly a leg up on the competition. Before testing the buds users are required to fully charge the buds and the case together. I would’ve liked to use them straight out the box, but, unfortunately, that was not an option. The charging case features 4 LED lights that indicate the battery life. Once all 4 are lit, users are ready to go.
NOVA True Wireless Earbuds – Build & Design
As I mentioned earlier, the buds are very small and are held in place magnetically to the case. The buds ship with an assortment of ear tips to include a small, medium, and large pair of silicone tips, and one pair of memory foam tips. Each earbud housing is incredibly small. Rather than iterate the design of so many other TWS earphones, NOVA maintained a standard bullet-shaped earbud housing. Its competitors, to the likes of Jabra Elite Sport, Nuheara IQbuds, and Bragi Dash are larger units meant to nestle themselves inside the conch of your ear. While that provides a more stable fit, I often times found my ear aching after a short listening session. No bueno! I prefer the bullet-shape instead. That being said, you need to wear the proper size ear tip to ensure a stable fit. These buds managed to survive my trip via the subway from Midtown, Manhattan to Brooklyn without falling off, however, on my return trip both buds popped out on separate occasions. I’m not sure why, but I have a feeling I didn’t secure them as well as I did the day before or there’s the fact that I was glistening (or … ahem, sweating) because New York City is in the midst of a heat wave. Other than that, I shook my head back and forth and they survived.
NOVA True Wireless Earbuds – Features & Functionality
Each bud is fixed with a single multifunction button. It makes for pairing and powering on the buds pretty easy. Once the slave (earbud) has synced to the master, the buds are able to pair with your smart device. Some of the cooler features I noticed include the ability to pause/play your music with a single tap of the multifunction button on either earbud housing. Most buds feature music/phone commands on one earpiece. However, this button cannot be used to navigate one’s playlist or adjust the volume so you’ll need a playlist that is good to go or you’ll be reaching for your cell phone every few minutes.
NOVA True Wireless Earbuds – Connectivity
These earbuds do a decent job of staying connected regardless of the placement of my phone – back pocket, purse, a table a few feet away – the connection is stable. I rode the subway from Manhattan to Brooklyn as well as walked a few blocks in each borough without losing signal. For those into specifications, you can note that these buds run for about 3.5 hours while the case supplies an additional 60 hours. For $79 I’m here for it!
NOVA True Wireless Earbuds – Sound & Overall Performance
As for sound, the headphones are okay. I never felt the music was as full or rich as I would’ve liked. There’s a bass line and it thumps as long as you’ve got the eartips wedged deep inside your ear canal. At times, I wasn’t sure if parts of the audio were so thin that I heard a hissing noise or whether my brain was playing evil tricks on me. Either way, something may or may not have been there. When taking calls voices sounded a bit distant, but I could still hold a conversation. Individuals on the other end reported hearing me just fine. The earphones did what they were supposed to do and that’s play music without the need for wires whole maintaining a solid connection.
Overall, the earphones did what they were supposed to do and that’s play music without the need for wires whole maintaining a solid connection. The buds only cost $79 which is a steal compared to their pricey competitors that edge out about an additional hour of music playback and provide the same quality of audio without all the extra sports features. Honestly, NOVA truly wireless earbuds rank as the best under $100 and can even compete against its pricey competitors for that matter. If you’re looking for a bargain pair of wireless earbuds that are actually worth your money, grab NOVA.
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NOVA True Wireless Earbuds – Specs
- Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.1
- Operating distance: up to 33 feet (10 metres)
- Impedance: 16 ohms
- Earphone Sensitivity: 94 dB/mW
- Frequency: 20Hz – 20KHz
- Sound system: Stereo
- Music Playtime: Up to 3 hours music
- Talk time: Up to 3.5 hours
- Maximum playtime with power case: Additional 60 hours music/talk time
- Input Voltage: 5V/1A
- Output Voltage: 5V/1.5A
- Battery Capacity: 2,800mAh
- Charging time: 1 hour (Earbud) 3 hours (Case)
- Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 25 mm (Earbud) 89 x 89 x 60 mm (Case)
- Weight: 4 grams (Earbud) 101 grams (Case)