Audio April 10, 2020
The first thing that strikes you about the Earin M-2 is just how beautifully presented they are, from the magnetic closure on the cork packaging (I am desperately trying to find a reason to keep this as it is just so tactile).
The earbuds themselves are housed in a cylindrical charging case which also has a wonderfully tactile design and made from a tough but lightweight aluminium, the earbuds slot into a little draw to top up the charge when not in use whilst the compact design makes it the ideal size for popping in your pocket.
The earbuds themselves are some of the smallest we have come across, the low profile discretely tuck into the ear where they remain secure, a precise fit can be achieved via the three pairs of custom foam tips. The lightweight design means you can wear these for long periods of time without fatigue or irritation in the ears, they are available in either Black or White both with a matte finish.
The M-2 connect easily over Bluetooth 4.2, the dual antennae design gives the M–2 a stable connection, the NFMI MiGLO technology by NXP helps to deliver the audio without delay while maintaining a strong connection. There are four microphones both inside and outside the earphone with built in Intelligent Noise Reduction, this makes it possible to take call hands free without background noise disrupting things.
The earbuds feature a touch and tap interface where you can control your music, this can take a bit of getting used to as the buttons are sensitive but they are intuitive so answering phone calls, skipping tracks or calling your favourite digital assistant quickly becomes second nature. The Audio Transparency can be activated with a single touch, enabling you to quickly check your surroundings before crossing the road or block out the world entirely whilst commuting to work.
The companion app can be downloaded to offer more control of the audio settings, personalise the M-2 and access the latest software updates, the battery life isn’t as good as we expected for the price range, with 4 hours continuous playback and 14 hours total with the charging capsule. The sound is driven by Knowles Balanced Armature Speakers, it is difficult to comprehend how such balanced and rich tones can come out of something so little, the bass isn’t mind blowing but certainly capable enough to enjoy most genres of music, TV shows and movies. The style and audio make up for the limited battery life, a slightly pricey investment but you are paying for quality, it’s almost worth it just for the looks your friends will give you when you whip them out of your pocket. RRP £219
- Rich, balance sound
- Elegant design
- High quality materials used
- Distinctive charging capsule
- Touch sensitive controls on the earbud
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Limited battery life