The TAGG Airbuds F3
The TAGG Airbuds F3

Tagg Airbuds F3 review: Well-built, affordable, great sounding wireless earphones

  • The TAGG Airbuds F3 are available at 1,749 on Flipkart
  • The Airbuds offer a great design and are bit heavy on the bass

As smartphone makers widely abolish the 3.5mm headphone jack, the demand for inexpensive wireless earphones is only expected to increase. Every single manufacturer that can be accused of removing the beloved headphone jack is offering a wireless sound accessory, be it Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung, OnePlus or Apple.

The cheapest pair of wireless earphones from the aforementioned brands is priced at 1,499—the Mi Sports Earphones.

TAGG, a relatively unknown homegrown smartphone peripheral company, is trying to one-up that by offering a similarly priced alternative, the TAGG Airbuds F3, with better styling.

But is that enough for it to stand toe-to-toe with the more popular players? Let's find out.

Design

The TAGG Airbuds F3 are a pair of utilitarian wireless earphones that don't look hideous. The metallic design do give it a sophisticated look. The outer sides of the earphones have magnetic locks that prevent the earphones from separating and getting tangled up or damaged when not in use. The wire connecting the two earpieces is rather skinny and made out of rubber. It survived during my brief period of use, but it does appear to be a bit flimsy. The wire is interrupted by the remote module, which isn't all that well built. The button presses were a bit hard and unconvincing.

The earphones come with a hard-cover with a zipper to keep them safe. They also come with a tiny charging cable, three pairs of eartips and wingtips

The medium size for both, the eartips and wingtips, fitted me best. They were comfortable for a couple of hours until my ear pinna started to hurt. They do not tend to slip off and stay securely put even on sweaty days.

Performance

For a pair of Bluetooth earphones this cheap, the sound quality was at par with my expectations. It tends to be more pronounced on the bass and treble end of things, so these are good for listening to power-packed EDM songs but a bit disappointing for blues, rock and roll and instrumental music. This necessarily isn't a bad thing for buyers with a preference for that kind of music. The 6mm drivers are to be credited for the sound signature of the earphones.

The Bluetooth range and connectivity, in general, is sub-par, however. While headset does connect fairly easily, it does tend to have sudden connection drops that can be offputting when listening to an engaging guitar solo. The earphones work best within 30 feet, so do not stray far away from your phone.

The 60mAh battery powering the Airbuds last for about 4 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

These pair of good-looking Bluetooth earphones are great for listening to power-packed tracks if you're on the cheap. It also comes with the very underrated convenience of magnetic locks. Just don't expect stratospheric sound quality, because this just isn't meant for that.

At 1,749, these face tough competition from the Mi Sports Earphones that offer a slightly better sound quality at the expense of a plastic body.

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