If you're the forgetful type that's prone to misplacing your things, the Belkin Soundform Freedom True Wireless Earbuds may just be the in-ear headphones for you. This is because these earbuds support Apple's Find My feature that lets you track down paired items using an Apple device. Belkin says the Freedom is one of the first third-party accessories to support this feature. The audio from these earbuds won't blow you away, but they certainly have excellent battery life. Playing music continuously, the Freedom lasted from morning to evening.
- 7mm drivers
- Bluetooth 5.2
- IPX5 sweat and splash resistant
- Battery life of up to 8 hours (additional 28 hours with wireless charging case)
You should know that the Find My feature actually tracks the Freedom's charging case, and not the earbuds themselves. In other words, the feature can't help you if you lose an earbud in the car. Of course, you'll have to pair the Freedom (using an iPhone or iPad) with the Find My feature beforehand. This is a separate process from the Bluetooth pairing that is required for the earbuds to work. Pairing with Bluetooth is straightforward enough. For the initial pairing you simply open the case and scan for the earbuds with your device. Alternatively, you can press and hold the touch-sensitive buttons on both earbuds for three seconds. The Bluetooth connection itself seems to be rock stable, with a greater range than some other headphones I have tested.
With its in-ear design and long stem, the Freedom bears some similarities to Apple's AirPods Pro. I definitely prefer the tighter fit and noise isolation of the Freedom over the open design of the standard AirPods. There's no active noise cancellation, so you can still hear your surroundings, especially at lower volumes. The audio quality is decent. The earbuds sound bright with clear mids and highs. But the bass only becomes prominent when I push the volume up to undesirable levels. There's also aptX support. I also like that music playback automatically stops when you remove an earbud. As for voice calls, the Freedom does well — the other party could hear me clearly over the fan and TV in the background.
The earbuds do not have a companion mobile app. Hence, I couldn't really tell the exact amount of charge remaining. The status lights on the charging case and the earbuds only give a rough estimate. For instance, a flashing white light on the earbuds indicates low charge (below 50%) while a solid white light means a full charge. However, the battery life is excellent. Belkin says the earbuds can offer 8 hours of usage, but I actually got around 8.5 hours streaming via Spotify with the volume set to 30%. The charging case adds another 28 hours of battery life. It has a USB-C port, but it also supports Qi wireless charging.
The Belkin Soundform Freedom True Wireless Earbuds are probably best for video calls and Zoom meetings because of the excellent battery life and good call quality. They do a passable job for music, but they don't really excite me. And of course, the Find My feature is fairly unique (for now) for non-Apple earbuds. While these earbuds are priced officially at S$149, but they currently seem to be going for S$129 on Shopee and Lazada. You can also find them on Amazon US.
Note: Review unit provided by Belkin.
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