Truke Air Buds Lite /BTG 3 Review: Smart Buys for casual listeners

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Truke Air Buds Lite Review Summary

Editor’s Rating- 3.5/5

Design

Audio

Sensor Control

Battery

Performance

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Pros

  • Good Battery Life
  • Lightweight
  • Sweat & Splash resistant
  • Dual music & gaming modes

Cons

  • Audio Quality average
  • Build quality poor
  • No volume control through buds
  • highly responsive sensor can cause problems

Truke has launched two TWS earphones that fall under Rs.1500 price range and provide specific gaming and music modes. Yes, you heard it right Truke Air Buds Lite 3 and Truke BTG3 TWS earbuds have launched in India with good sound quality, ANC, gaming and music modes, and good battery life. Though they seem like a good option on paper but are they worth buying? Read my review to find out.

I have focused on Truke Air Buds Lite TWS earbuds. Any feature that is unique to BTG3 has been mentioned alongside.


Price & Availability | Specs | Unboxing | Design | Audio Quality | Sensor Control | Battery Life | Verdict


Price & Availability

The Truke Air Buds Lite and the BTG3 TWS Buds are available for Rs. 1399 in India. They can be purchased via Flipkart, Amazon, and other online portals. While BTG3 TWS is available in Red and Black Case colors, Air Buds Lite is available in Black and Blue case colors. The variants I received were both in black color for both Air Buds Lite and BTG3.

Specs

  • Bluetooth version 5.1
  • 55ms ultra-low latency
  • 10 hours of playback by each bud in a single charge
  • Up to 48 hours of total playback with case
  • Dual MEMC mic
  • Auto In-ear detection
  • 10mm speaker driver
  • AI-powered noise cancellation
  • IPX4 sweat and splash resistant
  • Charging case battery- 300mAh
  • Dimensions (of case)- 63x26x46.5mm
  • Weight (of the case)- 46.4 grams

The specs are the same for BTG3 and Air Buds Lite apart from size and weight.

Unboxing

Truke Air Buds Lite/ BTG3 box contains-

  • 1 unit of air buds lite/btg3
  • 1 USB cable for charging
  • 3 pairs of ear tips
  • 1 guidance manual

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Design

Truke Air Buds Lite comes in 2 color variants- Black and Blue. The variant I received was black and it looks decent. Truke Air Buds Lite has a stem style design which made it an ok fit. The buds are easy to wear and were comfortable while wearing for longer durations. They come with extra ear tips, so you can adjust the size you want.

The earbuds come with a charging case that is cuboidal in shape and is made of plastic. The case has a matte look and is lightweight to carry. There is a Truke logo in the front of the charging case written in silver font.

The case has a sleek rectangular cut which made it easy to open the case with one hand and there’s also an indicator and a charging slot at the bottom. There’s a hinge at the back too. The hinge is not reliable as once the case fell, buds popped out of the box. The buds have to be taken out of the charging case to connect them to the available smartphone.

Truke BTG3 has a different design, though all its other features and specs are identical to Truke Air Buds Lite. The case of the BTG3 looks like a pebble and has a toned-down finish. It is of plastic too and the lid does a click sound when opened/closed.

The main difference between these two is that BTG3 has a slightly larger case with a design that has batman kind of eyes. The eyes get lit up when you pair it to your smartphone and change colors frequently which looks beautiful.

The buds of BTG3 have a standard design just like Air Buds Lite. They are lightweight, easy to carry around and come with a Type-C port for charging. Truke branding on the front can be a turn-off for some. The buds come with sweat splash resistance which was useful while I was exercising or taking a brisk walk, as I did not have to worry about the buds slipping out of my ear due to sweat.

Audio Quality

If any company claims to offer good sound quality in their entry-level TWS buds, that information is always treated with a pinch of salt. The same was the case with Truke Air Buds Lite for me. I did not have high expectations from its sound quality and I was right in doing so as the sound quality was strictly average on both lower and higher volumes. It comes with 2 modes- music and gaming and when I switched between them, I realized the difference.

The music mode gave ok sound clarity while listening to any song. Whether it was high notes or low notes, rock music, or emotional melodies, all were decent. There was no distortion at a loud volume which is a plus. My current favorite is Rait Zara Si by Arijit Singh from Atrangi Re and I could hear every high and low note in this track. The soundstage gives swollen mids which is ok for a casual listener like me but might have an issue with audiophiles.

The gaming mode was strictly ok. Latency is average and sounds while gaming experience is just about right. The company claims it has 55ms low latency and inexperience it was bearable.

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One of the most important things for me is audio quality during calls. These earbuds offer passive noise isolation as the ear tips sealed my ear canal well. Although I did not hear any ambient or faint noises as soon as I stepped into a busy street or a function hall, loud sounds were audible.

The in-ear sensor function works fine as every time I plugged earbuds out of my ears, the songs paused and vice versa. There is no volume level adjustment so I had to control the volume only via smartphone. This was annoying as I had to take out my phone to control the volume when it needed to be increased or decreased.

Sensor Control

The Truke Air Buds Lite has touch patches at the top of the earplugs which could be used to change music, control calls, Siri and Google Assistant switch between modes, and in-ear sensor function with simple touch gestures.

The sensors were highly responsive and made it easy to control music, accept or reject calls, or switch between different modes. This comes with a drawback too, as once I accidentally touched the top while on a call and the sensor was so responsive that the call disconnected in the middle.

Battery Life

Battery life is something I could find no faults with. I mostly used music mode and the battery lasted for around 8 hours on a single charge. There were days, the buds were used for aggressive gaming sessions in between and there was no effect on playback time. Along with the charging case, the buds lasted for 4 days even during heavy usage.

During normal usage days, the buds easily lasted for a week without the case needing any recharges. Both earbuds and case take around 1.5 hours to recharge and that works if you are charging them after 4-5 days or more than a week.

Verdict

For the price of Rs. 1399, Truke Air Buds Lite gives a good sound quality and battery life. The build of the charging case is a little poor and there is no volume control through the earbuds, also sensor controls sometimes don’t work in your favor which is a letdown, but it makes up for it through its comfortable wear quality and two specialized modes for listening.

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Those who are looking for very good design or audio quality might be disappointed and want to look at alternatives like Redmi Earbuds 2C, but if you are a casual listener with no demands for a unique design, then Truke Air Buds Lite can be your choice.

Shivangi AgarwalShivangi Agarwal
Shivangi is an honours graduate in English from Delhi University with a passion for reading and writing. Always keen to know more about the latest gadgets, when she is not reading about tech, she loves listening to Hindi music and grooving to the latest Hindi beats.

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