TicPods Free are doing everything they can to rattle the cage of tech giant Apple. Without a doubt, Ticpods were modeled after the AirPods — but Mobvoi, the company behind believes they can beat Apple at their own game by having a lower price point, creating a better user experience with intuitive commands, coming in three different colors (navy blue, red, and white), being water resistant (though not waterproof), and having earpieces that come with two pairs of silicone tips for a better fit, as opposed to the one size fits all approach by Apple.
Even still, they perform many of the same tasks as the AirPods, they have in-ear detection (pausing track when removed from ear), playback is controlled with small gestures, voice command, and they both come with a compact charging case. If there’s one thing we know about Apple is that their hardware is consistent, so the success of TicPods doesn’t depend on all the cool features they have, but whether or not they work day in and day out.
One huge leg up that the TicPods have on AirPods is the fact that it has two noise-canceling options compared to AirPod’s zero. The Ambient noise-canceling feature is much more passive and makes it sound like you’re alone in a room, compared to the noise isolation feature which blocks out all sound except for whatever you’re listening to you.
Ticpods will give you approximately 4 hours of playback on a single charge and 18 hours total with the charging case. It also comes equipped with a fast charging which will give 85 minutes for every 15 minutes fo charging time, which comes out to a full charge in a little under 45 minutes.
With 4.2 Bluetooth connectivity, you should be able to go 100 meters or 328 feet before the connection becomes spotty. They work when listening to just one earbud, but the downside is that you can only remove the left earbud and not the right. Removing the right would presumably trigger the in-ear detection feature and thus stopping the music.
Will they eventually overtake AirPods in the wireless earbud space? Most likely not, but they are doing a killer job raking in 1.3 million dollars with 11 days left in their Indiegogo campaign. Ticpods are still going for $79 which is roughly half the price of AirPods, but that early bird special deal looks to be closing soon. The next the tier up sells them for $99 and after the campaign is over they will go for $129. If you’re looking for durable earbuds that are easy to use and won’t break the bank, you should consider the TicPods and expect them to ship out in July 2018.