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TOZO T10 Review: The Best Under $30?

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TOZO T10 true wireless earbuds offer so much it’s hard to believe they cost so little.

There’s much to like when looking at the TOZO T10 specs.

You get a solid battery life and support for Qi wireless charging. The construction of both the earbuds and the charging case has an entirely waterproof rating (IP68). Even the build quality itself isn’t that bad either.

TOZO earbuds are small, ergonomic, and provide excellent comfort, albeit the fit could be better.

And to make things even better, the 8mm dynamic drivers are pushing a punchy, pleasant sound. However, they’re far from being neutral. More on that later.

From hearing all that, you might assume TOZO T10 cost at least $50. In reality, they’re below $30.

So, what’s the catch?

Let’s dive in a little deeper to see if TOZO T10, the upgraded version, is truly worth the hype.

  • Fun sound quality with natural midrange
  • IP68 rating for both earbuds & charging case
  • Comfortable fit
  • Reliable touch controls
  • USB-C & Qi wireless charging
  • Extreme audio delay during videos
  • Mediocre microphone quality
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    Sound

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    3.5 Almost Great

    Despite the absurd amount of deep bass and a slight shimmer in the lower treble, the TOZO T10 manage to sound relatively natural.

    Check the TOZO T10 Sound Comparison

    TOZO T10 Sound Quality Test – HeadphonesAddict

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    Even the best cheap earbuds tend to adopt a V-shaped sound signature. Some are more successful than others, avoiding bloaty bass and sharp treble range.

    The TOZO T10 strike a nice balance between bassy and natural, working nicely with different genres, from rock, metal, to rap and hip hop. Although not all is amazing.

    Bass: It’s All About That Bass

    Lower frequencies are the most boosted region. They’re almost 20dB above the neutral target at the highest point.

    Earbuds have an excellent sub-bass extension that reaches below the advertised 18Hz. After that, it steadily declines towards the mid-bass, where it flattens.

    The bass performance is pretty good, adding warmness to the whole spectrum. Despite its boost, earbuds maintain control and agility for more fast-paced music.

    Where the sheer amount of bass shows its weakness is high-energy music. Song “Duende” by Bozzio Levin Stevens is heavy on drums and bass guitars, and TOZO T10 struggle to keep up.

    Listening to “Cold Heart” by Elton John & Dua Lipa can also result in some bloatedness, but the performance isn’t as terrible as it sounds.

    TOZO T10 Frequency Response

    TOZO T10 (upgraded) frequency response
    Apart from the bass boost, the sound is pretty balanced for the most part, resulting in a pleasant listening experience.

    Midrange: Pleasant & Balanced

    From 200Hz to 3kHz, the midrange stays pretty balanced and natural sounding.

    This tuning saves earbuds from sounding like other generic buds in this price range. Instruments and vocals sound full and natural, albeit a bit dry.

    Sibilance is also a non-issue, despite the hump at 6kHz.

    Treble: Too Much Shimmer

    On the other hand, the hump at 6kHz slightly ruins the otherwise promising tuning. It adds an unnecessary shimmer to vocals and cymbals.

    Speaking of cymbals, they’re nicely textured and never become harsh. Though, don’t expect many fine details or airy treble extension. However, for the price, the performance is pretty good.

    The soundstage has good depth and about average width. It should ensure you don’t hear the stereo sound trapped inside your head.

    In contrast, the imaging isn’t that impressive. There are blind spots in between the center and left/right channels.

    Overall, most casual listeners will enjoy the TOZO T10 sound. Sure, you get a powerful bass performance, but people don’t mind some extra punch.

    In contrast, those seeking truly authentic sound should look elsewhere (or try with a third-party equalizer software). Your best bet are the Skullcandy Dime, which offer better sound quality, but even they aren’t perfectly neutral.

    Comfort & Fit

    Star Rating
    4.0 Great

    Bluetooth earbuds are small, comfortable, and suitable for smaller ears. On the other hand, ear tips tend to lose seal when you smile and shake your head.

    TOZO T10 have a simple design that resembles EarFun Free Pro 2 which are similar cheap truly wireless earbuds.

    TOZO T10 on a wood
    There are no left/right indicators other than the ones on touch controls.

    These comfortable earbuds are small and can easily fit smaller ears. The housing has a rubber coating to ensure gentler contact with your skin.

    Thanks to their size and lightness, you can wear them for an entire day.

    To ensure a good seal, you get a total of 6 pairs of ear tips. 3 have a mushroom-shaped dome and orange nozzle, whereas the other 3 have a shorter dome.

    The latter are practical for kids with shorter ear canals. However, they’re a pain for adults.

    For example, TaoTronics Soundliberty 77 use similar tips, and you have to hit the right spot to seal the ear canal. Otherwise, you don’t hear any bass.

    TOZO T10 logo
    The only place where the TOZO logo is located.

    It’s worth mentioning that silicone ear tips aren’t sticky enough to keep earbuds inside during a workout.

    TOZO T10 work fine for casual listening and light outdoor walks. However, running, jumping, and even smiling can push the buds out of the ear canal.

    Don’t worry; they don’t fall out, but you’ll notice a decrease in bass. Readjusting the earbuds helps, but nobody wants to constantly reposition them.

    Durability

    Star Rating
    4.5 Almost Perfect

    TOZO T10 are surprisingly durable and fully dust and water-resistant. However, the case is still plastic and could crack when dropped on the floor.

    Earbuds themselves don’t look all that special. They’re matte black and have a shiny circle around touch controls.

    As mentioned before, most of the buds are covered in a smooth, rubbery finish that feels nice to the touch.

    TOZO T10 on a wood
    TOZO T1 earbuds are small and have a smooth rubbery coating.

    There are no visible weak points. If I nitpick, the mesh covering the nozzle could eventually peel off. But that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

    Moving to the charging case, it’s quite big compared to the earbuds and entirely plastic. It doesn’t feel overly cheap, but it produces a hollow sound when knocked on and doesn’t have much weight to it.

    Magnets are strong and should keep the lid shut. That’s important if you want to tie the case to your backpack with the included string.

    TOZO T10 string
    The included string is adjustable and very long.

    However, I would advise you not to leave the case dangling around. It’s still made of relatively rigid plastic, which could easily break when dropped on the floor.

    Now let’s move to the waterproofing.

    Premium sports earbuds like Jaybird Vista 2 come with an IP68 rating for the earbuds and an IP54 rating for the charging case.

    However, TOZO T10 manage to have the entire package protected with an IP68 rating, meaning that even the charging case is waterproof. That’s quite impressive for the price.

    TOZO T10 case size
    The design is kept simple to achieve full water protection, which is amazing.

    TOZO claims they’re using nano-coating to ensure water doesn’t cause any damage. It’s impressive they can do that at such a low price.

    Battery

    Star Rating
    3.0 Good

    In our test: TOZO T10 lasted for exactly 6 hours and 13 minutes. Another 24 hours inside the charging case should have you covered for at least a few days. Also, the earbuds support quick- and Qi wireless charging.

    TOZO T10 Battery Comparison

    TOZO T10 battery comparison

    TOZO T10 have moderate battery life. At around 6 hours on a single charge, they’re about average in the true wireless category.

    The charging case “only” holds another 24 hours despite its size. Combined with the earbuds, you get a total of 30 hours, which should be enough for a weekend trip.

    To be honest, TOZO T10 are probably the first cheap earbuds under $30 that offer Qi wireless charging. While it’s slower (it takes 2 hours to use a Qi wireless charger), it’s convenient since you don’t have to search for a cable.

    Speaking of that, you’ll find a USB-C cable inside the box, which is also nice to see at such a low price.

    TOZO T10 USB-C port
    Despite their low price, the charging case uses USB-C and support wireless charging.

    The earbuds support fast charging. Strangely, the manufacturer doesn’t state how fast it is, only that you can fully charge the case in 1.5 hours.

    Features

    Star Rating
    3.0 Good

    For under $30, you get reliable touch controls with a wide selection of commands and a Qi wireless charging case.

    Usually, when buying budget earbuds, you have to keep your expectations low. Thankfully, it seems that even the cheapest wireless earbuds now offer more than just awkward controls.

    On the contrary, the touch controls on TOZO T10 work pretty well, reliably registering all the gestures.

    TOZO T10 both buds
    The touch-sensitive surface under the left/right indicators.

    Thanks to a wide array of commands, ranging from playback to volume control, you’ll hardly need to reach for your smartphone.

    TOZO T10 controls

    • Play/pause – single tap on either side
    • Next song – double tap on the right earbud
    • Previous/repeat song – double tap on the left earbud
    • End call – hold on either side
    • Answer incoming calls – single tap on either side
    • Adjust volume controls up – hold on the right earbud
    • Adjust volume controls down – hold on the left earbuds

    Microphone Quality

    TOZO T10 have decent clarity for phone calls but are extremely quiet.

    TOZO T10 Microphone Test

    Here’s the deal.

    The two microphones aren’t positioned optimally, resulting in mediocre call quality. It’s facing away instead of towards your mouth, so it has difficulties picking up your voice.

    As a result, others will barely hear you even in a quiet room. Built-in microphones have decent clarity, but that doesn’t help if nobody hears what you’re saying.

    The subpar performance continues in a noisy environment, adding background distortion into the mix. Earbuds don’t do much to reduce the noise, making it even harder for people to understand you.

    Noise Isolation

    Star Rating
    2.0 Adequate

    Even with a proper seal, the passive noise isolation isn’t impressive. Earbuds only block a small portion of the background noise.

    If you want to fully isolate yourself from the outside world, TOZO T10 aren’t the earbuds for you.

    Despite having 6 ear tips at your disposal, none of them successfully block the ambient noise.

    TOZO T10 ear tips
    A total of 6 pairs of standard ear tips with 2 different designs.

    You can still hear most frequencies, just slightly quieter. Compared to the hybrid tips of the Sony WF-1000XM4, there’s a night and day difference.

    Still, you shouldn’t hear much around you when listening to music at decent volume. And thankfully, earbuds don’t suffer from sound leakage.

    Bluetooth

    Star Rating
    2.5 Average

    Bluetooth works reliably on short distances but offers an average range. Also, there’s a visible audio delay when watching videos. However, there’s a solution.

    A Bluetooth connection on the TOZO T10 is pretty reliable. I haven’t experienced any dropouts or stutters when listening to music with a smartphone in the vicinity.

    During my range test, in-ear headphones managed to reach the second brick wall (around 40 feet), after which they completely stopped working.

    That’s a somewhat average performance for Bluetooth 5.0. While it’s enough for carefree walking around your house, many true wireless earbuds offer a better range.

    TOZO T10 earbuds and case
    The Bluetooth range is average, dropping out at around 40 feet.

    How do you pair TOZO T10?

    1. For the first setup process, you simply put both earbuds out of the case, and they appear in a Bluetooth menu in your Bluetooth-enabled device of choice.
    2. The second pairing is a bit confusing. Instructions suggest turning earbuds off and back on while holding touch-sensitive controls for 8 seconds. However, in my experience, I simply disconnect them from the first device, and they appear in the Bluetooth menu on the second device.

    Furthermore, TOZO T10 can work in mono mode with only one earbud but lack multipoint support.

    What Bluetooth Codecs Do They Use?

    You get a standard set of Bluetooth codecs: SBC and AAC.

    While some cheap wireless earbuds use aptX or even aptX HD, the latter doesn’t make sense at this price since it doesn’t help with sound quality.

    Is There an Audio Lag?

    Sadly, yes. Both Android and iOS pick the AAC codec by default, and the video content is unwatchable.

    TOZO T10 video lag
    There’s at least a 1-second delay between audio and video, making it impossible to enjoy videos.

    There’s around 1 second lag on Android, while iOS suffers from at least a 2 second delay.

    However, as soon as you reconnect your earbuds to your Android device, they’ll go back to AAC. And, there’s no way to permanently set them to SBC.

    As for the iOS devices, you’re stuck with AAC.

    Should You Get TOZO T10?

    Star Rating
    4.5 Almost Perfect

    As mentioned in the beginning, it’s strange to see so many goodies inside a 30 dollars’ worth of truly wireless earbuds.

    Good battery life with support for Qi wireless charging, fully waterproof package, excellent comfort, and satisfying audio quality (for most people).

    The only problem is the unbearable audio lag during videos and poor mic quality for wireless calls.

    TOZO T10 in flowers
    Not sure what the “Ellab” logo represents on the charging box.

    And if you want better sound quality for a lower price, Skullcandy Dime are a much more compelling option.

    All in all, if you’re looking for the best features/price ratio, you simply have to give TOZO T10 a try.

    How Do TOZO T10 Compare To The Competition?

    • They’re better-than-average but not the best-sounding in their category under $30.
    • Earbuds are better built and look as if they’re twice the price.
    • They’re far more durable than the competition, with an IP68 rating on earbuds and a charging case.
    • While the battery life is average, they offer Qi charging, which is rare at this price point.
    • Bluetooth range is average, whereas the competition can do much better.
    • The earbuds are useless for video watching due to audio delay.

    TOZO T10 Alternatives

    Skullcandy Dime True Wireless

    Skullcandy Dime wireless earbuds

    Alternative headphones with great sound quality and balanced sound signature and superior detail retrieval.

    On the other hand, they’re worse in every other aspect. They aren’t as comfortable, use annoying physical controls, feel cheaper, provide poorer battery life, and aren’t as durable (IPX4).

    Skullcandy Dime True Wireless review

    Aukey EP-T21

    Aukey EP-T21 sweatproof earbuds in rain

    The sound profile of the EP-T21 is more balanced but also not as exciting nor detailed in comparison.

    Furthermore, Aukey’s perform worse in battery life, durability (IPX4), and Bluetooth connectivity (but have a better audio delay).

    On the flip side, they offer superior passive noise cancellation.

    Aukey EP-T21 review

    Skullcandy Jib True Wireless

    Skullcandy Jib True Wireless on the rock

    While the sound is equally bass-heavy, the Jib aren’t nearly as clear in the midrange and treble.

    Both the earbuds and charging case feels cheaper in comparison. The buds are using physical controls that are annoying to use.

    Furthermore, they lack USB-C and are only rated for IPX4. At least the battery life is the same at 6 hours on a single charge.

    Skullcandy Jib True Wireless review

    What’s in the Box?

    TOZO T10 accessories
    • TOZO T10 true wireless earbuds
    • USB-C charging cable
    • 6 pairs of silicone ear tips (2xS, 2xM, 2xL)
    • Textile string
    • User guide

    Specifications

    Type: True wireless
    Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Back design: Closed-back
    Drivers: 8mm dynamic
    Frequency range: 18-20.000Hz
    Impedance: 32 Ohm
    Weight: 10g (both buds)
    Mic & Controls: Yes
    Water resistance: IP68
    Battery life: 6h + 24h in case
    Charging time: 1.5h – quick charge – USB-C & Qi charging
    Active noise cancelling: No
    Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC
    Wireless range: 40ft (12,2m)
    Microphone: Yes

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