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TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) Review

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TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) earbuds in case

TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) are a big upgrade over their predecessor in design, form factor, and call quality, but mostly in sound quality. They’re an excellent pick for anyone looking for cheap but versatile true wireless earbuds.

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  • List price (MSRP): $26.99
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Our Conclusion

TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024)’s biggest upgrades over its predecessor are its call quality and app support. Now it allows for some important customizations.

Strangely, on the box, it says “2023 model”, whereas, on the TOZO’s website, it says “2024 model”, or more accurately, the “Ergonomic with APP Edition (2024)”. They also refer to the previous model as the “Classic Edition”.

The most significant new feature is the customizable equalizer, which greatly improves the audio quality. Customizing controls is also neat, especially the option to disable them if you often accidentally activate them.

TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) in ears
Side view of me wearing TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024).

Battery life also increased to 10.5 hours of playtime per charge, while the call quality almost matches the one from Apple AirPods Pro 2.

There’s so much to like about these earbuds that you forget about cons, which there are some. Read the full review to learn about potential deal-breakers.

Pros & Cons:

  • Fun & clear sound performance for the price
  • Durable build with an IPX8 waterproof rating
  • A 10.5-hour battery per charge & wireless charging
  • App support with audio & control customization
  • Call quality that rivals 4-5x more expensive earbuds
  • Slightly too unstable to use during extreme sports

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    Our Analysis and Test Results

    Our tests showed that their frequency response is identical to the previous TOZO T10, but thanks to the custom EQ, they can sound far superior.

    Earbuds also impress with decently clear microphone quality and good passive noise isolation, which actually also reduces some of the bass and midrange frequencies (where most in-ear headphones struggle).

    Sound

    Star Rating
    3.5 Almost Great

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) have a sculpted V-shaped sound out of the box but become much more controlled and natural after EQ modifications. While lacking in resolution, they provide a fun, energetic sound.

    Key points:

    • By default, earbuds have a heavy V-shaped sound signature with bloated bass and piercing treble.
    • Using our custom equalizer settings makes their bass more controlled, midrange more natural, and treble less piercing (some sibilance remains).
    • The soundstage is rather small, and the imaging gets blurry when listening to instruments in front of you.

    We tested the sound…

    Check our TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) A/B sound test

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) Sound Quality Test – HeadphonesAddict
    Learn how to understand and listen our sound comparisons.

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024 version) sound exactly like the original TOZO T10. That is, they’re heavily V-shaped with a muddy midrange).

    Fortunately, this time around, they come with an app and custom EQ. This makes a ton of difference, making these easily the best earbuds under $30.

    Bass: Boomy by default, balanced with EQ

    Lower frequencies are boosted by around 15dB over the neutral target. The boost ends around 200Hz, but that isn’t enough to prevent bleeding and masking the midrange.

    Bass itself is also muddy. Only reggae, trap, or similar music genres benefit from this boominess. On the other hand, this tuning definitely isn’t suitable for classical music.

    Fortunately, reducing low frequencies in the app makes it more controlled. Kicks get more tactile and punchier, and you finally hear some of the nuances of bass guitars.

    That said, the bass is from the 8mm dynamic driver is rather slow, so double-pedal drumming during metal or rock songs sounds less enjoyable than with earbuds twice the price (like TOZO NC7).

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) frequency response

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) frequency response
    New TOZO T10: blue frequency response, old TOZO T10: red line.

    Midrange: Shouty by default, but much better after EQ

    The default “Standard” preset has a significant sub, mid-bass, and treble boost, which causes two things: bass veils the midrange, while treble adds sibilance.

    Playing with an audio equalizer removes the excess energy from vocals, making them more natural and less shouty while smoothing out instruments.

    “Hotel California” by the Eagles sounds like a muddy mess before EQ. After applying it, the electric guitars get a natural tone, and the singer is far less muddy (albeit still a bit thin).

    Female signers, like Ariana Grande in “Breathin”, also sound more natural. However, they keep a little bit of sibilance on the letters “s”, “t”, or “c”.

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) music listening
    Even after using EQ, a bit of sibilance remains, but for the most part, the new TOZO T10 are fun to listen to.

    Treble: Harsh, but smoother after EQ

    Stock tuning generously boosts the treble, making everything sound very thin and overly shimmery. Lowering high frequencies with EQ reduces that piercing shimmer a little.

    The result is a slightly more natural tone of the vocals, instruments, and cymbals, which are now more textured.

    That said, these earbuds aren’t as refined as more expensive options. TOZO NC7 are noticeably more refined but similarly sibilant in the treble, while the TOZO T20 are just a hair more textured overall.

    Soundstage and imaging

    Soundstage on TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) is rather small and intimate. The lack of treble airiness also prevents the instruments from sounding more spacious.

    Imaging could be better. There are big blurry spots around the center image (in front of your head, where the vocals and drums are usually located).

    It’s not that you don’t hear them or that they’re muddy. However, you can’t quite pinpoint the precise location where those drums or guitars are coming from.

    Listen to our custom EQ settings compared to other presets:

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) Custom EQ & Presets – HeadphonesAddict

    Sound comparison

    My conclusion on sound

    TOZO T10 (2024 Upgraded) have flaws, but their custom EQ solves most of them. For around $25, they’re easily the best wireless earbuds under $30.

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    Comfort & Fit

    Star Rating
    4.0 Great

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) earbuds remain comfortable for at least a few hours and stick in ears fairly securely. However, they slowly slide out once you start running or shaking your head.

    The new T10 earbuds are slightly more rounded than their predecessor but still relatively small (as big as the Sony WF-1000XM5).

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) in hands
    The new TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) has an oval shape that’s slightly wider than the predecessor.

    While not the lightest, they use silicone ear tips with a wide dome, which acts as a dampener, distributing the weight more evenly.

    Combined with the correct ear tip size (you get 6 pairs in the box to truly achieve a proper fit), you can easily wear them for hours when taking a bus ride or listening to tunes while working.

    Stability is also generally good. Sudden head movements or smiling don’t dislodge them from your ears. However, as soon as you start jumping or shaking your head, the earbuds slowly move out.

    That happens even sooner if you’re exercising and your ear canal gets slippery from the sweat.

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) earbuds
    Earbuds fit comfortably but their stability could be better.

    Comfort and fit during activities:

    • Commuting: Their long-lasting comfort and good stability are perfect for commuting.
    • Exercising: Good enough for weightlifting or light jogging but not so much for sprinting or anything more intense.
    • Running: They are good for light jogging but not sprinting or running on rough terrain, as they bounce in your ears and slowly move out.

    Compared to other similar models

    The earbuds are similarly comfortable and stable as most competitors, such as SoundPEATS Clear, TOZO T20, or even UGREEN HiTune T3.

    Durability

    Star Rating
    4.5 Almost Perfect

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) earbuds have an IPX8 rating and can withstand full underwater submersion. However, I’m not sure the charging case shares the same IP rating.

    Earbuds are relatively small and tightly glued together from four plastic parts. Their airtight seams enable them to have an IPX8 rating, which means they should survive going underwater down to 3 meters.

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) waterproof
    You can wash the TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) under a tap if they get dirty.
    Housing materialPlastic, glossy
    & matte finish
    Eartip materialSilicone
    Official water resistanceIPX8
    Official dust resistanceNone

    How do they feel in my hands?

    Thanks to the invisible seams and the use of hard plastic, they feel sturdy. Because of that, they should easily survive drops on the floor without any serious damage.

    Charging case durability

    On the other hand, the charging case appears a bit more fragile, at least the lid part. It’s made of cheaper plastic, and it’s pretty big, so it could be the first thing to break.

    Secondly, there is conflicting information about the case’s water resistance. The manual states that you shouldn’t put wet earbuds into the case, while the marketing imagery shows the case’s wet insides.

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) among flowers
    The case is now more compact than before, but I’m not sure it’s actually water resistant, as the marketing claims.

    Are they suitable for…

    • Wearing in the rain: More than suitable, as IPX8 can withstand even pouring rain or listening to music under the shower.
    • Running & exercising outside: Suitable, but you should still avoid exposing them to too much dust as they aren’t officially dust-resistant.
    • Sweating: Suitable, even if the sweat is leaking off you.
    • Dipping underwater: Suitable, as an IPX8 rating means they’re watertight.

    Durability comparison

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) are equally durable as their predecessor and more durable than most competitors in their price range and beyond.

    Battery

    Star Rating
    5.0 Perfect

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) have a battery life of 10 hours and 35 minutes per single charge, among the longest battery lives in non-ANC earbuds. The charging case supports Qi charging and packs another 40 hours of playtime.

    Tested battery life10 hours 35 minutes
    Official battery life15 hours
    Difference4h 25min (-29.4%)
    Quick chargingn/a
    Qi wireless chargingYes

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) battery comparison

    TOZO-T10-20TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) battery comparison24-Upgraded-battery-comparison

    TOZO has again made big claims about their headphones’ playtime, stating that the new TOZO T10 (2024 Upgraded) can play music for 15 hours on a single charge.

    But, in our battery life test, where we left earbuds playing music at 50% volume, the earbuds lasted precisely:

    • 10 hours and 35 minutes, which is 4 hours and 25 minutes less than officially advertised.

    That’s also an excellent result, but TOZO seems to often overstate battery performance in its products (like in the TOZO T20, TOZO OpenBuds, and first-gen TOZO T10). Only in TOZO HT2 were somewhat accurate.

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) charge in case
    The case’s charge is displayed via 4 small LEDs under the lid.

    Moving forward, the charging case has another 40 hours of playtime stored in it. It supports fast charging, but you don’t get exact numbers. All that TOZO says is that it takes less than 2 hours to fully charge the earbuds.

    Another useful thing is the Qi wireless charging support, which is rare in earbuds under $30.

    Battery rating comparison

    Here’s how TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024)’s battery rating compares to ratings of similarly priced competitors:

    Note: The battery rating considers battery life compared to alternatives, wireless charging support, and the speed of recharging.

    Features

    Star Rating
    4.0 Great

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) now support the TOZO mobile app, which offers custom EQ, firmware updates, and customizable controls. Call quality has also improved significantly compared to their predecessor.

    Apart from SoundPEATS Clear, the TOZO T10 (2024 Upgraded) are the second budget wireless earbuds that support the companion app, which brings some much-needed features:

    You don’t need to be signed into an account to access these features, and your user experience is also ad-free (looking at you, Tranya Audio app).

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) app first page
    The first page of the app (left) and the first page once you successfully connect to your TOZO earbuds (right).

    Customizable controls

    The control customizer lets you change commands on both sides and customize all four gestures: single, double, triple, and long press. For some reason, the long press gesture is reserved for changing the volume.

    Furthermore, you can also disable a gesture. That’s useful if you experience ghost touches (when your warm breath activates a single-press command).

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) custom controls
    Controls let you occupy all available commands. You can also disable a specific gesture.

    Customizable audio equalizer

    The app brings much-needed custom EQ settings, greatly improving the new TOZO T10s. There are 10 frequency bands with +/- 5dB adjustments.

    Unlike in most competitive apps, you can’t see precisely how much dB you’ve changed. So, if you want to try my custom EQ setting, make the wave shape similar to mine.

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) custom EQ
    Here’s how our custom EQ curve looks like.

    Soothing sounds

    Soothing sounds (as I call them) are located under the “Explore” tab. They consist of various audio clips that vary in length. Themes also differ from nature to purely abstract and ambient sounds.

    If you only plan to listen to one track, set it to play in a loop. Note that some tracks refuse to play for some reason.

    TOZO T20 soothing sounds
    The “Explore” tab has high-quality audio clips to help you relax or focus on your work. If you use them for sleep, you can set the shutdown timer so the clips don’t play all night.

    Community

    The community tab is essentially a social network within the TOZO app that strongly resembles Instagram.

    It’s meant for TOZO users to hang with each other. However, to enter the app, you need to connect your earbuds, making it less attractive for casual use (like when you’re bored and casually open Facebook, TikTok, or other similar apps).

    TOZO HT2 community
    “Community” is very similar to Instagram but for TOZO headphones users.

    Microphone quality

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) have a capable microphone quality that rivals premium TWS earbuds in some areas.

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) microphone test: (no noise test from 0:00-0:32, with background noise test from O:32-1:02)

    Call quality using these earbuds is clear and nicely loud, which is a stark contrast to their overly quiet predecessor. There’s some minor distortion, but the performance is close to Apple AirPods Pro 2, which is crazy.

    Moving into a noisier area doesn’t hurt the quality that much. The noise reduction for calls does a good job of keeping your voice understandable while introducing minimal distortion.

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) calling
    Earbuds have a surprisingly clear call quality for the price, with minimal distortion.

    While you still should refrain from using them for video streaming or podcasts, TOZO T10 (2024 Upgraded) are perfectly okay for video calls and phone calls wherever you are.

    Features rating comparison

    Noise Isolation

    Star Rating
    3.5 Almost Great

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) have a solid passive noise isolation, especially in the midrange, where silicone ear tips effectively reduce noise by around 8dB on average.

    Measured average noise isolation16,7 dBA

    Earbuds are surprisingly effective at reducing bass and midrange frequencies. While the reduction is barely noticeable in practice, it’s still more than what most in-ear headphones manage to reduce.

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) Passive isolation measurement
    Passive isolation is minimal below 1kHz yet still better than in most other earbuds with ear tips. Learn how to read graphs.

    The reduction is similar to the TOZO T20, both becoming the most effective past 1kHz. In contrast, earbuds are less effective than the best in this category, the Sony WF-1000XM5.

    Here’s a table of how effective is TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024)’s passive noise isolation at blocking specific frequencies:

    FrequencyNoise reduction
    dB SPL
    Noise reduction
    dBA (A-weighted)
    100 Hz5,6 dB-13,5 dBA
    200 Hz9,4 dB-1,4 dBA
    400 Hz8,1 dB3,3 dBA
    600 Hz6,9 dB4,7 dBA
    1 kHz6,7 dB6,7 dBA
    2 kHz24,6 dB25,8 dBA
    4 kHz35,7 dB36,7 dBA
    6 kHz23,3 dB23,4 dBA
    10 kHz38,2 dB35,7 dBA
    15 kHz36,7 dB30,7 dBA
    Average/16,7 dBA
    A-weighted values from the International standard IEC 61672:2003

    How severe is sound leakage?

    Sound leakage of the TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) is almost unnoticeable, so you shouldn’t have issues listening to these earbuds in quieter places, like in a library.

    Noise isolation rating comparison with other models

    Bluetooth

    Star Rating
    3.5 Almost Great

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) boast a robust Bluetooth connection with 45 feet (13.7m) of indoor range but lack Bluetooth multipoint and Game Mode support.

    Bluetooth version5.3
    Bluetooth range
    (no obstructions)
    200ft+ (60.9m+)
    Bluetooth range
    through a wall
    45ft (13.7m)
    MultipointNot supported
    Audio latency
    (audio delay)
    130ms

    Earbuds use Bluetooth 5.3, providing close-range connection without interferences, even if you have many Bluetooth or wireless devices around you.

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) logo side
    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) have a robust close-range Bluetooth version 5.3 connection without stutters.

    In our indoor Bluetooth range test, where I separated earbuds from my smartphone and walked on the other side of the house, the TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) managed to reach:

    • 45 feet (13.7 meters) of indoor range before starting to stutter and around 50 feet (15.2m) before stutters made listening unbearable.

    That’s slightly better than the 40 feet (12.1 meters) of their predecessor but slightly worse than the 55 feet (16.7 meters) of the TOZO T20.

    In terms of Bluetooth connectivity and features, TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) don’t provide Bluetooth multipoint (for simultaneously connecting them to 2 devices) or Game Mode (to reduce audio delay during transmission).

    How to pair TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024)?

    Earbuds don’t have any buttons, so the only way you put them in the pairing process is to:

    • Take them out of the case and go to your device’s Bluetooth settings. You should find them under available devices to pair.

    If you want to pair them to a different device, ensure they don’t automatically connect to a previous device. Learn how to pair your TOZO earbuds to any device you want.

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) out of case
    All it takes to activate pairing mode is to take the TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) out of the case.

    What Bluetooth codecs do they use?

    Earbuds use SBC, AAC, and LC3, the latter being the best option for overall connection and audio quality. They wouldn’t benefit from using Bluetooth codecs with higher audio bandwidth.

    Is there an audio lag?

    There is no audio lag when watching video content on social media apps and YouTube. However, there is some delay when playing mobile games.

    Video latencyNot visible
    Game latency130ms
    Game mode latencyNo Game Mode

    We measured the latency of 130ms, which is visible to human eyes (it needs to be at least 60ms to be non-distracting to most gamers). Since there’s no Game Mode, I can’t recommend them to competitive gamers.

    Bluetooth rating comparison

    Should You Get TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024)?

    Star Rating
    5.0 Perfect

    Honestly, there’s so much to like about these earbuds that you forget about the cons once you look at the price. They’re durable, good-sounding, and can play music for over 10 hours.

    Pros & Cons

    • Fun & clear sound performance for the price
    • Durable build with an IPX8 waterproof rating
    • A 10.5-hour battery per charge & wireless charging
    • App support with audio & control customization
    • Call quality that rivals 4-5x more expensive earbuds
    • Slightly too unstable to use during extreme sports

    Who are these best for?

    • Anyone who wants cheap yet great-performing earbuds for music and occasional phone calls.
    • Gym-goers who want rumbly sound and robust earbuds that they wash under a tap after workout sessions.

    Who should avoid them:

    • Competitive gamers seeking a cheap wireless solution without visible audio delay.
    • Extreme sportspeople who’d use them for outdoor activities.
    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) an earbud
    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) are tiny but durable true wireless earbuds with a very fun sound.

    How do TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) compare to the competition?

    • They sound noticeably clearer than most if not all, competitors.
    • Earbuds are far more robust, thanks to an IPX8 rating.
    • TOZOs have a clearer call quality than all cheap wireless earbuds.
    • They pack a longer battery life of 10.5 hours than competitors at this price.
    • Comfort is about on par with similarly priced competitors.
    • Audio latency of 130ms is decent and similar to other competitors, even the one with Game Mode.
    • Earbuds are less ideal for sports due to wear in-ear stability.

    Here’s their value rating compared to similar alternatives:

    Are they worth the price?

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) are definitely worth their (current) $26 price tag. Due to all the possible customizations, they’re great even if you pay $35 for them. However, going above that already gives you some better alternatives.

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) alternatives

    TOZO T20

    TOZO T20 on a rock

    The two earbuds are very similar in terms of durability, battery life, comfort, app and feature support, and even audio latency delay.

    One key difference is in the audio quality, where T20 are slightly more refined in the treble. And the body of the T20 has a stem.

    TOZO T20 review

    SoundPEATS Clear

    SoundPEATS Clear in the case

    The sound coming out of them is smoother and warmer compared to the T10 (after EQ) but also less engaging. They’re also less durable (IPX4) and have lower battery life (almost 6 hours per charge).

    The main benefits of the Clear are their cool design and superior stability, which are better for demanding sportspeople.

    SoundPEATS Clear review

    Edifier TWS1 Pro 2

    Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 buds on stone

    While they cost $50, they are frequently on sale, so you might snatch them for around $40. While still more than the T10, you get a smoother sound, sleeker design, improved stability, and active noise canceling.

    Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 review

    What’s in the Box?

    TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) accessories
    • TOZO T10 (Upgraded 2024) true wireless earbuds
    • Charging case
    • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
    • 6 pairs of silicone ear tips (XXS, XS, M, L, XL, XXL)
    • Textile string for attaching to the charging case
    • Quick guide & user manual

    Specifications

    Type: True wireless
    Connection: Bluetooth 5.3
    Back design: Closed-back
    Drivers: 8mm dynamic driver
    Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Impedance: n/a
    Weight: 0.19 ounces (5.5 grams) per earbud
    Mic & Controls: Yes
    Water resistance: IPX8
    Battery life: 10.5h + 40h in case
    Charging time: <2h – USB-C & Qi wireless charging
    Active noise cancelling: No
    Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, LC3
    Wireless range: 45 feet (13.7 meters)
    Microphone: ENC call noise reduction

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