Truly wireless earbuds are a hot product category right now, but there’s a new trend within the genre that we’ve been seeing a lot recently. Earbuds with active noise cancellation are not new, but the feature was popularized by the Apple AirPods Pro. Mobvoi is the latest company to release wireless earbuds with ANC as they continue their TicPods series.
We’ve covered Mobvoi’s TicPods several times in the past. The original TicPods launched in 2018 with a somewhat bulky design and silicone ear tips. Early this year, the TicPods 2 (our review) arrived with a slimmed-down profile and “open-fit.” The TicPods ANC are sort of a merging of those two designs with the addition of active noise cancellation.
The TicPods ANC include three different active noise cancellation modes: Quiet Mode, Sound-Passthrough Mode, and ANC-Off mode. As you can probably guess, Quiet Mode is full ANC, while Sound-Passthrough will allow some sound to get through, and ANC-Off is basically like any other headphones. You can switch modes by pressing the button on either bud for two seconds.
If you’re not familiar with active noise cancellation, it essentially blocks out the sound around you and isolates the audio you’re listening to. That’s why ANC earbuds typically feature silicone ear tips as they help create a seal in your ears. The design of the TicPods ANC is very reminiscent of the AirPods Pro, even down to the charging case.
Speaking of the charging case, battery life is said to be around 5 hours and you can expect a hit of about 30 minutes if using active noise cancellation. The case provides 21 hours of battery life and charges over USB-C (no wireless charging). The TicPods ANC have a 13mm driver for audio. Both earbuds have microphones for voice calls and you can use the buds independently.
The TicPods ANC are available now for pre-order from Mobvoi’s website. You can snag a 10% discount through June 10th, which puts the price at a very affordable $80.99. After June 10th, the full retail price of $89.99 will go into effect and they will be available from Amazon as well. The TicPods ANC are only available in white.
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