Tronsmart Onyx Apex Earbuds Review: Better than Apple AirPods!

For almost three years, I have been doing intensive fitness again, and I need really good, loud music on my ears in order to be able to give full power. Good headphones are essential for this. I like both versions, i.e., both on-ear and in-ear headphones, so-called earbuds. Therefore, I was very happy that I was allowed to test the Tronsmart Onyx Apex Earbuds, which were made available to me free of charge and unconditionally.

 About Company:

Tronsmart is a consumer electronics manufacturer from Hong Kong. The company develops and produces a variety of different small electronic devices, such as: Bluetooth speakers/boom boxes.

On-ear headphones
  • Earbuds
  • Headsets
  • Keyboards
  • USB cable
  • Gaming controller
  • Gaming mice

The products are available globally from AliExpress. In addition, you can get a good overview of the company’s product range on the Tronsmart website.

The Tronsmart Onyx Apex Earbuds are one of the newest models in the extensive range of earbuds in the Tronsmart range with the following specifications:

Type: Wireless in-ear headphones
  • Dimensions are charging case: approx. 6.0 x 4.5 x 3.0 cm
  • Weight: approx. 150 g
  • Qualcomm QCC3040 chip
  • Four integrated microphones
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Bluetooth protocol: AVRCPv1.5, A2DP v1.3, HFP v1.7
  • Range Bluetooth: 10 meters
  • Charging time: 2 hours
  • Playback time: max. 5 hours
  • Playback with intermediate charging in the charging case: 24 hours
  • Fast charge: 10 minutes in the case and 1 hour of Playback
  • Active Noice Canceling (ANC): Automatic Reduction of Ambient Noise
  • One-touch controls
  • RRP: EUR 55.00
Scope of delivery:
  • 1 x Tronsmart Onyx Apex Earbuds
  • 1 x charging case
  • 6 x ear adapters
  • 1 x instruction
  • 1 x charging cable

You can get the Tronsmart Onyx Apex Earbuds from AliExpress. You can also find more information about the headphones on the Tronsmart website.

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Of course, the Tronsmart Onyx Apex Earbuds were unpacked as soon as they arrived. The charging case is really, really small. Overall, you can see straight away that both the earbuds and the accessories are excellently made. The headphones were already charged to at least 50% when they were shipped. So I put them in the case first and waited until they were fully charged.

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My Experience:

The pairing with my smartphone worked without complications within seconds. Thanks to the different ear adapters, I was able to “configure” the earbuds so that they sat perfectly in my auricle. I always think that’s very important because it’s not nice when they fall out or press extremely in the ear. After connecting the headphones to my smartphone, I made the first sound attempts before the earbuds could be used in the gym. The sound quality is quite good for earbuds in this price range. The bass seems muffled, and the sound comes across as tinny in high heights. But in the middle or – I’ll call it – normal range, the Tronsmart Onyx Apex Earbuds are absolutely convincing in terms of sound.

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After trying the earbuds a few times at home, they were allowed to accompany me to the gym. I usually work out for between 90 and 120 minutes. I need a fat sound in my ears to be able to do my training with focus. And the Tronsmart Onyx Apex Earbuds managed more than two days of training by reloading in the charging case, so I consider a playback time of up to 4 – 6 hours to be absolutely realistic. In any case, the possibility of charging the headphones in the charging case is very practical, even if there is currently no power outlet nearby. Of course, you have to make sure that you charge the case in between so that it works like a power bank for the earbuds.

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The sound is extremely good, and the ANC excellently fades out the ambient noise to fully focus during training and not distracted. Even at high volume, the sound of the Tronsmart Onyx Apex Earbuds fits, and it is fun to have them as a training partner. I admit that I usually prefer to use on-ear headphones, but in times of COVID19 and the obligation to wear a mask in the gym, earbuds are much more pleasant and comfortable. I can remove the mask on the device, and with in-ears, this is much faster and easier than with on-ears.

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The soft-touch controls work perfectly. However, I would like the “sensitivity” of the controls to be set a little better, as I very often accidentally stop Playback or continue scrolling a song, etc., just because I wipe my sweat off. That would be a suggestion for improvement for the next generation of earbuds.

I also don’t think the voice quality when answering calls is so outstanding, especially since the other person at the other end of the line had to regularly ask what I had just said. For me, however, this is not so important in my assessment of the headphones because I don’t use this function, really not at all. I find it uncomfortable and embarrassing to make calls this way.

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Our Verdict:

Overall, the Tronsmart Onyx Apex Earbuds are very solid in-ear headphones, which were able to convince with quality, weight, workmanship, and, for the most part, sound quality and a very good quality price-performance ratio. I also like the battery life and the playback time and that they survived the floods of sweat (I’m very sweaty in my head).

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