‘QCY’ Lazada Bluetooth Earphone Review
Recently, I seem to have been browsing Lazada lately and I happen to come this item which piqued my interest. Why? It looks painstakingly similar to my Soundpeats QY7.
The aforementioned Bluetooth Headset is undeniably the best budget Bluetooth headset period. Especially if you can get it below P1500 (~$30). Regular price is P2500 (~$50) on Lazada with frequent “discounts”
Last Wednesday (Feb 22, 2017), I lost my QY7 due to my carelessness, and since I need a Bluetooth Headset, I decided to pick this one up.
It only cost me P600 (~$12) which I didn’t think was that much expensive. Since it doesn’t have an official name, I decided to call this One ‘Reddy’. Read on and find out my initial thoughts.
PACKAGING AND CONTENTS
So let’s get right to it. Out of the box you get the following:
An extremely generic package. It doesn’t even have QCY branding.
Extra sets of ear buds
A charging cable
And the device itself
BUILD AND DESIGN
Taking the device out one thing is certain, the build quality is terrible. It feels extremely plastic and feels like it will break sooner rather than later. It is also lighter than the QY7.
The buttons are clicky and loud in a bad way and you need to press them hard to register.
Having a QY7, you would think that since they looked the same they would have similar build quality, alas, don’t judge a BT headset by its ad clearly applies here.
Reddy has 3 buttons similar to QY7 but same with its look they don’t function akin to the aforementioned.
On the right you have the pairing button which functions as such. You will even be greeted to the same voices as the QY7. The right also has the volume up and down. And this is the worst thing about Reddy.
Obviously you would think that + is volume up and – is volume down. NO. It functions as previous and next track respectively. Imagine how annoying that is.
Lastly, since Reddy replaces an active BT headset, I decided to take it for a jog and surprisingly, it did not come off. Be sure to change the fins and the buds to your ear first though.
I realized that being a $12 headset, I really shouldn’t expect much not only onto the design but overall.
So as to performance, I can say that its obviously not in par with other $30 Best BT headset but it is serviceable. Reddy has a muffled sound quality which lack quite a lot of detail BUT its not as tinny or ear deafening as Elliot Audio Active 2, which I already consider a win. The bass is verging on not bad but also not good as the muffling really takes a lot out of the experience.
Personally, I would pick Reddy over EA in terms of sound quality.
Battery life is my biggest surprise as it was able to last me a little over 5 hours which, for $12, is really impressive.
So that’s been it guys, for a $12 Bluetooth Headset that clearly channels QY7, is it worth it?
For me, honestly, no, even if it’s just $12, I find everything about this underwhelming at best. The only saving grace Reddy has is average battery life but the terrible build quality, uninspiring audio quality, and the frustrating button functionalities are clear indicators that this is a clear cut case of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’
What I Liked:
What I Didn’t Like:
Muffled Sound Quality
Stupid Button Functionality
Terrible Build Quality