Poco, a sub-brand of Xiaomi, has launched its first true wireless headset, the Poco Pods. The earphones aim to provide an affordable alternative to high-end wireless earbuds like the Sony WF-1000XM5 and OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z2 ANC . Despite its low price, the Poco Pods boast a sleek design, decent battery life, and acceptable sound quality.
Design and Features of Poco Pods
The Poco Pods have a generic look and feel, resembling the Redmi Buds 4 Active. The earpieces are lightweight and comfortable, with a proper in-canal fit and stem design. The headset is available in a single black-and-yellow color option, featuring a large Poco logo on the charging case.
The earpieces have touch-sensitive areas for controls, allowing users to control music playback, answer calls, and activate low-latency mode. However, the lack of app support means that the controls are fixed and non-customizable.
Specifications and Performance
The Poco Pods use Bluetooth 5.3 for connectivity and support only the SBC Bluetooth codec. While this limits the sound quality, the earphones still deliver a decent listening experience. The sound is unrefined at times, but it doesn’t reach a point of being unpleasant even at high volumes.
The earphones perform well with certain genres and types of tracks, such as Croatia Squad’s beat-driven tracks. However, the sound can be muffled during intense parts of songs, and the lack of detail is evident.
Call quality is acceptable for both indoor and outdoor use, and the environmental noise cancellation works well in quieter environments. The low-latency mode doesn’t significantly impact audio latency during mobile gaming.
The Poco Pods offer decent battery life, with the earphones running for around five hours on a single charge. The charging case provides over three full additional charges, resulting in a total run time of around 22-23 hours per charge cycle.
The Poco Pods are a commendable effort by Poco in the true wireless audio space. While the earphones are basic and lack customization options, they deliver a decent listening experience for casual listeners. The battery life is decent, and the affordable price makes them an attractive option for those on a tight budget.
While there are competitors in this price segment, the Poco Pods stand out for their simple design and ease of use. If you’re looking for an affordable, hassle-free true wireless headset, the Poco Pods are definitely worth considering.