Playgo Dualpods design: simple but not unique
The Playgo Dualpods are not only identical to the AirPods Pro, they also have an identical dimension. Apart from the fact that it looks identical to the AirPods Pro, it’s an interesting design choice. The headphones are easy to carry around and the headphones themselves are very comfortable and look very high end.
The Playgo Dualpods come in three color variants: Teal, Galaxy Black, and Space Gray. I tested the teal variant of the same, and this is the first earphone to use this color. However, given the choice, I would have opted for the Galaxy Black variant, which I think looks classier.
Another noteworthy design choice of the Playgo Dualpods is the fact that the headphone part has a transparent casing, which gives a glimpse of the actual drivers that power the Playgo Dualpods. Overall, in terms of design and build quality, I’m quite impressed with the Playgo Dualpods which have a nice matte finish.
Playgo Dualpods connectivity: works as expected
The Playgo Dualpods come with Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity with 100ms latency. Thanks to up-to-date Bluetooth support, the Playgo Dualpods work well with most modern Android and iOS devices without any issues. On top of that, you can also connect the Dualpods to modern laptops and tablets with Bluetooth connectivity.
I was able to easily connect the Playgo Dualpods to Android and iOS devices. During the very first pairing, you just need to open the case and the headphones will enter pairing mode. And the headphones automatically connect and disconnect from a device once you pop out and remove the headphones from the charging cradle.
If you want to use the PlayGo Dualpods with another device, the TWS must be unpaired from the first device (smartphone, tablet or laptop) and the earphone will be ready to pair with a new device. I really wish PlayGoDualpods had a custom button to pair and unpair a device, which is useful for those who use more than one device.
Audio performance of Playgo Dualpods
The Playgo Dualpods come with a dual-driver design, where each earbud is equipped with two 6mm EBEL drivers. These also support the AAC wireless audio codec, which is supported on some Android smartphones, allowing high quality audio to be delivered via Bluetooth with a range of 10 meters.
The Playgo Dualpods offer a good sound profile with rich bass, especially when the volume is set to 60-70%. However, if you exceed 80% of the maximum volume, you might start to hear a bit of crackling in the sound. Also note that, by default, the audio codec is set to SBC, and be sure to change it to AAC to enable better audio quality.
Thanks to the EBEL drivers, the headphones deliver rich bass. However, the purist will feel that the bass will dominate the vocals, causing these headphones to produce muddy mids. These are definitely tuned to provide stronger bass (bass) than the vocals or mids.
Microphone performance is also very good. I attended a bunch of calls on the PlaygoDualpods and could hear the other party clearly. Even people on the other side could hear my voice without any problem. If you are someone who attends a lot of calls through wireless headphones, the Playgo Dualpods will not disappoint you.
Playgo Dualpods battery life
The Playgo Dualpods claim to offer 30 hours of battery life with the case, and the headphones themselves promise to offer five hours of battery life. In my testing, they typically lasted about four and a half hours at 90 or 100 percent volume. I also liked that they use a USB Type-C port for charging.
To fully charge the case takes about 1.5 hours if you have a charger with at least 10W output power. Overall, the earbuds’ battery life is on par with the competition, especially for an earbud that weighs just 3.7 grams.
Mention features of interest
Along with the usual TWS elements, the Playgo Dualpods offer features like touch controls that can be used to change tracks, change volume, and even summon a virtual assistant on Android and iOS devices. Additionally, it is also IPX4 rated for water resistance, which means the TWS can handle the sweat of your workout without any issues.
Verdict: go for it
The Playgo Dualpods seem to do most of the things one would expect from a wireless earphone that costs around Rs. 2,000. It has a familiar design, offers similar battery life to the competition and offers good bass using a two-driver setup.
Again, when it comes to audio quality, keep your expectations low. Just because Playgo Dualpods look like AirPods Pro, they don’t need to sound similar, especially considering they cost less than 10% of what AirPods Pro cost.