When it comes to quality and affordability, Sudio is one of the few brands that manages to straddle this fine line pretty well. With Niva being their only true wireless earphones that comes with a price tag of S$165, we were pretty stoked to get the chance to try them out.
How does it fare?
Over the weeks of using it, for travel and even exercise, the Sudio Niva met our expectations for a true wireless earphone. Its inconspicuousness and snug fit with its tiny body really highlighted the amount of thought placed into its design. The Niva stayed put once in and did not get loose even during semi-intensive exercises like running.
One mostly overlooked feature that it has is the media controls that is used for playing, pausing and switching of songs, answering of calls, and even activating Google Assistant/Siri. This removes the need to actually touch your phone which is pretty handy. And yes, you can make/receive calls through the Niva as there is a built-in microphone. The user’s voice also stays clear, even though it is quite a distance away in the ear.For those who are coming from a wired earphone, this feature is a great replacement without sacrificing any functionality. Speaking of convenience, here is a pro tip: placing it back into its case automatically turns off the Niva. Although, it would be a lot more convenient if they also turn on its own when taken out of the case. This would complete the whole seamless experience of that a wireless earphone should provide.
The Sudio Niva houses a 55mAh battery that enables 3.5 hours of continuous playback, which is above average when compared to many competitors out there. Together with the charging case that comes with a humongous 500mAh for 4 additional full charges, the 17.5 hours that Sudio claims is pretty on point. We managed to stretch it to roughly 5 days of usage at near full volume, with it being used mostly while travelling. Although its case’s battery is larger than typical, this results in it being pretty chunky when placed in pockets. It would be nice if it is of similar size as the AirPods’ case, which fits into even the tiny pocket found in most jeans. No one wants to see a bulge in someone else’s pants.
In the audio department, the Niva houses 6.2mm dynamic drivers in each of its head. In terms of characteristics, this wireless earphone is definitely on the warmer side. Bass is punchy without being overwhelming and its mids are pretty neutral. On the other hand, its highs could do better with distortions evident in several songs. Not to mention, the loudest that these pair of wireless earphones go is a little disappointing. The latter, however, is offset by its passive noise isolation that blocks out external noises surprisingly well.
Understandably, there are trade-offs to be made for a device of this size and a price that affordable (S$165). Additionally, the convenience that Sudio Niva brings to the table is nothing to scoff at. Gone are any messy cables that get in your way. Moreover, a secure fit and battery life that last for days, are more than enough to overlook the drawbacks mentioned.
Each Niva comes with a guarantee certificate, that boasts how much quality control Sudio put into their products. You also get a year of warranty too! To get your hands on one, you can go here
and apply code “techrevo15
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