Macaw TX-80 Detachable Neckband Bluetooth Headphones

Macaw TX-80 – In ear

Macaw TX-80 Detachable Neckband Bluetooth Headphones review

Intro

A couple of years ago, when you wanted to listen to your music while exercising you had to cope with the headphone wires running down your body and earpieces popping out of your ears. Luckily, Bluetooth earphones that can be used during sport get more and more common these days. The price ranges in which they are available vary 20 Euros to more than 150 Euros. At about 35 Euros, the Macaw TX-80 are at a price point that will make only a few people blindly order this product. In this review I want to find out whether the Macaw TX-80 are worth your money.

Please check out our One-Minute Youtube review of the Macaw TX-80 and the text review below:

Specifications

I bought the Macaw TX-80 for 35 Euro’s at Gearbest. The specifications as stated there are:

General

  • Function: Answering Phone, Bluetooth, Microphone, Multi connection function, Noise Cancelling, Song Switching, Sweatproof, Voice control, Voice Prompt, Waterproof
  • Language: English  //   Material: Metal,PC  // Wearing type: In-Ear

Product Details

  • Application: Running,Sport  // Cable Length (m): 0.9m   //   Charging Time.: 1.5 – 2h    // Compatible with: Mobile phone   //     Connectivity: Wireless      //    Driver unit: 10mm     //   Frequency response: 20-20000Hz    //   Impedance: 16ohms     //     Music Time: 8h     //   Sensitivity: 104dB     //   Standby time: about 300h    //   Talk time: more than 20h
  • Bluetooth: Yes   //   Version: V4.1   //    Bluetooth chip: CSR8645    //     Bluetooth distance: W/O obstacles 20m    //   Bluetooth protocol: A2DP, Apt-X, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

Battery Information

  • Battery Capacity(mAh): 110mAh Li-ion Battery  // Type: Built-in
  • Package size (L x W x H): 19.50 x 17.20 x 5.20 cm / 7.68 x 6.77 x 2.05 inches
  • Package weight: 0.3790 kg
  • Product size (L x W x H): 16.00 x 13.00 x 4.00 cm / 6.3 x 5.12 x 1.57 inches
  • Product weight: 0.0310 kg

Expectations

When ordering the Macaw TX-80 I expected a lot from this product, because of it’s price. There are similar products that are less then half the price. So I expect great sound quality (both when listening to music as in telephone calls) and a product that does not annoy me in any way (in ways like carrying comfort when sporting and doing other activities).

When looking at their site, the company Macaw seams to know how to make well designed head phones (and yes, it is strange that the TX-80 is not listed there), but all the images are computer rendered. So opening the box will be a moment of truth.

Test

Does it fit your mailbox?

No. The box is too thick.

What’s in the box

The box contains the following items:

  • 1 x Headset
  • 1 x USB Cable
  • 2 x Pair of Ear Tips
  • 1 x Storage Bag
  • 1 x English User Manual

Features

The main features as stated on Gearbest:

  • Magnet Absorption – Avoids the cable’s twine and conveniently stores for doing sports while not using
  • IPX5 Nano Waterproof – Not afraid of rainy days or heavy sweat.
  • Hands-free Call – Built-in HD mic, freely gets phones call with your friends or families.
  • Multi-point Connection – Simultaneous to connect with 2 phones and never miss any important calls on leisure time.
  • Ergonomic Design – Behind-the-ear and neckband design, will not fall out easily when doing hard sports
  • English Voice Prompt – Warmly prompts in English, expedient for operation

TX – 80 supports all cables with MMCX adapter ( not only for Macaw brand, but also compatible with other brand cables with MMCX adapter )

Build Quality & Design

The design of the product is very well thought of: starting with the packaging. The packaging is premium, with a white outer box, a black inner box (with magnets) and the headset is placed like in a rubber like bedding. Please make sure you check out the One-Minute review to see the unboxing.

The headset itself and the accompanying accessories do also feel pretty premium, and this is in the overall design (the earpieces and the soft wire rod) but also the little details (even the charging cable and storage bag are branded with the ‘Macaw’ brand. Talking about the storage bag: it consists of two layers of fabric: the outer layer is made of nylon and is more sturdy and the inner layer is very soft so it does not scratch the headset. It will not be a 100% protection against very rough use, but for normal daily use of a Bluetooth headset it is more than sufficient.

 

It is marketed as IPX5 Nano waterproof, which technically means you can spray water over it and it should be fine. This is more then enough to withstand the “rainy days or heavy sweat” which is mentioned on the product page.

Usability

Pairing process

I’ve paired the TX-80 with a iOS and Android phone and  with my Windows computer and that was pretty easy and straightforward. You just have to hold the middle button on the remote for a number of seconds until you get voice feedback that the TX-80 is in pairing mode. They you can connect your device over Bluetooth to the TX-80. After pairing, the device shows the battery status of the Macaw in the display.

I’ve done some attempts to test the Multi-Point Connection function, where one can connect the headset to multiple devices and take calls from both of them. Connecting to two phones is not a problem, but when I got a call on the secondary mobile phone, I only heard a single ‘beep’ on the Macaw. Both phones were still connected but it took a number of seconds until I heard the audio of the secondary phone.

Audio Quality

One of the most import aspects of the headset is the sound quality when listing to audio. And I have to admit: the quality of the audio is good. I’m not an expert in audio, but I know how the high, low and middle tones of my favorite songs have to sound. Of course the sound of a headset is also a very personal thing, but I am satisfied with how music sounds through the Macaw TX-80.  Also the audio quality when making phone calls is good, on both sides of the line.

Earpieces

As with most of the earpieces of Bluetooth headsets, they are a bit bigger than earpieces of wired headsets. However, they do not feel bulky and fit your ear well. A nice finishing touch is the magnets that are builtin the earpieces that snaps them together when you store them. That keeps the cables clear and untied.

The headset comes an extra set of tops of the earpieces, and they both seem a bit big. When using them it seems to be pretty okay. The size of the tops provides extra comport when wearing the earpiece and prevents them from popping out.  But if you have very small ear-canals it may be to big for your comfort.

Remote controls

It takes some effort to get to know where the controls are exactly located (since you cannot see them when you are wearing the headphones) and how to control them. Also the Bluetooth indication LED light is located there, so checking the status requires you to take out one earpiece out of your ear (or a mirror).

Alternatives

https://www.gearbest.com/earbud-headphones/pp_1610587.html?lkid=14093255

There are tons of Bluetooth headsets available in the market.

In the cheapest segment we can find a Brand neutral set for about € 5.50. They are way less premium and the sound quality seems to be less good.

In the 20-30 Euro segment we can find another Brand neutral set with Nano coating for about € 22.50. It seems to be less practical, with bigger earpieces and the remote that is located in such a way that it bumps against your check when you are running.

The most expensive Bluetooth headset listed on Gearbest is a non-branded version of the Tronsmart Gleam. On Gearbest it lists at € 42, which is a bit overpriced since the Tronsmart Gleam is on Amazon for $ 26.

pro / cons

pros

  • Audio quality is good. Both for listening music and having phone calls.
  • Battery life
  • Carrying comfort.
  • The design is very good, not only the headset but also the accompanying products.
  • Magnets on the ear pieces keeps the wires untied and headset ready to use.
  • Easy pairing process.

cons

  • Getting used to the remote control requires some effort.
  • The product contains only two sizes of earpiece tips.
  • Multi-point connection is not as smooth as marketed.

Price quality

The Macaw TX-80 is a good quality headset with good audio quality.

Verdict

If you need a good Bluetooth headset for sporting at a reasonable price, the Macaw TX-80 is a good candidate. The audio quality is good and you can also make calls through it. The product feels premium and after using it for a while I can say it is premium.

where to buy?

  • Design
  • Quality
  • Usability
  • Price
  • Overall
4.2

Summary

If you need a good Bluetooth headset for sporting at a reasonable price, the Macaw TX-80 is a good candidate. The audio quality is good and you can also make calls through it. The product feels premium and after using it for a while I can say it is premium.