True wireless headphones are the new big trend in headphones as we head into a world where our phones don’t have 3.5mm jacks and wires are the enemy of convenience. Release of true wireless earbuds, however, has been somewhat slow. We reviewed the Motorola VerveOne true wireless in-ears last year — but found that they left a lot to be desired. Now, however, there’s a new kid on the block. The headphones and company are both called Savfy, and they think they could offer the true wireless earbuds we’ve all been waiting for.
But just how do the in-ears hold up? And can they deliver on their promise to offer top quality at a decent price?
It should be noted that the company behind the Savfy headphones appears to be a Chinese company that supplies for a few different brands — and if you search Savfy on Amazon you’ll find a pair of identical-looking in-ears from a brand called Rowkin. We’re not sure what the deal is there — but the chances are the two companies source their headphones from another company and slap their name on it. That shouldn’t really matter, though, as long as the headphones are of a decent quality.
The first thing to note about the Savfy in-ears is the design, and they actually look quite nice. The in-ear units themselves feature a sleek-looking profile, and they look metallic — however upon closer inspection you’ll find that they’re actually build with a metallic-looking plastic. That doesn’t really matter all that much though — when you’re not wearing them, the Savfy in-ears will rest inside a charging case.
Speaking of the charging case, Savfy has taken a different approach than other true wireless in-ears. Instead of sitting inside the charging case, where they’ll be protected from all the elements, the earbuds magnetically attach into two slots on the case, which can then be pushed inside until the outside of the earbuds are flush with the edge of the case. It’s an interesting approach, but it feels like Savfy has cut corners here and like the earbuds aren’t as protected as they otherwise would be. Having said that, it never seemed like the in-ears were going to fall out of the case on their own, but who knows what could happen inside a backpack.
There is one serious design flaw here — there’s no indication of which in-ear is left and which is right. While most headphones feature a small “L” and “R” to signal which is which, the Savfy headphone feature no such physical marking — which is a major omission. Once you turn the headphones on, you will get a voice telling you which is which — but it’s annoying to have to take them out to put them back in the right way.
On top of that, the instructions indicate that you should wear the earbuds “with the curved end of the top power bar facing forward” in order to “achieve best signal performance.” That requirement is a little ridiculous for two reasons. For starters, they should be able to pair no matter how you wear them. Secondly, however, if you wear them the way the instructions indicate, the logo will be upside down — which is a little counterintuitive.
Last but not least on the list of complaints is that the in-ears don’t properly fit into the charging case with the largest ear tips fitted. You won’t achieve the same satisfying magnetic click that you enjoy with the other sizes, and when you take them out of the case, the ear tip will flip inside out. It’s not a huge deal — but still kind of annoying.
In the box, you’ll find a few different accessories, including the charging case, two extra pairs of ear tips, and a charging cable. We would have liked to see the inclusion of Comply memory foam tips, especially at this price — those memory tips ensure the in-ears stay firmly in your ears, which is a concern when we’re talking about true wireless earbuds.
In general, the Savfy headphones look pretty good, but they aren’t without their flaws. In this case, those flaws are a somewhat cheap build quality and the omission of left and right indicators.
The design is a bit hit and miss on these earbuds, but thankfully the comfort level is a little less so. In-ears in general aren’t the most comfortable headphones to wear and the Savfy in-ears are no exception to that rule, but they’re no less comfortable than other in-ears.
That’s actually a pretty notable achievement — because of the fact that these are true wireless, a lot more technology has to be squeezed into a smaller space. That often leads to larger in-ears that are uncomfortable.
We’re not saying that these are supremely comfortable for long periods of time, but for normal use, they should be fine. You will, however, want to ensure you find the right fit — these in-ears are prone to falling out, which can be a serious issue if you happen to be standing next to a lake, drain, or anywhere else these could fall into.
Thankfully, the best thing about the Savfy in-ears is their sound — for this form factor and this price point, we were pleasantly surprised.
For a relatively small unit, these earbuds actually pack a decent amount of bass, which is great news for the bass fans among us. Mega-bass lovers may still be disappointed — these don’t offer the same bass response as the likes of Beats and Monster, but the bass response is pretty decent nonetheless.
The midrange is also pretty well tuned. The in-ears sound decently warm without getting muddy, and the upper high-end is nicely present without getting shrill or sounding like an AM radio.
Last but not least is the high end, which is often overlooks by headphone manufacturers. We still could have used a little more ultra high-end on these headphones, but minimally so — and most people won’t find them lacking in the high-end department by any means.
Interestingly enough, if you were to look at the spec sheet you’d be very disappointed. The headphones have a frequency range of 100Hz – 15kHz, which is very sub-par. Upon listening, however, they didn’t seem to have an overly bad sound to us — but we could certainly see that they would need an an extended range in the lower lows and the upper highs.
Also, the headphones start to distort at a relatively low volume level, and there isn’t a ton of noise isolation. When it comes to sound, however, the pros generally outweigh the cons.
Unlike the Motorola VerveOnes, the Savfy in-ears are decent at connecting to each other and the source device. Once you’ve paired the headphones with a device, they generally shouldn’t drop connectivity with it or each other, which is great news. Sure, sometimes you will get a small skip or beat of missed music — but compared to other in-ears these connect wonderfully.
When it comes to battery life, you’ll get between 2.5 and 3 hours on a single charge — which doesn’t sound like much but is kind of par for the course with true wireless earbuds for now. Thankfully, that’s why you have the charging case, and the company claims that case can recharge the headphones as many as 13 times, which should last you at least a few weeks of playing time.
In other words, you won’t want these for hours of listening on end during the day — but unfortunately you won’t be able to get any true wireless earbuds yet for that kind of listening.
Are these the true wireless headphones we’ve all been waiting for? No. The Savfy in-ears aren’t without their issues by any means. For example, there are a number of pretty serious design flaws, and they’re not the most comfortable headphones around. Thankfully, however, they sound pretty nice and they come at a generally good price for what they have to offer. We would indeed recommend these to users looking for a set of inexpensive yet decently good true wireless in-ears — but we’re still waiting for that pair to come along and blow us away.
|Frequency response||100Hz – 15kHz||Active noise cancellation
|Driver size||Unknown||Noise attenuation||Unknown|
|Total harmonic distortion
|Rated input power
||Unknown||Battery life||55mAh (in-ear), 2100mAh (charging case)|
|Maximum input power
||Unknown||Wireless distance||10m (33ft)|
||Yes, Bluetooth 4.1||Cable length||N/A|
||No||Case type||Charging case|
|Weight||Unknown||Colors||Grey, blue, orange|