Tronsmart has been in the Malaysian market. They’re one of the reputable brands for smartphone accessories – like power banks and whatnot. Now, Tronsmart also has its own audio accessory. Jumping into the bandwagon of true wireless earbuds, we now have the Tronsmart Spunky Beat.
With so many true wireless earbuds that we’ve tried in the past, what specialty does the Tronsmart Spunky Beat have?
Looking at the box itself, it’s pretty simple. You have an image of the product itself.
At the back is where things get interesting. We have a list of feature highlights here and a few to take note of are aptX codec compatibility, integrated USB-A charging cable, touch controls, and IPX5-rated.
Digging everything out reveals the usual that comes with a true wireless earbud – user manual, the warranty card, some eartips of different sizes, a charging cable, and the Tronsmart Spunky Beat itself.
The overall case of the Tronsmart Spunky Beat is quite plain and simple. It’s a small oblong-shaped case that has a PU leather loop at the right side and that’s pretty much it.
I find it interesting that Tronsmart integrated a USB-A cable to charge the Spunky Beat. The cable loops itself and fits into the indent nicely. However, that’s not all the ingenuity that Tronsmart has to offer – the USB-A cable here is also reversible.
This is brilliant – and yet, the Tronsmart Spunky Beat can still be charged via the USB-C port at the back of the cradle! And the indicator LEDs at the front of the cradle indicate the battery level of the case itself.
Opening up the case itself, there’s nothing particularly special here. One thing to take note of is how the two earbuds’ touch panel rims light up while charging. The lights do turn off after a while.
The earbuds themselves look pretty typical. The shape of the earbud makes it sit on my ear easily, though pointing the eartip to my ear canal and creating a seal is not easy. I also had to use the biggest eartip size so that it can fit in my ear canal and create a seal. I almost always use the smallest eartip size on all earphones I’ve worn thus far.
Once worn, the Tronsmart Spunky Beat is quite comfortable. It just sits in the ear and because of its weightlessness, I don’t feel like wearing anything.
The Tronsmart Spunky Beat does have a touch control panel on both sides of the earbuds. Looks can be deceiving, since the circularly-brushed metal finish on the earbud does look like a pressable button instead.
The controls are a little confusing to get by. Many earbuds we’ve tested has the right side to go next track, but the Tronsmart Spunky Beat is inverted. It does need some time to get used to these gestures. But hey – at least it has all of the gestures that we need.
|Tronsmart Spunky Beat|
|Hold for 2 seconds||Next track||Previous track|
|Double-tapping||Invoke voice assistant|
|Triple tapping||Volume up||Volume down|
|Press once during calls||Answer/end call|
|Holding for 2 seconds during calls||Reject call|
True independence between both earbuds?
The independence here we mean is the ability to use only one side of the earbud, and also the ability to swap between the earbuds seamlessly. The Tronsmart Spunky Beat does have independence, but it’s not seamless.
When we first paired to the Tronsmart Spunky Beat, the Bluetooth menu showed two Spunky Beats. When tested its independence by wearing the left side first then the left side is the “master”. Swapping to the right, it’s not seamless as it will disconnect the left side first, then reconnect to the right side. This broke the immersion and I had to press play to continue listening to my music again.
Still, it’s a nice feature to have. Many true wireless earphones we’ve tried that are in this price range, don’t even have any sort of independence between the earbuds. While the implementation here could’ve been better, it’s still better than nothing. So far, only the Sudio Fem (review) has true independence between earbuds with seamless transitions.
While you do have independent volume controls from the phone, it seems like the volume doesn’t sync between the left and right sides. To put it simply, if the left side is the “master” side, it has its own volume. The same goes for the right side when it is the “master”. This is something that Tronsmart needs to fix in the next iteration.
Honestly speaking, I think the Tronsmart Spunky Beat sounds great. It has the emphasis on both the bass, vocals, and a bit on the highs though still a little lacking. Listening to big band jazz, yes it does sound great with trumpets and drums having just the right emphasis.
It has quite a good frequency response and not bassy as the Sudio Fem (review), but it truly depends on your personal preference.
The vocals are great too – it’s not noticeably dragged down to the lower frequencies while still sounding crisp enough for those who enjoy some lyrics in their playlist.
From our tests, the Tronsmart Spunky Beat can last for a wide range of time. We’ve tested it to last from anywhere between 3.5 to 4 hours at a comfortable listening time, but it’s always one side that has been completely drained first. We presume that is because the Bluetooth chipset is doing more work, hence the battery drainage.
For example, we mentioned about the independence of earbuds on the Tronsmart Spunky Beat. If we are to take the left earbud out of the case first, then the left side is the “master” side. This means the “master” has to communicate between the phone and the right side earbud too, hence draining more battery.
The case itself can charge the earbuds for about 2 more times. Pretty good battery life, I’d say.
Wrapping up the Tronsmart Spunky Beat review
There are many things that Tronsmart got right with the Spunky beat. I absolutely love the integrated reversible USB-A cable for charging. And they also have another USB-C port for charging. Yet the Tronsmart Spunky Beat actually sounds great!
The audio quality that comes out of the Tronsmart Spunky Beat is also surprisingly good – just that I wish the software side of things is polished. As it stands now, I originally find it to be infuriating since the transition of connection between the earbuds aren’t as seamless as I’d hope. Also, the volume changes back and forth depending on which side is the “master”. It does feel like the features are half-baked.
I’d say they are minor issues, but definitely something to be improved upon for the next generation of wireless earbuds by Tronsmart. However, I think it’s much better than other true wireless earbuds by Edifier.
By the way, Tronsmart is also having a 12.12 sale promotion. You can get the Tronsmart Spunky Beat earbuds for only RM129. There are other items up for promotion as well – so do check out Tronsmart’s official Shopee Mall store! Also, remember to enter the code 12TRO84D1 for 10% with any purchases over RM100.
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