With the popularity of TWS headsets, many brands have entered this market. SOUNDFORM Freedom is the second product launched by Belkin, a well-known consumer electronics accessory brand, after entering the field of TWS earphones. In terms of appearance design, both the charging case and earphones use piano baking varnish and matte two processes, which enhance the product texture and bring Here comes a comfortable holding and wearing experience.
In terms of functions, the main selling point is to support Apple’s Find My search function, which can track and locate the charging case location in real time through the “Find My” APP on Apple iPhone, iPad and other products. It can also make the headset play a prompt tone, which is convenient for users when they forget the location of the headset for quick search.
Belkin SOUNDFORM Freedom is equipped with Qualcomm’s new-generation Bluetooth chip, supports Bluetooth 5.2, and supports AptX technology; adopts 7mm double-layer composite drive unit with SOUNDFORM signature sound quality; also supports dual-mic call noise reduction, IPX5 anti-sweat and splash-proof, wireless charging And other functions, with 36 hours of long battery life. This time, let us experience this product in detail.
| 1. SOUNDFORM Freedom TWS earbuds unboxing
Product packaging and accessories
The packaging box is Belkin’s classic design style, white with a green background. The front display shows the product appearance rendering, “belkin” brand LOGO, product name: SOUNDFORM Freedom true wireless earbuds, rich radiant sound, clear-call technology, 8+28h battery life three product features, and Apple Find My logo.
On the back of the box, there is a picture of the model wearing the product, which introduces the function and characteristics of the product in detail.
There is a rendering of the headset on the side of the box.
The other side is designed with Belkin brand LOGO and “Better with Belkin” slogan.
At the bottom of the box are part of the information and various certification marks of product distributor Belkin Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
The contents of the box include earphones, charging cables, eartips, product manuals and operating instructions.
The charging cable uses a USB-A to Type-C interface.
S/M/L silicone eartips of three different specifications provide personalized wearing requirements for different users.
Product appearance design
The white color matching SOUNDFORM Freedom true wireless earbuds has a very pure overall look and feel. The charging case uses a combination of two different processes to enhance the product texture. The lid of the box is made of piano paint, which is smooth and round to the touch. The bottom cockpit is made of frosted material, which is comfortable to the touch and skin-friendly.
The charging case has a chamfer at the front opening for easy opening. Below is a power indicator, which is used to feedback the remaining power of the charging case through different colors, so that the user can charge the charging case in time.
The information printed on the bottom of the charging case has product model: AUC002, input: 5V-1000mA, charging voltage 3.7V, capacity 520mAh/1.924Wh. The small opening on the right is the sound hole for the prompt sound of the Find My function.
The Type-C charging interface is located on the back of the charging case, and there is also a function button next to it, which is used to restore factory settings and turn on/off the Find My function.
The internal earphone adopts a handle-shaped in-ear design, and the appearance design is more unique, similar to the “♩” note, and the texture of the earphone is consistent with the charging case.
There is a wireless charging logo in the middle of the two earphone handles.
Metal thimble for charging earphones.
The curve of the headphone head adopts an elliptical design without any prominent structural design around it. It fits closely to the ear canal and is comfortable to wear, and it is also very stable.
The back of the earphone adopts the piano baking paint process, and the touch area is designed with a flat surface to improve the accuracy of touch control.
The earphone handle uses a flat design, and the belkin brand LOGO is designed on the side.
The bottom of the earphone handle is designed with a decorative cover of different colors, a tapered structure, and a microphone opening and an earphone indicator on the innermost side.
The microphone opening on the side of the earphone head used for call noise reduction function is covered with a metal dust-proof net to prevent foreign objects from entering the cavity.
The inner side of the earphone adopts a frosting process to increase the friction with the ear canal and make the wearing more stable. An optical sensor is arranged between the two charging contacts for the ear detection function.
Remove the eartip, the earphone has a circular sound hole, protected by a metal mesh cover, and place foreign objects into the sound cavity.
There is also a small tuning hole at the bottom of the sound tube to ensure air circulation in the sound cavity.
After actual measurement, the total weight of the Belkin SOUNDFORM Freedom true wireless earbuds are about 59.4g.
The weight of a single earphone is about 5.4g, which is relatively light and has no obvious weight-bearing feeling.
Belkin SOUNDFORM Freedom true wireless earbuds has a high degree of recognition in the current TWS headset market in terms of overall appearance curve design. The treatment of two different processes makes it have a superior texture and a comfortable and stable wearing experience. Let us experience the main functions of this product in detail below.
| 2. SOUNDFORM Freedom earbuds review
In terms of connection, the SOUNDFORM Freedom true wireless earbuds opens the charging case cover to enter the pairing state, and search for SF-Freedom on the Bluetooth interface of the mobile phone to perform the pairing connection. After the connection is successful, use charging case to automatically connect after opening the cover, and automatically disconnect after closing the cover.
For interactive operation, the SOUNDFORM Freedom earbuds uses a smart capacitive touchpad, which supports multiple control modes of one-click, double-click, triple-click, and long-press, and distinguishes the use of the left and right earphones, with very rich control options.
In music mode, click the left/right earphone to perform volume +/-, double-click to pause/play, triple-click to achieve previous/next, and long-press to wake up the voice assistant function. In the call mode, double-click to answer/end, long press to reject the call. Full-featured interaction, various controls can be performed without a mobile phone, which is very convenient to use. The control is also very sensitive and has high accuracy.
SOUNDFORM Freedom also supports the optical in-ear detection function, which automatically pauses playback when the headset is removed, and automatically resumes playback when the headset is worn. It avoids the problem of battery life loss caused by forgetting to pause the audio when not in use.
Find My function
The SOUNDFORM Freedom true wireless headset is one of the first third-party accessories used in conjunction with the Apple Find My network. This time I used an Apple iPhone 11 Pro to connect to SOUNDFORM Freedom to experience the “Find My” function.
First, click the function button on the back of the charging case three times to enable the Find My function, then open the Find My app on the phone, and add a new item in the item menu. After the automatic search, the SOUNDFORM Freedom earphone pop-up window will appear. Follow the steps to bind and bind. After the setting is successful, the location of the charging case can be learned in the APP in real time.
When the charging case is lost, it can be found through the positioning on the mobile phone and the navigation route. When it is close to the earphone position, the specific location of the charging case can be obtained by playing a sound.
When the headset cannot be found, the lost mode can also be activated. In the lost mode, other devices will not be able to connect to the SOUNDFORM Freedom earbuds, and when the Find My network locks the location of the headset, the phone will receive a corresponding notification to facilitate the search. The person who picks up the headset can also obtain your reserved contact information through the Apple website to facilitate the return of the picked up headset.
SOUNDFORM Freedom is currently the first product in TWS headsets that supports Apple’s Find My function. The addition of this feature has two main improvements for TWS headsets. On the one hand, for some “careless” friends, due to the small body of the TWS headset, it is difficult to find after forgetting it. This function completely solves this problem.
On the other hand, the Find My function greatly improves the possibility of finding the TWS headset after it is lost, guaranteeing the value of the product to a certain extent, thereby enhancing consumers’ willingness to buy.
In terms of configuration, the SOUNDFORM Freedom true wireless earbuds is equipped with a 7mm double-layer composite drive unit, which is composed of PEEK and TPU materials commonly used in the aerospace industry, which can provide strong bass performance while maintaining clear mid-to-high performance. It also uses Qualcomm’s new generation of Bluetooth 5.2 chip, supports aptX audio codec, effectively reduces the loss in the Bluetooth transmission process, and provides more detailed performance.
In terms of music experience, SOUNDFORM Freedom true wireless earphones perform well in three bands, and the low frequency is strong and powerful. It can also be easily controlled for very dense drums such as “The Horse”. The drums are surging and powerful, and have a strong atmospheric appeal; and For tunes such as “That Year · Younger”, the tunes are tactful and the timbre changes quickly, not only can guarantee the clear vocal, but also the perfect performance of each timbre change.
Call noise reduction
The SOUNDFORM Freedom true wireless earbuds is equipped with two microphones in the left and right headsets for the call function. The dual microphones are coordinated with Qualcomm cVc8.0 call noise reduction algorithm to effectively reduce background noise and optimize the subject’s voice during the call. Achieve clear and smooth voice calls.
Charging, battery life
In terms of charging, the SOUNDFORM Freedom true wireless earbuds adopts the currently used USB-C interface, the charging case has a built-in 520mAh battery, and the headset is equipped with a large capacity of 60mAh.
In the fully charged state, the headset has a single battery life of 8 hours, and the charging case can also provide an additional 28 hours of battery life for the headset, so that the overall battery life has reached 36 hours, which fully meets the needs of daily and short-term business trips and travel. And it also supports Qi wireless charging function, which can be charged at any time, providing users with a more convenient experience.
| 3. Summary
The appearance design of SOUNDFORM Freedom true wireless earphones is highly recognizable in the current TWS earphone market. The processing of two different processes enhances the sense of hierarchy and texture of the product. The headset has an almost elliptical curve that fits closely with the ear canal when worn, providing a comfortable and stable wearing experience.
In terms of functions, the most different highlight of SOUNDFORM Freedom from other products is that it supports Apple’s Find My function. Users can always know the location of the charging case, and they can also play voice prompts so that “careless” friends can quickly find the location of the headset every morning. And find it after it is lost.
In terms of other functions, Belkin SOUNDFORM Freedom has a complete interactive experience. Various controls can be performed without using a mobile phone; the music experience is three-band balanced and performs well, which can cope with various styles of music; the dual-microphone call noise reduction function can also meet the needs of daily voice calls; a single 8 hours, overall The 36-hour long battery life can meet the needs of users for daily use and short-term travel.
Overall, the SOUNDFORM Freedom true wireless earbuds is a product with unique design, superior texture, comfortable wearing, good performance, and unique features. The only shortcoming is the lack of active noise reduction function, which lacks certain advantages in the current period of noise reduction headphones.