The Vivo TWS 3 series includes two versions, Vivo TWS 3 and Vivo TWS 3 Pro. Compared with Vivo TWS 2, it has improved in terms of sound quality, noise cancellation, and appearance. Below I will give a detailed review introduction to Vivo TWS 3.
Vivo TWS 3 specs and features:
- Bluetooth 5.3 with aptX Lossless/aptX Adaptive/LC3 codec
- 10 hours playback of per charge (ANC OFF)
- Charging case can charge earbuds fully 3 times
- Support dual device connection
- IP54 waterproof grade
- $80 – Check latest price on AliExpress
Design & Comfort
The charging case is simple and stylish overall, with a crystal-clear appearance and a warm and smooth touch. In the middle is the indicator light, and below it is the vivo brand logo. On the back is a silver metal hinge that connects the upper and lower parts. At the bottom is the Type-C charging port.
Vivo TWS 3 adopts a streamlined water drop small headset stem design, which is 2mm shorter than the previous generation. At the same time, through highly customized components and precision assembly technology, a 30% improvement in space utilization is achieved. On the premise of adding more functional components without reducing the battery capacity, it brings a lighter body design to further reduce the burden of wearing.
Based on the ergonomic design of earbuds, vivo TWS 3 greatly optimizes and reduces the volume of the transition between the headset stem and the cavity, reducing the pressure on the tragus after long-term use, which fits the ear canal better and is comfortable to wear.
The side groove of the headset stem is a pressure-sensitive area, and supports sliding operation at the same time, which can directly control the earbuds and adjust the volume. There is a microphone hole on the top of the headset stem. There are microphone holes and charging contacts at the bottom of the headset stem.
The black circular area concentrates the pressure relief hole and the wearing detection sensor. The former can maintain the pressure balance and air circulation inside and outside the cavity, and improve the acoustic performance of earbuds. The latter is used to automatically pause/resume playback, and automatically switch the noise cancellation state.
After actual measurement, the overall weight of vivo TWS 3 is about 45g, which is very light. Coupled with the small size of the charging case, daily carrying is easy and stress-free. The weight of a single earbud is about 4.8g, which is relatively well controlled. Combined with the ergonomic design, it is light and comfortable to wear, and it is not easy to cause discomfort when used for a long time.
Connectivity & APP
Vivo TWS 3 adopts Bluetooth 5.3 technology, which has good compatibility, stable connection, fast transmission and lower power consumption. When connecting for the first time, just select “vivo TWS 3” in the bluetooth device list of the mobile phone to connect quickly. Open the charging case for subsequent use to connect to bluetooth devices such as mobile phones that have been successfully paired.
The earbuds are stably connected to the mobile phone within a distance of 10 meters. In an environment without obstacles, the connection will be intermittent if the distance from the mobile phone is more than 11 meters. Vivo TWS 3 supports dual device connection and can connect two bluetooth devices at the same time. The earbud can be charged when it is placed in the charging case, and it will be automatically disconnected when the cover is closed.
When used with vivo/iQOO mobile phones, it supports one-key connection function. Connect to other mobile phones or tablets logged in with the same vivo account, and a pop-up window will automatically pop up to connect when the cover is opened, without pairing again. At the same time, the pop-up window will display the remaining power of the device.
In addition, Vivo TWS 3 has obtained Snapdragon Sound certification. When connecting a device that also supports Snapdragon Sound technology, there will be a pop-up window saying “vivo TWS 3 already supports Snapdragon Sound”. At the same time, earbuds can also be used with other certified devices to overcome brand restrictions and provide a high-quality wireless listening experience.
After connecting, you can check the connection status and remaining power of the device in the phone settings, and customize a series of functions. Among them, the transparency effect of vivo TWS 3 can be selected in the human voice enhancement mode, and the voice is clearer when talking with people. In the general configuration, you can see that earbuds support aptX Lossless audio technology.
In addition, there are functions such as wearing detection, custom shortcut operation, earbuds sound effect, fit test, Jovi voice, human ear customized sound effect, translation mode, earbuds firmware and TWS application upgrade, and find earphones.
Among them, the DeepX stereo sound effect is directly processed by the earbuds hardware, and there are four options: standard (default), clear human voice, super bass and clear treble.
Vivo TWS 3 is also equipped with a new intelligent computing acoustic technology, which allows users to formulate their own hearing curve and ear canal structural characteristics through earbuds. Based on this, the earbuds match the exclusive sound model to virtualize the immersive sense of hearing on the spot, bringing a brand-new auditory experience of individual immersion.
It also has a new AI audio equalization technology, which can detect the user’s wearing condition and what he hears in real time. Adaptive compensation sound quality, the sound is always accurate, and you can get a clear and stable listening experience even in a sports state.
Noise Cancellation & Battery Life
Thanks to the ultra-wideband sound unit and the chip platform with doubled noise cancellation computing power, the maximum noise cancellation depth of vivo TWS 3 can reach 48dB, which is 1.8 times higher than the noise cancellation depth of the previous generation. The noise cancellation frequency range reaches 4000Hz, providing three noise cancellation modes: deep, normal and mild. There is also an intelligent dynamic noise cancellation algorithm blessing, which supports dynamic detection of environmental noise and changes in wearing status. Automatically switch the most suitable noise cancellation mode, taking into account the noise cancellation effect and comfortable body feeling, providing a balanced and natural noise cancellation experience.
After a full experience, I think the deep noise cancellation mode is suitable for outdoor environments and commuting scenarios. The vivo TWS 3 in this mode can greatly reduce the noise of the surrounding environment, and has a significant effect on eliminating the roar of vehicles. The normal noise cancellation mode is suitable for most scenes with low noise. In a relatively quiet indoor environment, I experienced that in the mild noise cancellation mode, just adding a little music is enough to suppress most of the noise. For example, the noise generated when air conditioners and refrigerators are running, etc., can also reduce ear pressure and reduce discomfort caused by long-term use.
In addition, the vivo TWS 3 in the automatic adjustment mode is also very sensitive to different noise environments. The speed of switching between different noise cancellation modes keeps up with the changes in the environment. The actual experience is quite automatic and humanized, and the user experience is very good.
In addition to active noise cancellation, call noise cancellation is equally important. The vivo TWS 3 is equipped with a three-microphone system. The two microphones outside the ear can be beam-formed to separate noise and human voice, and the microphone in the ear can be used to enhance human voice pickup, which greatly improves the call quality. At the same time, the layout of the microphone has been redesigned to avoid direct windward and effectively reduce wind noise interference. No matter outdoors or noisy environment, you can get pure and clear call voice.
Using a portable power tester to test the wired charging of vivo TWS 3, the charging power is about 1.52W. The earbuds can last up to 10 hours in a single battery life, the charging case can provide an additional 30 hours of battery life, and the overall battery life can reach 40 hours. At the same time, vivo TWS 3 supports fast charging function: charging for 15 minutes, listening to music for 4.5 hours.
Sound Quality & Game Latency
In order to improve the wireless listening experience, vivo TWS 3 takes into account both hardware and software. The first is the software aspect: it supports a new generation of aptX Lossless transmission, and the code rate can reach up to 1.2Mbps. Combined with the in-depth optimization of the mobile phone, the bluetooth bandwidth is expanded to a maximum of 2 times, so that the audio can maintain ultra-high-speed stream transmission. In daily use scenarios, it can maintain 1.1Mbps for a long time. At the same time, aptX Lossless supports up to 24bit/96kHz audio transmission, and with the help of high-quality audio transmission capabilities, it can easily realize full-link CD-level lossless audio transmission.
In terms of hardware: the earbud has a built-in 12.2mm dynamic driver, combined with a more sophisticated speaker magnetic circuit system design and a unique customized 3-layer nano-composite diaphragm, to obtain a larger amplitude range and better tri-frequency performance.
The actual sense of hearing is natural and balanced tuning. The high and low frequencies are slightly enhanced while retaining a high degree of restoration, and the sound is more durable. The performance of the audition experience of multiple songs is remarkable, and there will be no obvious bias. It is sufficient for most usage scenarios in daily life, listening to music and watching movies is a good choice.
Moreover, vivo TWS 3 supports the new LE Audio bluetooth audio technology, adopts LC3 audio coding, and the full link latency is as low as 55ms, which can perfectly realize the synchronization of audio and video when playing games.
In addition, Deep-Live 3D panoramic audio can restore ordinary left and right stereo and multi-channel audio sources to a 3D panoramic hearing that matches the original scene, bringing immersive auditory effects.
Vivo TWS 3 supports Vlog 3D recording function, which can provide up to 48kHz ultra-high-definition recording, and the sound collection per second is three times that of ordinary bluetooth headphones. At the same time, it supports binaural 3D recording and accurately restores different sound directions. It is very suitable for daily shooting, creation and recording of life.
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