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TAGG AirBuds F3 Wireless Headphones Review: It’s all about the style

The TAGG AirBuds F3 is affordable and easy to use, but how does it fare in our review?

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Photo Credit - Bodhisatwa Ray


Tagg F3 2.5 5
BGR Rating :
2.5/5

Highlights

  • The headset is compatible with all Android and iOS devices using Bluetooth.

  • The TAGG AirBuds F3 is priced at Rs 1,749 and is available on Amazon and Flipkart, among other places.

  • The headset also features a magnetic linking mechanism on the earbuds.

Today, most smartphone makers are looking to wipe out the 3.5mm headphone jack from their devices, with the upcoming OnePlus 6T being the latest to join that list. With that in mind, Bluetooth headphones are getting more popular, thanks to the lack of wires to hold them back.

Bluetooth headphones are great for people who run or workout to music, and even tend to work well if you have a long and crowded commute. Today, we’re reviewing the TAGG AirBuds F3, one of the more affordable wireless options available to purchase. The product is priced at Rs 1,749 and is available on the company’s website and online e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Flipkart. You’ll also likely be able to buy this headset offline at electronics stores near you.

This is a basic wireless headset with nothing much in the form of features beyond the wireless connectivity itself. However, it comes with an interesting design and fulfills its basic purpose, with Bluetooth connectivity and an in-built microphone. Here’s our review of the affordable TAGG AirBuds F3.

TAGG AirBuds F3 Design and Specifications

Earlier this year, we reviewed the Tagg Sports+, which costs a bit more than the Tagg F3. So if we compare the F3 with the Tagg Sports+, this device comes across as a toned-down version in terms of quality, along with the price advantage.

At first glance, the TAGG AirBuds looks great. The headset boasts of a sleek metallic design, a built-in microphone for hands-free calling and a magnetic lock that prevents the earphones from separating and getting tangled up or damaged when not in use. At Rs 1,799 this headset is designed to be efficient and wearable. With a metal casing on the earbuds, rubber grip on the outside and comfortable ear tips, the headset is comfortable to use.

Photo Credit – Bodhisatwa Ray

You also get three pairs of ear tips in the box. There is a short cable which connects the two earbuds, and between them there is also an in line remote and microphone closer to the right earbud. The remote has three buttons for volume and call controls, along with a microphone on it. The other side of the remote has the Tagg branding.

The headset has a 90mAh battery, with a claimed run time of 5 to 6 hours on a single charge. I was able to get around 4.5 hours on a single charge, which comes close enough to the claimed figure. You can charge the TAGG AirBuds F3 through the micro-USB port built into the headset. However, it can be very difficult to access the micro-USB port which is covered by a rubber flap.

During our time with the headset, the rubber flap broke. The poor build quality extends to the remote as well, which feels cheap and plasticky. This headset is not rated for water and dust resistance, so you have to be very careful around water, making it a bit worrisome to use this headset in even light drizzles of rain. The headset weighs about 15g, so it’s easy to carry. The TAGG AirBuds uses Bluetooth 4.2 for connectivity.

TAGG Airbuds F3 Performance

During my time with the TAGG AirBuds F3, I found the headset to be durable, with good sound for the price and decent enough battery life to serve you through typical commutes or basic hands-free use. The device is equipped with powerful 6mm drivers to produce a powerful sound that is loud and crisp for the most part. However, the sonic signature is bass-oriented, which tends to fudge the mid-range and vocals a bit when the track has a lot of bass.

While there is bass, it isn’t exactly tight, and often sounds excessive. The highs also aren’t quite as balanced, but given the price and the wireless connectivity, some of these sonic issues might be forgivable to the target audience. Coming to audio quality on voice calls, performance is once again on the weaker side.

The earphone microphone catches a lot of outside noise rather than my voice, considering that there is no tuning to ensure that the microphone blocks out a bit of ambient noise. Another issue I have noticed is that some times, the Bluetooth connection drops without any explanation. While this could be an issue with our review unit, it’s possible that the Bluetooth radio has trouble holding the connection when there is some disturbance or in crowded areas.

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Verdict

It might not be entirely fair to compare the TAGG AirBuds F3 to other devices, since it’s among the most affordable wireless headphones available today. Regardless of how it performs, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any other headset with Bluetooth that sells at this price. Typically, wireless headphones cost a bit more, with the next significant option being the Rs 3,990 OnePlus Bullets Wireless.

The design and magnetic locking mechanism of this headset are definite pros, alongside the strong price level. However, build quality and sound are below par, even for a budget headset like this. Other options to consider include the JBL T110BT, which comes with a similar design at a slightly higher price. And of course, it might make sense to use wired headphones at this price, or bump up your budget a bit if better wireless sound is important to you.

  • Published Date: September 24, 2018 2:19 PM IST