Burtone Metal Series Wireless Headphones Review

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Sometimes we come across a new brand. Getting to know a relatively new brand isn't easy, especially when it comes to finding useful and relevant reviews to help you make your purchasing decisions. Having essential reviews in your favorite and trusted publications is essential. The Burtone brand is, by comparison, relatively new to the South African market. As the brand continues to gain traction in the market, we take a look at some consumer offerings. First on the list is the Burtone Metal Series Wireless Earbuds.

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Conception and design

As the name suggests, the device is made of metal. To be more precise, it is a zinc alloy. It is completely covered in a gunmetal gray metallic finish with a matte finish. Its design is reminiscent of the metal matchboxes of yesteryear, which were opened with a flick to light a fire on top. The case opens backwards, not sideways, like the metal matchbox lighters.

The case is quite sturdy and you can swing it around without worrying about it getting damaged. It is also very compact and lightweight and fits easily in your pocket. It is also IPX4 rated, allowing it to be used in the rain and while exercising. However, it is not fully protected and should not be immersed in water.

The earbuds themselves feature a more plasticky finish. That said, they are also solid and keep the same color theme. The whole thing feels premium, even though it's a mid-range pair of headphones.

Each earbud features a slim stem, indicator light, and microphone. The indicator lights are located near the top of each earbud and are visible even when placed in the case. When you open the case, the indicator lights will flash and indicate the current charge. Blue indicates the battery is fully charged, red indicates the battery is low but not charging, and flashing red indicates the battery is charging. Opening and closing the case also indicates a red or blue light on charging.

In addition to gunmetal gray, a black color is available.

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Configuration and specifications

When first used, many headphones require double pairing. This allows both earbuds to pair and connect as one device on your source destination. The same goes for the Burtone Metal Series Wireless Earbuds. When you remove the first earbud, it automatically enters pairing mode. This allows you to locate the option on your Bluetooth device and select the pairing option. Once complete, you can take the second earbud out of its case and complete pairing and connectivity independently.

The approach is transparent and works the first time. I tried pairing on a second device to confirm the smoothness of the operation, and it was done just as easily. You should have no problem pairing these earbuds to your source device, as most of the work is done on the earbuds themselves and users only need to select the option on their Bluetooth devices.

In terms of full specifications, the Burtone Metal Series Wireless Earbuds feature a 300mAh battery in the case. Each earbud has a charging capacity of 30mAh, allowing four hours of listening time before needing to be recharged. The case adds capacity for five recharges, or more than 20 hours of listening time. It's not as long as many others, which often have a battery life of over 50 hours and charge from the case.

The earbuds can only be charged using the case, so keep them handy even when the earbuds are in use. Charging from scratch takes around 90 minutes to fully charge the earbuds. Compared to other devices that can take up to four hours, that's a pretty quick charge time.

The Burton Metal Series Wireless Headphones also offer voice assistance, depending on what's installed on your source device. For your Android smartphone, you can use Google voice assistance. You can use Cortana for your laptop, and for Apple you can use Siri. These systems connect quickly enough that it works without too many problems.

Like most modern wireless devices, these also use Bluetooth v5.1. As such, it has a range of around 10m without interference before the connection is distorted or interrupted.

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Performance

Burtone Metal Series Wireless Headphones Review

Although no specific information is available on the drivers in each earbud, I would guess that they are in the 10-12mm range. That said, the range of sounds and their quality are excellent. The volume isn't as high as many others, but there's almost never a need to go beyond the current range without risking damage to your eardrums.

The audio quality is also evident. It's at its most powerful in the mids, with the highs being above average and the lows needing more work. These results clearly show that the headphones are intended more for meetings and voice audio than for listening to music throughout the day. The quality of the microphone and the passive noise reduction thanks to the cups further reinforce this impression. No active noise cancellation is available, but the passive approach works quite well, and we tested these headphones in the office without any problems.

The touch controls aren't as simple as I was used to. A simple press on the right earbud increases the volume and decreases it on the left earbud. By convention, this is the play/pause approach which, in this case, consists of a double tap on either earbud. There is no three-key option. Instead, you'll need to long-press one of the earbuds to skip to the next track or go back to the previous track. It's much simpler, especially when it takes three presses. However, it is not as intuitive, but works perfectly once you get used to it.

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Overall, performance is excellent, with no notable negatives. Although it lacks bass, this does not hamper its overall performance, even while listening to music. It offers the best performance for office use thanks to passive noise cancellation and the different volumes of the range. It works great with its dual microphone setup, so it still works well even if you only use one of the earbuds.

With a battery life of four hours in continuous use, it is not the best range. At the same time, by replacing the units in their case, it is possible to fully recharge them in 90 minutes, or about an hour of use in 20 minutes.

Retailing at R699, these devices are inexpensive and suitable for many budgets. You can buy the Burtone Metal Series Wireless Headphones online at Takealot.

The opinion

Burtone Metal Series Wireless Earbuds

BENEFITS

  • Attractive design
  • Easy to learn and use
  • Very advantageous price
  • Passive noise cancellation

CONS

  • Touch controls aren't as intuitive at first
  • Need more bass

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