PTron BassBuds Tango review: Solid sound and connectivity, but is it enough?
The pTron BassBuds Tango is pTron’s latest budget entry into the TWS market. Yes, it’s affordable at Rs 1,299, but is it a good deal? Here’s what I thought after trying the product for about a week for music and calls.
pTron BassBuds Tango: what’s good?
These entry-level TWS headphones sound great for the price you pay. The audio output is not rich and compared to more expensive models you will definitely feel the sound flat. However, keeping my expectations real for this price, I found the experience to be still enjoyable.
The slightly rich bass output does not warp on tracks with large drops like Radioactive by Imagine Dragons or Namastute by hip-hop duo Seedhe Maut. The volume can also be quite loud and there is excellent sound insulation thanks to the silicone ear tips. Thus, you would rarely find yourself exceeding 60% of the volume.
The treble levels are crisp and although they can be a bit overshadowed by the bass, especially with hip-hop and EDM playlists, I wouldn’t rate the experience as “off balance” as you can still enjoy it. pieces rich in vocals here like Bohemian Rhapsody by the queen or My Immortal by Evanescence. Add an Eminem rap with a heavy beat like Until I collapse and you can still listen to every syllable well.
Connectivity is surprisingly good too, and once you remove the buttons from the case, reliability is solid until you cross the 9-10 meter barrier or have two walls come in between you and your phone. . However, the connection can take a single concrete wall easily.
Touch gestures are also nice here and have great sensitivity. In fact, they’re sensitive enough to pause playback when my dog approaches to quickly sniff the new object in my ear. Calling phone numbers when you get a call is also convenient when your phone is out of range.
These have enough juice on a full charge of the heads and case to last you a full week with moderate use, although some may find the charge a bit slow. Fortunately, this is still a USB-C port, so you probably won’t need a separate cable on your next trip.
pTron BassBuds Tango: What’s wrong?
The BassBuds Tango ptron comes with a very simple and uninteresting charging box. While that alone isn’t a bad thing, my main issue here is the lack of a secure fit once you put the heads in the holster. The cover snaps into place, but shake the case lightly and the person sitting next to you on a bus could hear the racket inside. It almost looks like shaking a matchbox.
While the plastic construction of the buds and the case itself is decent, unwanted movement is too much of a compromise, even at this price point. The waterproof cover has a satisfactory closure, but if it does come loose over time, expect more noise.
I should also mention that despite the advertised “ENC” (Electronic Noise Cancellation) capabilities of the headphones, the call quality is generally quite average. It works well indoors, but add traffic nearby and things can get messy quickly.
While there isn’t much else to complain about here, if I were to nitpick I would choose the lack of a button or multi-level charge indicator lights on the case, which makes the process a bit more tedious pairing and battery checking, but then again, these are common tradeoffs at this price point.
Verdict: Should you get the pTron BassBuds Tango?
If you’re on a tight budget and want a simple, reliable pair of headphones for your basic musical needs, the pTron BassBuds Tango aren’t bad at all for an entry-level product. The sound quality is decent and the connectivity, which is often a pain point at this price, is quite solid, as is the gesture support.
Good outdoor call quality at this budget remains a myth, but Tango BassBuds are acceptable indoors. However, the headphones could have fitted better in the case, the only major downside here. Unfortunately, this is something that a software update cannot fix.