Having a good pair of headphones is crucial for a productive workday, either by listening to music while working or jumping into a video call. Maybe you’re looking into getting some comfortable earphones to join you in your exercise routines, so you can listen to your favorite tracks while burning some calories without having to worry about them falling off your ears. Or perhaps you just want to hop into some casual matches in some mobile game and don’t want to disturb the rest of the people with all the sound effects and voice chat. No matter your situation, Lenovo has your back with their XT91 earphones. Are you looking for a truly wireless experience? We might have the right choice for you.
As always, Lenovo aims to present earphones that are lightweight, comfortable, and offer high fidelity sound experience without charging an excessive retail price for the whole package. The charging case includes a digital screen where it displays the battery percentage left, an important detail that most manufacturers tend to neglect, and that may lead to overcharging the earphones. Once you open the case and you go through the pairing process with either your smartphone or tablet, your XT91 will be ready to use. The product includes replaceable pads if the default size doesn’t fit your ear canal comfortably and a charging cable for the battery case.
When the earbuds are placed inside the charging case, they can have up to 300 hours of standby time, considering that the case itself has a battery capacity of 300mAh. Each earbud holds up to 40mAh, which depending on the volume intensity you use them, can average between 4 and 5 hours of music playtime. The XT91 includes a Type-C connector and, as we’ve mentioned already, the case consists of a screen display showing how much battery is left before you need to plug them again. The product specifications note that these earphones have a standard load impedance of 32Ω. What this means to the average customer is that they’re protected from most damage caused by overloading the device, at the cost of demanding extra power to deliver higher audio levels.
The drive diameter we find in XT91 is 8mm and has a standard frequency response between 20 and 20,000Hz. Although they’re smaller than other Lenovo’s earphones, they still manage to deliver high fidelity sound while listening to music or during phone calls. Thanks to their real wireless binaural design, you can use the earbuds either as pairs or by themselves. This feature is achieved thanks to the Bluetooth 5.0 chip that allows both pieces to connect as primary headphones. Unfortunately, they don’t include an active noise cancelation system if you want to use them in a noisy environment. Still, they work perfectly for video calls, and users have complimented how well the bass, mid and high tones wrap the ear.
In addition to this, the portable and ergonomic design fits nicely in your ear canal, and you’ll be able to use the XT91 for prolonged periods without feeling any discomfort and with firm wear. The silicone pads also help in this category, adding a passive layer of noise cancellation and prevents sweat or rain from entering the diaphragm.
In case you’re looking for a hands-free earphone to answer calls while driving, the XT91 has your back covered. The built-in microphone also includes noise cancellation technology to provide a better speech in stereo mode in the shape of CVC (clear voice capture). Although the system was meant for phone calls, the headphones can also be useful for video conferences and podcasting. Some of the benefits of CVC technology include nonlinear processing, automatic gain controls, adaptive equalizers, and a more extensive list of features that will make your experience hassle-free. What’s great about these earphones is that you can also use a voice assistant, like Siri, in case you are too busy to look into your phone’s screen.
These earphones are very intuitive to use. They include touch controls, and with a single touch in either ear, you can pause or play your music and answer incoming calls or end them. You’ll also be able to activate your device’s voice assistant with a long press as well as reject any unwanted call with the same gesture. To switch between song tracks, three clicks on the left or right side will make it go forward or backward. If you want to control the general volume, two taps will do the job. As we’ve mentioned initially, you only need to go through the pairing process with any device once. Afterward, once you open the case and take out the earphones, you can either use both or a single one.
Lenovo’s XT91 are advertised as waterproof since they are IPX4 certified. Anyone ho is looking to buy any type of headphones should be on the lookout for this particular feature. In case you’re unaware of what that means, the IPX certification proofs that your earphones will be able to withstand liquids, like sweat or rain, without suffering any malfunction. Of course, you will be in trouble if you’re unfortunate enough to drop the earphones or the charging case in a puddle of water, but otherwise, they will last for a very long time. The materials used to build the XT91 are durable and accompany the elegant design in black or white.
Overall, Lenovo always delivers excellent products with accessible retail prices, and the XT91 is no exception to this rule. They offer high fidelity sound without having to compromise in size or comfort and has the advantage of low power consumption and extremely low latency thanks to the latest Bluetooth 5.0 chip added to the earbuds. Even though these earbuds, in particular, do not include active noise cancellation, they’re still a comfortable and accessible option for anyone who is just looking to have multi-purpose earphones for their daily tasks.