Truke has rapidly expanded its TWS portfolio this year, adding a lot of versatile products under the Rs 2,000 price point. Over the last few months, we’ve seen Truke breathe new life into the budget gaming TWS segment with its BTG (Born to Game) series. The newly launched BTG Neo is the priciest product in this series but it also sports some first-in-segment features. Currently priced at Rs 1,499, this pair of TWS has a lot going for it on paper. But how does it fare in everyday use? Find out in our Truke BTG Neo review.
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Truke BTG Neo review: Design
Truke has significantly improved the unboxing experience on the BTG Neo. The Truke products we reviewed in the past were shipped in a flimsy retail package. It’s nice to see the brand ditch this trend for one of the pricier products in its catalogue. Inside the box, you get the charging case, wireless earbuds, two pairs of extra silicone ear tips, a USB Type-A to Type-C charging cable, a quick start guide, and a warranty card.
Truke BTG Neo shares a lot of its design elements with the BTG Storm (review). The edges of the squarish charging case taper towards the bottom, although not as sharply as the BTG Storm. The Truke branding is printed at the centre of the lid in silver lettering. The RGB strips under the lid are visible from the sides, even when the lid is closed. The Type-C charging port is placed right under the hinge.
The matte-like finish on the case feels premium. We fidgeted with the charging case quite a bit during the review period, and the hinge did not show any sign of weakness. Its sturdiness inspires a lot of confidence in the TWS’ strength. The case spent a lot of time in pockets with keys and loose change, and it did not register any significant scratches.
Flipping open the lid, you will find the earbuds locked magnetically to the case in a horizontal position. The inner panel has a dedicated pairing button, a first for the segment. The earbuds sport an in-ear design with glossy insides and a matte finish on the outer panel. A curved RGB strip can be found on either earbud, just above the stem. The part where the stem meets the RGB strip is also touch-sensitive. The touch controls are bang average, something that we’ve come to expect from products in this price range.
The earbuds fit nicely in our ears, without needing to swap the ear tips for a different size. We didn’t have any issues with the fit, but after prolonged use, we felt some fatigue. The size of the earbuds is the major contributing factor behind this. We even used the earbuds while running and working out. The fit remained snug in sweaty conditions and the earbuds did not slip out once despite the glossy texture on the inner panels. Truke BTG Neo is rated IPX5 for dust and water resistance, which means that sweat and water splashes do not damage the earbuds in any way.
Truke BTG Neo review: Performance
Let’s get the specs out of the way first. Truke BTG Neo is equipped with a powerful 13mm titanium driver on either earbud. The earbuds support Bluetooth 5.3. There are 3 microphones on either earbud to relay the voice over calls and online gameplay. The earphones also offer Environmental Noise Cancellation (ENC) to suppress the surrounding noise on calls. Being a gaming TWS, the BTG Neo gets a 35ms low latency mode. Users can also toggle between 3 EQ modes. The Dual Connection technology is perhaps the most impressive spec of them all, being a first-in-segment feature for the BTG Neo.
The earbuds are set to Movie Mode by default, which is a strange choice. You can switch to the Dynamic Audio or Bass Boost mode by pressing and holding the touch control panel on the right earbud for three seconds. Truke still does not have a dedicated app for its TWS products, which is proving to be a massive chink in its armour with every release. The touch controls can be very annoying to work with, especially when toggling between different EQ modes. App support would make this considerably easier. The absence of an app also means that there is no way to customise the touch controls or create a customised EQ profile.
While the lack of a dedicated app is disappointing, Truke continues to knock it out of the park when it comes to the audio performance. The output produced by the BTG Neo is certainly bass-heavy and a little boxy, but the mids and lows get a decent amount of representation in the soundstage. We did most of the listening on Dynamic Audio mode and were satisfied with the level of treble relayed in the output. However, the audio quality depreciates rapidly as you reach a higher volume. We’d suggest sticking to 40-60% for an optimum listening experience.
A low latency mode of 35ms ensures that the gaming experience is smooth and hiccup-free. We played Call of Duty Mobile with the BTG Neo on, and it was quite a pleasant experience. The sound output was crisp and lag-free. Even the sound of the steps of the opposing team members was relayed very well. The six microphones on these earbuds ensure that your voice will be relayed to your teammates without a significant loss in quality.
On regular cellular calls, the ENC does a good job of suppressing surrounding noises in an indoor setting. The sound of a running ceiling fan or an AC unit is completely cancelled out. However, in outdoor conditions, a fair bit of noise manages to creep in and get relayed to the receiver. Overall, Truke BTG Neo’s calling experience is still better than most products in this segment.
Our favourite feature on this TWS has got to be multi-device connectivity. This is a feature mostly found in wireless earbuds priced between Rs 3,000 – Rs 5,000. It is incredible that Truke has managed to slip it in a TWS priced at Rs 1,499. It’s not a gimmick either. The switch in connection is very seamless. We’ve experienced some hangups with this feature on other TWS products, but it works flawlessly on the BTG Neo.
The charging case is equipped with a 500mAh battery unit, with an additional 40mAh on either earbud. On a full charge, the earbuds offer a maximum playtime of up to 8 hours. While we didn’t discharge the earbuds in one go, it took us almost two weeks of use to deplete the charging case. On average, we used the TWS for about 6 hours a day.
Priced at Rs 1,499, Truke BTG Neo is a very easy recommendation from us. The TWS looks smart, incorporating RBG lighting in its design without coming across as gaudy. The audio output is bass-heavy but not in a way that clouds over other frequencies. The 35ms low latency mode is ideal for gaming. The only drawback is the lack of a dedicated app, which we hope gets sorted out as soon as possible.
Truke BTG Neo: Pros
- Good looking design
- Dual Connection
- Dedicated pairing button
- Decent audio quality
- Low latency mode for gaming
Truke BTG Neo: Cons
- No app support
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