The sub-1000 rupee market for Bluetooth earphones is like the lucky dip stall at a carnival – you never know which product is going to be good, as they all seem to be from unknown brands.
Not so with the Titanic Series Bluetooth Neckband Headset. It’s maker U&I is endorsed by Shahid Kapoor. U & I is a known name in the phone accessory market, so the reputation angle is sorted. And with a price tag of just Rs 524, this feature-packed neckband-style Bluetooth headset is sure to surprise you.
U&i Titanic Series Bluetooth NeckBand Review
Things included in the box :
- Titanic Series Bluetooth Neckband Headset
- Micro USB charging cable, which is compatible with any standard charger.
The package does not contain a user manual, which would have been useful.
U&i Titanic Specifications: Top Specs
- Model Name: UiNB 3987
- Connections: Bluetooth v5.0
- Driver Size: 10mm
- Dual Pairing: Yes
- Sweat & Water Rating: None
- Noise Cancellation: None
- Audio Technology: Qualcomm aptX Classic & HD Decoder
- Battery Capacity: 150mAh
- Bluetooth Version: 5.0
- Talking Time: Up to 12 hours
- Music Time: Up yo 10 hours
- Standby Time: Over 50 hours
- Charging Time: 1-2 hours
- Charging Type: Micro USB
- Charging Power: DC5V 135 mAh
- Transmission Distance: 32ft. (10m)
- Output Power : 3mW x 2
- Sensitivity : 110db at 1KHz
- Impedance: 16 Ohm
- Frequency Range : 20Hz – 20KHz
- THD : <1%
- Support Profiles: HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP
- Mic Sensitivity : -42db
- Mic Impedance: 2200 Ohm
As we mentioned, the U&I Titanic Series is a neckband style headset. The set has the inline controls and the Micro USB port on the right side.
The inline controls consist of a set of three control buttons on the side. They can be used to play/pause the music, receive/reject a call, and control volume. The call button in the middle acts as both a power button as well as a google assistant button.
The headset does come with an inbuilt mic. This is a decent example of its kind, with medium noise and little to no compression artefacts. While this is on the whole perfectly suited to calls and such, we would not recommend this set for recording purposes per se.
In the package for the headset, you get the neckband and the micro USB cable in a Ziploc-style reusable bag. This is a nice add-on as a carrying case of sorts, though since it is transparent, you might not wish to use it as such.
Overall, this is a decent-looking set. The design approach could use some sprucing up to look a bit less generic. It would also be nice if U&I included at least one spare pair of eartips, in case your ears are not the same shape and size as the preinstalled ones.
But hey, at that price, you could buy yourself a whole new kit of eartips and still not break the bank! Impressive, indeed, wouldn’t you say?
U&i Titanic Bluetooth Earphone Features:
Let’s talk about why this is a great buy for that low, low price, or even a bit higher – because we assure you, this Bluetooth headset sure sounds too good to be true!
- The Titanic Series Headset has great reviews all around for its audio performance.
- Not only does it come with nice bass response, the highs aren’t too muddled either. Mids could have been a bit better, but in this price range, you’d have to search quite a bit to find a better sounding set.
- There does appear to be some distortion when you use the headset at 100% volume. The Titanic Series, though, is so loud that you’d ideally stay in the 50 to 70% volume range anyway.
Full Spectrum Dynamic Range:
- The U&i Titanic Series boasts a full audio range of 20hz to 20khz. This is something that even some mid-range devices fail to accomplish.
- While the range has yet to be “fully tested”, reviews for the sound quality are positive across the board.
Bluetooth 5.0 and apt-X:
- Coming with the latest and greatest in Bluetooth technology is an ace up the sleeve of the Titanic Series.
- With fast pairing, low battery consumption, and the ability to pair two devices at once, Bluetooth 5.0 is a great plus point. Especially if you’re looking in this price segment, as most competitors you find are working with Bluetooth 4.0 or 4.1.
- The Titanic Series also features Qualcomm apt-X technology along with an HD Decoder, which allows for high-quality audio without added latency.
- What this means for you: Faster Bluetooth connection, no more latency while playing games, and more battery savings!
Ease of Use
- Being a neckband-style set, the Titanic series is not only hard to lose (due to its being hung permanently around your neck as you traverse the world) but also convenient in other ways.
- Not needing to keep the set plugged-in constantly means that you can take a moment to relax, and let the eartips hang. While sweat-resistance isn’t a full-fat feature here, at least your ears don’t have to take the brunt when you forget a case.
- The ear tips even have a magnetic retention feature – they just stick to each others’ backs, so you’re never in danger of tangling up the wires attaching them to the band. Handy.
Attached Playback Control
With a full arsenal of functions, the attached playback controller allows for a truly wireless experience.
- You can receive calls, play and switch tracks, change volume – all without touching your phone!
- What this means for you: No need to take the phone out when you want to switch the music while on a run.
Impressive Battery Backup
The U&i Titanium series lists a call time and playback time of over 12 and 10 hours respectively.
- In real life usage, the 150 mAh battery gives around 8 to 8 and a half hours of battery at 70% volume.
- We do suppose that if you were to use the set at around 40 to 50% volume, you’d see the advertised battery time reflected.
- The reverse is also true though, as using them at 80% or near about would definitely mean sub-6-hour results.
While a fast charge option is always nice, the under 2-hour charging on this headset is still appreciated. As is the 50-hour standby.
The only dark spot is the USB micro B connector. This is understandable though, as even headsets at 4 times the price are barely going USB C right now.
What this means for you: Okayish charging time, but awesome battery life!
We’ve explored all the features you might want to know about this Headset. Now comes the crore rupee question – is this Headset for you? Let’s break down the pros and cons.
U&i Titanic Earphone Pros and Cons
- Bluetooth 5.0 at an incredible price
- Above-average sound quality and battery life
- USB Micro B
- No IP Rating or Noise Cancellation (but sadly, those features aren’t available at this price anyway)
Conclusion: U&i Titanic Review
So who is U&I Titanic Series Headset for?
- If your current Bluetooth headset is below Bluetooth 5.0 and/or is laggy/has latency issues, you should get this set.
- If you’re looking for the cheapest Bluetooth headset we can safely recommend, this is top of the list.
- If you’re looking for an entry-level Bluetooth headset that punches above its price, this is definitely for you.
- If you’re just looking for a basic Bluetooth solution, this is your go-to bet.
And if you’re looking to get into Bluetooth earphones because your new phone just ditched the headphone jack, well, this is a good set to start with for sure.