AUKEY Latitude Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
7.1
Mixed Usage
6.9
Neutral Listening
7.8
Commute/Travel
7.9
Sports/Fitness
7.0
Office
5.1
Wireless Gaming
5.1
Wired Gaming
7.0
Phone Call
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Aukey Latitude are above-average mixed usage closed-back in-ears. They are great for sports and have surprisingly a great isolation performance for commuting and to wear at the office. These versatile budget headphones have a decent sound performance and should suit most users. Unfortunately, the in-ear fit might not be for everyone, and they aren’t the best-built headphones we’ve reviewed so far, but their price tag makes up for it. On the upside, they also have magnetic earbuds which are convenient for cable management and have great wireless range on top of supporting a lower-latency codec, which is good for watching video content.

Test Results
Design 7.4
Isolation 9.0
Microphone 6.5
Active Features 4.9
Connectivity 3.3
Pros
  • Great isolation performance.
  • Minimal leakage.
  • Excellent wireless range.
Cons
  • In-ear fit might not be comfortable for everyone.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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7.4

Design

The Aukey Latitude are decently-built wireless in-ears, especially for their budget price tag. They have a typical in-ear design, which might not be comfortable for everyone, but they come with a few tip options to help you find the best fit. They have a decent control scheme and also have a function for switching through some EQ presets. Like most in-ears, they are breathable and very portable which is great for sports, and their stability fins help for stability during physical activity as well. Athletes will also like their IPX4 rating (sweat and water resistant), but some may be concerned by their thin cables.

Style

The Aukey Latitude headphones are fairly low-profile in-ears. They have a sporty look due to their stability fins but don’t necessarily stand out from other wireless sports in-ears we’ve reviewed so far. They also have slightly angled earbuds with magnetic backs for easier cable management once around your neck. They come in an all-black design, but there’s also a variant with blue fins, cable and buttons.

6.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The Aukey Latitude headphones are typical in-ears and might not be comfortable for everyone as they enter your ear canal deeply. Thankfully, they come with a few ear tip sizes options to help you find the most comfortable fit. However, you could feel fatigue while wearing them for long periods of times. If you’re looking for more comfortable headphones, with a similar design try the Anker SoundBuds Curve or the JBl Reflect Mini 2 Instead.

7.4 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Ease of use : Good
Feedback : Decent
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : Presets

The in-line remote of the Aukey Latitude gives you common functionalities that most wireless in-ears have. You have music/call management, volume control, and track skipping forward and backward. The remote itself does feel a bit cheaper when compared to similar headphones like the Jaybird X3, but the buttons are still fairly clicky and easy to use. You can also switch between EQ presets with a double press of the multifunction button. However, no feedback lets you know on which mode you are on, other than the sound difference, which is disappointing and confusing.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C

Like most in-ears, the Aukey Latitude are very breathable as they don’t trap heat under an ear cup. You won’t sweat more than usual while wearing them and the temperature difference will be negligible, which makes them a good option for sports activities.

9.0 Portability
L : 2.0 "
W : 2.0 "
H : 1.0 "
Volume : 4.0 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

They are very portable like most in-ears. Thanks to their design, they can easily fit in pockets or a bag. They also come with a small pouch that doesn’t add too much bulk and stay easy to carry on you at all times. They also have magnetic earbuds for easier cable management when resting around your neck.

6.0 Case
Type : Pouch
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

They come with a small pouch to protect the headphones from scratches and minor water exposure. However, this case won’t prevent damage from impacts. On the upside, the pouch isn’t bulky, and you can easily fit it in your pockets.

7.0 Build Quality

The Aukey Latitude are decently-built headphones for their low price point. They have dense earbuds that feel solid enough to survive a few drops. They are also magnetic, making cable management easier and it’s a nice addition at this price range. However, the cables are a bit thinner than other more high-end headphones like the Jaybird X4 and the plastic used feels a bit cheaper as well. On the upside, they have an IPX4 rating, protecting them from mild sweat and water exposure, but this is not as good as some IPX7 headphones we've tested so far like the JBL Endurance Sprint. Unfortunately, we don't have a test to accurately measure this with our current test bench.

7.5 Stability

The Aukey Latitude are stable headphones that you can run or exercise with. Their stability fins mixed with the in-ear fit makes them stable for most sports activities, and they shouldn’t pop out of your ears. Their wireless design also helps by not having a wire in the way that could get hooked on something, yanking the headphones off.

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Sound

They have a deep, consistent and powerful bass, a well-balanced mid-range and a good treble range. However, their bass is a bit muddy, and the low-mid is a bit overemphasized, making vocals and lead instruments sound a bit thick and cluttered. Also, certain S and T sounds might feel piercing and sharp for some users. Overall, they are fairly versatile headphones, especially for bass-heavy genres but might not be ideal for vocal-centric music. They also have 3 EQ modes (default/vocals, bass, treble). We measured the headphones using the default/vocals mode as it was the flattest.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
8.5
Bass-Heavy
:
7.8
Warm
:
5.3
Bright
:
7.4
7.0 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
2.01 db
Dips
:
1.33 db
9.3 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.15 dB

The Aukey Latitude have excellent frequency response consistency. Assuming the user can achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

8.8 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.07
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.17
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.61
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
1.89

The imaging is great. The weighted group delay is at 0.07, which is excellent. The GD graph also shows the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold, suggesting a tight bass reproduction and a transparent treble. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video games effects) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our test unit, and yours may perform differently.

0.4 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
1.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
0.8

The soundstage performance is poor. Since creating a large and speaker-like soundstage is partially dependent on having a speaker-like pinna activation, and in-ear headphones bypass the pinna (the outer ear) and don't interact with it, their soundstage will be perceived to be small and located inside the listener's head. Their closed-back design also means that their soundstage won't feel and open as open-back earbuds like the AirPods and the Bose SoundSport Free.

7.7 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.256
WHD @ 100
:
0.131
9.0

Isolation

The Aukey Latitude have great isolation performance. For in-ears without any ANC feature, they block a lot of lower frequencies which makes them a good choice for commuting and they reduce a good amount of ambient chatter as well, good for the office. They do fairly well in loud environments even if they don’t have any ANC feature. They also barely leak so you’ll be able to listen at high volumes without disturbing people surrounding you.

8.9 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-28.93 dB
Bass
:
-15.1 dB
Mid
:
-28.85 dB
Treble
:
-44.19 dB

The isolation performance of the Aukey Latitude is great (see our recommendations for the best noise cancelling earbuds). In the bass range, where the rumble of engines sit, they isolate about 15dB, which is good for in-ears without any ANC feature. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they isolate about 29dB, which is great. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they isolate more than 44dB of noise, which is excellent

9.3 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
25.52 dB

The leakage performance is excellent. These in-ears practically do not leak, so you don't need to worry about disturbing people around you unless you are blasting your music in a very quiet room. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages 25dB SPL and peaks at 42dB SPL, which is significantly quieter than the noise floor of an average office.

6.5

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The in-line mic is average. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this microphone will sound relatively thin, but fairly easy to understand. It may lack a bit of detail and brightness though. In noisy environments, the mic will do a good job separating speech from ambient noise in moderately loud places, like a busy street, but it will struggle in noisier conditions like a subway station.

6.6 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
285.09 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.16 dB
HFE
:
3319.91 Hz
Weighted THD
:
1.348
Gain
:
19.43 dB

The in-line mic has a decent recording quality. The LFE of 285Hz results in a recorded or transmitted speech that is relatively thin. The HFE of 3.3KHz suggests a speech that lacks detail and presence, but this is expected on Bluetooth microphones. However, the intelligibility of speech on this microphone will be decent in quiet environments.

6.4 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
16.55 dB

The in-line microphone of the Latitude is average at noise handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of about 16.5dB, indicating they are best suited for quiet and moderate environments. However, they will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise in loud situations.

4.9

Active Features

The Aukey Latitude have a decent battery life that most users will find long enough for a casual day of listening to music, but they might still need daily charging. Unfortunately, they don’t have an app to enhance your listening experience and don’t have any power saving mode to extend the battery life. 

5.4 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
7.3 hrs
Additional Charges
:
0
Total Battery Life
:
7.3 hrs
Charge Time
:
1.5 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
No
Charging Port : micro-USB

These headphones have a decent battery life of slightly over 7 hours, which should be enough for most casual listeners. Some may find it a bit short for a whole workday, especially since you can’t use them while charging and they don’t have any power saving feature to extend battery life. However, they only take 1.5 hours to charge, which is good.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

The Aukey Latitude do not have a companion app for additional customization options.

3.3

Connectivity

The Aukey Latitude are Bluetooth-only headphones that can’t be used passively. They can connect to two devices simultaneously, which is convenient, and they also have excellent wireless range. Unfortunately, like most Bluetooth headphones, they have too much latency to watch video content or for gaming, but they are performing better than most Bluetooth headphones we've reviewed so far. Also, they have surprisingly low latency with the aptX codec, even if the box and spec sheets don’t officially advertise aptX-LL compatibility.

8.3 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
:
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
:
No
Line of Sight Range
:
192 ft
Default Latency
:
162 ms
aptX Latency
:
154 ms
aptX(LL) Latency
:
57 ms

These Bluetooth headphones can connect to 2 devices simultaneously, which is convenient if you often switch between two different audio sources like a computer and a phone. Unfortunately, they don’t support NFC, but their pairing procedure is fairly simple and easy to do.

Like most Bluetooth headphones, their default latency is too high for watching video content and gaming, but are performing better than most Bluetooth headphones we've tested so far. Also, you can get lower latency with an aptX compatible dongle. They aren’t advertised as aptX-LL (Low-Latency) compatible, but they do get a decently low (57 ms). However, it's not as good as official aptX-LL headphones, which is usually around 32ms.

0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
Detachable : No
Length : 2.0 ft
Connection : N/A
Wired Latency
:
N/A

These headphones do not have any wired connectivity. If you want a good sounding in-ear option, get the 1More Piston Classic.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
No
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

They do not have a dock. If you want a headphone that's versatile and has a dock, try the SteelSeries Arctis 7. However, it won't be as compact and easy-to-carry around as the Latitude.

In the box

  • Aukey Latitude headphones
  • Carrying pouch
  • 3x ear tips
  • 3x stability fins
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Aukey Latitude are above-average wireless closed-back in-ears. These headphones have a decent audio reproduction and are versatile for everyday casual use. They also have great isolation performance, which makes them a better option for commuting than most of the headphones below. However, they may not be as comfortable for everyone and even if they support aptx-LL, their latency is still a bit too high for gaming on your phone. Overall, the Latitude offer great value for their very affordable price. See our recommendations for the best earbuds under $50, the best Bluetooth earbuds under $100, and the best budget wireless headphones.

Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless
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Amazon.com

The AUKEY Latitude are better mixed-usage headphones than the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They have great isolation performance and are a good option for commuting. They also have excellent wireless range and can connect to two devices simultaneously. On the other hand, the Ankers are noticeably more comfortable and are more stable for sports due to their ear-hook design. Athletes might prefer them, as they also have overemphasized bass.

SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The AUKEY Latitude are better headphones than the SoundPeats TrueFree. Their sound is more accurate, and their isolation performance is also better. They can also connect to two devices simultaneously, which is convenient, and support lower latency codecs. However, the TrueFree are more lightweight and more comfortable inside the ear. Some may also prefer the truly wireless design of the TrueFree and their charging case that’s convenient to charge the headphones anywhere.

JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The AUKEY Latitude are slightly better mixed-usage headphones than the sports-oriented JBL Endurance Sprint. The Aukeys have better latency and isolate more noise, which can be useful in commutes. On the other hand, the JBLs have a sportier look, and some might prefer the ear-hook design. They also have a touch-sensitive control scheme, which is a nice addition at this low-price range, but it is fairly difficult to get used to. They do, however, have better default quality, but don’t have any EQ preset modes like the AUKEYs.

JBL Reflect Mini 2 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The JBL Reflect Mini 2 are slightly better headphones than the AUKEY Latitude. They have a more comfortable design and a slightly better overall sound quality. They also feel more stable inside the ears and are great for sports. However, the Latitude have better isolation performance, making them slightly better for commuting, and they also have a better microphone for calls. They can also connect to 2 devices simultaneously, which is convenient.

Sony WI-SP600N Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The AUKEY Latitude are better headphones than the Sony WI-SP600N. They have better sound quality, wireless range, and can connect to two devices. Even if they don’t have an ANC feature like the Sonys, the AUKEY Latitude still have better isolation performance. On the other hand, they don’t have a compatible app with an EQ like the Sonys, which also have slightly better build quality but are more expensive.

Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The AUKEY Latitude and Jaybird Freedom are very similar headphones. The AUKEYs have slightly better isolation performance, better battery life, and better wireless range. However, the Jaybird are compatible with the MySound app that lets you EQ the sound of the headphones to your preference. If you’re looking for sports headphones and don’t need long battery life, the Jaybirds might be a better choice for their customization options, but they are more expensive.

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7.1 Mixed Usage

Above-average mixed usage headphones. The Aukey Latitude have a decent audio reproduction and great isolation performance which makes them a good choice for commuting and for the office. Their wireless design and stability fins make them a good option for sports as well. They might have a bit short battery life for a whole day of work, but they isolate ambient chatter well. Unfortunately, they have too much latency for gaming and watching TV, unless you have an aptX-LL dongle, which helps to reduce the latency to a usable degree.

6.9 Neutral Listening

Decent for neutral listening. In-ears aren’t ideal for neutral listening, but these headphones have good audio reproduction, but won’t sound as open as some open-back in-ears and won’t compare to over-ear neutral listening headphones. On the upside, their frequency response is fairly even but might sound slightly muddy and cluttered.

7.8 Commute/Travel

Good for commuting. They have great isolation performance, especially for in-ears without any ANC features. They passively block a good amount of lower frequencies to reduce engine rumbles and block out ambient chatter as well. They are very potable to fit in your pockets and are decently comfortable for short trips like bus rides but may not be ideal for long flights.

7.9 Sports/Fitness

Great for sports. These headphones are very portable, and their wireless design is great for sports as you don’t have to worry about having a cable in the way or getting stuck on something. Also, their multiple stability fins and tip options help you find the most comfortable and stable fit for your physical activity and their IPX4 rating makes them a bit more sweat resistant.

7.0 Office

Above-average for the office. They isolate a great amount of ambient chatter and are fairly comfortable, but you might need to take breaks here and there. Unfortunately, some may find that their 7-hour battery life may be too short for a whole day of work, especially since you can’t use them when you’re charging them.

5.1 Wireless Gaming

Bad for gaming. While they isolate well to help you focus on your game, they have too much latency to be used for gaming, unless you have an aptX-LL dongle. Also, their microphone isn’t the best for online gaming as your voice will sound thin and muffled.

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