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Ylife True Wireless Earbuds Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Feb 20, 2020 at 08:52 am
Ylife True Wireless Earbuds Picture
Test Methodology v1.4
7.0
Mixed Usage
6.9
Neutral Sound
7.6
Commute/Travel
8.0
Sports/Fitness
6.8
Office
5.1
Wireless Gaming
5.0
Wired Gaming
5.9
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Ylife True Wireless Earbuds are acceptable truly wireless in-ears for mixed usage. They have a fairly neutral sound profile, although some people might feel like they sound a bit warm due to their small excess of bass thump and lack of detail in their treble range. They isolate most noise well, except for bass sounds, so they won't help on buses, trains, or planes to block out engine sounds. They don't leak much noise, so they're good for an office environment, but like most Bluetooth in-ears, the microphone recording quality is poor. They have decent build quality for budget earbuds, but the case - especially the lid - feels flimsy and cheap. However, the case can hold up to 18 charges, according to the manufacturer, plus it has a USB-A output, so it serves as a power bank as well.

Our Verdict

7.0 Mixed Usage

The Ylife True Wireless Earbuds are okay for mixed usage. The sound is fairly neutral but might lack too much detail for some. One of the bigger upsides to these earbuds is the case, which holds up to 18 charges plus has a USB-A output so you can charge your phone with it, but the earbuds' battery life is poor. They're very portable, making them good for sports and fitness, and like most in-ears, they won't hold much heat in. Their microphone recording quality is poor, so they're not recommended for phone calls, but they're good at isolating noise, so you can enjoy your music in most environments.

6.9 Neutral Sound

The Ylife True Wireless Earbuds are decent if you're looking for a neutral sound. Their sound profile is rather well-balanced, although there's a bit of extra thump and rumble in the bass. They also lack a bit of detail on higher frequencies. On the upside, they perform similarly every time you use them and most people should be satisfied with them.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
7.6 Commute/Travel

The Ylife True Wireless are good for commuting. They have good noise isolation but aren't good at reducing the deep rumble of a bus or a plane engine. Also, they only have about 3 hours of battery life, so you might have to charge them during a long flight, but they should be fine for your daily commute. On the upside, they are pretty comfortable for in-ears and are very easy to carry around with you.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
8.0 Sports/Fitness

With fantastic portability and good stability, the Ylife True Wireless Earbuds are great for sports. They're small, so if you don't like the bulkiness of headphones or the wires on other earbuds, these could be a good fit. Like most in-ears, they don't trap heat.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.8 Office

The Ylife True Wireless Earbuds are reasonable for office use. They'll isolate chatter around you and they don't leak much, so your coworkers shouldn't hear your music either. However, their battery life isn't good, and you might need to charge them multiple times in a work day, depending on the use. However, they're comfortable to wear for long periods.

See our Office recommendations
5.1 Wireless Gaming

The Ylife ST-BE18 are truly wireless headphones and their Bluetooth latency is too high for gaming.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
5.0 Wired Gaming

The Ylife TWS Bluetooth are wireless-only headphones that can't be used for wired gaming.

5.9 Phone Calls

The Ylife True Wireless Earbuds are sub-par for phone calls. The microphone's recording quality is poor. Speech is hardly understandable, and they struggle to separate your voice from background noise.

  • 7.0 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Neutral Sound
  • 7.6 Commute/Travel
  • 8.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.8 Office
  • 5.1 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.0 Wired Gaming
  • 5.9 Phone Calls
Pros
  • Case holds up to 18 charges; can be used as a power bank.
  • Decently well-balanced sound profile.
  • Good passive noise isolation.
Cons
  • Poor single charge battery life.
  • Bad microphone.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The earbuds have a small design and feel light in the ear. Each piece has a physical button that glows up with blue and red lights and has a rubber finish, so you know where they are just by touch. The rest of the earbuds have a glossy finish.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Ylife ST-BE18 are reasonably comfortable and come with three different tip sizes, so you can find which one is the best for your ears. They're small earbuds, and the buttons are easy to use and don't hurt too much when you press them. They're comfortable to use for long periods.

5.5
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Great
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The controls are easy to use although the buttons aren't very clicky. The feedback is great, with a voice prompt for track skipping and voice assistant. Additionally, you can also play/pause your music with a single tap. Unfortunately, there are no volume controls, so if you're looking for those features plus the volume control, the JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless have significantly better controls.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

As with most in-ear headphones, they have amazing breathability. Heat doesn't get trapped in the ear, making them good to use for sports.

9.6
Design
Portability
L 1.0 "
W 1.5 "
H 0.6 "
Volume 0.9 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Ylife True Wireless Earbuds are very small. The earbuds can be carried around anywhere and fit wherever you need to keep them, like in your pockets or bag.

7.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 3.2 "
W 2.0 "
H 1.0 "
Volume 6.4 Cu. Inches

The case is decent for wireless earbuds. While its large battery makes the case bigger and heavier than most of its competitor's cases, it's still small enough that you should be able to easily slide it into your pocket. The trade-off is that you can use the case as a power bank with a USB-A output, so you can charge your phone with it. The lid feels flimsy; it's a bit loose, yet hard to open, and is a fingerprint magnet. However, the case still feels solid with the sturdy battery at the bottom.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Ylife True Wireless Earbuds have a decent build, being made out of solid plastic. They're also rated IPX5 for water resistance, so they should survive in the rain, but we don't test this. Unfortunately, the disappointing case brings the build quality down. Also, the case on our unit had a crooked USB port, but still was able to charge a phone.

7.5
Design
Stability

Stability is good. It comes with different sizes of tips, but they're lacking stability fins. These should be fine if you plan on running, but may not be suitable for more intense workouts.

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In The Box

  • Ylife True Wireless Earbuds
  • Charging case
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • 3 tip sizes
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.75 db
Treble Amount
-1.04 db

They have a fairly neutral sound profile, but have a bit extra of bass without sounding too boomy. There's also a small dip in the mid-range which can make vocals a bit nudged to the back of the mix.

9.8
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.04 dB

The Ylife's frequency response consistency is outstanding. Once you achieve a proper seal, they should perform similarly every time.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.83 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
4.09 dB
Mid-Bass
2.9 dB
High-Bass
2.57 dB

These headphones have a very accurate bass. It's well-balanced, although it's a bit over our target curve, giving them a bit of extra thump and punch.

8.3
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.28 dB
Low-Mid
-0.17 dB
Mid-Mid
-3.59 dB
High-Mid
-0.06 dB

The mid accuracy of these headphones is also great. There's only a small dip in the mid-mid range, which might make vocals a bit more distant and pushed to the back of the mix, but most people won't notice this.

6.8
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.24 dB
Low-Treble
-1.62 dB
Mid-Treble
-1.12 dB
High-Treble
-4.86 dB

They have a passable treble accuracy. There's a rather large dip in the range, which will negatively affect the brightness and detail of sibilants.

7.3
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.54 db
Dips
1.8 db

The peaks and dips performance is decent. These are rather well-balanced headphones, but there's a dip in the mid-range that will affect vocals a bit. There's also a noticeable lack of detail in the treble range.

9.4
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.11
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.44
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.82
Weighted Phase Mismatch
0.77

They have a remarkable stereo imaging. The group delay is well below the audibility threshold and should result in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. Our unit's drivers are very well-matched, but these results are only valid for ours, and yours may be different.

0.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.6

Like most in-ears, the Ylife True Wireless Earbuds can't produce a proper soundstage, as they don't interact with the pinna (outer ear) by design, which is essential for creating a spacious, out-of-head experience.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App

These headphones don't have virtual soundstage support.

7.6
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.312
WHD @ 100
0.137

The weighted harmonic distortion is good. It's within good limits throughout the range, with a slight rise in treble, but this won't be noticeable.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

The results are only valid for these test settings.

Isolation
7.5
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-20.94 dB
Bass
-9.03 dB
Mid
-20.7 dB
Treble
-34.22 dB

The earbuds have good noise isolation. These would be good in an office environment with their strong ability to block ambient chatter and the noise coming from an AC unit. However, they might still struggle a bit at blocking deeper noises like the engine of a bus or plane.

9.5
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
24.23 dB

Like most in-ears, these headphones barely leak any noise. You should be able to play your music at a fairly high volume without bothering those around you.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

These headphones have an integrated microphone, so you can't see it.

4.7
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
213.57 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.46 dB
HFE
1208.16 Hz
Weighted THD
46.958
Gain
15.61 dB

The recording quality of these headphones is quite bad. Speech is barely comprehensible and sounds very muffled and without any detail. These headphones shouldn't be used for calls.

6.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
12.34 dB

The microphone's noise handling is mediocre. It struggles to separate background noise from your voice and won't be suitable for moderately loud environments.

Active Features
5.7
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
3.3 hrs
Additional Charges
18.0
Total Battery Life
62.7 hrs
Charge Time
1.1 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

While the single charge battery life is quite disappointing, Ylife claims the case can hold up to 18 additional charges, which is very impressive. They have a playtime of just over three hours, which is quite lower than the advertised five hours. If you're looking for comparable earbuds with better battery life, the Raycon E25 True Wireless are a good alternative.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

There's no dedicated mobile app for these earbuds.

Connectivity
6.4
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
57 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
366 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
142 ms
Android Latency
190 ms

The Bluetooth connectivity is decent but has minimal range. However, the latency on PC, iOS, and Android performs fairly well and some people might not notice any delay when watching video content on some apps.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

The earbuds can only connect via Bluetooth.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

There's no wired connection, but they do come with a micro-USB cable for charging.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

These Bluetooth-only headphones aren't compatible with PS4. While they will connect to any Bluetooth-enabled PC, their latency will likely be too high for competitive gaming.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No

The Ylife True Wireless Earbuds can't connect to an Xbox One.

2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB

The charging case has both a micro-USB input slot and a USB-A output, so you can use it as a power bank.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Ylife True Wireless Earbuds are decent for their price. The battery life on the earbuds are not good in comparison to other wireless earbuds, but for what it lacks there, it makes up with the case that can act as a power bank. Like most truly wireless earbuds, these are a good choice for sports with great portability, and they won't trap much heat. See our other recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds, the best cheap wireless earbuds, the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds, and the best cheap earbuds.

EarFun Free Truly Wireless
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The EarFun Free Truly Wireless earbuds are slightly better than the Ylife True Wireless Earbuds. They perform better for neutral sound quality, and they're significantly better for treble accuracy. They also have better battery life, but the EarFun case doesn't hold as many charges as the Ylife's 18. The Ylife are also better for the office with significantly stronger noise isolation and have better leakage as well.

SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless
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The SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless and the Ylife True Wireless Earbuds are two very similar budget true wireless earbuds. The SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless have better build quality and are more stable in the ears. Both have similar battery life, but the SoundPeats have a standby mode, so they won't lose their charge as quickly if you forget to turn the power off. The Ylife's case has a USB-A output, so it can be used to charge your phone.

Raycon E25 True Wireless
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The Ylife True Wireless Earbuds are somewhat better than the Raycon E25 True Wireless, especially when it comes to sound quality. The Ylife is better for neutral sound. The Raycon earbuds have easier-to-use controls, which include volume control, and the battery life lasts longer on a single charge. The Ylife case holds up to 18 charges and has better noise isolation, so they're a bit better for commuting.

JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless
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The Ylife True Wireless Earbuds are slightly better than the JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless in terms of mixed usage. The JLab has controls that the Ylife doesn't have, including volume control. However, the Ylife has much better bass accuracy than the JLab and better overall sound quality. If you're looking for user-friendly controls and don't plan on listening to bass-heavy music, go for the JLab Audio JBuds Truly Wireless; otherwise, the Ylife True Wireless Earbuds are a better choice.

Ylife True Wireless Earbuds Price

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