Honor Choice Moecen review: Best TWS earphones under Rs 3,000?
Honor Choice Moecen is available for Rs 2,999.
The TWS earphones offer a balanced sound.
They come with an in-ear design which is also very lightweight.
2020 has been the year of truly wireless (TWS) earphones. Despite facing serious disruptions to the supply and manufacturing chain, the biggest brands have been able to launch a number of TWS earphones across the year. In fact, the competition has been so intense in the segment that we’ve not only seen TWS earphones being announced at upper and mid-range price points but also at the entry-level — a price bracket that had previously been left vacant to allow for wired and neckband style earphones to battle it out for the end user’s money.
Back in October, Honor also launched a pair of TWS earphones in India in the form of the Choice Moecen. These came as affordable true wireless earphones for buyers who do not want to compromise either on style, price, or sound quality. In India, this in-ear style earbud were launched at Rs 2,999 and a quick look at Flipkart and Amazon would tell you that they are still available for purchase at the same price in the country.
We’ve had the chance to spend some time with the new Honor TWS earphones. Here’s what we think about them.’
Honor Choice Moecen review: Design
As we mentioned above, this particular pair of earbuds is a device that’s meant for users looking to buy TWS earphones on a budget. However, as we found out while using the earphones, this is not something you’d get to know just by looking at the earbuds, or for the matter its charging case.
While it’s true there’s nothing really special about how the Honor Choice Moecen look, or for the matter feel in the hand, they still manage to look more than they are worth because of the understated but classy design language that Honor follows with both the earbuds and the case.
For the latter, the company has chosen lightweight plastic, which thankfully doesn’t feel flimsy or squeaky in the palm. It feels quite lightweight without the earphones, and because of its slim profile also slips in easily inside your pocket while you put the earphones on in your ear to listen to some light music,
The earbuds themselves are also very lightweight, and appear to be made from the same plastic that the case has been machined out of. Another point to note about the earbuds is that they feature a rather small stem, which is something I personally prefer as it ensures that there’s a minimal weight on your ears while you’re making a call or listening to music on the go or at home.
Although in-ear earbuds are something that I steer clear of, this pair from Honor is would still get my recommendation in terms of design because it just doesn’t feel like a nuisance when put on. Honor is also bundling silicone tips in three different sizes just in case the default ones don’t fit you fine.
Honor Choice Moecan review: Music and calls
Getting the size of the silicone tips right is also very important when it comes to the Choice Moecan as their fit will determine the level of noise protection you get from these earphones. Yes, the Choice Moecan do not offer Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and instead bank on passive noise cancellation to block out ambient noise, and thereby enhance the music listening experience while using the device.
Once these earphones are placed right inside your ears, they offer good sound for the price. While the sound on these isn’t the best we’ve heard — or for the matter even close to the best we’ve heard on TWS earphones in the past — it certainly is among the very best, if not the best, for TWS earphones in the price range.
In our time with the Honor Choice earbuds, we’ve found them to provide an overall balanced sound output, with the earphones handling the mids and highs well. There’s no exaggerated thump while listening to bass-heavy songs, which honestly is something I appreciate. This not only helps with keeping mid and highs discernable, but also helps when you’re making calls, or simply putting this pair on to stream a movie on Netflix.
Another thing to note here is that the earbuds don’t really start losing clarity even when you amp up the volume to full. The sound still remains relatively clear, with lower frequencies of sound getting more pronounced as you start increasing the volume. However, one thing to note here is that the earphones don’t necessarily get too loud even when you turn them up to their loudest. But having said that, it shouldn’t be an issue for most buyers as it still offers enough in terms of loudness to be able to satisfy most users.
As we mentioned above, the lack of overpowering bass is a boon when it comes to making calls. In fact, if you are looking for a pair of TWS earphones primarily for this purpose, then I’d actually suggest going for the Honor Choice Moecen even if you have a higher budget in mind.
This is primarily because I feel this pair of earphones has all the ingredients you need in a good pair of earphones for calling. They are lightweight and offer good clear sound quality when making calls. While the lack of ANC here may hurt, but with the right silicone tips in play, the passive noise cancellation offered by the earphones will be good enough for most users. Additionally, the inclusion of good quality microphones on the earbuds also helps in ensuring a good experience during calls.
Honor Choice Moecen: Other features and battery
Another thing that impressed us about the Choice Moecen is that Honor has managed to include plenty of gesture controls on this affordable pair of earphones. For this, Honor offers four different controls, which include playing or pausing audio, taking and rejecting calls, among others. We found the touch controls to work as advertised and further the placement of the touch panel to be just in the right spot to easily access these controls.
For battery, the Honor Moecen promises 24 hours of combined audio playback. Of this, when you break things down you get about 5-6 hours of playback on a single charge from the individual earbuds. After this, a quick charge from the case can get you another 6 hours of use. As for the case itself, we found it to hold at least three cycles when charged to the brim.
Honor Choice Moecen review: Should you buy it?
Despite there being a lot of competition in the market in the price segment that Honor’s new Choice Moecen TWS earphones fight in, these earphones leave themselves standing out from the crowd because of the mix of its solid design, good sound quality, and decent battery life.
While it is true that there are better options to be considered if you move higher up the price chain — especially the likes of the OnePlus Buds and Vivo TWS Neo. However, at this price point, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option for yourself as Honor Choice Moecen offers pretty much everything you’d want from your next TWS earphones, and that too at an aggressive price. The only real competition it faces at this price point is from the OnePlus Buds Z, which honestly are also a very competent pair under this price point.