Many people are looking for a product that will allow them to listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks while on the go.
One of the most common complaints with headphones is that they are too bulky and uncomfortable when worn for long periods. If you’re in the market for earbuds, take a look at our Rowkin Earbuds review below!
Rowkin Earbuds are the perfect compact version of full-sized earbuds. They fit discreetly in your ear canal and come with various sized ear tips, these are silicone tips you can change out as needed.
They come in several colors and ship with a hard-shell carrying case. If you’re looking for a Bluetooth earbud that’s a little easier to manage than a standard wireless headphone, Rowkin Earbuds are a perfect size.
Pros And Cons
- It’s small and sleek, but it looks great.
- You can charge USB devices with the battery charging case.
- The sound quality is poor
- Audio assistant and call quality are poor
- Pairing to listen in stereo mode is very poor
- There is no way to tell which earbud you are putting in your ear canal, left or right.
- Charging time Earbud: =70 Minutes
- Portable charging case: =120 min
- There are four recharges
- Standby time (power-on): up to 70 hours. (Power off): approximately 120 days
- Talk time / Music: Up to 3.5+ Hours
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Bluetooth version: 5.0
- Bluetooth profiles: HFP and HSP, AVRCP, A2DP, SPP, AVRCP, and AVRCP
- Audio enhancements and noise-canceling
Who Is The Rowkin For?
Athletes: With the earbuds being IPX5-certified and the ribbed design on the earbuds and charging case, the Rowkin Ascent Micro was made to withstand sweaty workouts from all athletes—save for swimmers.
Commuters: True wireless earbuds are liberating. You’ve completely cut the cord and can bustle onto the subway without worrying about getting your cabled, wireless headphones caught on a stranger’s lapel. Additionally, the noise reduction and echo cancellation capabilities make these an excellent option for telecommuters, even if they are omnidirectional mics.
Listeners: Who prioritize compact design above extended playback time. We’ve seen plenty of truly wireless earbuds that include bulky charging cases, but that undermines the desire to have a lightweight, compact earbud setup. The Ascent Micro stays true to its name with a charger about the AirPods’ size.
The Rowkin earphones are compact, tiny, and circular bullet-style earbuds that sit pretty flush with the side of your small ears. Don’t expect to sleep with them on, as they still protrude from the ears a bit and require a tight seal to sound their best.
We couldn’t get the Rowkin true wireless earbuds in our ears to fit correctly for very long. Simple movements such as chewing, yawning, or even running caused the earphones to slip out of our ears.
We tried all the ear tips in the box, but none offered a secure fit. Without a proper seal, the headphones will not block sound or provide any bass response.
The bullet design is not the best for headphones that you want to seal correctly.
It is also very frustrating to use. The case’s gloss black finish makes it slippery, and we ended dropping both the charging case and the gloss black headphones several times during our testing period.
This is especially problematic because the mirror finish can pick up fingerprints and scratches easily. The headphones and case will look dirty even after regular use. The charging case was difficult to take out the headphones because the earbuds are slippery, and the magnets that hold them in place are robust.
Rowkin true wireless earbuds have one cool feature, which you can guess by their name: the capacitive touch controls at each earbud. They were not as intuitive as other touch controls.
Half of the inputs we received weren’t recognized. Requiring listeners to press the earbuds on the outside to activate music, you’ll need to adjust the headphones each time you tap.
Although there are many directives that you need to remember, it’s easy to use them once you do. Here’s a Rowkin cheat sheet. To end a call and begin the second, tap the ear -buds for three seconds. You can also tap and hold either earbud for five seconds to place the caller on hold.
The Rowkin’s battery life is very long. The earbuds were tested at 75dB(SPL) and the playback time was 3.17 hours. If you are listening to lower volumes, you will likely reach or exceed the 3.5-hour mark.
You can also insert the earbud battery into the case to recharge them after being used up.
Also, you’ll need to be aware of the case’s battery level. The four LEDs at the bottom of the charger, along with the USB-C input, indicate this.
Yes, the case can charge via USB-C, but unlike its bigger brother, it cannot also charge your phone. You will need to allow 70 minutes and 120 minutes for each earbud and case to charge fully.
If you’re not one for wearing the charging case, keep in mind that it does come with a built-in battery. If you’re on the go and need to recharge your earbuds quickly, pop them out and press the power button and it will take about 3 hours and 30 minutes.
This is an excellent feature because it means you will not have to carry the case around with you. It also prevents you from losing them if you happen to drop them or lose them for any reason.
Read more: How To Charge Wireless Earbuds?
Although the Rowkin wireless earbuds can maintain a stable connection with your device, you should follow these instructions for pairing. Remove both earbuds from their cases and wait for the LED on the right earbud to alternate between white and red flashes.
You can now pair it with other devices. You’ll have problems if you try to pair each earbud separately.
Bluetooth 5.0 allows the Rowkin to maintain a long-range connection. My PC and my LG G6 are not compatible with Bluetooth 5.0, so we could not test them. But we can walk around my 900 sqft. Apartment without connectivity dropouts
Unfortunately, the earbuds don’t support AAC or aptX, but it’s not as severe as it appears. Listeners might notice the most noticeable difference is the audio-visual delay when watching videos. This is not the streaming audio quality.
The Rowkin wireless headphones also support multipoint connectivity. This means that each wireless earbud can be connected to two Bluetooth sources simultaneously, such as your iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or tablet.
The Rowkin true wireless earbuds can recognize your iPhone’s incoming call and let you take the call without repairing it.
Although the integrated omnidirectional microphones are great for simple phone calls, voice clarity can be affected by too much ambient noise.
The echo chamber effect of coffee shops can cause the microphones to pick up a lot of the ambient noise, even with the echo cancellation technology.
If you’re in desperate need of earbuds with excellent microphone quality, look into the Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC.
Rowkin’s True Wireless earbuds are virtually identical to their larger counterparts. This means that the frequency response of the Rowkin Ascent Micro is almost the same as its larger counterpart.
You may need other wireless earbuds if you listen to music with many guitar slides and hi-hats.
San Cisco’s cover version of getting Lucky features a precise reproduction of the intro sound: the palm hits from the bongos can be heard clearly.
At the same time, Jordi Davidson’s vocals are evident, even though his voice is so weak at the end of Phoenix eight-second into the song. The chords of the guitar follow the Bm-D–F#m–E pattern, and it is harder to hear bongos as the other musicians join in.
Scarlett Stevens’ drumming is a great way to add energy to the chorus. However, Rowkin’s cymbal sounds can be challenging to hear when you listen through them. Depending on the song, the audio can sound slightly flat and other times they sound great.
They don’t sound tinny but they do lack the oomph of a regular over-ear headphone, due in large part to their compact size.
Although reducing the volume can help, it is difficult to ignore the harshness in the treble frequency reproduction. The Rowkin is an excellent choice for low-end and vocals.
What do they sound like for video and music?
To test the Rowkin Ascent Micro earbuds, we used our Pixel 2 XL. We also used streaming music services such as Spotify, Pandora, and Amazon Music.
The music was good. These buds were not perfect, and we don’t think that they are worth the money. However, we enjoyed listening to our favorite songs.
They also worked well while we were watching Netflix videos. The sound was excellent.
We are happy to say that we have not experienced the same problem with Rowkin True Wireless earbuds, where the audio will stop working for the second earbud.
It was an annoying problem that would occur a few times per hour. However, after testing these earbuds for several days, I have not experienced this issue. This is because Bluetooth 5.0 and an LDS antenna solved the problem.
The Rowkin earbuds were designed for comfort. There is a rubber grip along the bottom of the earbud, and it is flexible enough to fit in different shapes and sizes of ears.
The earbuds also come with three different ear tips, but they can also be replaced with other third-party ear tips if needed.
The cables are both 3.5mm and 6.3mm, a huge advantage for Apple devices users. In addition, the earbuds come with an in-line mic and volume control buttons, so it is easy to adjust the volume, change tracks, and answer calls when needed.
The Rowkin comes with a cord clip, which is a very nice feature for those who do not want to use the included cable.
These earbuds are IPX5 rated, which means that they are supposed to be sweatproof and water-resistant.
They should also survive a swim in the pool and be able to withstand the rain. However, some users have reported that these earbuds had no problem with water, and they took a swim in the pool and used them all day, and they never got wet.
These are also very lightweight at only 0.5 ounces each, which is not much at all.
The earbuds themselves are made of stainless steel. This is nice because it can withstand most impacts without breaking.
Should You Buy The Rowkin Earbuds?
The Rowkin is a very affordable pair of wireless earbuds. This is still a rare feat. However, this affordable price does not come without sacrifices.
The mic setup is just okay, and there is no high-quality codec support. If you can ignore the negatives and embrace the compact nature of the waterproof Rowkin, then you’ll be a happy listener.
The Rowkin is a very comfortable pair of wireless earbuds with great sound quality to match. For the price, this is one of the best wireless earbuds you can find.
- You want affordable, genuinely wireless earbuds with Qi charging.
- You’re willing to compromise on polish for a bargain.
Don’t buy if:
- You don’t care about wireless charging. Save some money and go for the Rowkin Ascent Micro instead.
- You’re a perfectionist about your devices.
Rowkin earbuds are one of the latest gadgets to hit the market. These tiny devices make it possible to listen to music and even take calls without the need for more giant, more inconvenient headphones.
Customers who have purchased Rowkin were pleasantly surprised by the practicality of these little devices.
Many claimed that they made it possible to listen to music without having to deal with connectivity issues. Some users were less than satisfied with the Rowkin sound quality.
Regarding the earbuds themselves, some customers complained about an awkward shape and stated that the earbuds were uncomfortable.
One customer stated that she felt as though she was listening to music through a cell phone speaker.
Unfortunately, many customers reported that the device’s battery would stop charging after only a few hours of use.
It also seemed that most users had problems with charging their devices.
The good news is that you can return these devices if you are not satisfied with them!
The Rowkin earbuds are a great set of wireless earbuds that produce a full, clear sound. They have long battery life and the perfect amount of bass for those who prefer music emphasizing low frequencies.
These headphones also come at an affordable price point, making them one of the best values in the industry today. If you’re looking to buy new wireless earbuds but don’t want to spend too much money, then these should be your first choice!
What do you think? Would you consider buying the Rowkin in your next earbud purchase? Let Hooke Audio know what you think in the comments below!