Highlights Raycon Earbuds E25 Review:
- Hear the world around you with Awareness mode.
- Vivid Voice Technology for crystal clear phone calls.
- 3 Sound Profiles for a personalized listening experience.
- Wireless charging case to keep your bud’s power topped up anywhere you go.
- IPX6 Water and Splash resistance.
- 32 Hours of Stand-By battery, 8 hours of continuous use.
Raycon Earbuds E25 Review: Raycon Wireless Earbuds
The Raycon The Fitness Earbuds True Wireless is also known as the Raycon E25 and is a sports-oriented earbud. They have a comfortable, stable, and well-built design certified IPX7 for protection against water immersion.
While they lack a companion app, they have three onboard EQ presets. This is especially nice since some users may find their heavily v-shaped default sound profile overly muddy and harsh.
Their 10.4-hour continuous battery life should last through long workouts, and their carrying case holds roughly five additional charges. Unfortunately, we experienced some issues with our model, like a rattling sound in the left driver.
They also really struggle to block out background noise, though some users may prefer this design as it allows you to hear your surroundings when outdoors.
There was a point not long ago that truly wireless earbuds could mask the inadequate sound with a lineup of enticing features. But in a world where active noise cancellation and double-digit battery life are quickly becoming the standard for options under $100, you need a complete package.
The Raycon Fitness Earbuds are great for sports and fitness. They’re lightweight, very portable, and have a comfortable as well as stable fit.
They also come with four pairs of differently-sized stability fins to help you get the best fit. Their well-built design is also certified IPX7 for protection against water immersion. Their over 10 hours of continuous playback time should be more than enough for long workouts, too.
While they struggle to block out background noise, some users may prefer this as it lets you hear your surroundings if you like to run outdoors.
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We’re about to review the Raycon The every day (E25) Earbuds (2021 Edition). These are the latest in Raycon’s E25 line, which has been around since 2019. However, Raycon has made several changes over the years, leading to this new 2021 edition.
These buds build on the E25’s already-sturdy foundation. The IPX4 water resistance of the original has been upgraded to IPX6. The batteries last longer, and there are a handful of bonus features. For example, you can now switch between three different audio modes, so the new buds are a bit more versatile.
But are they worth the investment, or would you be better off looking somewhere else? Let’s take a close look at the new E25 earbuds, and see what they have to offer.
Raycon Earbuds E25 Features & Specification
The Raycon Fitness Earbuds have a comfortable fit. They’re lightweight and don’t go very deeply into your ears. They also come with four differently-sized stability fins and five pairs of differently-sized ear tips. However, some users may find that the fins could cause discomfort over time.
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That tight, secure fit also reveals one of the Everyday Earbuds’ big benefits. They lack the ever-popular luxury of active noise cancellation (not a real surprise for $80), but they do come equipped with surprisingly good passive noise isolation.
Crowded gyms with blaring music were no match for the seal that Raycon’s budget buds offered, and neither were busy morning roadways. Ears come in all shapes and sizes, of course, so your mileage may vary. But with four extra pairs of ear tips to choose from, a good fit and solid passive noise reduction shouldn’t be out of reach for most folks.
Raycon Earbuds Case Design:
The carrying case is great and is a nice improvement over that of the Raycon E55 Truly Wireless. It has four LED indicator lights on the case to indicate its charge. Two extremity lights turn red to let you know when the buds are charging. If you need to reset the headphones, you can press the button located inside the case. The USB-C port has a cover, and there’s a loop on the case’s backside so that you can attach the included wrist strap or lanyard.
As we’ve come to expect in most earbuds these days, Raycon’s buds also offer an Awareness Mode to offset their noise reduction prowess. However, I found it to be pretty average when it comes to the clarity of exterior sounds.
The Raycon The Fitness Earbuds have a very similar look to the Raycon E55 Truly Wireless. Their buds are teardrop-shaped and have a metallic finish with Raycon’s logo on the outward-facing side. They come in several color variants: ‘Carbon Black’, ‘Electric Blue’, ‘Flare Red’, ‘Rose Gold, and ‘Frost White’.
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The Raycon Fitness Earbuds have alright Bluetooth connectivity. Unfortunately, they don’t support multi-device or NFC pairing. Their latency with PC and iOS devices is also a bit high, so your audio and visuals may fall out of sync, which could be annoying if you’re streaming video.
Latency is a bit lower on Android devices, though, so you shouldn’t notice too much audio lag. However, some apps and devices compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary.
Earbuds Build Quality
The Raycon Fitness Earbuds have good build quality. They’re mostly made of plastic and feel like they should survive accidental drops or falls without taking too much damage. They come with a few accessories like a lanyard and carabiner that you can attach to the case.
Unlike the Raycon E55 Truly Wireless, they’re also certified IPX7 for water resistance, which offers protection against immersion in water. However, the fins and tips seem like they could rip over time.
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According to Raycon, the Everyday Earbuds battery lasts 8 hours on a single charge, but in our test, it fell well short of that. At a consistent output of 75dB, the Raycon Everyday Earbuds lasted 6 hours, and 43 minutes-not a bad result (and an hour longer than last time), but not all that close to the best on the market.
Raycon also claims the charging case has an additional 24 hours of charge, and nothing from the review period indicates otherwise. The case charges over USB-C or wirelessly using Qi charging pads.
I’ve been burned way too many times (by significantly more expensive buds) when it comes to earbud controls. It’s 2022. Choosing between being able to control volume or skipping a track should have gone the way of the dodo long ago. Accordingly, I will continue to commend any earbuds that feature these seemingly basic necessities in terms of controls.
You’ll need to study the manual to memorize the multitude of taps and long presses, but the Everyday Earbuds deliver comprehensive controls for all functions at once. You can turn the volume up or down, control playback and song skipping, toggle between three sound profiles, turn on Awareness Mode, and answer or reject calls all without grabbing your phone.
This is especially important given the lack of any app, meaning there’s no way to customize controls or access additional features. That’s something we expect to see on virtually every pair of earbuds these days, so Raycon’s utter lack of an option here is a head-scratcher.
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The Raycon Fitness Earbuds’ mid-accuracy is good. There’s some overemphasis extending from the bass range and into the low-mid, which can make mixes a bit cluttered. A dip in the mid-mid pushes vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix, while a small bump in the high-mid can slightly harshen these same sounds.
The Raycon Fitness Earbuds are mediocre for phone calls. While your voice should still be understandable by whoever’s on the other end of the line, it sounds muffled and lacking in detail. The mic struggles to separate your voice, and speech can be drowned out by moderate ambient noise around you.
The buds also have a hard time blocking out ambient noise like engine rumbles or background speech, making it harder to hear your conversation.
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The Raycon Everyday Earbuds provide similar audio quality to the original. It’s not exactly studio quality, but it’s reasonably rich across all frequencies. The bass is deep and punchy, the highs are clean and clear, and there’s a wide soundstage.
This means there’s a sense of space and real separation between instruments. As a result, the sound has a “live” feel, whether you’re listening to music or watching a movie. But in addition to having similar overall quality, the new E25 buds have three audio profiles.
Without getting too far into the weeds, these are three different EQ settings. This allows you to change the feel of your music without using any fancy third-party apps. That said, the overall profile is always heavier on the bass than you’d expect.
This was a major feature of the original 25, which was known for its powerful bass presence. So even when the EQ is purportedly flat, you’ll still hear a lot of the lower frequencies.
The sound quality wasn’t amazing, but what do you expect? It’s no Corsair headphones, and really can’t compare to a lot of wired headphones or earbuds. Can these buds adequately deliver a podcast? No problem. Are they capable of some light listening during your morning commute? Surely.
Is call quality on par with the buds’ price? Without question. Raycon delivers in each of these areas, making good on its “everyday” namesake.
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For anyone invested in quality sound, though, the Everyday Earbuds ain’t it. There is some potential buried in Raycon’s three sound profiles: Balanced, Bass, and Pure sound. But I couldn’t find the option that was just right. Both Balanced and Bass were completely oversaturated by, well, bass.
The pure profile was more defined at times, but inexcusably muddied up higher frequencies. I was Goldilocks for a while there, endlessly swapping scalding hot porridge for an alternative that was ice cold. Except in this fairy tale, notable budget brands like JLab and Anker already ate all the good porridge.
After performing our sound tests, we noticed that our unit’s left driver makes a rattling noise that seems to go away and come back. We think this may be caused by our sound testing at 100dB. However, the lower the volume, the more noticeable the rattling is, and you can even hear it when there’s no audio playing.
That said, we don’t expect users to encounter this problem as it could be related to our testing setup or be unique to our unit. If you experience this issue, please let us know in the discussions, and we’ll update our review.
In The Box:
- Raycon Fitness Earbuds
- Charging case
- 5x ear tips
- 4x stability fins
- USB-A to USB-C charging cable
- Wrist strap
How is the Microphone?
The Raycon Everyday Earbuds microphone sounds pretty typical of mid-tier true wireless earbuds. Everything sounds pretty muffled, and the mic drops the bassier parts of your voice, which is common, but that’s hardly a defense. This will suit a phone call, but don’t expect to record any podcasts. Listen for yourself:
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What are Raycon Earbuds? Is it a good Company?
Raycon is co-founded by Ray J, the American rapper turned reality TV star, alongside the other Ray, Ray Lee. The pair joined forces to create a wireless headphone company that aims to undercut the major players in the tech industry with more affordable options – though it currently only sells them in the US.
Raycon as an entity has been around since 2017 and rose in popularity thanks to its mix of celebrity endorsements and YouTube affiliates. That, coupled with its already low prices and even further discounts has really paved the way for its success amongst the bigger players.
On its website, users give Raycon’s earbuds glowing reviews en masse and we found that largely to hold true with our testing, though many don’t mention the downsides of the earbuds. Overall, Raycon is a trustable company that makes decent products – but, like every company, those products aren’t quite as perfect as they’re made out to be.
Raycon Earbuds E25 Pros & Cons
- Comfortable, ergonomic design.
- Three audio profiles.
- Long-lasting batteries.
- Supports wireless charging.
- Tiny, secure footprint
- Good passive noise isolation
- Solid controls
- Bass could be overpowering.
- Touch controls are awkward.
- Poor sound
- Average features
- Cheap feel