I know Meizu from the smartphones that they make but I did not know they made headphones as well. I own some wireless headphones already, like the TWS10, QCY Q29 Pro, HBQ-i7 TWS or the Vontar TWS EH01 but they are not really created for sport. They will stay in your ear just fine while running or cycling, but I did not have a pair of sport earbuds. Now, with the Meizu EP51, that has changed! Let’s see if they work as good as the other pairs!
Introduction & Specifications
Being able to sport with music is a must for a lot of people. Now there are other wireless earbuds available (click here for more) and they can be used for sports as well. They do not have wires at all, so what happens when you lose one at night? Right, you have to search on the ground and stop your workout. Better buy the Meizu EP51! This semi-wireless headphones are designed for sporters and I must say, they work really well for that purpose.
|Functions:||Answering Phone, Bluetooth ,HiFi, Noise Cancelling, Song Switching, Sweatproof, Voice control, Waterproof|
|Cable Length (m):||0.55m|
|Charging Time:||1.5 - 2h|
|Compatible with:||Android, iOS|
|Connecting Interface:||Micro USB|
|Frequency:||20Hz - 20KHz|
|Bluetooth Protocol:||A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP|
|Battery Capacity (mAh):||60 mAh Li-ion Battery|
|Dimension & Weight|
|Package Size (L x W x H):||5.00 x 10.00 x 15.00 cm / 1.97 x 3.94 x 5.91 inches|
|Package Content:||1 x Meizu EP51 Sports Earbuds, 3 x Pair of Standby Earbud Tips, 1 x USB Charge Cable, 1 x Storage Box, 1 x English / Chinese User Manual|
The box of the Meizu EP51 has a lot more information on it then, for example, Xiaomi products. This is not a bad thing, but it makes the box look really busy. At front we have a picture of the Meizu EP51 and at the back we have, in Chinese, the specs. On the bottom we find some more information and the logo of Meizu.
Hardware & Design
I really like the feeling and the design of the Meizu EP51. It is somewhat different from the truly wireless earbuds, which makes sense. The earbuds are not that heavy and they can have a plastic feeling. The magnetic logo brings a little bit more weight in there, but it does not have that premium feeling that I mentioned in my previous reviews.
The control button works good, but you have to press really hard on the buttons before they work. I tought the middle button did not work, but I had to press really hard to make it work. Since this is the on/off button, this can be a bit annoying. Besides that, it works well and recognized it every time (when you press it hard).
The Meizu EP51 earbuds are connected with a cable that goes around the back of your neck. This is handy and if they do fall out, you won’t have to look on the ground to find them. Now the cable is not detachable, which is a down side if you ask me. There are a lot of companies who do it like Meizu, but luckily the KZ ZS6 did it differently. You can detach the cable and connect a new pair. If the cable breaks, you don’t have to buy a new pair.
The cable looks good but I’ve seen a lot of cables break after some time of use. Let’s see how durable this cable is.. For now it looks good and I have high hopes.
Both earbuds have a magnetic logo. This means you can connect the both earbuds together and prevent them from getting all tangled up. Really handy and this makes you able to listen to music when you want to instead of untangling the earbuds for 5 minutes.
Do They Fit?
If the standard eartips are not fitting, no problem! Meizu provided 3 extra sizes! When you receive the Meizu, size “M” is installed on the pair of earbuds. If they are too big or too small, you can change them from size “S” to size “XL”! No need to find another pair or see if other eartips fit, Meizu made the eartips so they will fit everybody!
How to connect?
Connecting the Meizu EP51 is easy. Unlike the truly wireless earbuds, you don’t have to turn one on first and after that the second earbud. With the EP51 you turn them both on together with the middle button. When it is turned on, wait for a few seconds, 5 maybe, and look in your Bluetooth settings of the smartphone. There will appear the “Meizu EP51”. Just click on it and you are connected.
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Now the Meizu EP51 is not packed with features, but has all the basics that we require from semi wireless headphones. You can accept or decline an incoming phone call, skip the song or go a song back and change the volume. What else do we need, right?
When you receive a call, you will hear an old telephone ringtone.
You can answer the call by pressing the middle button once. If you want to decline the call, hold the middle button for 2-3 seconds.
Done calling? Press the middle button once and you will end the call.
Of course the volume buttons work here as well. + is for volume up and – is for volume down.
With the control button on the cord, you can control your music.
The middle button is to pause/play your song. By pressing once you will pause it, press it again and it will play again.
If you want to hear the song again? Press the + button for 3-4 seconds. If you do it at the beginning of a song, you will go to the previous song.
Want to listen to the next song? Press the – button for 3-4 seconds.
Turning on the Meizu EP51 is really easy. Press the middle button for around 3 to 5 seconds and you will hear it turn on. The same action is needed to turn it off. Press the middle button again for 3 to 5 seconds and it will make a sound again that it is turned off.
The Meizu EP51 are not completely noise cancelling. You can hear the surrounding which is for your safety when you are running or cycling. I really like that the sound quality is good, but you can still hear a car blow his horn or a emergency sirene. Good job Meizu!
The sound that is produced by the Meizu EP51 is good, but not the best I’ve heard. There are other pairs which give better sound, like the QCY Q29 Pro. You can definitely listen to the music with comfort. Specailly if you are using the Meizu EP51 for sports, this is completely fine.
The volume is lower then I expected, but it is loud enough to enjoy the music. It might be a good thing as well. We are damaging our ears if we put the volume to the max.
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It is not super good, but you can make a phone call if needed. It sound like you are a couple of meters away from your phone and it is on speaker. Since this is a pair of headphones designed for sporting, I would not recommend using it for phone calls, but when you receive one while running, you can take and have the conversation without using your phone at all.
The Meizu EP51 has a battery life of around 4 hours. This is good enough for me. I rather see the battery life goes up, but right now this seems to be standard.
If you sport 3 times a week for one hour, you should last at least one week on a single charge. Now you can of course use the Meizu EP51 for travel to work or any other cause, 4 hours of battery life is more than enough. I do miss the battery case like we see with the TWS10, QCY Q29 Pro, Vontar TWS EH01 or the HBQ-i7 TWS. That way you will stay 100% charged for at least 2-3 weeks!
Now you have to charge your Meizu EP51 sometimes at work or once a week at home.
I’m really happy with the Meizu EP51. The sound is not the best, the volume is not the loudest but overall I’m happy and it does what I expect. For sports it is kind off nice to not have the volume at max, now I’m able to hear my surroundings if I need to.
The battery life of 4 hours is good and enough for a few days of sporting. Since there is a cable attached to the earbuds, they are half wireless, but with the Meizu EP51 that is perfectly fine. Now when they fall out when sporting, you won’t lose them.
The case that you get with it to protect it, feels good and gives the needed protecting in your bag with sport shoes for example. I’m happy with them, even if they are not the best.