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TicPods 2 Pro review: Good sound, but a fit that's not for everyone

When the TicPods Free came out in 2018, they were one of my favorite true wireless sets, especially given the relatively low price of $130. Cheaper models were few and far between at that point, and you’d have to pay significantly more to get anything that sounded truly excellent. The market has been flooded with half-decent affordable options in the time since then, however, and the original TicPods didn’t stand up to the test of time all that well.

I've been looking forward to an update, and now the TicPods 2 and TicPods 2 Pro are upon us, the latter of which I’ve been reviewing over the past week or so.

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Mobvoi announces TicPods 2 Pro earbuds with AI voice and motion controls in addition to 'Tickle touch'

The TicPods Free true wireless earbuds were among the best in the category when I reviewed them more than a year ago. There's been a lot of innovation from other manufacturers in that time, so they're due an update, and that's what Mobvoi has announced today at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. We're getting not one, but two new sets, and there are some really interesting AI features on the more expensive variant.

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Mobvoi TicPods Free true wireless earbuds down to $80 ($50 off)

True wireless earphones don't necessarily mean you need to break the bank, and Mobvoi's TicPods Free are a good example, as they offer good value for less than $100. Their price has just dropped to $80, which is considerably lower compared to Apple's AirPods.

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TicWatch Pro plus TicPods Free bundle is down 25% to $285 / £252

Mobvoi may not be as popular as brands like Fossil and Fitbit, but it's helping democratize what would typically be seen as expensive luxury accessories. Indeed, the company's products are usually affordable while remaining reliable and well-built. In fact, the TicWatch Pro is one of the most respectable smartwatches around, especially thanks to its impressive battery life. Similarly, the TicPods Free offer great sound quality and decent playback time and cost less than the AirPods. Thanks to Mobvoi's deal, you can save $95 when buying both products together, which represents a 25% markdown off the MSRP.

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[Update: C2 sales get started with 10% discount] Mobvoi announces TicWatch C2 at London event, plus TicPods Free earbuds are now on sale

Chinese AI company Mobvoi hosted an event in London today, in part to raise awareness for digital wellbeing, but mainly to make two announcements. The TicPods Free true wireless earbuds that we first heard about in April are now on general sale, but the main attraction is the brand new TicWatch C2.

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TicPods Free review: Capable true wireless earbuds that won't break the bank

True wireless earbuds have seen a huge rise in popularity over the last couple of years as the products have reached a price point and level of quality that make them viable purchases for mainstream consumers. The IFA 2018 show floor was packed with new models from various brands, and I’ve already reviewed two products in the category in the last couple of months.

The Earin M–2 ($249) and Master & Dynamic MW07 ($299) were both premium products with hefty price tags, but now it’s time to try something a little easier on the wallet. AI company Mobvoi is best known for its TicWatch smartwatches, but it has previous experience with audio, too.

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TicPods Free are affordable true wireless earbuds with touch controls from Mobvoi

Now that multiple Android OEMs have launched phones without headphone jacks, consumers have had to reluctantly concede that true wireless earbuds need to be a thing. And they are, with some compelling options out there from the likes of Jaybird, Bose, and Zolo (by Anker). They're still by no means cheap, however, so it's exactly the right time for the TicPods Free from Mobvoi to enter the fray.

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