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Aukey's new T18NC is an attempt at making true wireless ANC headphones mainstream

By Raymond Lau - on 17 Mar 2020, 2:04pm

Aukey's new T18NC is an attempt at making true wireless ANC headphones mainstream

(Image source: Aukey)

Once a headline feature in true wireless earbuds, active noise-cancelling (ANC) is fast becoming a staple feature in newer models.

While many of the products in this category are still pegged at a premium price point – such as the Apple AirPods Pro and the Sony WF-1000XM3 – there are no lack of slightly more affordable alternatives in the market today.

One such recent example is the Aukey T18NC true wireless earbuds, which offers us a lot to like on paper, especially with its S$189 price tag.  

In addition to ANC, you get wireless and USB-C charging, touch controls, and an extended playtime of up to 24 hours. It also claims to be sweat resistant, and dual mics that supposedly delivers crystal clear calls through active noise reduction technology.

(Image source: Aukey)

The company also talked up its smart touch controls, but as you can remember from my time with the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, this may not be a plus. We’ll only be able to tell conclusively after we manage to spend more time with the device.

The thing to remember about ANC is that their performance is very subjective. What may sound like good noise-cancelling to one person might end up being an uncomfortable build-up of pressure in another.

Is the Aukey unit worth it for its asking price? Look out for our upcoming review to find out.