Countless companies have tried to take down the AirPods — mainly by copying them completely — but Mobvoi goes a different route. The Mobvoi Earbuds Gesture rely on motion-sensing technology to set itself apart from the pack, as well as a number of features we don’t often see on true wireless earbuds at this price.
The Mobvoi Earbuds Gesture use ear tips that seal to the ear and integrate AI software, so you can field incoming calls with the nod of your head. The company terms this feature TicMotion, and it’s powered by the Airoha 1532 chipset. An internal six-axis motion sensor within the headset registers your head movements. Mobvoi first introduced this technology in the TicPods 2 Pro. We found the feature to be useful when your hands are full.
You can control your connected smartphone with the multi-touch controls, too. Each earbud stem is a touch-capacitive panel that allows you to control media playback and access your preferred smart assistant.
You can use the Earbuds Gesture independently of one another in mono mode. The option to use either earbud benefits a great swath of listeners within the hearing-impaired community. Aside from being smart, these earbuds are strong and have an IPX5 rating to prove it. They can endure your most grueling workouts, as long as you don’t submerge them.
Bluetooth 5.0 keeps the earbuds connected to your phone within a 10-meter range, and they’re rated to last 10 hours on a single charge. The USB-C case provides an additional 40 hours of playtime. It takes 90 minutes to fully charge the earbuds, and you can fast charge them when you’re in a rush. The earbuds only need 10 minutes in the case to provide four hours of playtime.
Mobvoi packed a noise-cancelling dual-microphone system into the Earbuds Gesture. This actively reduces background noise when transmitting your voice during a call. Each earbud houses a 6mm dynamic driver to reproduce your favorite tracks.
The Mobvoi Earbuds Gesture are available on Amazon and retail for $89.99.