If you want a set of affordable Bluetooth earphones, should the VEENAX Pogo be a pair to add to your shortlist?
In the box
Included with the Pogo you get
- A very nice hard shell carry case
- Three pairs of eartips (S,M,L)
- A shirt clip
- Charging cable
- The documents
The carry case is hard and will provide a nice cushion if you do so happen to accidentally drop them. Its also plenty big enough to store the earphones as well as some accessories as well. Its a welcome addition given the £26 price tag.
Design and Build
The VEENAX are a nice looking set of earphones, they are predominately Black with a few dark Grey Metallic accents. This creates a nice classy look to the earphones and they don’t draw too much attention to you.
One drawback I have found to the design is the overly large housing, I’ve encountered some like this in the past and they just look a little awkward when I’m wearing them. That might not be the case for you, but for me they just stick out and look too large for my ears.
Its not all bad though as the housing is solidly made and features a few nice design elements. These are the metallic disks in the back that not only look nice but also hide some magnets that allow them to stick together. There is also a nice accent band and a flat matte finish to the front portion. They are nice to look at, just wish the housing was smaller.
The front features an elliptical style nozzle that is angled, but I’ll talk more about that in the comfort section of the review. This also uses the same flat matte finish that gives them some more premium flare.
They also have one trick up their sleeve that I have yet to encounter. Now I have seen earphones with removable earstays and also with them built in, but never have I seen a pair that utilizes the cable to do so. There is a section that loops the cable around and creates a secure way of fitting in your ears, this is also fully adjustable so that you can reduce it or make it larger. Its a unique feature for sure, but will it impact long term durability of the cable?
Speaking of the cable its 500mm in length and really quite thick, this makes it feel very robust and its very unlikely that it will fray or tear after use. There is also decent strain relief around the top section as well as the inline remote. The cable also features a soft touch coating that again adds to the premium feel of the earphones.
The final section of the earphones is the remote and usually these disappoint on cheaper earbuds but VEENAX haven’t cut any corners and you get a solidly built remote that doesn’t creek or flex in use. It also has the same flat matte finish as the housing and it feels great. The buttons are nicely tactile too and don’t feel mushy at all. My only issue with the remote is the port cover, its small, fiddly and a little bit annoying to remove. There is a little section to grab, but its really hard to do so.
The buttons on the remote are all multi purpose which is great. The middle button acts as a power, pairing, answer/reject calls as well as play/pause. The volume buttons also act as skip track buttons too and it all works without fault.
Overall the VEENAX are solidly made and look nice too. They do have a few design issues for me and one small flaw, but other than that these are some of the best made earphones at the price point.
Are the VEENAX comfortable? For me they are not. The angled nozzles do help guide them in and fit a little better than the straight shot ones but the elliptical design doesn’t fir that well in my ears. They are a little too tall and cause some fatigue when wearing them. Usually with these types of earphones I can use them for around 3 hours before needing a break. These I could only manage around 1 hour and a half before needing to take them out. Again this is just my experience and it will likely be different for you.
The eartips are nice though, they are soft, fairly pliant and don’t contribute towards the fatigue I experienced. Plus there are three sizes to choose from and you are likely to find a set that fit. For me the smallest ones were the best, but like previously mentioned, the nozzles are too tall for them to be comfortable.
First up is pairing them and it couldn’t be simpler. You press and hold the middle multi-functional button until the LED light flashes Red and Blue. You then turn on Bluetooth on your device and it should come up in around 10 to 15 seconds. If it doesn’t, then try manually searching for them. Once its found them, you select them and let them take care of the rest. Re-pairing is easy too as all you have to do is power on the earphones and switch on Bluetooth. They then should auto pair.
Using them daily has been enjoyable, taking out and about was trouble free and I had no issues at all. I used the carry case to store them when not in use and because its pretty compact it fit in my jacket pocket with no issue. It’d also fit in a back no trouble either. They also have they neat magnetic feature to place them around your neck when not in use and this is great as they feel more secure than they would without that feature.
The remote is easy to use too, the buttons are generously sized and have enough space between them to easily press them individually. They are pretty easy to tell apart too as the middle button is larger and easy to pick out, you can then easily locate the other two based upon feeling the middle button.
Next is the Bluetooth connection, the Pogo uses version 4.1 and pairs that with CVC as well as DSP to provide a very stable and solid connection. The 10m quoted range is accurate and I even managed to go from my downstairs living room to upstairs with no connection issues.
Finally was charging them and this was more troublesome that it should have been. As you’ll have seen above, I had an issue with the Micro USB port cover and this is well another problem with it. Because its attached it can make cable selection tricky. Now if you use the included cable its okay, but if you need a longer cable make sure that the Micro end is thin as thicker ones interfere with the port cover. Also, again like mentioned the cover is a pain to remove too, which just adds to the frustration.
Battery life is officially quoted at up to 8 hours music playback. My testing provided a time of just 6 hours 11 minutes at 65% volume. Not really whats advertised and to be honest when compared to other similarly priced earphones like the SoundPeats Q30 and its 7 hours 15 minutes, as well as the Aukey EP-B40 which lasted over 10 hours. So if battery life is what your after the Aukey is the one you want. 6 hours is enough for a few quick runs and a trip to the gym, but if you’re going on a long journey, you may need to take a battery bank with you.
Charge time is stated at between 2 to 2.5 hours, mine however did the full cycle in 1 hour 32 minutes via the Anker Powerport 5 that I use for all my tests. So if you need earphones that charge quickly, these do. Of course both battery life and charge time will vary depending on how you use them and what you charge them with.
Noise isolation and leak
Noise isolation is pretty solid, I tested these on public transport like I do with all my other earphones and they fared well. With the music switched off I could still hear everything clearly and without music they provide very little isolation. This tells me that the relay on the volume of your music rather than passive isolation. When I turned the music on however I drowned everything out and I couldn’t hear anything, keep in mind that was at 75% which I wouldn’t advise. Turning them down to 65% gave a pretty much similar experience and I couldn’t hear anything apart from a bit of engine noise during quieter sections of what I was listening to. So with music on they are fine, without, not so much.
Leak is handled great and its very minimal, even within a few feet the noise they emit is minute and you are likely not going to bother anyone at all. If someone is sat right up next to you, they may get a small hint, but nothing that will be bothersome. Even in a library situation you could get away with them being on at around 50 to 60% and not bother anyone.
So for the most part the Pogo are good, but can they impress in the audio depart?
Well the bass is thick, potent and punchy. The drop is not the best I’ve ever experienced as it seems to lose steam at around the 40 to 50Hz region. So if you like insane bass drops, these don’t deliver. Above 50Hz in the mid bass region though they really are solid and they can hit quite hard. Quality wise its not the nicest bass, its a bit murky and unclear, but if you just want bass that hits pretty hard, these do that. So for Rap, Hip Hop, Trap etc they perform well, other genres the bass is a bit too thick for my taste.
Mids are unfortunately a bit cloudy and intruded upon by the bass, this results is a some detail loss and the outright quality suffers. Separation is affected too as things are not that clearly defined. Things are a bit better when not listening to a track with a more prominent bassline and they do show some more promise, offering a bit more clarity and chance to come through more. This happens little though as the Pogo really do over emphasize the bass and its a shame as they could sound better in this region if the bass was not so over-present. Soundstage is pretty poor too and the whole sound is really narrow and closed in. This in part is thanks to earphones as a whole, but its the bass again that makes this closed in feeling worse.
Vocals fortunately don’t seem to be as heavily impacted and they are given more chance to stand out apart from the rest of the sound. The tonal quality is okay and detail is not bad. In fact, the vocals are the best part of the sound. They are a touch husky and although it suits male vocals a bit more, female vocals gain depth that they really shouldn’t have.
As a whole for just general listening they are okay, yes the sound is a bit thickset and often enclosed by the heavy bass, but for just chart music and to listen to casually they aren’t too bad. If you want really good sound quality for the price, then I’d look elsewhere.
The VEENAX are overall a solid set of earphones, they aren’t going to blow you away with anything nor do the overly disappoint. The good points are the strong build quality, noise isolation and leak performance as well as good usability. The middle ground is made up of the average battery life and the sound. The bad points are fiddly port cover and the bulky housing. But other than that they are just solid. There isn’t any massive standout feature that sets them apart from other at the price and its a shame as they could have been better.
Should you buy some, I would say, maybe. They have their good and bad points and for £26 the price is okay, but again there is nothing that makes me want to recommend these over any of the other earphones I tested.
Get some here: www.amazon.co.uk/veenax-pogo