I’ve been using my Xiaomi Mi buds for some months now – every night (I’m one of these sad types who sends themselves off to sleep with a late night “Daily Show” or similar on Youtube). As for the Mi buds themselves, not much to say, they work well, I’ve had to reset them a couple of times but otherwise they are reliable, sound good and are easily loud enough. My only slight gripe is getting them out of the black plastic container which doubles up as a charger. Easy in daylight, not so simple in the dark when you are half asleep.
I just received the Haylou GT1 Pro TWS Wireless bluetooth 5.0 Earphones. Because the GT1 set are very similar to the Xiaomi buds, there’s not a lot between them EXCEPT that the GT1 units are much easier to get in and out of the case which is about 40% higher and a little wider than the Xiaomi product – other than that – again black, similar looking and similar weight.
Both use USB to charge the base, both come with a lead (not the 110v/220v end, just the USB lead). The Mi units have push buttons, the GT1 do not. The former might be useful for making calls – but I only use my buds for music and video on the phone or my tablets.
The GT1 case states battery life of 25 hours but then clarifies that with 3.5hr life, charging time 1.5 hours. I assume the 25 hours includes several recharges from the case. The GT1 buds make no mention of monoural operation or making calls – but that works for me. The information sheet is adequate and in both (good) English and Chinese.
Pairing took seconds and was completely automatic. Finally it might be my imagination but the GT1 feel slightly softer on my ears. Also, if anything, max volume levels even beat the Xiaomi Mi. Easily loud enough on my Pocophone for use in a plane. As for lag – this seems almost but not 100% non-existant.
In time for their 11.11 Festival, Banggood are introducing a new payment method. I’m neither endorsing this nor otherwise as I’ve not used it, just responding to a request to bring this to your attention.