Optoma NuForce BE Free6 (review)

Almost every audio manufacturer has released a pair of true wireless products in the last few years. These are all different in style, but the same in functionality. Optoma NuForce has recently launched the latest addition to its BE Free line with the idea to be different than the rest. But can the BE Free6 stand out in the sea of true wireless earbuds?

When looking closely at the design of the BE Free6, you will realize that the earbuds borrow its shape and design to contour to your ear. Its fluid and rounded edges make placing it inside your ear seamless and easy and provide a suitable tight fit. The pair have a decent thickness to it, so that once inside your ear they would stick out just a bit, which gives you easier access to the onboard controls.

The earbuds are light and small which gives it a great comfortable feeling when wearing them. Each earbud has a singular button that can control multiple functions, with each having its own LED light to notify if the earbuds are on, connected, and running low on battery. The BE Free6 does not use touch-sensitive buttons, but it instead goes the route of using tactile buttons that gives a responsive click to them when pressed. 

The charging and carrying case of the BE Free6 is one of the nicest cases I’ve encountered on a pair of true wireless earbuds, even though it’s not the greatest to put in your pocket. While holding it in your hand, you can truly feel the durability and toughness the case has. This is probably due to the fact that Optoma NuForce decided to use thicker plastic when designing their case. It comes in a Matte Black colorway that’s textured, which gives it a similar feel to stone. Both the lid and earbuds have included magnets that will give a gratifying snap to them when you place the earbuds back into the case, and when you close the lid. There are 3 LED lights on the outside that will inform you on how much battery life the case has left and a USB-C port for charging.

It’s hard to ever think that true wireless earbuds would be able to produce immense sound due to their size, but for the BE Free6, it does away with that belief and assembles some exceptional sound. When it comes to its tonal profile, the BE Free6 services the low end just a bit more than the mid and high. The low end doesn’t eclipse the mid or highs but instead comes in just to the point where it heightens them, making your music sound very well rounded. Of course, this is all with the help of the BE Free6’s use of dynamic graphene drivers and support for AAC codecs. The volume on the earbuds can get particularly loud, but you will get a great amount of distortion and clipping in your audio at the highest levels. I found that at a 50% loudness, the audio is still loud enough to eliminate outside noise, without your music suffering from quality.

Where the BE Free6 is set back is in its controls. Like most true wireless earbuds that rely on one button, trying to memorize the function presses can be difficult, especially if you’re pressed for time. A single press on either the left or ride side will play or pause music, two presses will skip the track forward, while three presses will skip tracks backward. A two-second press/hold will activate either Siri or Google Assistant. Personally, when it comes to using the onboard controls, I tend to defer to using my smartphone controls, it just makes things a bit faster and easier for me. 

Now where the BE Free6 sets itself apart from other true wireless earbuds is in its ability to be used in either mono or stereo mode. Stereo mode is intended for those who will use the earbuds just for themselves or on one device. Mono mode allows you to use the BE Free6 on two different devices at the same time, which is perfect if you were to ever share the earbuds with a friend. 

Battery life for the earbuds will run around six hours of listening time, with the case extending that to a full 24-hours. If the earbuds were to run out of power, it does have support for quick charge, meaning that a 15-minute charge will give you about an hour worth of listening time. The included Bluetooth 5.0 gave me a reliable connection to my smartphone even if I was standing 30-feet away, and the IPX5 water and sweat resistance rating made the BE Free6 perfect for when I was at the gym.

Final Reaction

The BE Free6 is the new kid on the block for Optoma NuForce, and it’s coming in to make a serious impact. This isn’t the first time we’ve used a pair of NuForce true wireless earbuds, but we can say that when Optoma NuForce comes in with a new model, they don’t make slight improvements, they make giant leaps that leave a lasting impression. The BE Free6 is remarkably designed, that has a great balance of comfort, luxury, and style which are perfect accessories to its prominent sound. The ability to use it in either a mono or stereo option gives it some flexibility in its use, while the IPX5 rating and 24-hour battery life make it ideal to use all day. The BE Free6 is available now and retails for $99.

Score: 4/5 Atoms

 

 

 

* Nerd Reactor received a pair of BE Free6 true wireless earbuds from Optoma NuForce for review purposes.

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