Lenovo is entering the second round and is not just presenting an from old to new concept. In fact, the second edition of his True Wireless Earbuds was inspired by other sources. After the first Lenovo TWS were actually good, but apparently lacked quality in terms of durability, the HT20 now has to prove what they can do.
Lenovo True Wireless Earbuds HT20 is the name. Basically, the new TWS appear rather unspectacular. The predominant color is black or gray. The earbuds themselves have changed their shape and have grown. The charging station uses an ordinary design that is completely different from its predecessor.
The charging station no longer has a slider mechanism. So there is nothing left to pull out. Instead, you now get a normal box with a snap lock. The closure is supported by a neat magnet and runs no risk of opening by itself. In terms of design, the charging station is rather boring. There is a large Lenovo lettering on the top, the predominant color is black and the material is plastic. At the front you get at least 4 charging LEDs, which indicate the current battery level of the station in steps of 25%. On the back there is unfortunately an aging micro USB connection. The charging station measures 8.5*10.5*4.5 mm (L x W x H), which makes it a good mediocre.
After the equipment is more functional, what about the comfort? I have to say pretty well. Although the visible sections of the earbuds appear somewhat fragile, they still hold and sit quite well. A trait that they inherit from their predecessors. Even without foam earplugs, the hold is bombproof and the seal is first class. Thanks to the ergonomic shape, they adapt very well to the ear. Scratching or pressing doesn’t do anything and they don’t stand very far out of the ears either. The weight is 5.4 grams in the upper midfield, but is not disturbing. In terms of comfort, other earbuds can easily learn something from Lenovo. Lenovo itself has further developed a positive aspect of its predecessors.
Now it’s getting serious. Actually there should be no reason to worry. The first Lenovo earbuds delivered well with the sound, the only thing that was really lacking was the longevity and the processing accordingly. But as is the case in the Earbud business, new does not always have to mean better. If you have had sweaty hands or palpitations because you were somehow waiting for the Lenovo HT20, I can calm you down. The portfolio for the new True Wireless Earbuds in China has been significantly improved. With it is now Bluetooth 5.0 and what is actually much better, support for aptX! Lenovo is the third manufacturer in our test to integrate the higher-quality audio codec into its setup from True Wireless Earbuds.
Bass and bass remain present, but the rest do not have to hide and it almost seems as if the remaining pitches are really coming out of themselves at higher volume. It should also be mentioned that the volume is very well coordinated. At 50% you can already hear loud music. At 80%, you also switch off the other ambient noise. You can hear at 100%, but the sounds lose a lot of finesse. It’s also a bit too loud for me. By the way, Lenovo advertises with aptX HD, which is not true. AptX HD and aptX are different codecs, with the HD addition indicating the better of the two. Lenovo does write aptX HD on its advertising banners, but only the normal aptX was used, which is not surprising.