If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to Apple’s AirPods that won’t dangle from your ear, yet fit secure for a workout or even just casual listening, you should check out Rowkin’s Surge, their latest truly wireless earbuds. I’ve reviewed the Rowkin Bit earbuds, which were at least at the time the worlds smallest truly wireless earbuds. So let’s dive in and see how these sound and what they are all about.
About The Rowkin Surge And What’s In The Box
Let’s start with what’s included in the box as people often wonder what all they get for their money. With the Rowkin Surge you of course get the two earbuds and ear hooks as well as three sets of ear tips(Small, Medium and Large) and a dual micro-USB charging cable. The reason it’s a dual charging cable is simply because you do have to charge both earbuds and this allows you to charge them both at the same time.
The Rowkin Surge earbuds are more for the type of people who like to work out, jog, run or anything similar. While they aren’t strictly for those activities of course, this is where they excel the most and where the person wearing them would benefit the most. I say this because they are wireless which means you don’t have to worry about wires getting in the way and getting all tangled up or twisted. That means you can keep your phone in your pocket and your earbuds on your ears and have no distractions or worries.
Rowkin has also made the Surge IPX5 rated which means they are water safe for such things like sweating and for splashing water. Again, this is where they really excel for those that like to work out at the gym and listen to their favorite tunes along the way.
Plus you have the TPU over-ear hook that makes sure these earbuds don’t go anywhere and will stay firmly in place. And let me tell you, when you have them on your ears, they don’t move as I have tested this quite thoroughly over the past couple of weeks or so.
This is of course the part that everyone cares about the most, sound quality. I can tell you that at $129.99 for the price of the Rowkin Surge you shouldn’t be expecting the best sound quality in the world, but you also shouldn’t expect to get the worst sound quality either. The Surge is very decent when it comes to sound and certainly gets the job done for wireless earbuds that of course use Bluetooth.
Many people will say there’s nothing good about listening to music via anything that doesn’t plug into a headphone jack, but to me that’s certainly far from the truth. The sound quality of the Rowkin Surge has deep bass and great treble quality. Of course if you turn them up all the way things get distorted a bit, but this is the case with most any set of headphones or earbuds, especially those that cost $129.99 or close to that range.
I listened to several different songs in several different genres of music and was quite pleased overall with the sound that flowed into my ears. The good thing about the Rowkin Surge is that the earbuds always stayed in my ears regardless if I were running, jogging, walking around the park or whatever. I never had to reach up and adjust them and push them back in. I just kept focused on what it was I needed to focus on just listen to my music.
I’m not going to lie, this is the part that Rowkin Surge really lets me down. Their previous earbuds that I reviewed quite some time ago, the Rowkin Bit, gave me about 8 hours of battery life and in all honesty I expect that from any set of wireless earbuds today. Rowkin claims that the Surge will give you about 5 hours of battery life and to me that’s just not enough especially for someone who plans on using these to commute to and from work and while at work.
Sure, you can charge them while at work or even while on the go, but that shouldn’t really be necessary. I think any and all wireless earbuds should give you 8 – 10 hours of play time and the Surge only gives you half of that. So you’re not going to make it through the work day.
With that said, these are geared toward the active type, which means they are more for people who work out at the gym, go running and all of that. If that’s your thing, then chances are you’ll be fine at 5 hours of battery life. In the end, it just boils down to what it is you plan on doing with these which will help you decide if the battery life is enough.
For the price of $129.99 it might seem a bit expensive and to me personally it’s not. That’s a good price for a good quality set of earbuds. Again, I’m not getting the best quality all around, but I’m also not expecting that for $130 bucks. What I do expect is a set of earbuds that work, that are comfortable and get me through what I need to get through and the Rowkin Surge accomplishes that for me personally. Sure, I’d love more battery life, but more battery life often means a higher price tag for just that.
If you’re in the market for something comfortable and truly wireless, then the Rowkin Surge is definitely something for you to check out. You can grab a pair by clicking the blue box below the ratings section. They do come in two different colors, Fearless Green and Bold Orange if that is something that might help you make a decision.