Current testing methodology is v1.2
September 17, 2021
10 x 2 x 3 cm
The Baseus Encok WM01 is a pair of true wireless (TWS) earbuds from the Chinese electronic brand Baseus.
This brand has been in the industry for 13 years now and has a good reputation with consumers, offering a wide array of products ranging from power banks to wireless earbuds and chargers.
Baseus garnered a lot of awards for its unique designs, and the Encok WM01 is a good example as it’s a sleek-looking and well-designed pair of earbuds.
But how does it perform? You’ll find out in this in-depth review.
Baseus Encok WM01
A good pair of everyday-carry TWS earbuds.
The Baseus Encok WM01 is a pair of TWS earbuds with decent sound and great portability.
Its case is very minimalistic, spanning only about half of a credit card’s width and length, while the earbuds themselves are ergonomic and light to wear.
In terms of sound quality, the WM01’s mids perform admirably but only at high volumes.
The WM01 is a good option if you’re looking for a cheap pair of earbuds for the gym or whenever you’re going for a run – something you can use to inject sound inside your head while doing something else.
- Connectivity: Wireless
- Standard: Bluetooth v5.0 (backward compatible)
- Operating range: up to 10 meters
- Frequency range: 20Hz-20KHz
- Battery: Lithium-ion polymer (rechargeable)
- Battery capacity: 40mAh (earphone), 300mAh (charging case)
- Standby time: up to 250 hours
- Music playback: up to 5 hours (at 70% volume)
- Music playback (with charging case): up to 25 hours
What’s in the Box?
- Baseus Encok WM01 TWS earbuds
- Charging case
- 2 x pairs of extra ear tips
- USB type-C cable
- User guide
- Warranty card
Stuff I like
- Charging case’s small form factor
- Low profile design and secure fit
- Fun signature
- Good midrange performance
- Battery life
Stuff I like less
- Lossy SBC codec
- Touch controls are on the slower side
- No built-in volume controls
- Treble is limited
A Bit of Background
I got the Baseus Encok WM01 earbuds when I started going to the gym. Whenever I use my wired earphones, they tend to get in the way when I’m lifting dumbbells, and using TWS earbuds seems to be the perfect solution.
Honestly, I wouldn’t use a TWS if I’m rooted to one place given that wired earphones will always sound better.
Wired will have access to different audio sources and is free from audio-compressing codecs and the need to manage battery life.
The Baseus Encok WM01 comes in a simple white packaging box that features an image of the product on the front.
Inside the box, you’ll find the charging case with the earbuds and the included accessories. The Encok WM01 comes in two variants: black and white – and I got the white one.
As mentioned previously, I got these earbuds because my wired earphones would get in the way whenever I’d work out. But that’s not the real reason I picked the WM01.
Sure, there are a lot of good TWS earbuds out there, but I was eager to find out how well a consumer brand would hold up.
One thing that made me more lenient with picking a consumer TWS was the simple fact that during my workout sessions, I focus more on training than the music I’m listening to.
The Baseus Encok WM01, at first listen, was alright. I instantly got the V-shaped sound a lot of wireless earbuds go for, which isn’t surprising but interestingly enough, the mids remind me of a wired IEM experience.
I use it just so my gym sessions aren’t too quiet but if we’re talking pure sound fidelity, I was unimpressed.
The build of the Baseus Encok WM01 is good.
Everything from the charging case to the earbuds themselves is made of plastic, but they feel sturdy and substantial.
The earbuds have a nice matte finish, while the center is glossier to indicate the touch panel.
The case takes up virtually no space and it can fit right in your pocket. The only gripe I have with is the lid because its material is a little lighter than I would’ve preferred.
Fit and Comfort
In terms of comfort, the Baseus Encok WM01 is up there as it almost disappears in my ears.
The fit is trickier though as the pre-installed silicone tip, which is a medium, was on the smaller side making wearing the WM01 a hit or miss. Luckily, Baseus included extra ear tips in smaller and larger sizes.
The smaller tips don’t give a good seal and they tend to create a gap once in a while when I’m using the earbuds. A simple tip roll would solve this but if you’re a regular consumer, I doubt that’s something you’ll go out of the way to fix.
Overall, when the tips don’t annoy me, these earbuds work fine and can give good levels of isolation.
The Baseus Encok WM01’s charging case is rated at 300mAh with 250 hours of standby time, while the earbuds give you 4 hours of music listening.
The case can charge the buds up to three times giving you 16 total hours of use. If you ask me, anything that’s wireless and lasts for a whole day is great so no complaints here.
The Baseus Encok WM01 offers touch controls on both buds.
Long pressing on the left bud makes you replay the previous song while long pressing on the right makes you skip to the next.
Double tapping on the left calls up Siri or Google Assistant while doing so on the right pauses the current song.
These are all great controls if they were a little bit speedier. The controls can be slow and clunky because they’re not as sensitive as I’d like.
All in all, these are pretty standard TWS functions and what I would’ve wanted is a built-in volume control.
The Baseus Encok WM01 exhibits a V-shaped sound signature. There’s a reason why a V-shape is too common and that’s because it’s easy to like.
The overall signature can hold up well because of the elevated bass and the fairly competent mids. The mids only perform at their 100% on high volume which tells you that the WM01 has terrible dynamic range.
The signature is quite familiar to fans of the V-shape signature. While the sound quality is lacking in refinement, it does well as a consumer TWS.
The bass is very domineering on these earbuds.
The sub-bass reaches great depth with its rumble but stumbles on songs that emphasize details on the bass. The mid-bass has a fairly quick speed with its attack. It also has an aggressive impact.
This kind of bass may seem overwhelming at first but after extended periods of listening, I found it to be just fine. It may be due to my desensitization to overwhelming bass but there’s more.
On some songs that aren’t so bass-laden, the sub-bass and mid-bass sound pulled back and underwhelming at times.
I’ve concluded that the bass forms itself upon a very generic mold that adheres to most electronic and modern genres while it struggles to keep its form when being called upon to serve a more technical role.
The midrange of the Baseus Encok WM01 is perhaps the most competent performer but it only comes alive at higher volumes.
The mids sound smooth and relatively relaxed. It has moderate positioning on the soundscape with a good presence despite the dominant bass region.
The treble is where the Baseus Encok WM01 reveals its Achilles heel.
Because these TWS earbuds use a lossy codec, the treble is going to sound really filed off and cut short.
Higher octaves of instruments will sound limited and lack shimmer to them. Detail retrieval and airiness leave something to be desired as well.
The Baseus Encok WM01 works well with genres like pop, EDM, and hip-hop, but won’t be good for indie, rock and J-pop, and R&B.
This is because the lossy codec and the limits on the tuning don’t allow some genres to shine as well as they could.
At the end of the day, the Baseus Encok WM01 is a consumer product and performs like so.
Although I initially bought it to compare against budget Chi-Fi offerings, I’ve found it to be pleasant and convenient to use during my gym sessions.
In terms of value – it depends on where you get them.
For instance, they only cost around $15 at an e-commerce store here in Asia but they cost anywhere between $25 to $40 in US stores. This prevents me from recommending them outright.
They’re low profile, minimalistic, and sleek. They get the job done but they aren’t the best value TWS you can get.
All in all, the lossy codec and the sonic caveats lower the price-to-performance ratio, and this will most likely irk you if you’re an audio enthusiast.
It’s easy to find good-quality and affordable audio gear these days and going back to consumer products surprised me with how much brands can actually charge for a regular pair of TWS earbuds.
I’d suggest finding wireless buds from the likes of Tin Hifi, KZ, or even Moondrop, which are all more expensive than the Baseus Encok WM01 but can carry their weight even on dedicated listening sessions.
If you want something that looks good and works fine, I do think that the WM01 is a good option – it’s just that I find it to be less capable against similarly-priced offerings from the Chi-Fi market.
Gavin is a college student who has a lot going on. From collecting IEMs and modding mechanical keyboards, to different hobbies like digital drawing, music mastering and cooking. It is safe to say he is a complete multi-faceted geek (and he's kinda cool too)
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