Current testing methodology is v1.2
June 23, 2022
0.81 x 0.96 x 1.04 in
It was late last year when I started working out more frequently and back then, I purchased the FIIL T1 Lite true wireless (TWS) earbuds as my workout companion.
Unfortunately, I lost them when I moved so I had to get a new pair.
My hunt for a new TWS led me to the Tozo NC7 hybrid active noise-canceling (ANC) earbuds. It’s an affordable pair with IPX6 water resistance and ANC.
So how do these earbuds perform? What are their pros and cons? This detailed review should give you all this information and more so let’s get to it!
Tozo NC7 Hybrid ANC Earbuds
Affordable TWS earbuds with ANC and great sound quality.
The Tozo NC7 is an affordable pair of wireless earbuds with active noise canceling – a feature that other models at this price point don’t have.
The NC7 also has good sound quality. Listening to it is a blast because of its punchy bass and clear mids and highs.
Using it for long hours is comfortable too as it includes several ear tips to choose from.
Working out with the NC7 isn’t a problem at all. It stayed on even when I was doing jumping jacks, burpees, and other intensive movements and despite having sweat get into my ears.
The only downside I noticed is the sensitive touch controls. I encountered several instances where a slight touch would change the volume or skip a song.
Despite the minor issue with the touch controls, the Tozo NC7 is a gem and it’s definitely worth considering.
- Type: TWS Earbuds
- Drivers: 9.2mm
- Connection: Bluetooth 5.3
- Active Noise-cancellation: Yes (up to 35dB of ambient noise)
- Waterproof: IPX6 Water Resistance
- Microphone: Yes (Dual Noise Cancelling Microphone)
- Control button: Touch sensitive earbuds
- Earbuds Battery Capacity: 70mAh
- Charging Case Battery Capacity: 500mAh
- Earbuds Charging Time: 50 minutes
- Charging Case Charging Time: 1.5 Hours
- Working Time: 10.5 Hours on a single charge and 32 hours with the charging case
- Wireless Charging: Yes
- Charging Time: 1.8 hours via USB-C and 2 hours via Wireless Charging
What’s in the Box?
- Tozo NC7 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Wireless earbuds
- Wireless charging case
- 6 pairs of ear tips
- USB-C charging cable
- Quick guide and user manual
- Silicone cover for charging case (optional)
Stuff I like
- Top-notch sound quality
- Thumpy bass, and great mids and highs
- Excellent ANC with various modes
- IPX6 rating
- Affordable price
Stuff I like less
- Sensitive touch controls
- Fit takes a while to get used to
Design and Build Quality
At first, the Tozo NC7 looks like any other TWS earbuds, with their shape following the inner contours of the ear.
The build quality is average since they’re made of plastic. They don’t feel cheap though, which means you’re still getting your money’s worth.
In addition, you can get a silicon case when you order it and this should be more than enough to protect the charging case.
I tested it by dropping it to see if it would open when dropped and luckily, it didn’t. Don’t try this at home though.
The NC7 has an IPX6 rating so it can withstand water, moisture, and sweat. I’m not sure about how long it can be exposed to sweat but for the past month, I’ve had no problems with it.
If you love to add some of your personality to your gadgets, then the NC7 is as plain as its price. It only comes in matte black.
There are color options for the silicone case though and you can choose from red, pink, black, and blue.
Comfort and Fit
As mentioned previously, the Tozo NC7 comes in a shape that follows the inner contours of the ear and this means that they’re quite comfortable.
Working out with the Tozo NC7 is a breeze. It stayed on my ear for the past few weeks and I’ve never experienced it falling off.
There are six different ear tips to choose from and I settled for the default one as I find it the most comfortable to use. The ear tips also come in different sizes and shapes so you can choose accordingly.
Wearing these earbuds for long hours isn’t a problem since they’re lightweight. I don’t find them irritating even after sweating profusely in the gym.
Now let’s get to the more important part of the review – the sound quality of the Tozo NC7.
Like my previous reviews, I did listen to some of my staple review songs such as Watching You Without Me by Kate Bush, Wilderness by Explosions in the Sky, and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
The bass and lower end are great with clean mids and impressive highs. I usually listen at around 60% of max volume and the highs stayed crisp.
As expected, the Tozo NC7 has an excellent sound stage.
The instruments are distinguishable and it feels like the band is surrounding you. There’s also a distinction between the main and backup vocals.
However, there were times when it felt like the bass sounded muddy and overpowered the mids and highs. The soundstage is wide and I can hear the separation of the instruments, but I don’t want the bass to take over everything.
Overall I can say that the sound quality is phenomenal for its price, and if ever the bass gets too strong, a quick adjustment on the equalizer should fix that.
Performance and Features
Now, let’s talk about the Tozo NC7’s performance.
First, the active noise-canceling feature does its job really well, even when compared with some $200 earbuds.
I mainly use these earbuds at the gym and I couldn’t hear any plate noises or even the treadmill while running. The ANC feature of the NC7 is impressive, to say the least.
I also tried using these earbuds while gaming and with ANC on, I couldn’t be bothered. My wife even had to smack me just to get my attention.
Jokes aside, the ANC worked really well and it helped me get through vacuuming the house without getting irritated by the vacuum noise.
Turning off the ANC is fine if you want to be aware of your surroundings and you could still focus on what you’re listening to.
On the other hand, the transparency mode works well. I can hear what’s going on around me while jogging around the neighborhood.
However, it amplifies some of the sound too much.
For instance, I had to wash my hands and it amplified the sound of the water from the faucet way too much for my liking. But that’s on me for forgetting to turn off transparency mode.
Moving on to the Bluetooth connection – it has a stronger signal compared to my FIIL T1 Lite.
Back then I had to limit my movement around the gym to keep the connection. With the NC7, I can go around the gym and not worry about the earbuds disconnecting from my phone.
The wireless charging function of the case is a nice touch though what I like more is the quick charge function via USB-C. I just have to charge it quickly while on the way to the gym and it would have enough juice for the next few days.
Additionally, the Tozo NC7 has a microphone, which is better than that of its competitors since it has a noise-canceling feature. I tried calling my wife with it while I was at the grocery and she could clearly hear what I was saying.
Using the NC7 for voice conferences is fine if you’re using your tablet or laptop. However, a dedicated microphone is still better, especially if it’s for work or any professional call.
Lastly, I love the optical sensor.
Spotify opens up automatically once I wear my NC7 earbuds and the music stops when I take one earbud out. It’s a convenient feature that I’d like to see on other earbuds at this price point.
Gaming with the Tozo NC7
Playing games with the Tozo NC7 is good, but f you love playing FPS games, then going wired is still the way to go since audio is crucial in these types of games.
However, I haven’t experienced that much delay when playing, and unlike other earbuds, there’s no low latency mode on the NC7.
The latency delay is noticeable on other earbuds. I remember watching some videos on the T1 Lite with the low latency mode off and the audio is delayed.
With the Tozo NC7, everything is in sync. Gaming with the Tozo NC7 isn’t a problem at all and if you’re a gamer who’s looking for a pair of TWS earbuds, then this is worth considering.
Controls and App
The Tozo NC7 uses the native Tozo App which is available on both iOS and Android. It’s a relatively simple app with various equalizer settings.
The Tozo App also allows you to control the different ANC modes as well as an added “leisure mode”. This mode will adjust the noise to an acceptable level depending on the situation – a neat feature that’s not accessible through the left earpiece.
Besides the initial connection, I rarely use the Tozo app. I just pop the earbuds into my ears and I’m good to go.
The NC7 has easy-to-understand controls that are also customizable through the app. Below are the default settings:
|Left Earbud||Right Earbud|
|Tap 1x – Change between ANC, ANC off, and Transparency mode||Tap 1x – Play/Pause|
|Tap 2x – Previous song||Tap 2x – Next song|
|Tap 3x – Voice assistant||Tap 3x – Voice assistant|
|Long Press – Volume down||Long Press – Volume Up|
The controls are a little bit different from what I’m used to so it took me some time to get adjusted.
Like the T1 Lite, the controls are too sensitive for my liking and I also encountered misclicks, so I still prefer physical buttons just for feedback. Or better yet, having haptic feedback is enough but I guess that’s too much for earbuds at this price point.
The Tozo NC7 has excellent sound quality that makes it comparable to more expensive earbuds. Its ANC feature is great and the overall controls are easy to understand.
Ultimately, the best feature of the NC7 is its price.
For less than $50, you’re getting TWS earbuds that audio enthusiasts will love and casual listeners won’t regret buying.
There are other options out there such as the Fiil T1 Pro with ANC but, with that, you’re getting an unrefined app compared to what Tozo has to offer.
That said, I’ve no regrets about getting the Tozo NC7. Sometimes, I even think that losing my old earbuds was a blessing in disguise since it led me to this little gem.
Aim is a tech and gaming content writer who loves playing Apex Legends, Valorant, and Dota 2. He also plays casual games such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Pokemon titles on his Nintendo Switch too. He also builds gaming computers and does tech troubleshooting on the side.
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