boAt Airdopes 170 Review

boAt Airdopes 170 has gained a lot of attention after its launch. Most users are praising it for what it offers at a price of under 1500.

Even the user’s rating is also excellent for this TWS.

But how good is the boAt Airdopes 170? Is it really that good and worth buying?

Let’s find it out in this boAt Airdopes 170 review.

boAt Airdopes 170 Specifications

Before jumping into the review, let’s have a look at what this TWS has to offer.

⦿ Stem-style In Ear
⦿ Bluetooth V5.3 (12m Range)
⦿ Quad mic (Two mic per earbud)
⦿ 13 mm Driver
⦿ 40mAH battery per earbud, 470mAH in charging case
⦿ 5 hours battery life, 40 hours with the case
⦿ IPX4 rating, ENx, Beast Mode, Fast charging Type-C port, Voice assistant, IWP, Touch controls
⦿ 40 g weight with the case, 4 g per earbud
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The on-paper specifications are excellent. Look at the 13mm driver, Bluetooth 5.3, and a big battery. These are top-of-the-line specifications for any earbuds under 1500.

But, on paper specifications don’t translate to real-life experience. And that’s why you should take a look at the boAt Airdopes 170 review.

boAt Airdopes 170 Review

Build Quality

boAt Airdopes 170 Build Quality

When you unbox the earbuds, you will realize the build quality is solid. Although the case and the earbuds are made of plastic, there has been no compromise on the build.

The plastic quality is solid, and the earbuds don’t feel cheap from any angle.

The matte finish on both the carrying case and earbuds not only gives a premium touch but also avoids fingerprints.

The earbuds have a strong magnetic hold and don’t fall off the case when the cover is open.

Overall, the build quality is solid for the asking price. Yes, you can’t compare it to expensive earbuds, but for the Rs 1500, you won’t have any complaints.

Build Quality Rating: 4.2

Design and Comfort

boAt Airdopes 170 Design

Both the case and earbuds have a simple design. There are no fancy cutouts, but there is a protruding line on the carrying case and the earbuds.

No, it doesn’t look ugly, but add a slight grip. So it goes in the favor of the earbuds.

The earbuds are stem-style and fit comfortably in the ears. If you don’t find earbuds fitting properly, change the silicone ear tip, and you will get a better fit.

Because the earbuds are tilted at 45°, they fit perfectly in the ears and don’t fall out even if you shake your head. It means these are great for sports activities like gym and running.

The good grip and comfort ensure that you won’t feel pain during the multiple hours of music sessions.

If you prefer earbuds with a simple design, this is a great option. Also, the comfort is good, no matter what your ear size is.

Design and Comfort Rating: 4.1

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Battery Life

The battery life is impressive on the boAt Airdopes 170.

Don’t fall for what the company claims, but here is what we got.

  • 5 hours battery life at 85% volume
  • 6 hours battery life at 70% volume
  • 7 hours battery at 50% volume

The case can charge the earbuds four times, which means you will get:

  • Around 20 hours of music playback at 80% volume
  • 23 to 24 hours of music playback at 70% volume
  • 30 hours of music playback at 50% volume

The 10 minutes of charging can give around 2+ hours of music playback.

Charging the case takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the type of charger.

We have been satisfied with the overall battery life of boAt Airdopes 170. The earbuds last long on a single charge, and the fast charging comes in handy.

Battery Life Rating: 4.2

Call Quality

Most earbuds fail to deliver satisfying call quality, even if you buy more expensive earbuds that cost Rs 2500. And the boAt Airdopes 170 is no exception.

Although it has a quad mic with ENx technology, the call quality is just average.

Don’t misinterpret. The indoor call quality is good, and the person on the other end can hear you properly. It’s the outdoor call quality that makes things disappointing.

If you are in a noisy environment, the ENx kicks in, and it compresses the noise but ends up compressing your voice, too.

So the other person can clearly hear that your voice is compressed. Also, the background noise is evident.

If you occasionally make calls using earbuds, then these are fine. These will get your work done. However, if you are buying earbuds primarily for calling, then these earbuds are not for you.

Call Quality Rating: 3.9

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Sound and Bass Quality

boAt Airdopes 170 Sound Quality

boAt Airdopes are known for bass-heavy sound, which is not a bad thing by any means. We also like heavy bass sound.

But the problem with budget earbuds is they compromise on sound clarity to keep bass on the heavy side. So the finer details in music, like instruments, voice clarity, and treble, feel slightly missing.

Surprisingly, that’s not the case with the boAt Airdopes 170.

This time around, boAt has taken care of sound clarity, and that too, without compromising on bass.

The bass is heavy and deep but not to the extreme. It is well-balanced and has a punch to it. We can confidently say that the bass is not just for the name. It’s actually enjoyable.

However, if you are a heavy bass lover, then you won’t appreciate the bass output. Customizing EQ will improve the bass, but by default, the bass is not very heavy.

Other frequencies, like vocals and treble, are surprisingly clear and vibrant. You can clearly hear the vocals, which enhances the music experience by a significant margin.

The trebles are also pleasing. A good thing about them is that they don’t hurt your ear when you listen to music at a high volume.

Talking of volume, the earbuds get pretty loud, thanks to the 13mm driver.

The instrument separation is excellent, considering the price. You can clearly notice the instruments playing in the background.

Overall, we are extremely happy with the sound quality. The bass is not extreme, but it’s clear and enjoyable. The sound quality is excellent for the price. It’s easily one of the best boAt Airdopes for sound quality.

Sound Quality Rating: 4.3

Gaming Test

boAt claims 50ms latency on boAt Airdopes 170. Generally, brands claim less latency than the actual one.

Surprisingly, whatever boAt has claimed is mostly correct.

It’s not exactly 50ms, but very close to it. In some scenarios, it felt like 45ms, and in others, it felt like 50 to 55ms latency. It’s a very minimal difference that most users won’t notice.

In simple words, the gaming experience is one of the best under 1500. If you want earbuds purely for gaming, you can definitely consider the Airdopes 170.

Because of the 13mm driver, you can clearly hear the footsteps of anyone coming from behind in the game.

boAt 170 is not a dedicated gaming TWS, but it does a great job in this department. You will enjoy gaming on it for sure.

Gaming Test Rating: 4.3

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Other Features

  • Bluetooth 5.3 ensures the connection remains stable, and we haven’t faced any connection problems.
  • The earbuds have an IPX4 rating, which means they can handle accidental splashes.
  • These earbuds come with IWP technology. It means after the first connection when you open the case to take the earbuds out, they automatically get connected to your phone.
  • The earbuds have touch controls, and they work fine.

Is boAt Airdopes 170 the best TWS under 1500?

After testing every aspect, we can say that the boAt Airdopes is one of the best TWS under 1500.

We have made a list of the best TWS earbuds under 1500, and the boAt 170 comes in the top two positions.

Yes, it’s not perfect. But no TWS is perfect. Have a look at the pros and cons to get a better idea.

Pros and Cons of boAt Airdopes 170

  • Lightweight and comfortable design
  • Clear and open sound stages
  • Clear vocals and punchy treble
  • Well balanced bass
  • Great battery life
  • IPX4 water and sweat resistance
  • IWP Technology
  • Good option for gaming
  • Excellent value for money
  • Average call quality outdoors
  • Not for extreme bass lovers
  • No proper noise cancellation, but we can’t expect that at this price

Overall Rating: 4.16


Final Verdict

We appreciate the efforts boAt has put into making the Airdopes 170.

We also agree that it’s not a perfect TWS. But after considering the price, we have to overlook the shortcoming because we can’t expect everything for Rs 1500.

So, Should you buy the boAt 170 or look for other alternatives?

You can surely buy the boAt Airdopes 170. It offers a lot for the asking price, and you won’t have any complaints with these earbuds.

However, the Airdopes 170 remains out of stock most of the time. In that case, you can consider the Realme Techlife T100. It’s also an excellent pair of earbuds that sound good and have great features.

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So this is our honest boAt Airdopes 170 Review. Do you agree or disagree with this review? Do share your thoughts.

If you still have any doubts, feel free to ask us in the comment section.

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