Hello there, in this post we are going to review the TAGG Inferno 2.0 wireless headphones from TAGG Digital. As the name suggests, Inferno 2.0 is the second generation of wireless headphones in this series.
With one look at the sleek design of the headphones, it is evident that these are targeted towards people who are on the move. The spec sheet would confirm this with features such as IPX7 Water Resistant, 7 hours of music play time, and weighing in just 150 grams.
TAGG Inferno 2.0 Review
Let’s now look at the different aspects of the device. You can skip to a particular part by clicking on one of the below links:
What’s in the Box
The headphones come in a neat package, which includes 3 pair of silicone ear plugs, 1 hard shell carry pouch, 1 micro USB charging cable, 1 line hanging, 1 instruction manual, and the wireless headphone. I found the carry pouch a nice inclusion as that’s something I have invested in the past to pack my headphones while traveling. TAGG has made a PDF copy of the instruction manual available on its website. You can click on this link to download TAGG Inferno 2.0 Instructional manual if you lost the original instruction leaflet.
Design and Build Quality
TAGG Inferno 2.0 has a sleek trendy design, which you can comfortably wear out in the rain or while sweating heavily in the gym thanks to the IPX7 Water Resistance. The headphones are made of plastic, but not cheap plastic. It has a soft texture to give that premium feeling on touch.
Each earphone has a ear hook around them for grip, and the earphones themselves are connected together with a wire. You can tighten this wire for a better fit with the included line hanging when you are out jogging.
As we saw in the packaging, TAGG has included 3 pair of ear plugs, so you can be sure that these stylish headphones fit just right in your ears.
All the controls are placed on the right earphone. The red TAGG logo on the front is the power button, which substitutes as play/pause button as well. Volume controls are placed at an easy accessible place at the top. We will take a detailed look at the controls in a section below.
Call and Sound Quality
Sound quality of wireless headphones normally tend to be less than their wired counterparts, but we were surprised with Inferno 2.0. The audio quality of this headphone is amazing with good highs and mids. Even when while playing music at full volume, bass output was pretty good. It isn’t something like the extra bass offered in Sony headphones, but these would suffice for most music lovers. Noise cancellation feature works fine blocking out most of the ambient sounds.
Mic is placed on the earpiece. The person at the other end of the line was able to hear us properly during calls. One thing to note is that noise reduction is not available for calls, so if you are in a loud or noisy environment call audio might get a bit distorted.
Inferno 2.0 uses Bluetooth 4.1 for connectivity with devices. The device goes into pairing mode immediately on switching on. We were able to easily pair it with Android phone and Windows laptop. Advertised bluetooth range is 38 feet, but we were able to get proper connection to around 18-20 feet with wall interference.
Battery Back Up
A 120 mAH Lithium-iON battery powers the Inferno 2.0. With a charge of 2 hours, it’s said to provide 8 hours of operation and 240 hours of standby. In real life test, we were able to easily achieve close to 6 hours of music play time and 7 hours of talk time.
If you are connected to a phone, battery state is displayed directly in the status bar, provided your phone supports this feature. Battery state is also indicated with LED lights on the ear piece. Red LED is shown when the headphone is charging, and this is replaced with blue LED lights when the device is fully charged. The red LED blinks every 4 seconds when when the battery gets low.
There are three buttons provided on the right earphone: power, volume(+) and volume(-). To turn the device on/off, you have to press the power button for 3 seconds. The same button is used to play/pause music and answer/end calls. In addition to changing music/call volume, the volume buttons are also used to change songs.
Now comes the most important question in this post – Should I buy TAGG Inferno 2.0?
With a price tag of Rs. 2999 (discounted from MRP 4999), Inferno 2.0 certainly appears to be priced at a premium from a not-so-well-known brand. However, looking at the durability, quality and features offered by TAGG, it’s well worth every rupee you pay. One area where it could perhaps improve with the next generation is call quality. With the addition of an ambient noise reduction, Inferno headphone would be at the top of the wireless headphone list in this range. Even with this exception, we are recommending this product as a Buy.
If you are looking at an alternative, the first generation TAGG Inferno is still available for buying at Rs. 2499 on major E-commerce websites such as Amazon and Flipkart. The major difference between the devices is that the former is rated IPX4 sweatproof resistance and it has a smaller battery at 100 mAh. Both devices come with 12 months warranty.
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