Trying to have conversations with someone who speaks a different language doesn’t have to be difficult, thanks to translation apps. The Timekettle M2 Language Translator Earbuds let you go beyond an app for near real-time translation, simply by wearing wireless earbuds. The question is, how well do they work? I had the pleasure of trying them out myself to see how easy and accurate they are to use.
Overview of Features
What if your earbuds could translate conversations for you? That’s exactly what the Timekettle M2 Language Translator Earbuds are designed to do. Simply pair with the companion app for both online and offline translations. By using earbuds, people around you aren’t disturbed when your phone or another translation device speaks out loud.
Timekettle’s earbuds work on Wi-Fi, cellular data, and offline, though you’ll need to buy credits for this. Otherwise, translations are free via the app as long as you have an active Internet connection.
Enjoy your travels more with support for 40 languages, including 93 regional accents. Translations are supported using 14 high-speed servers scattered across the world. This provides near real-time translations as long as you have a strong signal.
To make the earbuds even more useful, there are three translation modes:
- Touch – Tap your earbud to switch to voice recognition.
- Listen – Use your phone to capture group conversations.
- Speaker – Each person in a two-person conversation wears one earbud that translates from one language to the other back and forth.
Outside of the translation features, the Timekettle M2 earbuds also feature:
- Up to six hours battery life per charge, though the wireless charging case can extend this to up to 30 hours
- Easy-to-use touch controls
- Voice assistant compatibility (Google and Apple)
- IPX4 waterproof and sweat resistant
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Listen to and control music
- Answer phone calls
- Magnetic charging case
They’re a great all-in-one option for music, calls, and translations. This keeps you from having to carry extra devices.
Checking Out the Earbuds
The Timekettle M2 Language Translator Earbuds look similar to Apple AirPods and are around the same size. I’m used to wearing slightly smaller earbuds with the silicone covers, so at first, these felt a little loose in my ears. However, I was able to walk, run, and go about my day without any problems.
The touch sensors are extremely sensitive, so don’t connect to Bluetooth until they’re securely in. Otherwise, you’ll accidentally tap something. Of course, sensitive is great so all you have to use are light taps to control the earbuds.
I absolutely love the wireless charging case. Not only do the strong magnets close the case securely while your earbuds charge or when traveling, the pieces click together side by side when you open the case, keeping the case together, even when it’s in two parts.
I also like that the earbuds and case are clearly marked with L and R. I hate when the letters are either so small or in a color that’s almost the same as the case that you can’t really see them.
Pairing the Earbuds
You’ll need to pair the Timekettle M2 Language Translator Earbuds with the Timekettle app. You can scan the QR code in the user guide to download to iOS or Android or just look for Timekettle in your desired app store.
I used the Android version, which isn’t highly rated. However, once I got the app to pair with my earbuds, everything worked perfectly. But, that was a bit of a challenge.
Even after agreeing to every permission and following the steps carefully, my earbuds wouldn’t pair at first.
The problem is even when you press Confirm, if there is an error, you don’t get an error message, so it’s hard to know what’s wrong. I verified everything on the list but no luck.
After several more tries and a lot of turning my Bluetooth on and off on my phone, I finally got my eureka! moment and the coveted connection screen.
Once paired the first time, I didn’t have any issues reconnecting later.
Trying Out Translations
Now for the fun part: trying out translations. I worked mainly with English to Spanish and vice versa as that’s easiest for me.
The menu offers multiple translation options. I started out with Speaker mode, thanks to the help of a friend.
In Speaker mode, you choose which earbud goes with which language. You can switch the languages at any time in the app.
I like that the app offers step-by-step guidance to help you get started. Each translation option offers the same level of guidance. Of course, it’s also rather intuitive.
During our conversation, there was only a short delay (maybe a second or two) between what I’d say and what my friend would hear. Having the earbud in only one ear makes it easy to hear the other person and the translation. We even tested these out in a crowded room and had no issues.
I also tested out Touch mode. This involves just tapping your earbud to start speaking. The exact tap guides are in the user manual. You can also tap the appropriate section in the app to speak directly through your phone. Overall, the translations were surprisingly accurate, though it did miss a few plurals sometimes.
But it’s important to note that my friend is still learning Spanish and isn’t fully fluent, so some mistakes are hers, too.
Listen mode works beautifully. Simply lay down your phone to listen. You’ll hear the translation in your ear and see it in the app.
There’s even a Text mode where you can type in or say something to see and hear a quick translation.
In all modes, the translations were quick. Plus, there’s a History option to view your history. If you need to switch to offline translations, you can buy credits to download translation packages. There’s an option to buy a package deal with some credits included. And yes, the offline works as well as the online.
Personally, I couldn’t be happier with how well the translation features work. There isn’t an awkward delay. Plus, it’s also a great way to learn a new language. In my experience, these earbuds and app worked better than many other apps and more expensive translation devices.
Listening to Music and Answering Calls
I was rather surprised at the sound quality of the Timekettle M2 Language Translator Earbuds. While they’re not the highest quality audio or noise-cancelling, music still sounds great. If you want a lot of bass, you may be disappointed, but the sound is clear and crisp with no interference.
It’s also incredibly easy to answer calls. I’ve used some earbuds where the call seemed to fade in and out or there seemed to be static, but these sounded wonderful. The person calling me was even impressed with how clear I sounded.
Whether you have a friend who speaks a foreign language, need translations during a class or in a group, want to travel the world, or even just learn another language, these earbuds are the perfect companion. Since they do double duty as standard earbuds, you only need to carry your smartphone and the earbuds, which fit in a small, convenient charging case.
Translations are nearly perfect with only the occasional errors. Plus, they are delivered quickly. It really does feel like having a normal conversation.
I personally loved using them and plan to keep using them. You can try the Timekettle M2 Language Translator Earbuds out for yourself for $129.99 for the offline package or $99.99 with no offline package.