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UE Fits review: The perfect fit

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Getting the proper seal on a pair of wireless in-ears is the only largest influence you possibly can have on their sound high quality – from delivering higher bass to an improved sense of scale and quantity, the significance a superb match ought to by no means be underestimated.

Historically, {custom} headphones have been the easiest manner of getting this match all the way down to a tee, however this has often been reserved for musicians and people with sufficient cash to throw on the situation. Even then, you’d want to go to a specialist for moulds after which watch for them to be made earlier than you possibly can get your fingers on them. With the UE Matches, you may get a custom-fit design at house in 60 seconds.


The corporate has fairly the historical past in custom-fit earphones market, so it is aware of a factor or two about what it takes to make them good. However do the UE Matches show their price over and above different buds at this worth? We took a pay attention to search out out.

UE Fits

UE Matches

The {custom} match of the UE Matches make them a number of the most safe and noise-isolating true wi-fi headphones we have ever tried, nevertheless we discover their default sound setting a bit well mannered for our tastes. You’ll must really feel comfortable tweaking the EQ to listen to them at their greatest.


  • Comfy, {custom} match at house
  • Wealthy, assured sound
  • Good passive noise cancelling
  • Respectable battery life

  • Default sound must be extra dynamic
  • No wi-fi charging
  • No put on detection



  • Mouldable photopolymer eartips
  • Three color decisions
  • Contact controls on stems

The UE Matches look somewhat totally different than nearly all of their rivals. As an alternative of the ever-popular Airpod-esque lollipop design or a extra conventional all-in-one earbud, the eartip sits in the course of a stem-like design, which you twist to suit into your ear. It means there isn’t a stem hanging down outdoors of your ear, which helps them to really feel fairly safe and nicely balanced – even earlier than you’ve run the moulding course of.

Unboxing the UE Matches is kind of a novel expertise. The buds and case are in sealed tight in packaging to stop any untimely moulding, so you might want to break the seal and peel off the protecting layer to get the method began.

UE Fits packaging

There are three colors to select from – Daybreak, our evaluation pattern, which is a pastel shade of purple, Cloud, which is white and Eclipse, which is black.

The buds themselves have a pleasant matte end with a light-up UE brand on every – providing you with at-a-glance particulars on battery stage and pairing standing – whereas the palm-sized pebble-shaped case has a extra shiny end, with the Final Ears brand on the lid. That is charged by way of USB-C and solely USB-C, as there isn’t a wi-fi charging, which we will’t assist however be a bit upset with at this worth.

UE Fits design

Getting the proper match

  • Lightform know-how
  • Moulds in 60 seconds
  • One tip provided, others out there on request

The moulding course of may be very simple. You’ll must obtain the UE Matches app as a way to get the motion began, after which place the buds into the case to pair together with your telephone. As soon as that is all completed (it’s a case of following the directions on the display screen so good and simple), you might be prompted to place the buds into your ear and get a match that feels snug.

In all honesty, the one-and-only provided photopolymer eartip is fairly chunky, and likewise fairly agency, so we weren’t capable of get as comfortable and safe a match at this stage as we’re used to. However that’s when the magic occurs…

When you’re prepared, the app will stroll you thru each step. You will want to place the buds in your ear and maintain them in place whereas the ultraviolet LightForm know-how does its factor. It takes about 60 seconds and also you’ll really feel a mild heat in your ears because it goes, in addition to the buds glowing a bluey/purple color for the length.

UE Fits fitting

You do really feel a bit underneath stress to be sure you’re holding them precisely the place you need them to sit down, as a result of as soon as the method is completed, it may possibly’t be repeated – with these eartips a minimum of. If, after moulding, you are feeling they don’t match fairly proper you possibly can submit a request to obtain new suggestions – we found UE even provide smaller or bigger preliminary sizes as nicely, however you’ll have to request them and wait to obtain them. A shortcut to this may be to incorporate the totally different sizes within the field, however we’d suspect this can be a price choice.

Whereas we suspect the smaller dimension could nicely have labored higher for us, the usual match completely improved after the moulding course of, and we felt the buds form – in actual time – to suit way more snugly in our ears. To take a look at them, the form isn’t drastically modified, however you do discover delicate bumps and indents the place the buds have expanded to suit your precise ear form.

UE Fits design 2

They just do really feel somewhat on the big facet for our ears, and so it’s a bit onerous to neglect you’re sporting them. However they’re very snug, brilliantly noise isolating (notably contemplating there isn’t a ANC right here) and steady too – these buds gained’t budge an inch.


  • IPX3 rated
  • USB-C charging – no wi-fi charging
  • 8 hours battery life, 20 hours whole with charging case
  • No ANC, no transparency mode

Exterior of their self-moulding expertise, the UE Matches are fairly simple by way of their function providing. As we talked about, there’s no ANC – not that it’s missed – and no wi-fi charging for the case both, which is probably a bit extra of a disappointment.

The buds are IPX3 rated, so can be utilized for train, and have customisable contact controls on every stem for tweaking quantity, observe and playback with a sequence of faucets.

UE Fits with case

There’s no put on detection although, so your music will maintain enjoying once you take away them, and since there’s no ANC, there’s no transparency mode both. Which means you do find yourself taking these buds out a good bit to have a fast chat, and so put on detection seems like it could’ve been a pleasant addition.

So far as battery life goes, you possibly can count on a really respectable eight hours from the buds themselves on a single cost, with round 1.5 fees from the case for 20 hours in whole. That is removed from market main, however ought to have nearly all of individuals lined for some good chunky listening periods over a full week.


  • 20Hz – 20Hz
  • Single dynamic 10mm drivers
  • 5-point EQ

So, now they suit your ears completely, how do they really sound? Actually fairly good, really. For a begin, you don’t actually miss the shortage of ANC right here because of the match doing the legwork in conserving exterior noise at arm’s size. After all, there are limitations to this, however until you need good silence – by which case you must completely put money into one thing like Bose’s Quietcomfort Earbuds II – this could see you considerably conscious however suitably unbothered by lots of what’s happening round you.

Within the UE Matches app, you might be given numerous presets to play with, with the UE Signature being the default. The issue is, we aren’t blown away by it. There’s nothing offensive about it – in actual fact, it’s a really listenable presentation, however we’re left craving a bit extra readability by means of the midrange, and a bit extra chew within the treble. It’s only a bit well mannered for our tastes, and we discover ourselves pushing the quantity all the best way as much as try to inject a little bit of oomph to proceedings.

Don’t take that to imply these are boring although. There’s richness and rumble a-plenty within the bass, and it’s all very nicely managed too, however a bit extra punch wouldn’t go amiss, so you actually really feel the influence when these massive bass notes land.

UE Fits performance

It’s related within the high finish – as soon as once more, the UE Matches provide up a largely clear and clear the treble, however are simply missing some snap which means the finger clicks in Billie Eilish’s Unhealthy Man come throughout a bit flat. Vocals are additionally barely set again within the combine, which – all in all – creates a reasonably easy-going, however soft-sounding presentation.

There’s a contact of sibilance on some S sounds, that mentioned. It’s not overly distracting for probably the most half, however does catch your ear at quantity. When you’re battling weaker low-level dynamics by pushing these headphones louder, that is extra prone to rear its head.

We delve into the EQ to see if we will squeeze a bit extra assault out of them with out bothering the quantity key, and we will. With some delicate tweaks, we’re capable of get one thing that sounds way more ahead and dynamic, with out sounding pushed – however do go calmly together with your changes to keep away from this.

This would possibly sound a bit overwhelming for some, however the five-point EQ may be very accessible and you may hear the adjustments you make in actual time, and simply return a step or two in the event you make a mistake. Even a flat EQ proves a worthwhile addition to your presets, in our opinion.


With our adjustments in place, Hans Zimmer’s Cornfield Chase has way more presence, with improved readability and constancy that brings extra element and definition throughout the frequency vary – however specifically the mids. Organ keys now appear to be performed with extra vitality and there’s extra texture and variance right here too. There is a higher sense of sunshine and shade. Because the tune builds from quiet to loud, and smooth to frenetic, the music retains you knowledgeable at each step change, because it drives forwards with function to the massive chaotic finale.

Nevertheless, it’s honest to say these buds are extra suited to our pop, rock and hip hop playlists than they’re classical, and are at their greatest when given one thing upbeat that they will actually get their enamel into. So again to Billie Eilish’s Unhealthy Man we go, and certain sufficient, the low-end bounces together with an actual keenness and confidence, whereas the breathy vocals are full of loads of superb element and expression.

Reassuringly, the UE Matches have a agency hand on timing too, and even on the busiest of tracks, issues are all the time saved in line. The varied rhythmic parts of Chase and Standing’ No Downside, and the dynamic shifts between them, are saved in test individually, with out sounding scientific – there’s nonetheless loads of enjoyable available right here. For in-ear buds, there’s an honest soundstage too, so you possibly can zone in on any aspect and listen to it in isolation, with out one thing else barging in.

The contact controls located within the bud stem work moderately nicely, and you may customise the faucets and what they do (play/pause, subsequent observe, earlier observe or quantity management) throughout the app. The app itself works fairly easily for probably the most half too, save for some lag (and the occasional flat out refusal) when switching between presets. Most listeners gained’t be switching between them as usually as we have been to check although, so that you in all probability gained’t discover this an issue.


There’s little question that UE Matches are a novel pair of headphones, and we love the potential this know-how has. With out query, the buds match our ears higher as soon as the moulding was completed and supply distinctive noise isolation – simply remember there are different suggestions you possibly can order from Final Ears immediately in the event you really feel they’re nonetheless somewhat on the big (or certainly, small) facet as soon as moulding is full.

There aren’t rather a lot by the use of different options although, and a few – like wi-fi charging or put on detection – could really feel lacking at this type of worth.

From a sound perspective, these buds sound good however the UE Signature preset is a bit too mellow for our tastes – and there’s not a superb all-round different out of the field both. In the intervening time, you’ll must dig into the EQ your self to get the perfect from them, however when you do, they completely ship.

Nevertheless, at $199/£200 the UE Matches have loads of competitors, and with buds just like the Sony WF-1000XM4 out there for a similar worth or much less, you possibly can arguably discover higher sound elsewhere. But when the {custom} match appeals – as nicely it ought to – UE Matches provide a easy and extra inexpensive method to bounce on board from house. It is virtually fairly becoming that to get the perfect from them, they require a {custom} sound to match.

Supply: www.pocket-lint.com

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