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REVIEW: Philips UpBeat SHB2505 is the truly wireless entry-level model ideal for everyday use

Launched last year, the Philips UpBeat SHB2505 the company's entry model. Check out how he did in this review

Pioneer in audio devices, the Philips launched last year the UpBeat SHB2505. It is a headset truly wireless (truly wireless, in free translation), which the company is currently betting. This model can well meet the needs of millennials, who look for headphones for everyday life, that are cheap, but without giving up on sound quality.

And so the Philips UpBeat SHB2505, which still guarantees convenience and connectivity. It is worth noting that this is not an ideal model for audio professionals, and Philips makes this very clear in the specifications. If you are looking for your first wireless headset, it is worth knowing the model presented here.

Design and construction

Philips UpBeat SHB2505The Philips device has a basic design and an eraser to ensure it doesn't fall out of the ear (image: Darlan Helder)

O UpBeat SHB2505 a light, small device that fits in the palm of your hand. But if you take beauty into account, you can ignore that. The devices do not bring a premium product look (which is understandable by the proposal). In construction, it is possible to note that the Philips used a lot of plastic in all areas of the phone and there is a rubber cover that can be removed without much complexity.

In this coverage, the Philips introduced a kind of hook that can get stuck in the ear preventing the device from falling. In our test, however, we realized that this hook can be annoying and create a little pain, especially after hours of use. Fortunately, if necessary, you can remove it and use the handset without this protection. Still, it is important to note that this discomfort is very specific and does not mean that it will be noticeable to all consumers.

Hand holding two Philips Headphones UpBeat SHB2505The UpBeat SHB2505 are lightweight and practical headphones for everyday use (image: Darlan Helder)

By the way, the Philips UpBeat SHB2505 comes with silicone tips in three sizes (small, medium and large). Choosing the ideal one for your ear, stability is guaranteed. When making the exchange, you may have some difficulty, but with a little bit, it fits perfectly.

Buds have a circular connectivity button with the name Philips in the middle. This same button has a blue and white LED that helps when connecting it.

Philips UpBeat SHB2505 next to the charging caseThe model has a button in the center, which allows you to change music or activate the virtual assistant, such as Siri and Google Assistant (image: Darlan Helder)

In general, the simple finish, which shows that the company wanted to bet mainly on practicality and sound results.

Sound quality

O Philips UpBeat SHB2505 it does not disappoint in sound quality, and mid, bass and treble are guaranteed without much exaggeration. The earphones have 6mm neodymium drivers, so give it a try now to get an idea of ​​what it delivers. It brings configurations aimed at serving a varied audience that does not require as much of a headset.

Philips phone with background caseThe UpBeat SHB2505 is a model without exaggeration and delivers a very interesting audio quality (image: Darlan Helder)

The bass is very punctual and does not bring that feeling of a powerful speaker in the ears. The mediums are well defined, while the highs may not bring as much shine in some songs. Communication between handset and handset is done separately: the connected device sends the signal to each side of the Philips UpBeat SHB2505, which helps not to compromise the quality of the audio.

The microphone UpBeat SHB2505 reasonable. When making calls, the quality was well compromised and if you are in a place with a lot of noise, we recommend using the smartphone without the headphones. Audio gets even worse when using messaging apps, like Whatsapp it's the Telegram. When sending the voice message, the impression was that the person was in a bathroom and the audio was also very low. At least there are no echoes that can interfere with communication.

Drums

UpBeat SHB2505 next to the open charging caseThe headphones do not need to be switched off by button. They are automatically deactivated (and activated) as soon as you place or remove them from the case (image: Darlan Helder)

The battery UpBeat SHB2505 it may disappoint the user a little, as it was not designed to last all day. So, if you are looking for a headset for the whole day, it is worth considering this question. The autonomy of the model of Philips it's around 3 hours. But, on the other hand, there is the transport / charging case that ensures an additional 9 hours of duration, thus totaling 12 hours. Unfortunately, there is no quick charge feature.

O SHB2505 has similar autonomy to that of the Xiaomi Redmi Airdots – which makes it very clear that these models are ideal to use between the way home to work, to go to college and watch series and movies. Still, we recommend leaving the house without taking the case and the USB cable. To control consumption, in the box there are blue LEDs that help you know when to charge.

Case

Philips UpBeat SHB2505 stored in the case with the lid openThe Philips UpBeat SHB2505 case is very compact and lightweight even with the headphones on (image: Darlan Helder)

Regarding the case of Philips UpBeat SHB2505, the box brings some construction features seen in the headphones. You will not find it very difficult to take it to the street, since the case is very light and medium in size (neither too big nor too small). Even with the UpBeat SHB2505 saved, the case does not become heavy.

The lid, which has a magnetic closure, has a smooth opening and, therefore, becomes fragile. On the front, there are LEDs so you can follow the charging of the headphones.

Philips UpBeat SHB2505 inside the case with the lid openThe Philips model case has a magnetic closure (Image: Darlan Helder)

Connectivity

Connectivity is one of the main highlights of the Philips UpBeat SHB2505. In our tests, we were able to connect it very easily on several devices (notebook, iPad, iPhone) and the great driver of this good connection, of course, Bluetooth 5.0.

For day-to-day use, the handset successfully worked on various content such as music streaming, radio, podcasts and Netflix. Work with Philips UpBeat SHB2505 very pleasant. Despite the quarantine, which prevented us from doing a test on the street, it was possible to see how it works with some external noise, when we went to the window, for example. Isolation is not entirely the strength of this model. Even listening to music, it was possible to perceive some external sounds, such as dog barking, TV on and other low noises.

Philips UpBeat SHB2505 headsetThe Philips UpBeat SHB2505 has great connectivity. It can be paired with your smartphone, notebook and tablet in a few seconds (image: Darlan Helder)

With regard to reach, the Philips guarantees at ten meters connection. In our assessment, the model began to lose contact with the cell phone at a distance of about seven meters with several walls as a lock, causing some failures (such as only one side working and, sometimes, neither).

A very cool point is your work with virtual assistants, such as Crab it's the Google Assistant. During the period that we are left with Philips UpBeat SHB2505, we use the assistant of the Apple and with just two taps on the button it is possible to activate it (the command is the same for Google Assistant). With this, you will be able to make calls, send messages and use other help and entertainment commands to the user. Unfortunately, there is no dedicated application to take advantage of other settings.

UpBeat SHB2505 case with charging portBack of the case with the entrance to load the device (Image: Darlan Helder)

Last but not least, the resource we enjoy most in the Philips UpBeat SHB2505: after paired for the first time, the headphones will always connect to your device. You just need to open the charging case and ready, connected headphones. This function, in fact, is very interesting, as it saves a lot of time and you can already enjoy your music.

Controls

  • Play / Pause: press the button once;
  • Change music: press and hold for two seconds;
  • Control volume: only by the paired device (directly on the cell phone, tablet, notebook);
  • On off: to connect the headphones, just take them out of the case. To hang up, you just need to put them back in the box.

Completed

Philips UpBeat SHB2505 with the case in the backgroundThe UpBeat SHB2505 is the ideal model for you who are now arriving in the world of wireless headphones (image: Darlan Helder)

O Philips UpBeat SHB2505 a headset for those who are now arriving in the world of wireless headphones. The model delivers what you need in the right measure: practicality, good connectivity, sound quality and great value for money. The battery, however, can disappoint a little if you want to use it for a long time outside the case. In short, for you who want to acquire a companion for everyday life (use in public transport, office, to walk, or simply to use at home), it is worth investing in the device Philips.

O SHB2505 one truly wireless with a very attractive price, it is not as cheap as the Redmi Airdots, which has some similar specifications, but you can find it for less than R $ 300. A piece of advice: some stores are selling the UpBeat SHB2505 for more than R $ 400 – a very high price for the model – then be sure to compare prices.

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UpBeat SHB2505 technical specifications

Model SHB2505
Dimensions 6.5 cm high 4.1 cm wide3.6 cm deep
answer 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Speaker Drives 6 mm
Sensitivity 90 dB
Maximum power input 5mW
Impedance 16 ohms
Drums – lithium ons – 3 hours direct autonomy + 9 hours with case charge – Talk time (call): 2.5 hours – Standby time: 60 hours
Microphone Embedded
Bluetooth 5.0
Maximum reach At 10 meters
Box Contents – Philips SHB2505 – Set of silicone tips with three sizes (P, M and G) – Refill case – Manuals; – Micro USB cable.
Color Black White.
Price R $ 300 – R $ 500
  • Design – 6/10
  • Sound – 7/10
  • Connectivity – 8/10
  • Microphone – 5/10
  • Drums – 5/10
  • Cost-benefit ratio – 8/10

6.5 / 10

Philips UpBeat SHB2505 is the ideal model for you now arriving in the world of wireless headphones

Philips UpBeat SHB2505 a headset for everyday use, with sound quality and good connectivity. However, ask for the weak microphone and battery life.

Pros

  • Good connectivity;
  • Compact case;
  • Price.

Cons

  • Reasonable microphone;
  • Battery with only 3h of autonomy.