Design and Construction
Edifier’s Hecate GM5 headphones use the traditional design popularized by Apple’s AirPod, the in-ear headphones lack rubber tips to provide passive isolation.
Its body is made of plastic with a silver finish, except for the outside that is painted white. This makes the phone look premium even with a simple build.
On the top and sides are gesture sensors to control music or switch between game mode, ambient sound or music mode.
The headphones are very light – just 4 grams per side. This, combined with the smooth curves, allows users to wear the accessory for hours on end without ear discomfort.
The buttons are also IPX5 waterproof. This makes them great exercise companions, promising more sweat or splash.
The charging case has a magnetic lid that makes it easy to open or close. Transparent finishes let you see inside, while lights make everything more refined. In fact, its appearance conquers many products.
Sound quality is another highlight of the Hecate GM5. First, because it has a very nice maximum volume, allowing you to better immerse yourself in the content and helping to reduce external noise, even without noise cancellation.
Second, as the audio is not distorted, there is no loss of quality even when boosted to the limit. In other headphones, the bass comes out abruptly, while the mids and treble are lost.
not here. Edifier Hecate GM5 maintains the sound standard, which shows that the brand cares about offering the maximum service to users.
Regarding the performance itself, we don’t have frequencies related to other frequencies. So if you’re looking for a headphone that emphasizes bass and produces punchy beats, this headphone isn’t for you.
Still, it’s not bad. Quite the opposite. Music Balance provides a pleasant experience, allowing you to listen to each instrument in the song separately. For those who listen to more rock, it’s even better – and more appealing.
On tracks like Iron Maiden’s new album Lost in a Lost World, you can hear cymbals and kick drums, bass, guitar and vocals very clearly during the performance.
The game mode amplifies the sound a bit. In music this can be seen more as an increase in bass, but in games we have more realistic sounds like gunshots.
The game mode is also designed to reduce lag during gameplay. In this way, the Edifier Hecate GM5 offers a virtually lag-free experience between what is playing on the screen and the audio coming out of the headphones.
The wearable also has an ambient sound mode, which could theoretically help you hear your surroundings better without having to remove your headphones. In practice, it just seems to lower the playback volume to a lower level so the music doesn’t overwhelm the surrounding sounds.
There are also gesture controls on either side of the headset. For example, use them to control playback or toggle functions on and off. See all the gesture possibilities:
- Double tap on both sides: pause/resume playback or answer a call
- Left long press: return to play track or reject call
- Long press right: fast forward to play a track or reject a call
- Triple tap left: enable/disable ambient sound mode
- Triple tap on the right: switch between game mode and music mode
- Four taps left: trigger mobile digital assistant
Battery and connectivity
The Edifier Hecate GM5 has Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity – which is already a good advantage for models with 5.1 technology or even older 5.0 technology.
This helps it pair faster and connect better with your phone. To connect for the first time, simply remove both buttons from the case and look for it in your phone’s Bluetooth settings.
Once paired, new connections are almost instantaneous. If your phone has Bluetooth enabled, you can connect it after opening the charging case cover.
Connecting wearables to smartphones is not app dependent. While this can make pairing easier, I think it’s a downside due to the inability to accurately track the battery and better manage the phone’s mode.
Edifier promises up to 8 hours of battery life for the pair. However, this may vary depending on the music being played, the volume used, or the mode activated.
In my tests, the headphones managed 6 hours and 52 minutes of high-quality music playback on Spotify with volume at half and Game Mode off.
The Edifier Hecate GM5’s packaging caught the eye. Inside, in addition to the USB-C charging cable and small instruction manual, you’ll find the protective cover and lanyard for the charging case, which you can hang around your neck if you wish.
While some users like me might find it a bit extravagant to wear the accessory as a “necklace”, it’s interesting that the brand offers something extra as a way to please the fans.
Whether you’re wearing it around your neck or not, it’s great to have at least one case. For example, the rubber material prevents the accessory from scratching or suffering further damage in the event of a fall.
The Hecate GM5 competes with other TWS headsets in the gamer market, such as the Razer Hammerhead, priced between 400 reais and 700 reais, the same price range as the Edifier headset.
Both models have a frequency range between 20 Hz and 20 kHz, impedance of 32Ω and a range of 10 meters. However, the dynamic drivers on the Razer model are slightly larger at 13mm, compared to 12mm on the Edifier headphones.
In contrast, the Hecate GM5 offers longer battery life. While you can get up to 8 hours of playtime on a single charge, or up to 40 hours on the case’s battery, the Razer wearable’s total playtime is 16 hours.
Edifier Hecate GM5 headphones provide excellent sound quality and a great gaming experience. When listening to music, we achieve a good balance between frequencies, without booming bass or harsh highs.
For gamers, it even offers a game mode that amplifies the sound a bit to make the noise during gameplay more realistic. Also, of course, this feature is also designed to reduce lag and make the results more faithful.
The battery performance – which can provide up to 40 hours of playback on a single charge – is another strong point, especially when compared to its much less powerful competitors.
Regarding the design, it is very light and its smooth curves allow you to wear it for hours without getting tired or bothering your ears. The charging case has a refined look, with a clear lid that houses a circular “capsule” to hold the flower buds.
All this makes Edifier headphones an excellent choice, whether for those who just want an accessory to listen to music, or for those who use it to play games.