The TKING Mini Rechargeable Sound Amplifier is one of the newer models for this brand. TKING has been a popular name around here, and still offers one of few hearing aids with tinnitus masker. This new model looks exactly like the Onebridge J707 and Banglijian BLJ-707, but there seem to be some differences.
In this review, we’ll see where the TKING Mini (or technically TKING J707) differs from previous models and the competition. I’ll discuss the good and the bad before diving into some alternatives and a final buying guide.
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Just by looking at the TKING Mini, you can see a number of important features. First, the model comes as a pair. Second, the device comes in a rechargeable case like we’ve been seeing in other models. As with the other models, it means you no longer have to charge each device individually, but use the case as a charging dock. With the TKING, you get 10 hours of usage after 3 hours of charging. A fully charged case can provide up to 40 hours of usage in total.
Who is this hearing amplifier for?
The TKING Mini is made as a cheaper alternative for hearing aids. That means you’re not getting the full experience. While that’s common, the TKING is a cheaper alternative for affordable non-prescription hearing aids and delivers even less of an experience. The output tackles a mild to moderate hearing loss, and the travel case helps you between recharging.
How well does the TKING Mini work?
On the Amazon product page, the TKING advertises its digital chip. That’s not a great first sign, and further underlines that the TKING is a discount model – digital chips are the bare minimum. The dual microphones are more impressive, while other features are standard: two listening modes, eight volume settings, feedback cancellation, and comfort threshold control, which blocks sudden loud sounds.
What’s not to like about the TKING Mini?
If you’ve followed the link to the product page above, you have undoubtedly seen the many typos and confusing language in the communication from TKING. I personally don’t like that, especially because it can only get worse when you actually contact the company.
There are a number of reviews from people who’ve received a free pair, and while they’re pretty positive, you can’t always trust reviews on Amazon. Furthermore, the TKING Mini feels a bit cheap all around. They don’t always charge right and the sound quality isn’t great. But then again, there’s nothing truly wrong with it.
Alternatives for the TKING Mini
The most obvious alternative is the Banglijian J707. It doesn’t really get you a different model, but the same model from a better company – that service level will cost around $30 more. If you’re exploring your options and have the budget, I’d scale up a price level and see about the best hearing aids under $300. You can’t really go cheaper without plummeting in quality.
Should you buy the TKING Mini Rechargeable Sound Amplifier?
You can. It’s remarkable that you can buy a pair of decent hearing aids for less than $100. If you’re good with decent, the TKING Mini is fine. Knowing the market, I do have the gnawing feeling that I’d personally spend more to get a better model with better sound quality from a more reputable company – but that, I’ll leave up to you.
At the time of writing, this model is $99.99, but the price can change daily.
The charging case is black, but the devices are silver.