Urbanista's new cheap wireless earbuds are ideal for Nintendo Switch gaming

Urbanista Seoul lifestyle image
(Image credit: Urbanista)

Swedish audio brand Urbanista has its sights firmly set on gamers on the go with the launch of its new Seoul true wireless earphones – which were originally announced last year, but are now shipping.

The brand’s latest budget Bluetooth buds feature a low-latency gaming mode, making them perfect for anyone looking to take advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s recent added support for wireless headphones.

Shifting from the regular music mode to the earphones’ gaming setting via the companion app rings down audio latency to an impressive 70ms, meaning sound effects and audio cues won't feel detached from the timing of what's happening on-screen, which is what can happen with many of the best wireless earbuds.

The Seoul also boast touch controls, IPX4 water resistance and a noise-cancelling microphone for calls.  

Battery life offers up a decent eight hours of playtime per charge of the buds, while the included wireless charging case provides an additional three charges beyond that.

While the launch video for the new earphones seems to take at least some inspiration from Blade Runner, Urbanista says the design of the new buds is inspired by the South Korean city they take their name from.

The earphones come in a choice of four colours that Urbanista says is influenced by Seoul’s high-tech lifestyle – Midnight Black, Electric Blue, Vivid Purple, and Pearl White – and will be priced at £89.90 / $89.90 (about AU$159).

Urbanista Seoul earbuds in case

The Urbanista Seoul's Electric Blue finish looks great. (Image credit: Urbanista)

Analysis: Low latency mode may make gamers Switch from their old earphones

Dedicated low-latency modes have become an increasingly common feature on true wireless earphones, but not always at the sort of price point the Urbanista Seoul come in at.

As well as making lip-sync issues when watching videos and movies a thing of the past, the lack of delay with sound effects when using headphones with low-latency modes can have a big impact on immersion and your performance when playing games.

Our main hope is that these new buds sound as a good as their looks and feature set, a criticism we had of Ubanista’s recent Stockholm in-ears.

Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch is a London-born, Dublin-based writer and journalist. The author of Steve Jobs: A Biographic Portrait, Kevin is a regular feature writer for a number of tech sites and the former Technology Editor for the Daily Mirror. He has also served as editor of GuinnessWorldRecords.com and has been a member of the judging panel for the BAFTA British Academy Video Game Awards. Alongside reviewing the latest AV gear, smartphones and computers, Kevin also specialises in music tech and can often be found putting the latest DAWs, MIDI controllers and guitar modellers through their paces. Born within the sound of Bow Bells, Kevin is also a lifelong West Ham fan for his troubles.