Bluetooth headphones have been around for some time now but the advancement in technology has made it increasingly popular. When buying these Bluetooth headphones I was very sceptical; I’ve never owned a pair and was worried about the quality of the product. Seeing the ratings on Amazon didn’t give me the confidence that I wanted. Nevertheless I purchased a pair to see whether these budget Bluetooth headphones were worth the price (£14.36). It comes in 3 different colours, black, silver and golden.
Design and Features
Let’s start off with what I like about the headphones. It is lightweight, weighing in at 59g, so think a Kit Kat Chunky. With the headphones being cheap the build quality feels premium. However, it doesn’t inspire confidence that they will last for a long time. It may be rigid for now but in the long term would it hold? I did like that Mpow gave 3 different ear tips which you choose from depending on the size of your ears. Also, you get indoor leisure fit stabilisers and the crescent shape sport fit stabilises which is best utilised outdoors.
One reason why I disliked the design of the headphones is that the mic is positioned on the right hand side of your ear. Due to the size of the mic it drags the headphones to the right, so if I turn my head to the right the left earpiece would fall out or become unadjusted. As elegant as the design of the headphone is, it can easily get scratched which is not appealing if you want them to look good.
In terms of features, they’re equipped with Bluetooth 4.1, which makes pairing really fast to your device. The Bluetooth range for these headphones are 10 metres and they have a built in microphone so you can receive and make calls. Playing time for these headphones is 8 hours which is really good if you only take it to the gym. If you are running out of juice on these headphones you don’t need to worry as it only takes two hours to charge to 100%.
In terms of performance, I wasn’t expecting much from a budget Bluetooth headphone. However, I was surprised by the way it sounded. It may not be the best sounding headphones. But for gym use, the sound is pretty good. This is due to the fact that it can go really loud and block out everything. As this is a budget headphone it had it hiccups in performance. Whilst using it the connection would sometimes cut out for like one second. This has happened a few times whilst I was at the gym. But I wouldn’t say it’s a big issue that would stop me from purchasing it. On the instruction manual it says that if you place your phone on the right hand side of your body, you will get a better listening experience.
Pairing the headphones was a simple process as you just have to hold the power button for seven seconds till the indicator flashes white and you will hear a voice prompting “connected”. I paired it to my iPhone 6s and it was really fast and worked first time. Then I tried something which didn’t work for me before – connecting the headphones to my Apple Watch. I had to start the pairing process again and then connected it to my watch. Now I can use these headphones without my phone when I go jogging.
The Mpow Bluetooth sport headphones to me are surprisingly good for its price. They may not be the best in terms of sound quality but it will suffice if you are only using it at the gym. I would not suggest these as your daily driver headphones. Connectivity wouldn’t be an issue as it has the latest Bluetooth and although it has its minor hiccups in connection it shouldn’t really put you off when purchasing these. Aside from these minor problems I would say that these headphones are perfect for people who want Bluetooth headphones to use at the gym and are on a budget.