Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear Review
A good, inexpensive way to get rid of wires and enjoy your music
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Price: $72 List
By Max Mutter ⋅ Senior Review Editor ⋅ Jan 8, 2019
Sound Quality – 30%
Noise Isolation – 25%
Comfort – 25%
User Friendliness – 10%
Portability – 10%
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If you’re on a tight budget but want the comfort, privacy, and freedom offered by wireless over-ear headphones, the Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear checks all the boxes. Offering decent sound quality, great comfort, and a solid Bluetooth connection, you can step into the wireless realm for a reasonably low price. Plus, we’ve seen these headphones selling online for nearly half of their list price. If you’re looking for a better sound quality to price ratio, we would recommend the TaoTronics TT-BH060. However, if you want to get the freedom of Bluetooth as little as possible, you can’t go wrong with the Mpow.
REASONS TO BUY
REASONS TO AVOID
Mediocre noise isolation
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear is a set of low budget wireless headphones that still manage to provide a good level of convenience and comfort. If you’re ok with somewhat average sound quality, the Mpow is an inexpensive way to get rid of those pesky headphone wires.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
After our grueling series of side-by-side tests, the Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear ended up towards the bottom of our overall scoresheet. However, due to their low price, they still represent a great value for those looking for a bargain. Below you can read about how they fared in each of the tests we conducted.
The Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear shared the score of 5 out of 10 in our sound quality testing with multiple other headphones.
That score of 5 out of 10 corresponds to the lowest score in our testing, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. These headphones have enough clarity and can produce enough bass to create a fairly full sound. However, they’re kind of akin to those cheap earbuds you buy when you lose the ones your phone came with. They don’t sound great, but they sound good enough.
Obviously paying more can get you much better sound quality. The best models from Bose can make you feel like you’re constantly sitting in a concert hall. For budget-minded shoppers, the next logical step up from the Mpow is the TaoTronics TT-BH060. The TaoTronics headphones add active noise cancellation, which can make any pair of headphones sound better. They also provide noticeably better bass and much better clarity than the Mpow. If you want the most sound quality per dollar, you may want to consider the TaoTronics over the Mpow.
The Mpow doesn’t sound amazing, so it’s not for audiophiles, but the sound quality isn’t disappointing either.
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With a score of 4 out of 10 the Mpow was again towards the bottom of the scoreboard in our noise isolation testing. However, we would still call this score not great but good enough.
The Mpow generally delivers the kind of noise isolation one would expect from a set of over ear headphones without active noise cancellation. When listening to loud music the outside world is almost completely drowned out, with quieter music you’ll notice some of the louder sounds happening around you, and with no music you’ll hear pretty much everything but in a more muffled tone.
If you’re looking for great noise isolation on a budget, the TaoTronics TT-BH060 is again a worthy upgrade. For a bit more than the Mpow you get active noise cancellation that can block out most ambient noise. This noise cancellation can’t compare to that of the much more expensive Bose or Sony models, but it’s a huge step up from the Mpow.
The Mpow was one of the most comfortable pair of headphones that we tested, earning a high score of 8 out of 10 in this metric.
The Mpow has large ear cups with nice, supple padding. The headband also has just enough padding that it’s comfy but not bulky. This is also one area where it outperforms the TaoTronics TT-BH060, which have comparatively shallow ear cups and slightly thinner padding. They’re not uncomfortable, but the Mpow is a clear step up.
The Mpow’s deep earcups make for all-day comfort.
The Mpow was fairly average in our ease of use testing, picking up a score of 6 out of 10.
The Mpow offers the standard on headset controls: play/pause, volume, and track forward/back buttons. We found Bluetooth pairing to be quite easy. It also has a microphone for making phone calls. It missed out on a higher score because it lacked an app that lets you fine tune EQ settings (something most higher end models have) and a way to summon virtual assistants like Siri and Google Assistant directly from the headset. The Mpows‘s main rival, the TaoTronics TT-BH060, is almost identical in this respect.
The Mpow’s controls.
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The Mpow was one of the lower scorers in our portability testing, earning a 5 out of 10. The headphones don’t fold up in any way and only come with a thin drawstring pouch. On the plus side, they are relatively light at 9 ounces. The TaoTronics TT-BH060 outdo the Mpow in this metric, weighing in at just 7.5 ounces and coming with a padded travel case.
The Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear represents quite a good value among the best over ear headphones. If you can stand to spend a bit more, the TaoTronics TT-BH060 provides a better overall value, but if you’re not fussy about sound quality you won’t be disappointed by the Mpow.
The Mpow’s carrying bag.
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The Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear is a decent set of wireless headphones that can accomodate budget shoppers. If you’re willing to spend a bit more the TaoTronics TT-BH060 provide a better overall value.
In-Depth Review of MPOW h27 Active Noise Canceling Headphones
With the influx of Bluetooth earphones, the market is saturated with cheaper, better and comfortable headphones. This paired with the ease of access to the quality brands and options to compare and check across multiple media has brought with itself the niche problem of choosing the best one among the better alternatives.
Previously we had reviewed two active noise cancellation headphones- TaoTronics and MPOW h22 Hybrid. MPOW h27 is one of the new addition to an ongoing Holo Series. Does it stand against its competitors? Is it a worthy successor? Does MPOW h27 justify its cost? Lets checkout.
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The MPOW h27 builds itself as a strong contender in the Over-the-head, wireless Noice canceling headphones. It is a worthy successor in the long list of MPOW H-series headphones and understandably, lives up to the expectation.
This is not a typical review of what each specification of MPOW h27 means in numbers; This is my hands-on experience after having used these puppies for a considerable amount of time.
What’s in the box
The headphone comes with a carry pouch, 3. 5mm cable to use the headphone without Bluetooth, a charging cable, a warranty card, a quick start guide, and some promotional materials everything packed inside a red box.
Design quality out of the box
The headphones which I’m Reviewing is Matte Black. MPOW promises in their product advertisement, following key features:
- Genuine Protein Foam Ear Pads
- Rapid Charge: 10 min =2 hr
- Up to 45H Playtime
- Unrivaled Bass Effect & Hi-Fi Sounds
- CVC 6.0 Noise Cancelling
However, most of the above points remain to be seen.
The h27 comes with below inputs on the headphone:
- On Left ear pad
- A button to toggle the ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) on and off.
- The ANC LED indicator remains on even when the headset itself is powered off and remains so for a considerable amount of time too and potentially results in power wastage.
- A 3.5mm audio jack
- This is a simple 3mm connector that when connected, turns the headphone into a wired earpiece.
- A button to toggle the ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) on and off.
- On Right ear pad
- The control buttons to pause, play, skip buttons.
- Play/Pause Button
- Long press for 3 seconds: Turns the headphones on/off
- Long press for 2 seconds: Triggers Voice Assistant (OK Google)
- Short press for a second: Plays/Pauses the current song.
- Double press – Calls the last called number
- A Micro USB port to charge the headphones
- An LED light to indicate the status
- A CVC 6.0 Microphone for call handling
Pairing is straight forward. Long pressing the pause/play button for around 5 seconds will trigger the pairing mode. Open the Bluetooth settings on your phone or PC and look for a device named MPOW h27 and connect to it.
After you are paired, you should hear a tone with the message ‘Your Device is Connected ‘. If you need help with pairing, check out my recent guide on how to pair your headphones with any device. Though the model is different, the steps are almost the same.
The comfort, oh boy the comfort. It is the single most pleasing factor, yet also the main peeve too.
The earpads are made of genuine protein and are ultra-soft. The Headphone itself weighs around 200G / 7oz and is very light to carry. The Pads are big enough to cover even the ears of those on a wider scale.
But the pads are also relatively flat and the friction between the foam and ones’ ear generate some heat.
The over-the-head band is adjustable for quite a length and I had no qualms setting it up for my huge head until I was satisfied.
The pairing is quick, considerable Bluetooth coverage and multiple functions with minimal controls let you adapt to it quite fast. I got adjusted to it on the go and at times I’d even forget that I had the headphones on me while not listening to anything.
The only downside is that the headphones fold inward in an awkward position, with one earcup folding fully and the other one folding on the previous one. This will damage the pad in the long run.
The connection, as mentioned, is stable up to a fair range. I found some disconnects and lags when I tried going further away, but this is due to Bluetooth’s inherent weakness. The inbuilt Microphone can only be used in Bluetooth mode and not when connected via wire.
The audio quality very much lives up to the price. It isn’t an auditory treat but certainly carries itself as a daily driver. MPOW claims that the 40mm neodymium driver punches out deep, powerful, and natural bass that’s well balanced with mid-range and high frequencies. This does check out in my experience and let me tell you, listening to Chester Bennington on 320KbPS streaming service is a sensual experience.
Active Noise Cancellation
The noise cancellation is quite ingenious. They only attenuate lower frequency noises like ones’ surrounding ambiance by generating counter frequency to cancel the incoming waves. While the closed-back over-ear design isolates the mids and highs.
This gives satisfying noise cancellation. One can completely ignore the outside traffic or sounds in general to an acceptable level.
This does come with two peculiar challenges. The low-frequency noise cancellation at times also cancels out the lower ranges of the song that one is listening to, giving off an altered sound to the music. And since there is no high-frequency attenuation, any sound, if loud enough, will disturb you.
The company claims 45-hour battery life and the actual usage does put the battery life somewhere there. I was able to use several hours a day for a whole week with a single charge before the battery ran out of juice.
As previously mentioned, the ANC button does not auto turn-off and will remain on even when the headphones aren’t In use. This will affect the shelf life of the battery.
As mentioned, there is a built-in CVC 6. 0 microphone that can be used in Bluetooth mode. The Mic piece is relatively close to the mouth and there isn’t any sort of distortion or noise as heard from the other end and it picks up even the whispers easily.
Key points to take away
- Great in design, comfort, portability, microphone, and ease of use
- Good Audio Quality, Noise Isolation, Noise Cancellation, and Bluetooth connectivity
- Better than the headsets priced similarly.
- Good hinges, adjustable headband
- ANC can be turned on without turning on the headset
- Pairing is easy and supports multiple devices at once
- Optional 3.5mm jack to use it as a wired headset too
Mpow h27, being one of the lightest ANC headphones offers decent noise-canceling quality and fantastic audio quality. If I were to compare the audio quality with h22, h27 is much much better. Also, h27 is aesthetic, easy to carry and comfortable to wear. The only thing I dislike about this headphone is the noise cancellation. It is not as great as h22 but I think the other features outweigh it.
Finally, it is time for the recommendation. Let me put it this way,
If you are looking for battery life, good audio quality, best active noise cancellation but can compromise on comfort, go with Taotronics BH060(this model is no longer available)
If you are looking for amazing audio quality, beautiful look, good noise cancellation but can compromise on battery life, go with Mpow h22
If you are looking for fantastic audio quality, amazing battery, nice look but can compromise on noise cancellation, go with Mpow h27 (the one reviewed in this article)
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- Smooth Protein Cusion Pads
- Long Battery Life
- Bluetooth 5. 0
- Good Noise Cancellation
- Quick Charge
- Dual Mode (Wire and Wireless)
- Bass Centric Sound
- Awkward Folding
- Sound Leak (Not suitable for silent environments)
Design and Build Quality
If you are looking for overall affordable ANC Headphones around $50, MPOW h27 is one of the best options out there after h22. It has an amazing design, good battery backup and more importantly, the best audio quality. If you are more into ANC function than audio quality, skip this one.
MPOW M30 (TWS) Budget Headphones Review / Hi-Fi & Digital Audio / iXBT Live
Greetings! A small review of the simple but interesting MPOW M30 headphones, which are equipped with additional sports silicone mounts. This option may be interesting for people who are actively involved in sports – the mounts hold the headphones in the auricle, help to avoid falling out when bending and active movements.
Mpow M30 TWS Wireless Headphones
The MPOW M30 earbuds attracted attention with their ergonomic design at a relatively low cost. These headphones are convenient to use both in the gym and outdoors during exercise. The declared protection of the iPX7 level is an additional plus – they withstand immersion to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes. As for good headphones (reinforcing, hybrid, dynamic), I recommend that you read the article on choice. But the reviewed MPOW M30 belong to a simple budget category, from the “it’s not a pity to lose” series. The headphones themselves come in colorful packaging, a double printed cardboard box with the MPOW logo.
Headphones in the package are separated from the case, which means that the batteries do not run out during such storage.
Specifications for can be found on the back of the package, as well as the list below:
Type: Bluetooth 5.0 TWS wireless headphones
Control type: touch
Protection: waterproof iPX7
Playback time: up to hours from a single charge, plus up to 20 additional hours when recharging from case
Standby time: >200h
Built-in microphone: Yes
Compatible systems: iOS, Android, Windows.
The headphone package includes: charging cable, 3 pairs of mounts, 4 pairs of ear pads (one pair already installed), documentation, as well as the headphones themselves with a charging case.
Case made of matte black plastic. The top cover has branding.
Headphones are neat and compact in-ear headphones, small enough to fit most ears. The touch part is highlighted on the body of the headphones (but this is not a physical button). But for fans of headphone design a la AirPods, it makes sense to look at something like the Oppo Enco W51 or Tronsmart Onyx Ace.
Each earpiece has its own place: L/R. It will not be possible to confuse. Fastening in place, as well as the lock of the case cover are magnetic.
There is an operation / charge indication in the form of a colored semicircle on the headphone housing.
The case is charging from USB Type-C. Full charge time is 1.5…2 hours.
Soft silicone ear pads, standard size. If desired, you can pick up interchangeable or “foams”. The photo clearly shows the contacts for recharging the headphones.
The emitter is covered with a mesh. In total, there are 4 pairs of ear pads in the kit, differing in size.
But this is an interesting point – special fasteners that provide additional fixation of the headphone case in the ear.
Elastic bands are installed in the seat on the body. In principle, headphones can be used without these additional rubber bands.
Charging cable included – short and flat USB-C.
In general, USB-C charging is a modern and correct solution. I have the same cable both at home and at work, it is suitable for recharging a smartphone, a headphone case and a whole zoo of similar gadgets.
During recharging / operation, there is an indication – a small LED on the front panel of the case, which can display not only the operating mode, but also the level of the remaining charge (depending on%, the color of the LED changes).
General information is located on the back of the case: case model and number, power settings, and its capacity: 500 mAh.
Detailed instructions – all the necessary steps for connecting to a smartphone, types of control are indicated.
When the cover is opened, the charged earphones left and right are paired. “Mpow M30” appears in the search for Bluetooth devices. We connect, we confirm.
Pay attention to the available control commands.
For right earpiece :
1. Press and hold to increase playback volume.
2. Double tap – scroll through the next track. During a call, double tap to answer or hang up.
3. Single tap – pause/play.
4. Reset incoming call – press for 1 s during a call.
5. Triple tap – activation of the voice assistant.
For left earpiece :
1. Press and hold to decrease playback volume.
2. Double tap – return to the previous track. During a call, double tap to answer or hang up.
3. Single tap – pause/play.
4. Reset incoming call – press for 1 s during a call.
5. Triple tap – activation of the voice assistant.
If necessary, the headphones can be unpaired/reset. To do this, press the buttons of the headphones installed in the case, immediately on both touch buttons simultaneously, for 5 seconds. Delete the old connection in the list of Bluetooth devices on the gadget. Then we rebind.
So, activate the headphones, connect. I found it on a computer / laptop without any problems, connected.
Next, I tried it on mobile gadgets – on smartphones and tablets. I draw your attention to the fact that the display of the remaining charge level is available, and it is also possible to separately activate the transmission of voice calls and the audio stream.
Frequency response measurements show slightly elevated bass, solid mids, soft highs. Headphones are more or less universal: suitable for listening to songs, and for podcasts / audiobooks, and for daily music playback. I note that not everyone will be satisfied with such a sound, but in general, the headphones left a good impression.
The landing of this headphone model – MPOW M30, really pleased. The compact size and additional fastening ensure a secure fit of the headphone case in the ear.
The main thing is to choose the right ear cushions in size, as well as choose an additional mount according to size. Then the headphones will not create discomfort during prolonged listening.
In general, we have a positive impression of this headphone model. Quite a model for every day.
The advantages of this model are ease of use (opened the case – connected) and low cost (~$30), as well as the presence of an additional lock. The magnetic case, USB-C connector and decent battery life are all positive aspects of the headphones.
These headphones are quite comfortable for every day, for sports and active people, as well as for skype / games, for listening to podcasts and audiobooks. As the headset also work, the interlocutor hears. As for water protection, I do not recommend swimming in a pool with IPX7 protection, everything else (shower, sweat, wet hands, etc.) is possible. In the minuses, I also note the lack of a full-fledged noise reduction system (ANC), as well as a fairly average sound.
However, for the money it’s quite … Take it or not – it’s up to you. Seller discount coupons are currently available, check before placing an order.
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Full Size Wireless Headphones with ANC –
Quality full size wireless headphones with Active Noise Canceling are hard to find these days. Therefore, today I would like to tell in this full review about Mpow H5.
After two weeks of testing Mpow H5, I want to share my opinion about the pros and cons of these wireless headphones.
I want to note right away that the Mpow H5 full-size headphones belong to the budget category with a price tag of only $39.
Mpow H5: In-ear headphones with ANC b Hi-Fi stereo sound, with microphone for iPhone X / 8/7 and Android phones
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For this For the price you get compact folding wireless headphones with a maximum volume level of 106±3 dB, a built-in 300 mAh battery
and battery life up to 18 hours of music.
If you are interested in brief characteristics, then proceed to our full review of Mpow H5.
- Mpow H5: Specifications
- Mpow H5: Unboxing
- Mpow H5: Design and appearance
- Mpow H5: Sound and connectivity
- Mpow H5: Bath area
- Mpow H5: Conclusions and reviews
- Mpow H5: Price and where to buy cheaper?
Mpow H5: Specification
|Driver:||40mm||Connectivity:||Wireless Bluetooth 4.1|
|Frequency range:||20-20000 GHz|
|Charging Time:||two hours|
|Squelch level:||About 20 dB|
|Music time:||to 18 hours|
Mpow H5: Unpacking
We got a compact box with small dimensions, the headphones themselves, the name of the model and the company are drawn on the front.
On the side of the box – the main functions and specifications.
Inside the box, we found the following items: a brief user manual in English, a business card with a warning about charging only 5V adapter, microUSB cable, dual 3.5mm audio jack.
I was also surprised to see the protective fabric pouch which looks very nice.
The Mpow H5 package is very good for its price of $40. It must be remembered that these are full-fledged wireless headphones with a price tag, like regular earbuds with a charging case. Let’s take a closer look at the appearance of the H5 headphones.
Mpow H5: Design and appearance
Ergonomics and design of the Mpow H5 earbuds are good. The quality of the materials does not creak and does not make any extra noise when twisting. The headphones are made of plastic, but this is a high-quality matte material, which is very pleasant to the touch.
On the side faces of the headphones you can see glossy plastic, which is very easily soiled, but gives a good style to the appearance.
The ear cups or ear cushions are made of leatherette, they are very soft and pleasant to wear. I walked with them for about 3 hours and did not feel any discomfort. It should also be noted that the cups themselves can rotate 90 degrees around its axis.
Given that these are full size wireless headphones, the Mpow H5 has a folding mechanism.
Therefore, the transportation will be very convenient. In order not to damage the body of the headphones, you can use the shipping bag that comes with the package.
The control buttons are located on the bottom edge of the headphones. On the right side, you can see holes for a microphone, a microUSB port for charging, a charging indicator, volume or track switching keys, and a power button or bluetooth.
On the left earcup there is an Active Noise Canceling switch, 3.5mm audio jack and a green indicator light (if ANC is enabled).
What about fit and wear Mpow H5? In general, full-size headphones produce a pleasant feeling when worn for a long time. I did not feel any discomfort, but when running or walking fast, they jump. Therefore, with active sports, they will not work for you.
Build quality and materials match the $40 price tag. I can’t even imagine any competitors that will have a good build without exceeding this price. Now let’s talk about sound quality.
Mpow H5: Sound and connectivity
The Mpow H5 wireless headphones have good bass at low frequencies. It has good sound, warm tones and good dynamic performance.
The mids are well detailed, the music is heard around the head and there is no depth effect.
From the graph below, you can notice the sound level at different frequencies of the music. Therefore, the Mpow H5 headphones have good sound for their price.
On a train, plane, office or just in a cafe, you can activate Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). With this feature, all surrounding sounds and conversations fade into the background. Noise canceling works on high frequency noises, when the low frequencies of people’s voices, you will hear well with the ANC function enabled.
It’s also worth noting that you can listen to music via the 3.5mm audio jack cable that comes with the kit.
As for the sound through the cable, I noticed that there is not much difference between them. Although it is possible to get better sound in some tracks with a cable, I did not notice a big difference when watching movies or TV shows.
Headphones can be used during calls. The built-in microphone provides surprisingly good communication and the interlocutor hears me clearly without any echo or interference.
Headphones use Bluetooth 4.1 wireless network. Yes, this is not Bluetooth 5.0, but with version 4.1 it will be enough to receive sound at a distance of up to 10 meters. During our testing, I did not find any interference or other problems.
Connecting to the device is very simple and easy. The first time you connect your headphones, you need to press the Bluetooth button. The indicator will turn red and white, which means that the device is in pairing mode.
Next, go to the Bluetooth menu on your phone or other device and see the Mpow H5 network, connected and you can listen to music or watch movies. With further use, the headphones are saved and connected automatically.
It can also be noted that when paired with Mpow H5 headphones, an icon appeared at the top of the phone screen about the battery level. Let’s talk about the autonomy of the headphones.
Mpow H5: Battery
According to Mpow, the Mpow H5 full-size wireless headphones are equipped with a 300 mAh battery. Battery life is hard to come across on full-size headphones, you can listen to music up to 18 hours.
During my testing, I listened to music for a week for 3-4 hours every day and the battery showed a little less than half. In general, with active use, you can charge the headphones once a week, which is very good. Even if your battery runs out at the wrong moment, you can connect a 3.5 mm cable and continue to enjoy your favorite tracks.
Full charge time via microUSB cable is 2 hours. Therefore, there is no fast charging, like its competitors, but do not forget about the price.
Mpow H5: Conclusions and Reviews
Mpow H5 are excellent over-ear headphones for the price. It is difficult to find a better model without leaving the budget of $40. If you are a music lover and want to get a better sound with excellent detail, then you should look for other options.
For daily use, this model is ideal for its technical characteristics and appearance.
Battery life is on par with other over-ear headphones and you won’t need to charge your Mpow H5 very often.
Another positive side is the presence of active noise cancellation. With this feature, you can easily listen to your favorite music in good detail in noisy places such as airplanes, trains, and more. I also noticed that even in quiet places with ANC, the sound is much brighter and richer.
The quality of the materials is not premium, but the headphones are made of good plastic without squeaks or other backlashes.