Over the past week I’ve had the opportunity to review the MPow Bluetooth Headset MPBH059AB, and it did not disappoint! I typically use earbud style headsets, but this over-the-ear bluetooth headset intrigued me. The headset offers both wireless and wired connectivity along with amazing 13 hour battery life. If you’re a talker, you can get up to 15 hours of hands-free talk time as well. While they don’t offer active noise cancellation, the headset does a great job at passive noise cancellation, which MPow says helps improve the sound quality, which is their #1 goal.
What You Get
When you open the box to your MPow Bluetooth Headset, you’ll see:
- Mpow Bluetooth Headset
- 3.5mm Audio Cable
- Micro USB Charging Cable
- Packing Bag
- User Manual
Battery Life & Charging
As I mentioned before, the MPow Bluetooth Headset will get you an amazing 13 hours of battery life and up to 15 hours of talk time. After 1 hour of use, the battery hardly drained and was still near 100%. The headset allows you to view your battery life from your phone as well. The headset comes with a micro USB charging cable and will take about 4 hours to fully charge from a drained battery.
The MPow Bluetooth Headset will be compatible with almost every device. It offers both wireless and wired playback. Bluetooth utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 and will work with handsfree calling. If you decide to connect the audio cable, you won’t be able to use the mic for a phone call, but you also won’t be draining the headset’s battery. It doesn’t take advantage of Apple’s new W1 chip, but Bluetooth 4.0 is more than enough and offers the widest compatibility.
The MPow Bluetooth Headset folds up to make them portable. While they’re not as portable as earbuds, this is to be expected with the over-the-ear style headsets. By collapsing them, you can fit them into the included pouch.
The sound on the MPow Bluetooth Headset was decent. Depending on the type of music I was listening to, there were times I would have preferred stronger bass. With that being said, the bass isn’t over-powering like it can be with some other headsets on the market. If you’re looking for over-powering bass, then I would suggest you look elsewhere because this headset will be a disappointment. However, if you want a good balance of sound, then this headset is excellent, especially for the price coming in as a budget headset.
The headset also has decent volume. I did notice that I needed to turn one device all the way up to maximize the volume. If you prefer to control the volume with your phone, then turn the volume on the headset to the max, then control your phone’s volume. If you’re the opposite, then crank up your phone’s volume and control the rest with the headset. I did notice the volume was a little low while using the audio cable connected to my iPhone. This is probably because the headset isn’t powered on and has no powered amplifier in this mode.
Call quality was also good. I’m not a fan of using the over-the-ear style headset for calls because it is hard to judge how loud I’m talking. Besides that, the person on the other end could hear me clear and there were no issues with the call quality.
The only issues I experienced were occasional audio drops of a split second while walking in the heavily saturated Chicago Loop during rush hour. The drops weren’t enough to be annoying, and I actually experience them with most bluetooth headsets I’ve used. Once I was commuting on the train or walking in a less saturated area, I never had any audio drops with these headsets.
After wearing the headset for an hour, my ears would get sore from the pressure. While the padding is soft and offers plenty of cushion, if you have larger ears, you might experience some discomfort after wearing them for long periods of time.
This headset also doesn’t offer active noise cancellation. While wearing them, I was still able to hear some noises around me if they were loud enough. Cranking up the volume helps drown them out, but if you’re walking in a busy area, you’ll probably still get some background noise.
Overall, I’m very pleased with this bluetooth headset, especially for the budget price. While they are missing some features of the high end headsets, these have good sound and battery life for under $40 right now on Amazon.
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