Mpow’s H10 Bluetooth headphones fall in the category of budget tech however, they do come with active noise cancellation, a portable design feature and 30 hours of battery life. They come at a price point of $65, making them slightly more expensive than Mpow’s H5 model.
In this Mpow H10 review, we will highlight some of the most prominent features to help you make an informed decision regarding these low-cost Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones.
What’s in the box?
Let’s take a look inside the box…
- Drawstring bag
- Micro-USB cable
- Audio cable
- Instruction booklet
- The Bluetooth headphones
The headphones are designed with a foldable feature for portability and convenience. Which makes them suitable for travel, easy to store and easy folding mechanism. They fold down small, and they fit easily into the carry pouch that comes in the box. A hard case might have been a better option because the soft pouch does not provide much protection from accidental damage.
They are somewhat lightweight, weighing approximately 243g.
The Extra Bits
Appearance is not everything, but it makes a difference and it can be a deciding factor when purchasing tech products. The Mpow H10’s come with a gunmetal grey, semi matte finish, not too glossy and not too matte, almost in between. With a minimal fuss free design, the durability and quality are decent enough for the price but generally they do not feel super sturdy. In terms of quality and durability, these headphones stand at a solid 2.5 stars out of 5.
They expand to fit a larger head size; however, the default sizing seems to be large enough. The mechanism used to expand the headphones is relatively smooth, but it could be better, but for the price you cannot really complain.
Comfort is key when it comes to noise cancelling headphones, because most likely you will be wearing them for long periods of time. They are relatively comfortable with soft, synthetic ear cups, the downside is the ear pads cannot be replaced. However, the overall fit and feel of the headphones is satisfactory.
The active noise cancelling switch can be turned on without the actual headphones being on. If you do not want to use the Bluetooth feature, you can choose to utilize the 3.5mm port for the audio cable instead. You can still make use of the active noise cancelling feature when the Bluetooth is off or when the battery is exhausted.
Control Buttons and Charging Port
The control buttons and the charging port are situated on the right ear cup. Here you will find, the Bluetooth control, volume, and USB port. These headphones do not come with rapid charging, which is a downside, but the battery life is good so that makes up for it. For a full charge, expect to wait about 2 to 3 hours.
With the Bluetooth feature, you can connect to two devices at the same time. Press the power button down for approximately three seconds to power up. When the device is Bluetooth pairing, the lights flash red and blue. Once the device is connected, the light turns blue. The pairing features are simple and user-friendly, good for a first-time Bluetooth headphones user.
Audio Quality and Overall Performance
The H10’S come equipped with 4.1 Bluetooth which is somewhat archaic since Bluetooth technology has advanced significantly since 4.1 was first introduced.
In areas where the Wi-Fi is strong, 4.1 Bluetooth was somewhat unstable. The range is generally ok but not perfect when in a medium sized house, apartment, or office space. Sometimes when using Bluetooth headphones with YouTube, you might experience an audio delay, this occurred often on iOS devices however with Android, this was not an issue at all.
In terms of battery life, the 30-hour battery life claim is not exactly accurate, but you should get at least 20 to 25 hours out of it if you do not use the ANC feature continuously.
For calls, the sound quality is relatively good, sharp in quiet areas and just ok in a noisy environment.
For budget headphones, the active noise cancelling feature is good. Obviously not as effective as high-end products like Bose or Sony but it does a good job of cancelling noise.
You might notice a bit of sound leakage with these when you are listening to music at a high volume. Making them not the greatest option for use in public places like trains or buses. However, listening to music at a medium volume is good enough, so this should not really be a problem.
The bass sound quality is not bad at all, no crackling or noise imbalance at high volume which is quite surprising given the price of the headphones.
Generally the Mpow H10 Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones are decent, especially for the price. The quality is not too bad at all, in terms of comfort, they fit well, and the soft cups provide you with a comfortable fit. The battery life is still good despite the fact that you don’t exactly get 30 hours of battery life with these however, if you charge them for a couple of hours, you should be able to use them all day without a problem.
The headband is a little too big and the build quality is not excellent but again for the price, you cannot really complain. The main issue with these headphones is the fact that the Bluetooth technology is a little outdated but for an entry-level, budget set of Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones, these are not bad at all.
A good option if you are looking for a low-cost pair of Bluetooth headphones for a teenager or if you need an emergency pair because your more expensive pair broke down. These are certainly not the best budget Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones on the market however, for the price, they do offer decent sound quality and excellent battery life. So overall, these are a steal at $65.
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