You probably won't be surprised by the fact that wireless headphones are currently one of the best-selling technology products in the world. As the number of newly released smartphones with 3.5-mm audio ports dwindles ruthlessly, users are practically forced into buying a pair of wireless headphones. Even if your current smartphone still has an audio jack, the next one most likely won't. This is why many of us nowadays opt for wireless headphones even if we don't necessarily need them—it's a method of future-proofing, so to speak. The most portable wireless headphones on the market are the in-ear ones. They can roughly be split into two designs. More common of the two is the neckband design, where the earpieces are physically connected to each other through an open "necklace", which also contains the battery and Bluetooth module. Even though the earpieces are connected with a wire, the connection to the sound source is completely wireless. Then, there's the so-called True Wireless Stereo (TWS) design. Here, the earpieces are wirelessly connected to the sound source, but also to each other, meaning there are no wires at all. The best-known TWS headphones are probably Apple's AirPods. They are also the best-selling wireless headphones in the world despite their insane price and underwhelming sound quality—go figure.
Based on my experience gathered from testing roughly twenty pairs of TWS headphones over the past two years, they can further be split into two categories: the really expensive ones and laughably horrible ones. When I first heard about 1MORE introducing their first TWS headphones, I was worried. They told me that they were aiming for the $100/€90 price tag, and that they'll be called the 1MORE Stylish True Wireless In-Ear Headphones. At that price, and with "Stylish" in their name, what were the chances of them being any good? Boy, was I wrong!
Unlike the multiple-driver wired and wireless headphones 1MORE is primarily known for, the 1MORE Stylish True Wireless In-Ear Headphones are equipped with a single dynamic driver (per earpiece) with a titanium diaphragm. Both earpieces have a built-in 55 mAh battery and a microphone, which is used both for phone calls and communicating with supported voice assistants (Siri and Google Assistant—they really need better names). For wireless connectivity, 1MORE implemented a heavily modified version of the Qualcomm CSR 3020 chipset. It supports Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX and AAC audio codecs, along with a couple of other nifty features, which we'll examine on the following pages of this review. Like most other TWS headphones, these come with a case that's used both to safely carry them around and charge their batteries. Without spoiling anything, I'll wrap the introduction up by saying that this is an exceptionally interesting pair of TWS headphones. Read on to find out exactly why.
- 1x dynamic driver (neodymium magnet, titanium diaphragm)
- Bluetooth 5.0 (SBC, AAC, aptX)
- 55 mAh battery per earpiece/410 mAh battery in the case
- 6.5 hours battery life (24h in total with the case)
- True Wireless Stereo (TWS) design
- Built-in microphone (2x)
- Built-in controls (next/previous/Play/Pause, answer/drop calls/voice assistant)
- Apple Siri and Google Assistant support
- 3 pairs of replacement ear tips and O-hooks
- Carrying pouch, Micro-USB charging cable
- Weight: 6 g per earpiece, 51 g for earpieces + case
1MORE traditionally takes exceptional care when it comes to the design of their product boxes. This one is much more compact than was the case with their wired or neckband wireless headphones, but just as sturdy. The front of the box shows us the earpieces and tells us that they already won the IF Design Award 2019. On the rear is a short overview of the key specs.
The inner side of the foldable flap is covered in sketches that give us a bit of insight on how these headphones came to be. Through a transparent window on the right, we get a first glimpse of the headphones and their case/charging cradle.
Here's everything you'll find inside the box: two ear pieces, a carrying/charging case, user manual, quick-start guide, foldable product catalog, sticker, carrying pouch, Micro-USB charging cable, and a grand total of three pairs of replacement ear tips and O-hooks.
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