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Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear Review

A good, inexpensive way to get rid of wires and enjoy your music
Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear
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Price:   $72 List
Pros:  Comfortable, inexpensive
Cons:  Weak bass, mediocre noise isolation
Manufacturer:   Mpow
By Max Mutter ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 8, 2019
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  • Sound Quality - 30% 5
  • Noise Isolation - 25% 4
  • Comfort - 25% 8
  • User Friendliness - 10% 6
  • Portability - 10% 5

Our Verdict

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.

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Pros Comfortable, inexpensiveSuperb active noise cancellation and overall sound quality, multipoint Bluetooth pairing, auto-pause, relatively comfortable for most peopleExcellent sound quality, field-leading noise cancellation, comfortableGreat sound quality, good noise cancellation, comfortable, built-in Google AssistantGreat sound quality, great noise cancellation, comfortable, user friendly features
Cons Weak bass, mediocre noise isolationExpensiveExpensiveExpensiveExpensive, both sound quality and noise cancellation fall just short of being the best in the field
Bottom Line A good, inexpensive way to get rid of wires and enjoy your musicTop-notch in terms of both noise cancellation and sound quality, it's hard to find a better listening experiencePillowy comfort and one of the best personal listening experiences we've enjoyed from any deviceTop of the line headphones that offer everything you could wantPremium cans that offer unique features on top of great sound quality and noise cancellation
Rating Categories Mpow Bluetooth... Sony WH-1000XM4 Bose Noise... Bose QuietComfort... Jabra Elite 85h
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Specs Mpow Bluetooth... Sony WH-1000XM4 Bose Noise... Bose QuietComfort... Jabra Elite 85h
Noise Cancelling No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manufacturer Reported Battery Life (hours) 13 30 20 40 wired, 20 BT 36
Weight (ounces) 9 8.8 9.2 10.9 10.5

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

Performance Comparison


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.

Sound Quality


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...
The Mpow doesn't sound amazing, so it's not for audiophiles, but the sound quality isn't disappointing either.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Noise Isolation


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.

Comfort


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's deep earcups make for all-day comfort.

User Friendliness


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.
The Mpow's controls.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Portability


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.


Value


The Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear represents quite a good value. If you can stand to spend a bit more, the TaoTronics TT-BH060 provide 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.
The Mpow's carrying bag.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


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.

Max Mutter