Top positive review
Very thoughtfully designed product, especially when smartphones are losing their 0.35 mm jacks!
18 July 2019
*My use case scenario*
I was very happy with wired 1More triple driver ear buds, but then the USB type C slot on my (Android) phone somehow got clogged, so the USB to 3.5 mm pin adaptor became useless. Hence, wireless was the only way forward for me. I already have a set of over-ear Bluetooth headphones, but I listen to music mostly before going to sleep, so I was specific about in-ear form factor.
I zeroed down on this particular product as it was having 2 other features: Bluetooth 5.0 and AptX. There are lot of cheaper products supporting former, but latter feature (in this price range) is to be found only in 'Crossbeats Elektra'. I went with 1More because I already own a product manufactured by them, which I'm very happy with, and also because reviews for Elektra inspired lesser confidence. [AptX is supposed to compress sound data to a lesser degree than older protocols like A2DP, so theoretically music should sound richer].
*Thoughts on design and features*
Earbuds fit very well and do not hurt my ears. Surprisingly (and pleasantly so), even if I sleep on one of my ears, the bud doesn't hurt or get ejected. However, it must be noted everyone's ears are different shape; the right-sided bud hurts my wife's ear.
The wireless charging case is very nice to use. The way it magnetically draws the earbuds into it when replacing them back into the charging slots is a joyful experience!
When you remove both the buds out of the charging slot, first they pair with each other (which is a seamless process, something you wouldn't even notice) then they connect with the phone they would be paired with. I've not faced any Bluetooth pairing related issues up till now. Even the first-time pairing was very quick (within 2 to 3 sec). My phone and these buds have paired each and every time I've removed them from the charging case. I must add here that my phone supports Bluetooth 5.0. It's possible smartphones with older protocol (4.2, for instance) might not work as seamlessly.
I've mainly heard old Bollywood, and some newer "pop" Hindi and English songs. [I'm hardly into rock or hip-hop]. My benchmark is 1More triple driver in-ear wired phones. The stereo separation and sound stage are very good. There's just a bit less of 'zing' in stringed instruments' sounds like guitar or sitar. I'm not an audiophile, but perhaps this can be phrased as "less sparkle in the treble range". 😁 The bass can be felt very well. It's optimum for my liking, and doesn't drown out other sounds. Overall, I'm quite satisfied / happy with the sound quality.
There seems to be minimal lag between lip movements and sound on YouTube videos. But, the lag has been so minimal that I'm not even sure it's actually there or I'm just imagining it! [I don't watch much video content using headphones, so the lack of forward directionality might've have created the illusion of lag for me]. Nevertheless, the experience is not at all a bad one for me.
I've not listened enough in one go to drain the battery yet. According to manufacturer and other YouTube reviewers, 85 min of charging the case enables it to charge the buds completely thrice, and in turn each complete charge is good for 6 hours of listening, so all of that adds up to 18 to 24 h of listening.
I took the earbuds across a concrete wall around 5 m away, and the connection worked uninterrupted all along.
I'm happy with the choice I made.