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Review: Mpow Bluetooth 4.0 Foldable Headphones

If you are in the market for Bluetooth stereo headphones for your Windows Phone, you may want to take a gander at the Mpow Bluetooth 4.0 Foldable Headphones.

The foldable headphones are well built, have strong audio quality and priced in the neighborhood of $35 are very budget friendly. We recently took the Mpow headphones out for a test drive and found them to be solid performers when paired with a Windows Phone, PC or tablet.

Design

The Mpow headphones have a soft, matte black finish with hinges that rest about two inches above the earpieces. The hinges are a little stiff, just enough to keep them firmly extended or collapsed but not too difficult to manipulate. When folded, the headphones are definitely more compact and easier to stow away in a backpack or satchel.

The headband can be extended at the hinge to fit but in the process, exposes a piece of shiny metal that really ruins the smooth design. The extensions are functional but I couldn’t help but think they could be a little more pleasing to the eye had a darker metal been used.

Controls for the Mpow Foldable Headset rest on a single earpiece. There are button controls that double for volume and playback control, along with a multi-use button (more on this in a second). A notification LED light sits below the control buttons and a micro-USB charging port sits at the bottom of the right earpiece.

The multi-function button controls the following.

  • Power on/off: Press and hold for a few seconds to power up the headphones then again for a few seconds to power them down. Audible commands are present to confirm these actions.
  • Initiate pairing mode: With the headphones turned off, press and hold the button until the LED flashes red and green.
  • Playback control: While the secondary buttons control forward and reverse, the multi-function button control pause and play features.

As far as call features, the Mpow only answers and ends calls by pressing the multi-function button.

As far as fit and feel is concerned, the Mpow foldable headphones are comfortable but a little on the stiff side. I wouldn’t have minded seeing more cushion on the earpieces or maybe a less rigid headband.

Battery life is rated at fifteen hours and in using the headphones over the weekend on a single charge, we will not dispute the fifteen-hour ratings.

Overall, the Mpow Bluetooth Foldable Headphones come across as a solidly built set of headphones. There is room for improvement as far as design and comfort are concerned but for an economically oriented set of wireless headphones, the Mpow headphones set up nicely.

Performance

The Mpow Foldable Bluetooth headphones support Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX codec for high fidelity stereo listening. As far as the pairing process is concerned, I had absolutely no complaints in pairing the Mpow headphones with my Windows Phone, laptop or Microsoft Surface RT. The entire process took a matter of seconds and I was enjoying my music files.

Audio and video file playback performed rather nicely with strong tones and respectable volume. As far as the hands-free calling experience is concerned, the Mpow headphones performed “okay”, nothing to get overly excited about but nothing to run screaming from the room about either. Call features are minimal but does offer you the convenience of being able to pick up a call while listening to music or watching a video.

Overall Impression

The Mpow Bluetooth Foldable Headsets performed rather nicely with audio playback. They’ll do for a hands-free calling solution but the headphones hit the nail on the head for listening to music and videos.

While construction felt solid, there is room for improvement. Fit and feel was not terrible but I think could be better with a little more cushioning. I also wasn’t too keen on the shiny metal used for the headband extension. A darker metal would have been more discrete and better looking.

Overall, if you don’t care to spend over $100 on a wireless headset, the Mpow is worth considering. You can find the Mpow Bluetooth headphones at popular retailers, such as here at Amazon.com (opens in new tab), for about $35.

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

25 Comments
  • Available in India ?
  • 35$
  • How good are they compared to BH-940?
  • Its good but consumes more power...lol.
  • They look like cake
  • My Dr suggested me not to use Bluetooth headsets :\
  • Ok call me curious! Why did your Dr tell you that?
  • May be because of the radiations of Bluetooth
  • ^^ this
  • I'm recently using calypso of b-speech....should i change???
  • Foldable to me means, failable. No matter how good of a flex wire is used, they fail. I had a bad experience with some Sony Bluetooth headset. After failure, the warranty replacement ones also failed.
  • I prefer my Senheissers px80. They work great with my Lumia 720 with dolby surround sound. It is worth the price too 1700₹
  • Is supports Bluetooth?
  • No its a wired headphones but are amazing and worth the price. Ot has 2 years gurantee too.
  • Don't fold them.
  • Look nice. Currently on my 3rd BT headset and feel the Motorola S305 is the way to go. Doesn't have Bluetooth 4.0 though.
  • Ah ahhh, I see the borrowed the button from  unused iphones. lol.  But Bluetooth 4 and 15 hours of playtime are admirable features but for me,  Price ain't bad either. Thanks for the review George.
  • My brother went to the US and je said he couldnt find good quality bluettooth headphone for under $100.
  • The only thing about them is that that type of cushion wears out fairly easily.
  • Yes well said.
  • Can anyone tell me about other good quality bluettooth headphones under $100? I created a thread but no one responded.
  • http://www.amazon.com/LG-Wireless-Bluetooth-Stereo-Headset/dp/B0052YFYFK... This headset has over 5000 ratings and it's at 4.5 stars, which is a win for reviews in the modern age. My sister and my mom have them and love them. I haven't had quite a reason to buy them yet, since my wired headset gets me through most things.  Currently they are $69 on Amazon, but if you watch their price, I've seen them go as low as $45 (not sure if it was a slightly different model or not).    Hope that helps. 
  • Can they pair to multiple devices at the same time?
  • Lol, these looks like ripoffs of Jabra Halo 2 headset.. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jabra-Bluetooth-Stereo-Headset-iPhone/dp/B006PAA...
  • I wonder if they work with the HTC 8X.....