With the advent of the Monoprice True Wireless headset and JLab JBuds Air we are entering an era of true and cheap wireless headsets that work well. The Monoprice version of truly wireless technology includes a design and a chic boot package. Are the looks enough alone to praise the efforts of Monoprice? Or in the long run, the cost of keeping these hearing aids below $ 50?
Who is the True Wireless Monoprice for?
- Economic auditors. With the price oscillating somewhere within the $ 50 range, this is a good choice for truly wireless and inexpensive hearing aids. You will not receive many, if any, bells and whistles, but all we really need is for the headphones to work, and the work they do.
- Consumers in general. The True Wireless Monoprice is a smart choice for general purpose listeners
The unloaded package includes the charging case, three pairs of headphones and the true wireless headset; It's pretty stark, but what do you expect from the bargain sprouts?
How is the True Wireless Monoprice built?
Save for the charging pins, the Monoprice True Wireless headphones and the case is completely plastic, but the designers still managed to make each piece look more sophisticated than the Monoprice True Wireless price suggests. With a clean and minimalist design, the load sleeve acts as a decorative piece suitable for any modern desk space.
The IPX4 headphones are small and are painted with the same matt gray as the case. Embedded in the panel of each headset is a multifunction button with an LED indicator that surrounds it. Pressing the buttons does not require much force and the headphones are small enough for most of us to feel comfortable when we listen to them.
Small headphones are convenient, but they fall off easily when brushing the hair from the ear.
This small design is not all tulips and roses, however, because the headphones do not feel safe. Even when I'm sitting down, I feel like the angled nozzles can slip out of the channels in my ears and cause the headphones to fall to the floor. This relative feeling is not favored by the fact that there are no wing tips provided to improve the stability of the adjustment. If you prioritize a small, elegant design over a secure setting, this is probably not a problem.
The microphone is better than expected
Without exaggeration, the integrated microphone sounds much better than the one found in the real-price wireless headsets JLab JBuds Air . The background noise dims a little, but my voice was always transmitted clearly if I was recording or taking a call. Keep in mind, however, that when you answer a call, the audio is transmitted only through the left earphone.
When we tested the Monoprice True Wireless wireless headphones by subjecting them to a constant output of 75dB (SPL), we recorded an independent battery life of 2.43 hours. While you can get close to three hours of playback by listening to lower volumes, the battery life is still nothing special, as products such as Bose SoundSport Free and Jabra Elite 65t .
Apart from the battery life, the 500 mAh charging case provides up to 15 additional hours of battery life for the headphones and takes two hours to charge through the included micro-USB cable. Sure, the micro-USB charge seems increasingly archaic, but for now it still works. And at this price, that's the only thing that matters.
As with many wireless headphones, these work through Bluetooth 4.2 and is granted a wireless range of three meters. Unfortunately, however, connectivity has problems in much narrower sectors. Regardless of the source, the right earphone strives to transmit the audio without problems, resulting in a disorienting listening experience.
On a positive note, however, the automatic connection functionality is reliable. There has not yet been a time when I removed my headphones from the case and could not connect to my phone. However, latency proves to be a persistent problem. These headphones are not compatible with AAC or aptX which is painfully evident from the audiovisual delay of almost two seconds.