MPOW Bluetooth 4.0 Headset review

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I really like the convenience and features of a hands-free Bluetooth headset, however, when I wear them I can’t  get passed the stigma of the hands-free headset sticking out of my ear like a small USB thumb drive.  Nevermind the ones with a boom mic  protruding down the side of my face towards my mouth. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for hands-free headsets and some work rather well and have great sound. Just check out the review I did for the Plantronics Voyager PRO. Up until this review for the MPOW Bluetooth 4.0 Headset I have been using the Voyager Pro quite often. But I use it in the comfort and privacy of my home. I just can’t see myself walking around in public wearing this headset having a phone conversation with its boom mic. Sure, in the beginning, I would use the Voyager PRO mainly in my car so I could be more of a responsible driver and use a hands-free headset while I was driving. 

But when I received a phone call while driving I would have to see who is calling, grab the Voyager headset, put it on and answer the phone. Now the easiest thing to do would have been to keep the Voyager PRO on my ear while I was driving down the road or kept it in my ear when out in public for that matter.  Fortunately, my conscience wasn’t going to allow me to be that guy walking around with a Bluetooth hands-free headset looking like I’m waiting for a phone call. I mainly used the Voyager PRO in my home office if I needed to talk with client , friends, family all the while I continued to work in Photoshop, edit videos, review footage, brainstorm ideas, etc. It definitely kept my hands free when I needed to be on the phone.

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The first thing that caught my eye about the MPOW headset was its look. I liked how the MPOW was worn like a stereo headphone.  The MPOW Headset has an over-the-ear look and feel like my Plantronics Backbeat 906 and Jabra Sport Bluetooth headsets. Having one of these headsets on, while walking down the street, wouldn’t make me self-conscious wearing them since they just look like I’m wearing a pair of stereo headphones listening to my music. Same goes with the MPOW headset. It just looks like I’m innocently listening to music and not just wearing a Bluetooth hands-free headset. To me, discreetly wearing the MPOW Headset is a much better look.MPOW 11

The sound quality on the MPOW is great, partly due to their advanced echo and bi-directional noise cancellation technology. Basically, the MPOW headset cuts out the background noise around you so that you hear and deliver a crisper and clearer sound. I was surprised of the sound quality when I called people on my phone. I asked the person on the other end of the line how I sounded with the MPOW on. Each one said I sounded clear and didn’t have an echoey or tinny  sound like yo would hear from many hands-free headsets. There were no dropouts or delays either. A great feature about the MPOW Bluetooth Headset is the ability to pair two devices at the same time. So, if you have two cell phones you can use the MPOW Headset on both phones without having to disconnect the headset from one of the phones to use on the other phone. Right now, this headset is my favorite  hands-free headset to date.

The MPOW Bluetooth 4.0 is actually very simple in its form with its over-the-ear design. It has a soft gel ear piece, and comes with extra ear pieces in different sizes, which make it comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

A nice feature that this headset has is the ability for the earpiece to swivel 180° so that it can be worn either on your left ear or right ear. In conjunction with its simplistic design are two buttons: a volume and a multi-function button which answers and ends calls. Plus the multi-function button is used to start the pairing process and to turn on and off the headset. The MPOW is a Class 2  2.4 GHz Bluetooth 4.0  headset that can be paired to cel phones, tablets, iPads, PC’s, Mac’s or basically anything with Bluetooth since the MPOW has a A2DP and AVRCP profile. Basically, the A2DP allows stereo audio from your listening device like your Android phone or iPhone to the MPOW Headset. And the AVRCP allows the MPOW Headset to control the PLAY, PAUSE, SKIP, FORWARD, and REVERSE on your phone.

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The MPOW Headset has a rechargeable lithium polymer battery that holds around 10 hours of talk-time and 150 hours of standby time. It takes between two and three hours to fully charge the battery. Fortunately, the MPOW gives off an audible low battery warning every minute when the battery needs recharging. I can honestly say that the battery lasted me a few days with moderate use of talk time, music playing and using it to watch Netflix movies.

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The microphone on the MPOW is just located under the plastic silicon gel earpiece, right at the end of the stem and has a nice subtle conceal to it. With the microphone in this location I was concerned about the microphone’s ability to pick up my voice and if it would be clear enough to the person on the other end. Surprisingly, and according to people  I asked on the phone, the microphone did do an excellent job of picking up my voice without my having to raise my voice to hear me. Some feedback I got was that I didn’t sound like I was on a hands-free headset or that my voice sounded tinny or echo-ey. People on the other end could hear me loud and clear.

In addition to the Low Battery Warning, the MPOW has other voice prompts to let you know when you have successfully turned it on or off, it lets you know when it has connected to your paired device and it will inform you of the phone number a person is calling from.

For a price range of $29.99 (on Amazon) I really can’t list any cons about this headset but I’m sure there may be some features missing that someone would want like the headset announcing the caller’s name, two mics instead of one, HD audio, or having a charging case. Features like these can be found in more high-end and expensive headsets like the Motorola Sliver II or Jabra Stone 3. The MPOW 4.0 may not offer the extra features that the more expensive headsets add, but with its minimalist design the MPOW’s function is tough to beat.

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The  MPOW 4.0 Headset comes with a microUSB charging cable, a car adapter with a USB port, 2 extras sets of silicon earbuds and a carrying pouch. I wasn’t sure if the pouch was for the extra accessories or the headset itself. Either way, I use it to carry the MPOW headset since it can fit nicely into the pouch. Plus, it gives me a sense of security that it won’t get beat up when I place it in my messenger bag or camera bag.

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So right now, this is my go to headset since I can use it for phone calls, or listen to music or watch Netflix on my phone, with no problem switching back and forth and I like the low-profile design. In addition, I can hear what’s going on around me and it doesn’t really feel like I’m wearing a hands-free headset since it only weighs 0.3 ounces.

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Product Information

Price:$29.99
Manufacturer:MPOW
Retailer:Amazon
Pros:
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Can be paired to two cel phones
  • Supports A2DP and AVRCP
  • Clear sound
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use buttons
  • Low profile design
Cons:
  • Doesn't store contact names
Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Car Gear, Reviews, Wireless

{ 8 comments… add one }

  • Jane P. May 27, 2014, 2:36 pm

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been thinking about a bluetooth headset for my cell phone when walking around in stores. And I like the idea of it being so unobtrusive.

    Regarding driving, I upgraded to a bluetooth enabled cell phone that synchs with my car system. I’ve programed the phone so that I can verbally request specific numbers (via bluetooth) I wish to contact (“phone home”, “phone office”). This is far safer than looking at the phone’s contact list when en route.

    We have an older car that does not have bluetooth. But can purchase an aftermarket system for hands free phone calls. I’ve been meaning to do that.

    On added advantage, I can put the phone in the glove compartment while driving, thus making it impossible for me to look at it. Safety first.

  • Dawn S May 28, 2014, 10:42 am

    Good review and I am going to put this in my Amazon shopping list. I have a good working Bluetooth headset that was a gift but it has horrible battery life, and is hard to charge. My car does not have Bluetooth so I have to use a headset.

    I have been looking for something that will be easier and your review has given me enough good information that makes me want to give this one a try. Thank you!

  • Raul Sanchez May 28, 2014, 12:56 pm

    @JaneP
    The MPOW being unobtrusive was a big plus for me. I like how it just seems to blend a bit while wearing and I don’t feel like I’m displaying to the world, “hey look at me I have a handsfree headset on!” I really like how it sits close to your head and doesn’t stick so far out like some other headsets do.

  • Raul Sanchez May 28, 2014, 1:08 pm

    @Dawn S
    Dawn,
    I’m glad this review was helpful for you. Aside liking the MPOW for its low profile, I like the fact that when I drive with the MPOW on I can hear the caller clearly and I can actually still hear everything around me through both ears.
    I don’t know if it is the shape or form of the earbud or maybe because it sits nicely in front of my ear but I do notice that I don’t have to jam it in my ear to hear the caller. So I guess since the earpiece is not stuck in my ear the earbud still allows the natural sound of the environment to be heard and not muffled.
    Hope the MPOW is what you are looking for.

  • John r May 29, 2014, 4:12 pm

    Looking for just one ear phone a long time as stereo is not always necessary. Got this quick and worked perfectly right out of the box.

  • Mattieau Brose June 4, 2014, 5:12 pm

    This is impressive. I want to own one now! I’ve had a lot of bluetooth headsets before but they didn’t lasts for more than 2 months. they either make you get choppy on the other line or stop charging at one point. But i don’t like the 3 hours charging time though. I wish they have like a portable charging case or something.

  • J. Doe June 17, 2014, 8:44 pm

    Does the Mpow FreeGo support voice dialing?

  • Steve Mencik August 19, 2014, 12:47 pm

    As far as I can figure out, it does not support voice dialing. A big disappointment to me. I wish I had bought something else instead.

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