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Cheap Bluetooth Headphones 4.1 By TaoTronics Test

The TaoTronics Bluetooth In-ear headphones are one of the best-selling sports headphones on Amazon. That’s not a surprise because they provide many features for a relatively low price. But can you actually expect a good assembly and great sound for a price below $50? We tested them.

Table of Content:

First impression

The headphones were delivered in a simple box. Besides the headphones, the package included a micro USB cable, a small pouch, and various pairs of earbuds with hooks, as well as a short manual.

The headphones give a solid and stable impression at first glance. Taking a closer look, they have some flaws, though. The buttons, for example, are harder to press than on more expensive models. The headphones are certified with the IPX5, which makes them resistant against splashes such as rain.

Specifications

  • Design: In-ear
  • Weight: N/A
  • Bluetooth: 4.1
  • Cable connection: No
  • Cable length: –
  • Reach: N/A
  • Noise Cancelling: Yes
  • Battery life: 8 hours
  • Hands-free Feature: Yes
  • iPhone control: Volume & Playback
  • Certification: IPX5

Control

The headphones can be controlled by using the remote below the right ear piece. There are three buttons that control volume, playback, and incoming calls. It takes a little bit until you figured out how to use the different features, though. In our test, we often pressed the automatic redial by accident. Therefore, you should definitely get used to the functions of the buttons before you use the In-ears. Although different tones indicate the feature, it takes time to differentiate them.

The headphones have Bluetooth 4.1 that connects fast with the iPhone. We couldn’t observe any connection errors or quality losses for the music.

The battery life is around eight hours, which is average for headphones.

Comfort

The In-ears have hooks that fix the earbuds on the ear so that they hold even in intense workouts. The earbuds are soft and can be replaced like the hooks so that you can adjust them to the size of your ears. Even for heavy use i.e. biking, the In-ears don’t get loose and stay at their place. We could do every motion without feeling restricted. We only noticed the headphones when the control panel touched the skin or was hanging inconveniently. In comparison to the earbuds, the remote is big and heavy. Therefore, it often pulls the cable to the right side, especially when you abruptly look to the left.

Especially useful are the integrated magnets at the ear pieces. They allow wearing the headphones around your neck after using them. This way the headphones are always in reach and can be carried around easily without losing them.

Sound

The sound of the TaoTronics sports headphones is very good for this price class. The middles and trebles are balanced, although you have to live without a deep bass. You cannot expect an audiophile treat because it’s not the major selling point for the TaoTronics model. If you are looking for In-ears with a sophisticated and bassy sound, you have to invest in a more expensive brand.

An advantage is the sound-absorbent technology. It almost seals off disturbing noises completely, for example, the noises at the gym.

Conclusion

In the end, the entire package of the Taotronics is great. For a price below $50, you will get solid and good working In-ears for sports. They fit properly and comfortable. You just have to neglect the sound for the price in case you like a deep bass.

Advantages:

  • Cheap
  • Adjustable to ears
  • IPX5 certified
  • Fit tight and secure
  • Integrated magnets
  • Good sound for the price
  • Noise Cancelling

Disadvantages:

  • Flaws in assembly
  • Need to get used to controls
  • Long charging time
  • Control panel too heavy
  • Weak bass

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