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Mpow T5 Waterproof Headphones
The Mpow T5 Waterproof Headphones are high quality, affordable wireless headphones that are excellent for the gym, traveling, and listening to music.
They produce powerful 3D stereo sounds that elevate any song you're listening to. The headphones comes in a small, black charging case that can store & charge the buds when not in use. The earbuds even auto-pair to your phone as soon as they're taken out of the case (minus initial setup).
Mpow's headphones have always impressed me, and this time is no different. The product is stylish, low costing, and it has the potential to dazzle even the biggest audiophiles.
Bass + 3D Stereo
CVC 8.0 (High Quality)
36hrs with case - 6hrs per charge
Wireless Profile (Decodable Formats)
HSP, AFP, A2DP, AVRCP
Mpow Earbuds - Charging Case - Micro USB Cable - 2 Pair Earbud Tips - User Manual - Charging Reminder Card
5 Most Amazing Features
I've reviewed a lot of headphones, but Mpow has features that distinguish itself from the pack.
Below are a few of my favorites.
Top Five Features
- IPX7 Waterproof
- 36+ Hour Play Time
- Good Sound Quality
- Great Call Quality
- Comfortable Fit
As a runner, waterproof headphones are crucial. I must've gone through 15+ headphones over the past few years, and it soon became apparent as to why.
A lot of headphone brands will claim that they're sweat-proof, but few can deliver. I've been using these earbuds during exercise for multiple weeks now, and so far they've performed well even with my hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
So if you're an active person and are looking for a good pair of sweat-proof earbuds, then Mpow has got you covered.
36+ Hour Play Time
Anything that lasts over 24 hours is a fantastic thing, but it's always nice to get a little juice sometimes and the T5 series doesn't disappoint.
The 36+ hour play times are excellent for travelers, audio-book listeners, and for insomniacs, yet none of it would be possible without the secondary charging case. The case's 280mAh battery capacity is enough to recharge your buds up to 6x.
Best of all the case could fit inside a handbag or pocket with ease, and the less wires the better.
Good Sound Quality
The 3D stereo, bass, and treble fuse together to produce an unusually strong sound that nearly challenges high-end models.
I have to hand it to Mpow for how well designed the earbud tips are; they're able to buffer outside noises despite not having active noise cancellation, and they sound even better with straight audio.
I've been using the Mpow headphones with podcasts and audiobooks and it's been a wonderful, crisp experience. They honestly sound just as good as my $130 Galaxy Buds at half the cost.
Great Call Quality
All headphones these days have built-in-mics for calling but few lack the audio quality needed to avoid pesky interference or dropped calls.
The Mpow T5 series has a CVC 8.0 mic for calling, and I'm glad to say it works better than expected. I've taken phone calls in my home, outside, while traveling, etc., and the calls held up on either end.
Occasionally there was some interference near subways, trains, and in very crowded places. I imagine all those wires, cables, and metal objects were too much for the headphones. However, most interruptions were brief and inconsequential.
The physical clicks on the earbuds to accept/reject calls ran smoothly too; that was a problem with other wireless headphones I've tested.
After sound quality and waterproofing, the next concern for consumers is whether or not the earbuds will fit well.
And there is good news.
The buds fit my medium-sized ears perfectly, and I doubt it'll be any different for those with slightly larger or smaller ears.
Mpow made a one size fits all product that feels good to wear even for extended periods. They're slightly larger than the Galaxy Buds but they feel just as comfy.
I suppose if you prefer sleeker headphones or have very large/small ears then it could be an issue, but I believe the majority of buyers will be satisfied with the comfort/fit.
5 Biggest Concerns
I wish I didn't have to report on the issues, but that wouldn't be fair to potential buyers now would it.
Below are some of the most concerning complaints myself & past customers have about the Mpow T5 headphones.
Top Five Problems
- Initial Setup Issues
- Sound May Cut Out
- Doesn't Always Auto-Pair
- Better Options Available
- No Wireless Charging
Initial Setup Issues
The initial setup for me was a struggle.
I followed the instructions to a tee but either the buds wouldn't pair, only one would pair, or they kept disconnecting once paired. It was quite frustrating because the previous headphones I had easily synced with my Android phone, and I expected the same here.
However, once I figured things out and reset the headphones, I was able to pair them with my phone, and now they work okay (for the most part).
Sound May Cut Out
Every now and then the sound would get interrupted/glitch or just cut out entirely for 1-2 seconds. These often happened with one bud, which was odd.
I tried to reset the buds multiple times, but the issue often reoccurred. It's been happening less frequently than before and I've learned to accept it, but if sound glitches bother you, then you should look elsewhere.
Doesn't Always Auto-Pair
The Mpow T5 headphones were meant to replicate the AirPods & Galaxy Buds by auto-pairing to your previous device as soon as you take them out of the case.
Sadly this doesn't always work though I'd say it functions about 85% of the time.
Now 85% ain't 100%, so if you expect perfection each time then prepare to be disappointed.
Better Options Available
There are tons of wireless headphone options nowadays, and even the 1st Gen AirPods don't look as unique in this regard.
However the top tier options that include active noise-canceling, earbud tip sizes, better bass/treble, and tap vs. clip settings cost anywhere from $100 to $300 plus, and that's way out of range for many shoppers.
So while I'd consider the Mpow T5 headphones low-mid tier, they're much more affordable with several features that match or come close to those in the upper echelon.
No Wireless Charging
This is a minor con as it's still a relatively new trend, but if you need to wirelessly charge your charging case (Qi charging), then try the AirPod 2 or Galaxy Buds.
It's not easy to stand out when there are dozens of similar companies competing to get your attention, but I must say that Mpow is one to look out for.
I will give the Mpow T5 Wireless Waterproof Headphones 4 out of 5 stars.
The bass/trebles come through, there's plenty of play time, they're designed for intense workouts, and they're very comfortable to wear.
On the other hand, the sound cuts out sometimes, first time setup could be difficult, and they won't always auto-pair. There's also dozens of premium options that sound & function a little better, but they're also very pricey so there's that.
Overall, I would recommend the Mpow T5 headphones because they're recreating the AirPod magic at a much more affordable price to pretty good results. They are a good second or third option and they perform exceptionally well during sweat sessions.
So if you're willing to forego the slight concerns/missing features, then I think you'll be satisfied with the Mpow T5 Wireless Waterproof Headphones.
To learn more about Mpow, visit them at xmpow.com
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on May 26, 2020:
Oh no trust me it's not just them. Headphones are tricky, I hope the next pair they get won't fall out. These are a good pair to keep in handy and they're far less expensive than other brands; they stick in your ears too, which is nice.
FlourishAnyway from USA on July 03, 2019:
I'm glad to hear that it's not just my husband and daughter who go through headphones like they are underwear. My husband is also a runner and his break. My daughter loses hers. I'm constantly in the market for headphones, or so it seems.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on July 02, 2019:
Thank you very much. I've gone through a lot of headphones lately and it always surprises me how different they are.
Liz Westwood from UK on July 02, 2019:
You have given these headphones a thorough work out and come up with a balanced and very fair review.