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Bluedio UFO Bluetooth Headphones Review: The Spaceship has Landed

The Bluedio UFO are a set of overhead Bluetooth headphones that feature 4 individual drivers in each ear, Bluetooth 4.1, dual phone support and 3.5mm connectivity. Are they any good? Read my Bluedio UFO review to find out.

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The QCY QY8 are a set of well-reviewed sweatproof Bluetooth 4.1 headphones that are currently available for only $16.99 over at TomTop using coupon “QCY2“.

They feature a stylish design and an integrated 80mAh battery which the QCY claims should be suitable for up to 6 hours talking/playing time, and about 175 hours standby time.

Bluetooth 4.1 support means they should sip power whilst still offering a range of around 10m for those who love the freedom wireless audio offers. Hands-free calling is also supported via the in-built microphone.

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Somic S3 Bluetooth Earphones Feature Heartrate Monitor

The Somic S3 Bluetooth earphones are an interesting gadget. Whilst they come with pretty much everything you’d expect from a set of sports headphones, they also include an in-built heartrate monitor.

From the product shots, it appears that the heartrate monitor’s optical sensor is hidden in one of the earbuds so I’m not 100% sure how accurate it will be.

It seems that heartrate data can be viewed from the SomicSports app that’s available on iOS and Android (though it’s not on Google Play as far as I can tell).

Bluetooth 4.0 is supported for reduced battery consumption and the company claims the in-built 100mAh should be good for just over 5 hours of music playback.

The rest of the specs appear to be decent too, offering an IP54 waterproof rating to protect the unit from sweat and rain, a built-in microphone for hands-free use, in-line music controls and the ability to connect up to two smartphones at once.

Inside the box, you get the Somic S3 Bluetooth Sport earbuds, 2 pairs of earbud Tips, a micro USB charging cable, and a storage bag.

Buying the Somic S3

The Somic S3 Bluetooth earphones are available from GearBest for around $53 at the time of writing.

Mpow Seals Airflow Review : The Best Sports Bluetooth Headphones?

The Mpow Seals are a set of sporty Bluetooth headphones from the company. Boasting Bluetooth 4.0, IPX4 certification and memory wire to keep the earbuds in place, are the Mpow Seals Airflow the perfect Bluetooth sports headphones? Read my Mpow Seals Airflow review to find out.

I want to say thanks to Mpow for sending me a set to review.

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What’s In The Box?

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Inside the box, you get:

  • Mpow Seals Airflow Bluetooth headphones
  • MicroUSB Charging Cable
  • 2 Sets of Ear Plugs
  • English Instruction Manual

Mpow Seals Airflow Review: Design

The Mpow Seals look like an oversized set of in ear headphones, each earpiece sporting a bulky chrome and black frame. They definitely look like a decent set of headphones and don’t feel cheap.

The actual drivers have a gentle curve to them, allowing them to angle into your ears for a good fit. There’s actually 3 sets of rubber tips so you should find something that fits your ears well, though I found the medium set that was installed out of the box to fit me perfectly.

The wire near the ear pieces is made of memory wire, allowing you to bend it around your ear to keep the earbuds in place.

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There’s also controls located in the right earbud’s wire. You’ve got volume control, power button and power LED. There’s also a small microphone too for using the handsfree function.

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The side of the controls also house a micro USB port for charging.

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The remainder of the headphones’ wire is soft rubber that sits behind your neck when worn.

The unit is IPX4 certified so it’ll be able to handle drops of water or sweat just fine, making it a great gym partner. It’s not waterproof however so don’t try and take it swimming.

Mpow Seals Airflow Review: Using It

After charging up the internal battery for around an hour, the headphones were ready to go.

Connecting them up is a case of holding down the power button for a few seconds then selecting the “Mpow Seals” from your phone’s Bluetooth menu. You can actually pair the Seals to two phones at the same time which is handy if you carry around multiple phones like I do. I found the headphones reconnected quickly once paired which is great.

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Music control is via your phone or the onboard controls. Aside from the volume controls, you can press the power button to play or pause the current track. Holding down the volume up or down buttons will skip tracks forwards or backwards respectively.

Given that the controls sit behind your ears, they’re not the easiest to get to. However, I’m glad they are there and found them far quicker to use than fetching my phone out of my pocket.

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Comfort

The headphones fit well into my ears, with the angled design getting the audio exactly where it needs to go. The Mpow Seals take their namesake seriously. Noise isolation is excellent, with the headphones blocking all but the loudest ambient noise. I also found the headphones comfortable to wear for long periods.

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The memory wire does a good job keeping the headphones in place. They even staying in place after a few brutal headbanging sessions so they should be fine for the runners out there.

Battery Life

Battery life is reasonable for such a small unit. I only saw a 10% drop after around 2 hours of use. After a full day, I was only down to 40% so you may be able to get 2 days of use depending on how much you use them in a day. Just keep a micro USB cable handy just in case.

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Audio Quality

I was pretty impressed with the audio quality of the Mpow Seals. Mids and highs sounds great and there’s plenty of bass on offer. They are closer to “fun” sounding than reference which probably suits for most listeners.

Volume is also great. Pushing my iPhone 6 volume to half put the headphone volume at my threshold of comfortable listening so those who love to prematurely deafen themselves will be well looked after.

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The microphone that’s used for the hands-free is ok but given its placement (it’s behind your ear), it made it pretty hard for the other party to hear me during calls sometimes, particularly if there’s lots of background noise. I’m glad the feature is there but the microphone’s location really needs to be closer to your mouth.

Verdict

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I was impressed by the Mpow Seals Airflows. Bluetooth headphones tend to show compromises compared to their tethered counterparts but these were great.

Though the controls are a little difficult to use, the audio quality, design and fit are excellent.

If you’re wanting a set of Bluetooth headphones, particularly for the gym or running, the Mpow Seals Airflow are fantastic.

Getting One

The Mpow Seals Airflow are available from Amazon, Mpow, GearBest and eBay.

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Bluedio T3 Bluetooth Headphones Review

The Bluedio T3 are electronics manufacturer Bluedio’s latest headphones. Taking inspiration from their previous models and some ingenuity, are Bluedio’s latest headphones a success or failure? Read our Bluedio T3 review to find out!

I want to say thanks to GearBest for providing a sample to review. Purchase the Bluedio T3 headphones from them here.

Bluedio have also provided an exclusive time-limited deal to get a massive 25% off at their official Australian eBay store. Click here to get the Bluedio T3 Turbines for just AU$41.24.

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Bluedio T3 Technical Specifications

General

  • Sensitivity
    116dB
  • Resistance
    16ohms
  • Frequency Range
    15~25000Hz

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth
    V4.1 + EDR

Physical

  • Weight
    388g

What’s In The Box?

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Bluedio have given a good set of accessories inside the box:

  • 1x Bluedio T3 Bluetooth Headphones
  • 1x Micro USB Charging Cable
  • 1x 3.5mm Male-to-Male Audio Cable
  • 1x Soft Carry Bag
  • 1x Instruction Manual

Bluedio T3 Review: Design

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I think the Bluedio T3’s are a fantastic looking set of headphones. Using a black and gun-metal grey color scheme and chunky, robust components make the device look like an impressive set of headphones and will match your AV equipment.

The entire frame is made of zinc alloy and it feels solid and durable. I’m not worried about the headphones breaking. The hinges allow the headphones to fold up, making it easy to transport them.

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The earpieces have an elegant record style design, with circular grooves reminiscent of a record surrounding a silver circle featuring Bluedio branding.

Each earcup is made of memory foam covered in a soft leather-like material. They’re incredibly comfortable even after several hours. Noise isolation was also very good. They also tilt up to 10 degrees for extra comfort.

The headband features the same soft touch leather like material, cushioning your head from the solid band.

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I was a little worried about clamping force of the headphones given the earcups touch when no force is applied. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded with the pressure being enough to hold them fairly securely to my (admittedly large) head but not enough to cause headaches or discomfort after long periods of use. Being closed back earphones did mean my ears got warm after a while.

In terms of size, the Bluedio T3’s are a fairly large set of headphones. The earcups, hiding the massive 57mm drivers, were large enough to completely cover my ears.

The right earpiece houses all the technology. The outer surface features hidden buttons for volume control and a play/pause button. The silver circle acts as a power button, in addition to controlling phone calls but more on that later.

There’s also a micro USB port for charging hidden away at the bottom. I actually mean hidden too, requiring the ear up to be angled to access it. Given you’re rarely going to be charging the unit when listening to it, the improved aesthetics are worth it.

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The left side is far more pedestrian, featuring the combined 3.5mm line in/line out port.

Bluedio T3 Review: Using It

The unit’s turned on by holding the button down on the right ear for several seconds. A helpful spoken cue will let you know when the units on and another when it’s actually paired to our unit.

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The pairing process is pretty straightforward, although not as easy as using NFC as in other Bluetooth headphones. With the unit off, hold the power button down until the unit says its entered pairing mode. After selecting the T3 in your Bluetooth menu, the earphones will confirm they’re connected and you’re ready to go.

You’re actually able to pair two devices with the Bluedio T3 and it’ll automatically cut over to the correct device when it plays music. It was nice to get notifications from both of my phones without having to change the pairing all the time.

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The integrated controls work well, with volume, play/pause and a call button. Various click patterns will do things such as redial the last number called or skip tracks. They can be a little challenging to find when wearing the headphones due to the lack of separate buttons, but as long as you work from the central button, it’s not too difficult.

Interestingly, the volume controls control the onboard amplifier rather than the smartphone’s volume. This means that it’s capable of outputting some serious volume for those of you who like bleeding eardrums.

Another great feature is the line-in support, that allows you to use the Bluedio T3’s as normal headphones if you want to use them with a device that doesn’t have Bluetooth or their in-built battery is flat. This is particularly useful if you’ve forgotten to charge it’s batteries.

However, the in-built music controls don’t work over the 3.5mm connection which is disappointing but not surprising.

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In terms of audio quality, I wasn’t able to hear any difference between the Bluetooth and 3.5mm connections, with both sound quality and volume seemingly uninfluenced by the connection type.

Another unique feature is the line out function. If you’re connected via Bluetooth, you can share your music with a friend by directly connecting headphones directly into the Bluedio T3. I can see it being handy if you wanted to share music with your friends but I didn’t really use it. Also, whilst it worked fine with standard headphones, those sporting a TRRS jack (like the Apple Earbuds) won’t work.

The Bluetooth connection itself is rock solid, with only a couple of brief breakups in several hours of listening. Even when walking around, I didn’t have any issues.

Battery life was fairly good, achieving around 20 hours of music playback offer the course of two weeks. Micro USB charging makes it easy to top up when your not at home.

Bluedio T3 Review: Sound Quality

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Now to the most important part – how do they sound? I have to say that the Bluedio T3s definitely are on the bassier side of headphones, far more Beats than AKG 701s.

Bass has a very satisfying thud and highs are well represented at the expensive of muddy mids.

These are fun headphones to listen to. Electronic tracks like SKRILLEX’s Bangarang sound amazing with the headphones reproducing the thumping bass and electronic components well. However, tracks with a combinations of lows, mids and highs often sounded a little muddy, with bass drowning out some of the detail.

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Bluedio have made a point about the new 3D sound effect that’s available when using the headphones via Bluetooth. Activated by pressing the center and Vol+ buttons at the same time (and deactivated by pressing the centre and vol- buttons), it seemly adding a little depth and echo to the music I was listening but the effect wasn’t particularly dramatic and what effect was there seemed to make the music sound faded and more distant.

The included microphone has the same issues as other headphone microphones. As the microphone is located in the ear cup away from your mouth, audio is quiet and picks up a lot of static. It’s functional and I’m glad the feature is there but this isn’t a replacement for a proper Bluetooth hands-free kit.

Should You Get One?

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The Bluedio T3 headphones are a solid set and well worth the price of admission based on the overall quality of the unit and impressive array of features. Build quality is amazing, with great details that make the device feel far more expensive than it actually is whilst being incredibly comfortable. Sound quality was also good, though too bassy for my liking, but fans of bass-heavy music will love them.

If you’re in the market for Bluetooth headphones with some real power, the Bluedio T3 are a fantastic option.

Getting One

The Bluedio T3 are available from GearBest and Amazon.

Bluedio have also provided an exclusive time-limited deal to get a massive 25% off at their official Australian eBay store. Click here to get the Bluedio T3 Turbines for just AU$41.24.

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