Test: 1More Pistonbuds Pro – SEK 600 and worth twice as much

Chinese 1More has profiled itself with headsets that have more ambitious sound quality without having to pay for the shirt, and Pistonbuds are their family of piston-shaped headsets with projecting microphone booms. I thought, but Pistonbuds Pro has no microphone boom and the weird name gets even weirder. Possibly one might think that the design is reminiscent of a piston to a cylinder on an explosion engine.

The design is in any case well thought out and functional. It is easy to remove the headset from the small and flexible case and easy to put it in place in the ear and adjust the fit. The risk of accidentally accessing the touch controls is non-existent.

The pairing goes smoothly and a button on the back of the case makes it easy to move the pairing to another mobile if I want to switch, but there is no support for having two mobiles connected at the same time.

There are four sizes of rubber studs, and the largest will almost fit me, but it feels like the headset would have closed more tightly with a pair of even larger studs. In any case, they sit in place well and I never feel that they are about to fall out of their ears.

The music sound is good, with clear details in the middle register and well-reproduced bass. Possibly the treble is a bit weak which gives a slightly murky feeling. For a headset for 600 kronor, I would say that it sounds better than expected.

Pistonbuds Pro also has active noise reduction. On the spectrum magically noise-reducing to almost no effect at all, the Pistonbuds Pro ends up somewhere in the middle. Noise disappears, especially if it is low frequency, but for example traffic noise to a large extent remains. In other words, the noise reduction has a greater effect if you travel by bus than if you travel by train. As is often the case, the wind noise is amplified with the noise reduction switched on, but here there is actually a wind mode also for the noise reduction which gives a slightly weaker noise reduction but removes the wind noise.

You can find that mode in 1More’s app. Here you can also change how the touch controls work and set the equalizer. Another valuable feature is a low latency mode for when watching movies or playing games and want good sync. Even without that mode, I think the lip sync is perfectly okay. I also appreciate that the app has a product guide for the headset.

The noise reduction is switched off by default. With that on instead, the battery life drops from 7.5 to 5 hours on a single charge, but I still think the headset lasts a long time, and it recharges quickly in the case.

You can not get everything for 600 kronor, and Pistonbuds Pro’s biggest weakness is the conversational sound. In a quiet environment, I hear the person I am talking to well, while at the other end I find it a bit strenuous to listen to me, as if the sound is a little too hard compressed. If I move out on the street among traffic, conversations immediately become impossible to have.

But then there was the price tag. Because, say 1100 kronor, this would have felt like a fairly average true wireless headset, not bad, on the contrary really nice, but without any special features that characterize it. But now the recommended price is SEK 600, and we have to state once again that 1More makes crazy affordable headsets.

Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.

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