Although 1More has not yet reached the status of a household name in the audio world, the company is starting to create waves in this market. Their pocket-friendly devices often have a high-end look and feel, and they’re trying to achieve the same with their newcomer to the truly wireless IEM segment – the 1More Stylish True Wireless. While the earphones have a lot going for them, there are also certain drawbacks that keep us from asking you to get out of your comfy chair right now and get hold of these babies. Let’s see if 1More’s latest offering is the caliber of their popular Triple Drivers†
Compete against the Apple AirPods is something most True Wireless earphones end up doing since they popularized this growing audio segment. We can confidently say that the 1More Stylish True Wireless earphones surpass the sound quality of the AirPods, all without the hefty price tag associated with the Apple AirPods.
The sound generated by the 7mm dynamic drivers is extremely clear, warm-sounding and rich. There is an unmistakable bass sound, prominent in a variety of genres. The bass response isn’t too overwhelming in most cases, but in some genres they obscured some of the finer details in the midrange. Speaking of bass response, it’s essential that you find the right fit of earbuds and O-hooks as these are essential to getting the intended bass response. With the right seal you will also find that the sound floor of these earphones is almost silent and there is no hiss in the void when no music is playing. Passive isolation is definitely lacking though, as we could hear the clicking of our mechanical keyboard while listening to music, which isn’t ideal.
In centuries by means of Fall Out Boy, you will find that the earphones can extend highs without producing any harshness or sounding tinny. There’s also no distortion at high volumes, which we tested when we set this track to maximum volume, which is often disastrous for cheap earphones we’ve tested in the past. Uptown Funk by means of Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars really emphasizes the bass as tight and punchy without being overbearing, as the vocals are quite clear despite the background bass thumps that encompass the entire track. However, the mids sometimes seem a bit sunken on these earphones, which can hinder some details.
Audio separation is also great and the soundstage is pretty decent for a pair of true wireless earphones. The instruments in Pink Floyd’s Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody are easy to distinguish and both the left and right channel separations of the songs hold and translate well on these buttons. These earphones lean more towards warm-sounding, but clear songs also play quite well, especially with the right seal giving the earbuds a more balanced and well-rounded sound signature.
The strength and stability of the wireless connection is also good. We have rarely experienced delays or skips and the connection will stay until you go about 30 feet further (company claim is 33 feet). While watching media on Netflix and YouTube, there is a slight latency lag that is barely noticeable.
As for battery life, in our testing we found that keeping the volume constant at about 50 percent gives us 6 hours 35 minutes of battery life on the earbuds, while bumping up to 70 percent cuts battery life. until about 5 and a half hours. The charging case offered three and sometimes even four additional full charges to the earbuds, which is impressive.
Unfortunately, where the 1More Stylish True Wireless fails is the call quality. The receiver, on the other hand, said the reviewer’s voice sounded hollow and indistinct, indicating that the microphone isn’t the best quality and that earphones like the AirPods, Jabra Elite Active 65t, and Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless are undoubtedly the 1 More Stylishly True surpass Wireless on this front. This isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, but 1More could certainly improve on this significantly.
As far as battery life goes, the 1More Stylish True Wireless earphones offer significant hours of juice. The company claims that the earphones should have about 6 hours of battery life, while the charging case should be able to top them up three more times, giving a total of a whopping 24 hours of battery life. So you get the same amount of juice as the AirPods 2 and RHA TrueConnect earphones, which is commendable. Another quality of life available is that a 15 minute charge can get you 3 hours of use, which is pretty much accurate according to our testing.
As mentioned before, the 1More Stylish True Wireless has one physical button on each earpiece. However, they are quite limited as there is no way to control the volume with these physical knobs, which is an absolute shame. This means pulling out your phone repeatedly in case you’re the kind of person who likes different volume levels on different songs. Users also have to pause their music first and then double-click on one of the earphones to activate their voice assistant, which feels a bit unnatural and might be hard to find unless you read the user manual.
Appreciation should be given where necessary and 1More really impressed us by introducing the feature that allows users to use the earbuds independently. So if one of the buttons runs out of battery, you can uninterruptedly watch that Netflix show or listen to those latest songs as long as the other button still works. This is extremely useful. Unfortunately, this convenience brings us to another drawback. Charging the earbuds in the case seems to be significantly inconsistent, with us ending up charging to 100 percent on the right earbud while only charging 20 percent on the left earbud, causing extreme levels of annoyance. Either 1More was aware of this flaw and took up the use of independent earplugs as a relief, or we just got a shaky piece for our review. In either case, it’s a real shame.
The earbuds also come with automatic power and pairing capabilities that essentially turn the earbuds on and connect to a previously paired device when removed from their case. Take this feature with a grain of salt, as it only seemed to work about 50 percent of the time we tried, having to manually enable it by long-pressing the physical buttons in the cases where the aforementioned feature didn’t perform. There’s also no companion app to adjust the EQ settings, so keep that in mind if you enjoy customizing your music sound.
On the plus side, the earphones are sweat resistant, offer Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity resulting in seamless wireless connection stability, and even support AAC and aptX codecs. They are conservatively priced at Rs 6,999 which makes the purchase even more attractive as, as we will discuss in the next section, the audio sounds great and balanced.
Build and design
1More has gone with a more unobtrusive and seemingly understated design for their stylish True Wireless earphones. Unfortunately, contradicting their name, these earphones failed to meet our criteria of being called “stylish,” especially the generic-looking black color variant we received for this review. There are other colors, such as gold and pink, which are definitely more flashy, but usually look gaudy in the photos.
The earphones, as well as the accompanying charging case, are made entirely of plastic. You also get a drawstring pouch in the box to store the charging case. The matte oval charging case looks rather generic and the logo indented in the center of the case doesn’t stand out either. Plus, it’s quite a bulky case and often sticks out from under your pocket.
The case also houses a micro USB charging port, which is a minor disappointment, but is expected in budget-friendly true wireless earphones, so we won’t be complaining too much about this one. There’s also an oval button that efficiently opens the spring-loaded housing to reveal the earbuds that rest inside. In addition, there is also a battery indicator LED that shows how much charge the case has left.
Each earphone is shaped like an oval polished pebble (1More has really stuck to the oval design theme, it seems) and has a single LED indicator and a multi-function button. The physical button on each earbud lets you pause or play music, skip tracks, skip to previous tracks, and answer phone calls.
The earbuds have a comfortable fit and we listened to music for hours without any kind of fatigue. The 45-degree angled earcups, as well as the included stability gels (O-Hooks), improve fit and comfort. We were delighted to see that 1More had supplied earbuds in four sizes (XS, S, M, L) and three sizes of O-hooks (S, M, L), which usually makes them a great choice for almost everyone. puzzle piece fit.
Overall, the plastic housing of the charging case and earphones makes them look and feel flimsy and less premium, but they’re quite lightweight as a result. While the case doesn’t feel as tacky as the Redmi AirDots case, it doesn’t look as premium as the Galaxy Buds case either. The comfortable and secure fit, as mentioned above, means you can easily use these earbuds on a leisurely walk in the park or on your commute. However, they tend to slip at times when running, so they are not really built to accommodate a fitness-oriented lifestyle.
The 1More Stylish True Wireless earbuds may not necessarily be as ‘stylish’ as the name suggests, but they have competitive sound quality, good battery life and a good seal, as long as you find the right earbuds and O-hooks. They also offer some high-end features such as sweat resistance, fast charging, Bluetooth 5.0 and access to voice assistants, all for a budget price of Rs 6,499. We can’t help but yearn for a USB-C port, companion app and volume controls, but we’re usually just nitpicky here, minus the case of the absent volume controls, which is a basic feature you’d expect headphones to have.
While there are certainly true wireless earphones that sound superior to 1More’s offerings, such as the Klipsch T5 and Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, the 1More Stylish True Wireless offer good sound quality for their price point with a relatively balanced, well-rounded sound signature. The earbuds can also function independently of each other, which is quite convenient. The somewhat generic design of the matte black version of these buttons may be unappealing, but the capable sound quality and support given to high-end audio codecs such as AAC and aptX more than make up for it. However, the Galaxy Buds also turn out to be a great alternative to these earphones in this price range. All in all, 1More’s Stylish True Wireless should prove to be a solid budget-friendly purchase.