1More has completely crossed the market for true wireless earbuds, and we are confident enough to declare it superior to AirPods Pro at an affordable price with the new ComfoBuds Pro noise canceling earbuds. It sits between the company’s flagship True Wireless ANC earbuds ($200) and inexpensive options like the $50 PistonsBuds and standard ComfoBuds, the latter of which is an open design. “It’s definitely bringing the fight to Apple and the loyal fan base presents a serious dilemma in choosing the right earbud pair for them,” 1More says of the Pro model.
Although 1More claims to offer “much more” features than Apple’s flagship product, I don’t think it’s the right move to force such a direct comparison as ComfoBuds Pro is unmatched by AirPods Pro in all areas. It is expected to be a price mismatch, but it is still a good product in itself. The sound is fantastic for the money, there are several useful noise canceling modes that you can switch to, and the fit definitely offers the “comfort” part of the name.
ComfoBuds are available in gunmetal gray or white and sit flat in an elongated capsule-shaped carrying case. This offers a compact and pocketable design, but the downside is that removing it from the case isn’t that simple. You need to press the stem to push up the main earbud part. In the case. If you do it a few times it will go down.
Hidden LEDs at the bottom of the tear drop stem indicate pairing and charging status, and there’s also an indicator on the outside of the case to let you know if it’s fully charged. Battery life is rated at 6 hours with ANC enabled, which lasts 4.5 hours longer than AirPods Pro. The case has enough additional juice to reach a total listening time of 20 hours. Charges via USB-C, but does not provide wireless charging.
1More also surpasses Apple in scale with each ComfoBud Pro weighing 5.2g compared to the 5.4g AirPods Pro. It is similarly light and hardly felt in the ear. Because of this, comfort persists even with extended stretches that can’t always be said to be heavy options like the Bose QuietComfort earbuds (8.5g) and Jabra Elite 85t (7g). It comes in a box with four sets of silicone tips and comes with an extra small size next to the standard small, medium and large. Even the largest size would have appreciated the XL option because it required some tweaking to get a snug fit seal.
Instead of a real button, ComfoBuds Pro has a touch-sensitive area on the external stem. It works well enough, even if it’s not clear where to tap. The most confusing thing about 1More’s controls is that there is no single tap operation. You can choose what happens on a double-, long-, or three-tap, but the single-press option that other manufacturers usually use for play/pause doesn’t exist here. So with 1More you can customize the controls here, but it’s a bit limited.
By default, a double tap pauses, a triple tap activates voice assistance, and a long press toggles between noise canceling modes. Eventually I switched the three tap gesture to tracking control, which meant there was no direct volume access. Each earbud has an external IR sensor, which automatically pauses when disconnected. Whenever I put it back in my ear, they reliably resumed the music.
1More has a good reputation for offering sound quality, and I think ComfoBuds Pro can set new standards that you can expect with a $100 budget. It offers excellent clarity without the bass bulge that is common in this price range. Everything will give you plenty of space in the mix. In “Exile,” Taylor Swift and Justin Vernon’s multi-layered vocal tracks are all clearly and clearly communicated. The funky grooves from Lake Street Dive’s “Hypotheticals” are a good demo for the powerful bass these earbuds can do. There’s usually one genre or style of music production that reveals the weaknesses of a particular set of earbuds, but with ComfoBuds Pro it was hard to find. They are not rough or thin and can adapt to almost anything. 1More doesn’t include the EQ customization option, so that’s exactly what you get. Both earbuds can be used alone.
But do they hear better Than AirPods Pro? You can do that. I think some people will prefer deeper, lower tones and how wider the 1More’s earbuds can feel. The vocals are fixed in the center, but you can hear a lot of detail in the left and right channels. Nevertheless, it can be said about the ridiculous and simple audio playback of the AirPods Pro that a lot of people are happy with all sorts of other audio. 1More’s expensive True Wireless ANC is a bit richer and more accurate because it has a dual driver design compared to the single 13.4mm driver on ComfoBuds Pro.
These earbuds offer several levels of noise canceling strength. There is a default “strong” option, which is most often used to make the most quiet outside noise. However, 1More has a less powerful mode that says it is suitable for “chatty” environments such as cafes and offices, and a mode to prevent wind noise common in noise-cancelling earbuds because it continuously samples the ambient sound using an external microphone. Also included. . Being outside on a windy day can be a great way to lean over. (You need the 1More mobile app to activate the latter two modes.) Finally, there is a fully transparent mode that gives you a clear picture of everything that is happening around you. 1More’s active noise canceling feature worked pretty well when I was sitting in a Brooklyn coffee shop, but it’s one of the areas where AirPods Pros go ahead. While the mods aren’t the same, Apple’s premium earbuds do a better job of lowering the volume of the outside world as a whole, and this is the most important thing.
Nonetheless, all of these things make ComfoBuds Pro a great value. However, AirPods Pro are still at the top in many ways. First, the ComfoBuds Pro case does not support wireless charging. Secondly, Apple’s transparent mode still sounds more natural and lighter than 1More. And 1More is incomparable with the software flexibility that exists between AirPods and other Apple devices (automatic switching, spatial audio, seamless pairing, audio sharing, etc.). That’s a big part of what makes them so popular. Again, we’re talking about the quality of life convenience you can naturally expect from a $250 product. And these hardly cost anything. However, it is worth pointing out the difference if 1More makes a comparison. Despite the great focus on voice microphone performance, 1More is behind AirPods Pro like everyone else. A set of two earbuds rated IPX4 for increased sweat resistance.
1More put together a fantastic pair of low-end earbuds with ComfoBuds Pro. I’d like the company to focus on the sheer value it gets in exchange for $99 instead of demolishing the impractical AirPods Pro. Despite taking comfort into account and making them stand out in other areas like battery life, there are still valid reasons for many iPhone owners to find Apple’s buds. It’s hard to price the exclusive Apple ecosystem features and excellent noise cancellation. However, if you only have $100 or so for your earbuds, the ComfoBuds Pro is an excellent pair that doesn’t miss much else. The only thing is that AirPods are far from the only competition that should stand out.
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