The Chinese brand 1More has already been mentioned in our editorial team before. Their headphones and headsets stand out because they are usually relatively affordable and offer great sound quality. Does 1More also succeed with the True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones, which is a mouthful for noise canceling bluetooth earphones?
1More True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones
price € 179, –
Color black red
Link Bluetooth 5.0
Battery 55 mAh (earpiece), 410 mAh (charging case)
Weight 7.9 grams (earpiece), 63 grams (charging box)
Features ANC, microphone, touch control, wireless charging
6.5 Score 65
- Sound quality
- Lots of attachments
- Noise canceling bothers you
- Clumsy touch controls
- Relatively heavy
The True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones from 1More are best comparable to the Sony WF-1000XM3 earphones in terms of shape and functionality. The bluetooth headset is therefore not one of the many AirPods Pro clones, but has a quirky oval-shaped design. Although the design is perfectly fine, it is quite a lot that you have to put in your ear. After all, there is a lot of electronics and a battery in the ears.
This makes it extra important that the headset fits properly, otherwise it will easily fall out of the ears due to the relatively high weight or the sound insulation will not work properly – after all, the earbuds must still be able to seal the ear canal properly. Fortunately, 1More provides many rubber attachments in the packaging, so that they remain suitable for many ears. Still, due to the weight, I suffer from the fact that the ears do not always stay firmly in place.
So it is a bit of fiddling and trying until you have the 1More earbuds well-sized. You can connect via the Bluetooth settings of your mobile device, or via the 1More app for Android and iOS. You cannot tune the sound settings with an equalizer via the app. You can, however, check for updates, view the battery status and enable or disable noise canceling or pass through.
Control is also possible via the headset itself, by tapping or double-tapping. In practice, this operation was a bit messy during testing because the tickable part of the relatively large headset is quite limited. I also ran into another clumsy thing: I noticed that the 1More headset was not charged at a time, because they no longer fit optimally in the charging box due to the rubber attachments and were therefore not charged.
The headset has two levels of noise cancellation.
The sound quality of the ears is (for Bluetooth standards) impressively good! The sound is full and the fine details are clearly audible. This also does justice to heavier music. The sound experience was better for me than the Sony earbuds with which these 1More earbuds compete.
The headset also has two levels of noise cancellation, with the intention that you can partially isolate yourself from ambient noise or completely. In practice, that is slightly different. Even on the second level of noise suppression you will still get some ambient noise, so close yourself off completely in order to focus on work or study, for example … You are better off at Sony for that. In addition to ambient noise, I also noticed some squeaks and creaks at the second noise reduction level, especially from the left earpiece. It also seems as if the noise canceling has not been optimally adjusted. This is not audible at the first level muting. Hopefully 1More will be able to iron this out with an update.
There is also a pass through mode, a bit the opposite of noise canceling. With this mode on, you hear ambient noise a bit more. Handy, for example, if you have to listen to something at the office, but want to remain approachable for colleagues or if you want to listen to music in traffic.
Just like AirPods and other Bluetooth headsets, you can place the 1More earphones in a handy charging box after use. This box is fairly compact and can therefore easily be put in your jacket pocket. A plus is that you can quickly charge this box wirelessly via the USB-C port or charge it wirelessly. The box has a battery capacity of 410 mAh, with which you can fully charge the headset (55 mAh per earpiece) almost four times.
The battery life of a charged earpiece naturally depends on the noise suppression. When you have these off, they will last about five hours. When turned on, the battery lasts about 3.5 to four hours. That is reasonable.
The 1More True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones are reasonably priced for a Bluetooth headset. For that money you get earphones that provide a good sound experience. The noise reduction, however, is less impressive, in that area you are better off with the Sony WF-1000XM3. Especially the cracking and beeping when you increase the noise canceling is annoying and undermines the usefulness of the function. The accompanying app and touch controls are also somewhat mediocre.