“Very efficient ANC makes these buds a wonderful AirPods Professional various.”

Very comfy

Elegant design

Good sound high quality

Excellent ANC and transparency modes

Good name high quality

Restricted controls and customization

No wi-fi charging

No EQ changes

Earlier this yr, 1More launched its $60 ComfoBuds, a cheap various to Apple’s AirPods. Now the corporate is again with its $95 ComfoBuds Professional, which — unsurprisingly given their title — is an try to focus on would-be AirPods Professional consumers. With a hybrid ANC system and a safer match, they undoubtedly tick a whole lot of packing containers that people are in search of in a brand new set of true wi-fi earbuds, however how do they stack up when it comes to sound high quality, battery life, and different key options? Let’s have a look.

What’s within the field?

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1More has a behavior of utilizing non-recyclable supplies for its packing containers, like closure magnets, plastic, and foam, and the ComfoBuds Professional aren’t any exception, however there may be much less of those supplies than with earlier merchandise, so not less than it’s a step in the appropriate course from a sustainability viewpoint. Contained in the field, you’ll discover the charging case, the earbuds, a complete of 4 sizes of silicone ear ideas, a USB-C charging cable, a drawstring carry case, and a shock: Two thick, silicone rubber shells that may be hooked up to the charging case for added safety, one thing we’ve by no means seen earlier than in a set of true wi-fi earbuds.

Design

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Accessible in gloss black or matte white, the ComfoBuds Professional look rather a lot like the unique ComfoBuds, however with one key bodily distinction: The Professional are geared up with silicone ear ideas that create a seal round your ear canal, whereas the ComfoBuds merely sit contained in the outer ear. The lengthy and glossy stems, which slender to a high-quality level on the ends gained’t be everybody’s concept of a superb design, however I believe they give the impression of being elegant, and so they make for a pleasant various to all the current stem and stemless designs we’re seeing today.

The charging case is small and light-weight and its rounded lozenge form is comfy to carry or to stay in your pocket. The lid opens and closes simply, however feels a bit skinny, which could clarify 1More’s determination to incorporate the protecting rubber shells. The hinge feels equally delicate and it doesn’t hold the lid from closing by chance when within the open place — a minor quibble.

The dearth of wi-fi charging is an unlucky omission, however at $95, we’ll reduce 1More some slack — tons of dearer earbuds nonetheless don’t have this helpful characteristic.

These rubber shells, whereas a good suggestion on paper, are a bit of awkward when used. The included tape strips on the within of the shells hold them caught to the case’s backside and lid, however as a result of there aren’t any ridges or different grip factors across the case’s edges, it’s straightforward to finish up peeling the rubber shell away from the case while you’re opening the lid. It’s additionally very straightforward for grime and dirt to make their method between the case and the rubber shell, which is able to ultimately trigger all method of small scratches.

One factor you gained’t have to fret about is sweat: With an IPX4 ranking for water-resistance (the identical because the AirPods Professional), you possibly can take them for a run if you wish to.

Consolation, controls, and connections

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The ComfoBuds Professional are certainly very comfy. They use the identical normal form because the AirPods Professional, however they use bigger silicone ear ideas and have a smaller physique. In truth, in evaluating them to a number of different in-ear-canal earbuds I’ve available, they’ve obtained the smallest general dimension of any of them. This interprets into an earbud design that the majority people will discover comfy sufficient for all-day use.

Experimenting with the varied eartip sizes ought to get you a safe match in addition to the very best sound and ANC efficiency. They’ll don’t have any downside staying put when out for a stroll, however they won’t be the only option for vigorous, high-impact actions.

The contact controls are straightforward to make use of and for probably the most half, they’re fairly responsive. As a result of the earbuds are so slender and (within the case of our black check unit, fairly slippery) you’ll should be exact while you faucet because it’s straightforward to not fairly hit the small space of the earbud that responds to the touch.

You’ll be able to customise the controls within the 1More Music app, however you’ll nonetheless be compelled to make some powerful choices. There are solely three gestures: Contact and maintain, double-tap, and triple-tap, and there’s no method to assign totally different features to every earbud. Furthermore, contact and maintain is devoted to the ANC mode operate, which implies that for the 2 remaining gestures, you’ll have to choose: Would you like play/pause, quantity up/down, monitor skip ahead/again, or voice assistant entry? You’ll be able to have any two, however that’s it.

These earbuds will likely be nice music companions irrespective of your favourite style.

One method to cheat this a bit is to reap the benefits of the built-in put on sensors. These could be configured to auto-pause and play (while you take away and re-insert an earbud), auto-pause solely, or do nothing. With auto pause and play chosen, you might use this characteristic as an alternative of assigning play/pause to one among your two obtainable gestures. The sensors set off immediately and the ComfoBuds Professional are tremendous straightforward to take away and re-insert because of these lengthy stems.

You should use one earbud at a time, and Bluetooth vary is superb — I used to be capable of put a full two tales between the ComfoBuds Professional and my cellphone earlier than the sign started to chop out.

Sound high quality

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The ComfoBuds Professional sound nice. They don’t ship fairly the identical degree of efficiency because the AirPods Professional, however they arrive shut sufficient that if Apple’s buds are your solely level of comparability, the 1Mores are a helluva whole lot.

Their sound signature is a nice stability that edges ever so barely towards the low-end. The soundstage is large sufficient to get a superb feeling of immersion, and the bass produces the form of depth you might want to take pleasure in bass-heavy tracks. There’s a tiny little bit of muddiness within the midranges, and also you don’t wish to push the quantity too excessive — it might probably get harsh when you’re north of about 75% — however general, these earbuds will likely be nice music companions irrespective of your favourite style, so long as you’re not anticipating a important listening expertise.

The ComfoBuds Professional have the perfect ANC you’ll discover in a pair of sub-$100 true wi-fi earbuds.

My solely criticism is that 1More selected to not embody an EQ adjustment throughout the Music app.

Noise cancellation and transparency

Final yr, I reviewed the 1More True Wi-fi ANC, the corporate’s first true wi-fi earbuds to characteristic noise cancellation. I discovered the ANC characteristic wanted work, and it actually wasn’t as much as the requirements set by Sony, Apple, Bose, or Jabra.

The ComfoBuds Professional, then again, are surprisingly good, particularly for the worth. Not solely is the ANC efficient at considerably decreasing exterior sounds, it’s adjustable too, with settings for robust, delicate, and wind discount, along with off and transparency mode. There’s a small quantity of hiss noticeable while you don’t have music enjoying, besides, I’m going to exit on a limb and say that the ComfoBuds Professional have the perfect ANC you’ll discover in a pair of sub-$100 true wi-fi earbuds.

The one factor that stops them from being a slam-dunk on this division is the three-mode swap that 1More forces on you while you use the touch-and-hold gesture: There’s no method to leap between your chosen power of ANC and transparency with out first biking by way of the off place. If 1More can provide us the flexibility to eradicate the off place from this gesture, maybe in a future firmware launch, it will likely be a giant enchancment.

Talking of transparency mode, it’s also superb. Some earbuds with this characteristic find yourself favoring sounds which might be additional away, leaving your voice sounding muffled. Not so with the ComfoBuds Professional — they open up the entire world, which is strictly how this characteristic ought to work.

Battery life

1More claims the ComfoBuds Professional will get six hours of battery life with ANC on, with one other two costs within the case for a complete of 20 hours. Turning ANC off bumps these numbers to eight and 28 hours respectively. From what I can see, these numbers are pretty correct. They’re not stellar, however when you think about that the fast-charge characteristic helps you to seize a 2-hour enhance from simply 15 minutes of charging, it’s greater than sufficient to get you thru a full day of listening.

Name high quality

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Just like the ComfoBuds, the ComfoBuds Professional have good name high quality. Your voice comes by way of clearly and with a shocking quantity of depth. As with most true wi-fi earbuds, they battle often to suppress background sounds, however general, so long as you’re not attempting to shut a million-dollar deal whereas standing subsequent to a building website, the ComfoBuds Professional are simply high-quality for cellphone calls.

Our take

Good sound, good ANC, and nice consolation — that’s not dangerous for a $95 set of true wi-fi earbuds, and it ought to make the ComfoBuds Professional a gorgeous various to Apple’s expensive AirPods Professional.

Is there a greater various?

No — not less than, not at this worth. The ComfoBuds Professional’s closest competitor is the $100 Earfun Air Professional, a great-sounding set of true wi-fi ANC earbuds. The Earfun Air Professional aren’t fairly as comfy because the ComfoBuds Professional and their ANC/transparency features aren’t as efficient, however they’ve nice battery life and barely extra water resistance.

How lengthy will they final?

The 1More ComfoBuds Professional include a one-year guarantee. Regardless of their IPX4 ranking for water resistance, the earbuds and charging case don’t seem like constructed with ruggedness in thoughts. To get the longest life out of them, you’ll must deal with them fastidiously.

Must you purchase them?

Sure. They might not sound fairly pretty much as good because the AirPods Professional, however with very efficient ANC, transparency, and name high quality — plus one of the comfy suits we’ve discovered — they’re an incredible worth in a set of true wi-fi earbuds.

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