iClever Boostcare Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Nov 16, 2020 at 09:26 am
iClever Boostcare Picture
4.3
Mixed Usage
5.2
Neutral Sound
3.5
Commute/Travel
4.8
Sports/Fitness
4.2
Office
3.8
Wireless Gaming
5.9
Wired Gaming
5.1
Phone Calls
Type On-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The iClever Boostcare are brightly-colored kids headphones with a fun cat-inspired headband. They have a volume limit switch that's intended to help protect young listeners' hearing. However, they have an unbalanced sound profile and a bad noise isolation performance. That said, their wired-only design ensures that kids don't have to worry about running out of battery while listening, which is nice.

Our Verdict

4.3 Mixed Usage

The iClever Boostcare are poor for mixed usage. Their wired-only design is ideal for listeners who don't want to worry about latency or battery life. However, they have an unbalanced sound profile and they aren't stable enough to wear to the gym. Also, they don't block out background sounds typically found during a commute or in an office.

Pros
  • Volume limiter designed to protect young kids' hearing.
  • Low latency.
Cons
  • Middling microphone recording quality.
  • Terrible noise isolation performance.
  • Not very stable.
  • Not comfortable for all listeners.
5.2 Neutral Sound

The iClever Boostcare are inadequate for neutral sound. Their sound profile is very unbalanced. They're lacking a lot of low-bass, and higher frequencies are reproduced as forward, boxy, and piercing. Unfortunately, there aren't any sound customization features.

Pros
  • Volume limiter designed to protect young kids' hearing.
Cons
  • No sound customization features.
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
3.5 Commute/Travel

The iClever Boostcare are bad for commute and travel. Their bulky design isn't very portable and they aren't always comfortable to wear during long flights. Also, they don't block out the sounds of bus or plane engines or passengers chatting nearby. Fortunately, they don't leak a lot of noise.

Pros
  • Don't leak a lot of noise.
Cons
  • Terrible noise isolation performance.
  • Not comfortable for all listeners.
4.8 Sports/Fitness

The iClever Boostcare are poor for sports and fitness. These headphones aren't stable enough to wear while working out and they may fall off listeners' heads with low-intensity movements. Though they're designed for kids, they're still quite bulky, and they aren't comfortable for everyone.

Pros
  • Volume limiter designed to protect young kids' hearing.
Cons
  • Not very stable.
  • Not comfortable for all listeners.
4.2 Office

The iClever Boostcare are poor for office use, though they likely won't be used in this setting as they're designed for kids. Some listeners may find that they aren't comfortable to wear for long periods, and they don't block out typical office noises like the sound of coworkers chatting. On the upside, they don't leak a lot of noise.

Pros
  • Don't leak a lot of noise.
Cons
  • Terrible noise isolation performance.
  • Not comfortable for all listeners.
3.8 Wireless Gaming

The iClever Boostcare are wired-only headphones, so they can't be used for wireless gaming.

5.9 Wired Gaming

The iClever Boostcare are middling for wired gaming. Thanks to their wired design, they have very low latency, and they can be plugged into an Xbox One or PS4 controller. However, they don't have the most comfortable fit, and their unbalanced sound profile is lacking the low bass that makes action-packed scenes feel thumpy and punchy.

Pros
  • Low latency.
Cons
  • Middling microphone recording quality.
  • Not comfortable for all listeners.
  • No sound customization features.
5.1 Phone Calls

The iClever Boostcare are disappointing for phone calls. Their in-line microphone has a middling recording quality, so voices sound thin and muffled to whoever's on the other end of the line, especially if the user is calling from a noisy environment. They also don't block out a lot of background noise, which may be distracting during calls.

Pros
  • Volume limiter designed to protect young kids' hearing.
Cons
  • Middling microphone recording quality.
  • Terrible noise isolation performance.
  • 4.3 Mixed Usage
  • 5.2 Neutral Sound
  • 3.5 Commute/Travel
  • 4.8 Sports/Fitness
  • 4.2 Office
  • 3.8 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.9 Wired Gaming
  • 5.1 Phone Calls

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The iClever Boostcare are colorful headphones designed for kids. They have small ear cups to fit young listeners' heads and cat-inspired ears on the headband for a fun look. They're available in lots of different colors, including pink, purple, and blue.

6.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.27 lbs
Clamping Force
0.3 lbs

These headphones are passably comfortable. They're lightweight and the headband is pretty flexible. However, listeners with larger heads may find them a bit uncomfortable since the headband doesn't extend very far.

4.8
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Mediocre
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Volume Limiter

The iClever Boostcare have poor controls. There's a volume switch that limits the volume to either 85 dB or 94 dB as well as a multi-function button that lets users answer or end phone calls and play or pause music. While the buttons are clicky, there's no voice feedback when they're pressed. Also, wearers can't adjust the volume from the controls, which is a bit disappointing.

6.0
Design
Portability
L 7.6 "
W 5.7 "
H 2.3 "
Volume 99.6 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

These headphones are acceptably portable. They're a bit smaller than most on-ears since they're designed for kids. However, they don't fold down to reduce their overall footprint, so they may not fit easily into a bag or backpack.

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Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones don't have a case or a pouch.

5.5
Design
Build Quality

The iClever Boostcare have a middling build quality. They're mostly made of plastic, and the body and the ears are coated with silicone. The ear cups have a faux leather padding. However, the hinges are a potential weak point, as they don't retract very easily and don't seem very durable.

5.5
Design
Stability

These headphones have a sub-par stability performance. They don't clamp very tightly on the head, so they move around a lot. They aren't suitable to use while exercising, and even small movements may cause them to fall off the listeners' ears.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • iClever Boostcare headphones
  • User guide

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-11.6 db
Treble Amount
-0.68 db

The iClever Boostcare have an unbalanced sound profile. They're lacking a lot of low-bass, which means that listeners don't feel the deep thump and rumble from bass-heavy genres like hip-hop. Also, the overemphasis across the mid and treble ranges can make some vocals and lead instruments honky, harsh, or piercing. There's also some mismatch between the left and right drivers, which is unusual for wired headphones and may be specific to our test unit.

7.2
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.56 dB

These headphones have a decent frequency response consistency. They have an inconsistent mid and treble delivery, so their audio delivery may vary depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on the listener's head.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
5.5
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.81 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
91.1 Hz
Low-Bass
-11.43 dB
Mid-Bass
-3.71 dB
High-Bass
0.76 dB

These headphones have sub-par bass accuracy. The low and mid-bass are underemphasized, so audio lacks the deep punch and thump from bass instruments.

3.0
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
9.35 dB
Low-Mid
-0.04 dB
Mid-Mid
9.55 dB
High-Mid
12.26 dB

These headphones have poor mid accuracy. While the low-mid range is quite balanced, the overemphasis in the rest of the range makes vocals and lead instruments sound forward, boxy, and harsh.

5.4
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.18 dB
Low-Treble
2.83 dB
Mid-Treble
8.77 dB
High-Treble
-8.06 dB

These headphones have poor treble accuracy. The overemphasis across the range adds a harsh quality to the mix, and sibilants like cymbals may sound piercing or painful.

5.1
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
3.66 db
Dips
2.33 db

The iClever Boostcare have poor peaks and dips performance. The dip in the low-bass generates a loss of thump and rumble. The peak in the high bass adds a muddy quality, while the dip in the low-mid range thins out vocals and lead instruments. The peak in the mid and high-mid range makes those same instruments sound forward and boxy, while the dip in the low-treble hurts the comprehensibility of those same instruments. The peak in the mid-treble range makes sibilants piercing and painful.

4.5
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.65
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
2.73
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.78
Weighted Phase Mismatch
214.28

These headphones have a bad imaging performance. Weighted group delay exceeds the audibility threshold, so there may not be a tight bass or transparent treble. The L/R drivers are mismatched in terms of amplitude, frequency, and phase, so objects like voices or footsteps may not be accurately placed within the stereo image. These results are only valid for our test unit, so real-world experiences may vary.

5.4
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.43 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
6.84 dB
PRTF Distance
5.09 dB
Openness
9.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.0

The iClever Boostcare have a disappointing passive soundstage performance. Their soundstage is open, but it can also be perceived as small and unnatural. Audio seems like it's coming from inside the listener's head rather than from speakers placed around them.

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Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App

These headphones don't have any virtual soundstage features.

4.5
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
2.763
WHD @ 100
0.847

These headphones have a poor weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's distortion present across the range, so audio may not be cleanly or purely reproduced.

While we normally conduct this test at 90dB and 100dB, these headphones have a volume limit that prevents them from exceeding 94dB. We attempted to conduct this test at 94dB and 84dB, but there were too many ripples present at 94dB. We ultimately conducted this test at 85dB and 75dB.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
No Firmware
Power
Passive
Connection
Wired
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 44.1kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
In-line

These are the settings we used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when using these settings.

Isolation
1.5
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-3.06 dB
Bass
0.36 dB
Mid
2.18 dB
Treble
-11.28 dB

The iClever Boostcare have a terrible noise isolation performance. They don't block out any sounds in the bass or mid ranges, so listeners can hear bus or plane engines and background chatter. They perform a bit better with higher-frequency sounds, but listeners may still hear the hum of nearby AC units.

8.2
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
32.23 dB

These headphones have an impressive leakage performance. They don't leak a lot of sound, so audio shouldn't be noticeable to nearby people in a moderately noisy environment.

While we normally conduct this test at 90dB and 100dB, these headphones have a volume limit that prevents them from exceeding 94dB. We attempted to conduct this test at 94dB and 84dB, but there were too many ripples present at 94dB. We ultimately conducted this test at 85dB and 75dB, which may have impacted our results.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
Yes
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

These headphones have an in-line microphone.

5.9
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
507.97 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.24 dB
HFE
2152.7 Hz
Weighted THD
0.061
Gain
12.25 dB

The microphone has a middling recording quality. Speech should sound a bit thin and muffled, but people on the other end of the line should still be able to understand it.

6.2
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
14.93 dB

The microphone has a mediocre noise handling performance. If the user calls from a moderately noisy environment like a busy street, people on the other end of the line may have trouble hearing them.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None

The iClever Boostcare are wired-only headphones that don't have a battery.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

These headphones don't have a companion app.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

The iClever Boostcare are wired-only.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These headphones are wired-only.

9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length 4 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The iClever Boostcare have a fixed flat silicone 1/8" TRRS cable.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones can be plugged into a PC or PS4 controller for full audio and microphone compatibility.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones can be plugged into an Xbox One controller for full audio and microphone compatibility.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

These headphones don't have a base or a dock.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The iClever Boostcare Kids Headphones come in lots of different color variants, including 'Pink', 'Purple', 'Blue', 'Blue/Yellow', and 'Blue/Pink'. We tested the 'Pink' variant, and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across other variants of these headphones, let us know in the discussion section below.

Compared To Other Headphones

The iClever Boostcare are wired-only kids headphones with a unique, cat-inspired headband. Like many kids headphones, they have a volume limit switch that's intended to help protect young listeners' hearing. Unfortunately, they have a very unbalanced sound profile and poor noise isolation performance. If you're looking for more headphones, check out our recommendations for the best on-ear wireless headphones, the best on-ear headphones, and the best wireless Bluetooth headphones.

JBL JR300BT Wireless

The JBL JR300BT Wireless are better headphones for kids than the iClever Boostcare. The JBL are better-built, and they can be used wirelessly, unlike the iClever. They have a more stable fit and a more balanced sound profile. However, you can't use the JBL over a wired connection, which may be disappointing for some users.

Puro JuniorJams Wireless

The Puro JuniorJams Wireless are better headphones for kids than the iClever Boostcare. The Puro are better-built, and they can also be used wirelessly, unlike the iClever. They even come with a daisy chain so two users can listen to the same audio. Also, their v-shaped sound profile is better-balanced than the iClever, especially in the mid-range.

iClever BTH02 Wireless

The iClever BTH02 Wireless are better headphones for kids than the iClever Boostcare. The BTH02 are better-built, and they can be used wirelessly, unlike the Boostcare. While the BTH02 have a bass-heavy sound profile, it's still more neutral than the Boostcare's unbalanced sound profile.

Mpow CH6

The Mpow CH6 are better headphones for kids than the iClever Boostcare. The Mpow are better-built, and they have a more stable fit. Their sound profile is also more neutral and balanced, especially in the mid-range. However, the iClever have a more consistent audio delivery across different users.