Mpow Jaws 4.1 Wireless Headphones Review

Reviewed Jul 25, 2017 at 03:38 pm
Mpow Jaws 4.1 Wireless Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
6.6
Mixed Usage
5.9
Neutral Sound
7.2
Commute/Travel
7.3
Sports/Fitness
6.8
Office
4.9
Wireless Gaming
4.8
Wired Gaming
6.2
Phone Call
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Mpow Jaws are versatile and budget headphones with a lackluster sound quality. They're portable, stable and have a more comfortable fit than typical in-ears. They isolate well in loud environments and barely leak which makes them above average for commuting and a good option for the office. Unfortunately, their sound may be a deal breaker for most, and they look and feel a bit cheap.

Our Verdict

6.6 Mixed Usage

The Jaws are above-average for most use cases except critical listening. They block a lot of noise so they're a decent option for loud environments and they also barely leak which makes them good headphones to use at the office. They have a stable around-the-neck design, and they're quite comfortable for an in-ear model. Unfortunately, they do not have the best sound, and their build quality feels cheap and plasticky.

5.9 Neutral Sound

Sub-par for neutral listening. They have a dark and bass-heavy sound that's muddy and a little boomy. The bass and Mid-Range are overemphasized drowning most instruments and vocals which also lack clarity due to the recessed Treble Range. That and the poor Soundstage caused by their small closed in-ear design makes the sound of the Jaws a bit disappointing for most users but especially for neutral listeners.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
7.2 Commute/Travel

Above-average for commuting. They're portable headphones that block a good amount of noise and barely leak. They also have a decent control scheme.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
7.3 Sports/Fitness

Above-average for sports use. They have an around-the-neck design that's stable when running or jogging. They're lightweight, portable and wireless. However, the in-ear tips do slide a little in the ear canal during strenuous activity, which may not be ideal for all sports.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.8 Office

Good for office use. They block a good amount of office chatter and barely leak at high volumes, so they won't bother your colleagues.

See our Office recommendations
4.8 Wired Gaming
6.2 Phone Call
  • 6.6 Mixed Usage
  • 5.9 Neutral Sound
  • 7.2 Commute/Travel
  • 7.3 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.8 Office
  • 4.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 4.8 Wired Gaming
  • 6.2 Phone Call
Pros
  • Good noise isolation.
  • Minimal leakage.
Cons
  • Subpar sound quality.
  • Cheap and flimsy build.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  4. Update 9/28/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  5. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Mpow Jaws have an odd-looking around-the-neck design. They have two plastic casings on the tips of the neckband that house all the electronics and a thin wire frame, covered in a loose rubber coating. Unfortunately, the plastic and rubber used feel low-grade, and the overall build quality is flimsy and looks a bit cheap. On the upside, they have a cool, magnetic slot for the earbuds which prevents them from dangling and getting tangled.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.08 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Jaws are comfortable in-ear headphones as long as you don't mind the around-the-neck design. The earbuds are relatively small, and the default tips do not exert too much pressure within the ear canal. This makes them more comfortable than typical in-ear headphones but the parts of the neckband that house most of the electronics is quite large compared to other around-the-neck designs. It doesn't reduce their comfort level by much, but the neckband is a bit more noticeable on the Jaws than on other similar models (see our recommendations for the best earbuds under $50).

6.1
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
N/A
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Buttons No

The Mpow Jaws have an efficient control scheme. They provide call/music, track skipping, and volume controls. The buttons are easy-to-use and deliver good tactile feedback. The layout, however, is not the most intuitive but it's straightforward enough that it shouldn't take too long to get used to. The headphones also vibrate when powered on or when pairing which is good feedback but the vibrations can be unusually long.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C
7.0
Design
Portability
L 6.7 "
W 5.7 "
H 0.9 "
Volume 35 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

These headphones are moderately portable. They're a lot larger than typical in-ear headphones because of the neckband design. On the upside, they are not as cumbersome to carry around on your person. They easily rest around the neck and can be tucked under your shirt or outfit. The neckband is also flexible enough that you fold the headphones and put them in your pocket. Unfortunately, they don't come with a case.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
6.0
Design
Build Quality

The Mpow Jaws feel a bit cheap and plasticky. The neckband is flexible enough that they won't get damaged if you fold them often to carry them in your pocket. They're also lightweight and can easily survive a couple of drops. However, the plastic used for the earbuds and the tips of the neckband feels low grade and may crack relatively easily under enough physical force. They also have exposed audio cables leading to the earbuds that are non-replaceable, feel flimsy and highly susceptible to wear and tear.

7.5
Design
Stability

The around-the-neck design of these headphones makes them considerably stable. They won't fall from your neck if you run or jog with them but depending on how well the in-ear design fits you, the earbuds may get a little loose during strenuous exercise. Also, the neckband is quite large and if placed under your outfit, the audio cables can get hooked or tangled and pull the earbuds out of your ears.

Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Mpow Jaws Headphones
  • Audio cable
  • USB cable
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.82 db
Treble Amount
-7.31 db
9.4
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.12 dB

Excellent frequency response consistency. Like most other in-ear headphones, if the user is able to achieve a proper seal/fit, then their experience of the headphones should be very consistent.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.2
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.37 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
3.88 dB
Mid-Bass
5.12 dB
High-Bass
7.87 dB

Mediocre Bass Range performance. The response is extended down to 10Hz, which is great. However, low-bass and bass are over our target by more than 4dB, and high-bass is overemphasized by about 8dB. This makes the Bass Range of these headphones quite overpowering and boomy.

7.5
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.31 dB
Low-Mid
5.1 dB
Mid-Mid
0.37 dB
High-Mid
-1.35 dB

Decent Mid Range performance. Low-mid shows 5dB of overemphasis, which is the continuation of the high-bass bump. This makes the sound of these headphones noticeably muddy and cluttered. However, mid and high-mid are virtually flat and well-balanced.

4.2
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.69 dB
Low-Treble
-5.85 dB
Mid-Treble
-6.82 dB
High-Treble
-9.04 dB

Poor Treble Range performance. The response is relatively inconsistent and under our target. Low-treble, which is responsible for clarity and detail is underemphasised by more than 5dB. Also, treble which is responsible for brightness and presence is lacking by more than 6dB.

7.3
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.72 db
Dips
1.46 db
8.8
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.1
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.08
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.6
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.16
0.5
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
0
7.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.313
WHD @ 100
0.215
Isolation
7.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-23.04 dB
Bass
-7.46 dB
Mid
-19.39 dB
Treble
-43.25 dB

Good Isolation performance. Although the Jaws isolate only passively, they achieve more than 7dB of reduction in the Bass Range which is above average. In the Mid and Treble Ranges, they achieve 19dB and 43dB of isolation respectively, both values being good.

10
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
20.58 dB

Excellent Leakage performance. The significant portion of the leakage is between 700Hz and 2KHz which is a narrow range. However, the overall level of leakage is extremely low and barely audible.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
N/A
5.5
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
285.09 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.08 dB
HFE
1758.66 Hz
Weighted THD
1.947
Gain
29.46 dB
6.6
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
17.72 dB
Active Features
6.0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
10 hrs
Additional Charges
0
Total Battery Life
10 hrs
Charge Time
1.7 hrs
Power Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

The Jaws have decent 10-hour battery life. It's a bit shorter than average, but it should be enough to get you through a day of casual listening. They also charge relatively fast at 1.7 hours, but they have no power saving features so unless you actively remember to turn off your headphones the battery will continue to drain over time.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS N/A
Windows N/A
Equalizer
N/A
ANC Control
N/A
Mic Control N/A
Room effects
N/A
Playback Control
N/A
Button Mapping N/A
Surround Sound N/A

No compatible app.

Connectivity
7.0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line of Sight Range
115 ft
Default Latency
159 ms
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

Sub-par latency. The Jaws have about 159ms of latency which is about average for most Bluetooth headphones but not ideal for watching movies. Above 150ms the sync issues between video and audio is noticeable enough to lessen your viewing experience.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
N/A
USB Audio
N/A
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection N/A
Wired Latency
N/A
Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
N/A
USB Input
N/A
Line In
N/A
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
N/A

Compared to other headphones

See our recommendations for the best noise cancelling earbuds, the best cheap earbuds, and the best earbuds with a mic.

Anker SoundBuds Life Wireless
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The Anker SoundBuds Life are a better neckband headset than the Mpow Jaws. The Ankers have a much better build quality that looks and feels more premium, although their cables are still pretty thin and fragile. The Ankers also have a much better-balanced sound and a longer lasting battery life. On the other hand, the Mpow Jaws are cheaper and have slightly better cable management. They also isolate better in noisy conditions, and their in-ear fit is a bit more comfortable to wear for long listening sessions than the Ankers, although not by much.

Mpow Jaws 4.1 Wireless Price

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