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.
- Good noise isolation.
- Minimal leakage.
- Subpar sound quality.
- Cheap and flimsy build.
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The Mpow Jaws look and feel a little cheap but have a comfortable in-ear fit. They do not put too much pressure once in the ear canal so you can wear them for longer. They're also relatively lightweight and decently portable. You can carry them around by letting them rest on your neck or by folding them and putting them in your pocket. Unfortunately, they're a bit flimsy and do not have the best build quality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Mpow Jaws are a poor sounding pair of in-ear headphones. They have a well-extended and consistent Bass, and an average Imaging and Distortion performance. However, their Bass is overpowering and boomy, their Mid Range makes mixes muddy and cluttered, and their Treble lacks clarity and presence. Also, like most other closed-back in-ear headphones, they don't have an open and spacious Soundstage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Poor Soundstage. Due to the in-ear design, these headphones don't interact with the pinna like loudspeakers would, and their Soundstage may be perceived to be located inside the listener's head as opposed to in-front. Also, because of their closed-back, they won't have a open and spacious Soundstage.
Average Imaging. Phase error is elevated in the Treble Range, having a small negative effect on the transparency of the sound. However, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched.
Average Harmonic Distortion performance. The overall level of distortion is elevated throughout the range, especially around 1KHz. This could make the sound of these headphones a bit harsh in the Treble Range. Also, the right driver of our test unit consistently shows more distortion than the left driver.
The Mpow jaws have a good isolation performance. They barely leak thanks to their closed-back in-ear design that creates a good seal and blocks a lot of noise. This makes the Jaws a decent option for commuting and for office use since they block enough noise for loud environments and don't leak in quieter settings, so they won't be distracting to those around you.
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.
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.
- 100% SpNR
The Jaws have a decent wireless range and battery life but a sub-par latency performance. They won't be the ideal headphones for watching movies, and they may not last you all day, but they're a decent option for casual use especially if you only listen to music. Their latency is about average for most Bluetooth headphones, but it's still going to be noticeably out of sync.
The Jaws reached just above 25ft before any major connection drops when the Bluetooth source was obstructed, and about 115ft in direct-line of-sight. This is about average for most Bluetooth headphones, but unfortunately, the Jaws have a slightly complicated pairing procedure. There's no NFC, and you have to hold the multi-function button while powering the headphones on for them to enter the pairing procedure. On the upside, they automatically connect to the most recent sync device.
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.
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.
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In the box
- Mpow Jaws Headphones
- Audio cable
- USB cable