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Mpow M30 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Jul 28, 2020 at 08:06 am
Mpow M30 Truly Wireless Picture
7.1
Mixed Usage
6.9
Neutral Sound
7.5
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.8
Office
5.3
Wireless Gaming
5.2
Wired Gaming
6.5
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Mpow M30 in-ear Bluetooth headphones are very versatile and perform quite well. They have a fairly well-balanced sound profile with a bit of extra bass, which should please some. They're also quite comfortable and have a design similar to that of the popular Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless headphones. They come with many tips and stability fins to help you find the most comfortable and secure fit. Unfortunately, some might be disappointed by their short 4-hour battery life, but this should still be good enough if you're looking for workout headphones. Nevertheless, these headphones are well-built and offer great overall value.

Our Verdict

7.1 Mixed Usage

The Mpow M30 are quite decent headphones for mixed usage. They're great for sports thanks to their stable, comfortable fit, and they're even rated IPX8 for water resistance, although we don't test this. They offer a well-balanced sound profile with a bit extra bass, which can be great for keeping you pumped during workouts. Their Bluetooth connection isn't designed for gaming, but the wireless design and small form factor make them well-suited for your commute.

Pros
  • Well-balanced and fairly accurate sound profile.
  • Comfortable in-ear fit; multiple tip options.
  • Solid and well-made design.
Cons
  • Only 4 hours of battery life.
  • Bluetooth latency can be too high for some uses.
6.9 Neutral Sound

The Mpow M30 are decent for neutral sound. Their sound profile is well-balanced but has a bit of extra punch in the bass. They deliver a consistent audio reproduction, but also have a very small soundstage, which is expected for closed-back in-ears.

Pros
  • Well-balanced and fairly accurate sound profile.
  • Comfortable in-ear fit; multiple tip options.
Cons
  • Only 4 hours of battery life.
  • Poor soundstage.
7.5 Commute/Travel

The Mpow M30 are good headphones to use when commuting and traveling. Their in-ear fit is comfortable and they provide an accurate and well-balanced audio reproduction. Unfortunately, they don't block out much of the deep noise coming from bus or plane engines, but they reduce ambient chatter and higher frequencies well. Also, while their 4-hour battery life should be enough for your daily commute, it isn't long enough for long flights.

Pros
  • Well-balanced and fairly accurate sound profile.
  • Comfortable in-ear fit; multiple tip options.
  • Decent noise isolation.
  • Portable design.
Cons
  • Only 4 hours of battery life.
  • Bluetooth latency can be too high for some uses.
8.1 Sports/Fitness

The Mpow M30 are great sports headphones. Their small wireless design is comfortable and easy to bring to the gym. They also come with multiple tips and stability fins for you to find the most stable fit. They're also well-built and rated IPX8 for water resistance. Their 4-hour battery life isn't ideal but should still be enough for most workouts.

Pros
  • Well-balanced and fairly accurate sound profile.
  • Comfortable in-ear fit; multiple tip options.
  • Solid and well-made design.
  • Very stable fit, multiple stability fin options.
  • Portable design.
Cons
  • Only 4 hours of battery life.
6.8 Office

The Mpow M30 are passable headphones to use in an office. Their in-ear fit is comfortable and can be worn for long periods, especially since they come with multiple tip sizes to help you find the best possible fit. They also do a good job of reducing ambient chatter and higher frequency noises like an A/C system. Unfortunately, their 4-hour battery life won't be long enough for a full work day, so you'll need to charge them during your breaks. On the upside, they offer a well-balanced and accurate audio reproduction.

Pros
  • Well-balanced and fairly accurate sound profile.
  • Comfortable in-ear fit; multiple tip options.
Cons
  • Only 4 hours of battery life.
  • Bluetooth latency can be too high for some uses.
5.3 Wireless Gaming

The Mpow M30 are Bluetooth-only headphones and their latency is too high to be recommended for gaming.

5.2 Wired Gaming

The Mpow M30 are truly wireless Bluetooth headphones that can't be used wired.

6.5 Phone Calls

The Mpow M30 are just okay for phone calls. Like most Bluetooth in-ear headphones, your voice doesn't sound full-bodied and the microphone struggles to separate your voice from background noise. On the upside, if you're in a quiet environment, the person on the line shouldn't have any issues understanding you, although the recording quality might not be the best.

Pros
  • Well-balanced and fairly accurate sound profile.
  • Comfortable in-ear fit; multiple tip options.
Cons
  • Okay microphone recording quality.
  • 7.1 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Neutral Sound
  • 7.5 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.8 Office
  • 5.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.2 Wired Gaming
  • 6.5 Phone Calls

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Mpow M30 look quite a bit like the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless. They're small and compact and don't stand out too much.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0.0 lbs

These truly wireless headphones are quite comfortable as they're light and don't put too much pressure in the ear. The tips don't enter the ear canal too deeply, and they come with multiple tip and sleeve options to help you find the best fit.

6.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

These headphones have a very intuitive touch-sensitive control scheme. A single tap plays and pauses music, two taps on the right earbud skips tracks, and two taps on the left one goes backward. A triple tap triggers your phone's voice assistant. You can also control the volume with hold-commands. Use the left to lower the volume and the right to raise it. Unfortunately, pairing these headphones can be a pain if you have more than a single device as they don't enter pairing mode unless you disconnect them from their last connected device.

9.3
Design
Portability
L 1.5 "
W 1.3 "
H 1.2 "
Volume 2.3 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Like most truly wireless headphones, the Mpow M30 are very portable and should fit in pockets or a bag. They also have a fairly weak magnet to hold the buds together.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 3.0 "
W 1.7 "
H 1.4 "
Volume 7.1 Cu. Inches

The charging case of the Mpow M30 is good. It's very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless' case, but a tad bigger. The lid feels a bit cheap, but shouldn't cause any issues.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

These headphones are quite well-built and feel solid enough to survive a few drops without too much damage. The buds are also advertised to be IPX8-rated for water resistance, although Mpow says they withstand sweat, light rain, and accident splashes, which doesn't quite match the description of an IPX8 rating since there's no mention of complete submersion. However, we don't test this so can't confirm their actual water-resistance rating. Overall, the headphones feel dense and the case also feels durable, although the lid hinge feels like the weakest link of the build.

8.0
Design
Stability

The Mpow M30 are very stable headphones that are great for sports. They come with multiple tip and stability fin sizes, which makes it easier for the user to find a stable fit.

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In The Box

  • Mpow M30 headphones
  • Charging case
  • 4x tip options
  • 3x fin sleeve options
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.07 db
Treble Amount
-1.76 db

The Mpow M30 have a rather well-balanced sound profile, but it's slightly dark due to a small overemphasis in their bass range and a small lack of detail is some higher frequencies. Unfortunately, they don't have access to an EQ or even presets as they don't have an app.

9.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.06 dB

These headphones have excellent frequency response consistency. If you can achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then you should be able to get a consistent bass and treble delivery every time you use the headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.16 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
5.26 dB
Mid-Bass
4.55 dB
High-Bass
4.3 dB

The bass accuracy of these headphones is decent. The overall response is very well-balanced and flat but is slightly overemphasized. This results in a slightly more thumpy and present bass, which some may prefer.

8.5
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.01 dB
Low-Mid
2.49 dB
Mid-Mid
0.06 dB
High-Mid
1.74 dB

The mid-range accuracy of the Mpow M30 is very good. Vocals and lead instruments are very well reproduced and sound clear and balanced.

7.6
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.15 dB
Low-Treble
-0.96 dB
Mid-Treble
2.22 dB
High-Treble
-3.53 dB

The treble accuracy of these headphones is good. It's fairly well-balanced although there's a small dip that could dull out some frequencies, while the peak in the mid-treble might make some higher-frequency sounds a bit bright and piercing.

7.6
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.55 db
Dips
1.15 db

The peaks and dips performance of the Mpow M30 is quite good. Most of the range is fairly well-balanced, although there's a bit of variation in the treble range. Peaks and dips in that range result in uneven higher frequencies where some lack detail while others are overly sharp, especially on already bright tracks.

9.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.1
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.42
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.66
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.03

The stereo imaging of these headphones is amazing. The group delay is under the audibility threshold which results in a tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. Both L/R drivers are also well-balanced, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects and instruments in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

0.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.6

Like most in-ears, these headphones have a very bad soundstage. Pinna interaction is one of the big factors in giving the sense of a large and out-of-head soundstage, therefore, the soundstage of these headphones is perceived to be small and located inside your head as opposed to in front due to their in-ear design.

0
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.

7.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.321
WHD @ 100
0.206

The weighted harmonic distortion of these headphones is within good limits. There's a small bump in the treble range, but this shouldn't be noticeable to most listeners.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings we used to these headphones. The test results are only valid for these settings.

Isolation
7.4
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-20.43 dB
Bass
-7.79 dB
Mid
-20.83 dB
Treble
-33.96 dB

The in-ear fit of the Mpow M30 blocks out a decent amount of ambient noise. Since it doesn't have any active noise canceling feature, it doesn't reduce the deep rumble coming from bus or plane engines. On the upside, they do a great job of reducing ambient chatter or higher frequencies like the hum of an A/C unit.

9.5
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
24.23 dB

Like most in-ear headphones, these don't leak much audio. Even at very loud volumes, people around you shouldn't be disturbed by your music.

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

These headphones have integrated microphones inside each bud.

6.7
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
273.0 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.93 dB
HFE
7136.96 Hz
Weighted THD
4.516
Gain
-9.45 dB

The recording quality of the integrated microphone is passable and typical of most Bluetooth headphones. Voices sound muffled and lack a bit of detail, but the person on the other end of the line can still understand you clearly.

6.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
10.88 dB

The noise handling of the Mpow M30's microphone is mediocre. It struggles to separate voices from background noise, which isn't ideal for making phone calls in moderately noisy environments.

Active Features
5.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
4.2 hrs
Additional Charges
4.0
Total Battery Life
21 hrs
Charge Time
1.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Mpow M30 have a sub-par battery performance. We only measured just over 4 hours of battery life, while Mpow advertises for 5 hours. This won't be enough for most work shifts but should be fine for workouts. The charging case holds four additional charges, and since there's no master bud, you can place any bud in the case while still using the other.

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
6.8
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
225 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
245 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
258 ms
Android Latency
252 ms

The Mpow M30 are Bluetooth 5.0-compatible truly wireless headphones. Unfortunately, they don't support NFC and can't be connected to multiple devices at the same time, which can be a hassle if you often need to change between your computer and phone. Also, the wireless latency of these headphones is noticeable on pretty much any platform, although some apps seem to compensate for this, so your experience may vary.

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

These headphones are Bluetooth-only and don't have any other wireless connection.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These truly wireless headphones don't have any type of wired connection.

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

These headphones are only compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs and can't be used on PS4. Due to their high latency, they aren't recommended for gaming.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No

The Mpow M30 are Bluetooth-only and therefore aren't compatible with the Xbox One.

2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

These headphones come with a small charging case that should give you around four additional charges. It charges via USB-C, but doesn't have any other inputs and doesn't support wireless charging.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

There's an Mpow M30 Plus variant that seem to be the same headphones, but with a bigger 2600mAh charging case that supports up to 19 additional charges, according to the manufacturer. We expect our review to be mostly valid for this variant for test results other than the total battery life, which is estimated by Mpow to be around 100 hours.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Mpow M30 are quite good truly wireless headphones and provide a good overall value. Their design seems somewhat similar to the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, but their performance isn't quite as impressive. Also, the manufacturer allows you to buy either the left or right bud individually if one gets damaged or lost, which is quite rare. Their main downside is the fact that you only just over 4 hours of battery life, which can be frustrating if you need to charge them often. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best true wireless headphones, the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds, and if you're on a tight budget and want more affordable options, check out the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $50.

TOZO T6 Truly Wireless
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The Mpow M30 Truly Wireless are better than the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless. The Mpow's fit is more comfortable, and they come with stability fins, which help get a more secure fit. The Mpow also have a more accurate sound profile, especially in the treble range. On the other hand, the TOZO's fit blocks out a bit more ambient noise, and the buds' battery lasts around an hour longer than the Mpow.

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Mpow M30 Truly Wireless and the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless are both very similar, but the TaoTronics have a small edge. They have a more accurate and better-balanced sound profile while offering more battery life per charge. They also have a noticeably lower latency with Android devices, which is nice to have. On the other hand, the Mpow have a fit that blocks out a bit more ambient noise, are slightly more comfortable and their case is a bit better-built.

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are a better option than the Mpow M30 Truly Wireless. The Samsung have a very accurate and well-balanced sound profile, on top of being customizable via EQ presets in their app. They also have a noticeably better battery performance with over 13 hours of continuous playback, against the Mpow's mere 4 hours. On the other hand, the Mpow have a better noise isolation performance and are noticeably cheaper, but other than that, the Samsung are simply better.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Mpow M30 Truly Wireless and the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless are very similar performing headphones. they have a near-identical sound profile, but the Mpow are slightly more comfortable. On the other hand, the Anker have a good app that offers plenty of presets and a graphic EQ. They also last longer on a single charge but take considerably longer to fully charge.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Lite Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Mpow M30 Truly Wireless and the Anker SoundCore Liberty Lite Truly Wireless are two decent pairs of headphones. If volume control is a must for you, go with the Mpow. They're also more comfortable and have a longer battery life, although they still only offer around 4 hours of continuous playback time. On the other side, the Anker have an impressively accurate sound profile and offer marginally better noise isolation performance.

Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Mpow M30 Truly Wireless and Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are similarly-performing truly wireless headphones. The Mpow have an easier-to-use control scheme, a more stable fit, and a higher IPX8 rating for water resistance, although we don’t test for that. Meanwhile, the Anker have a much longer battery life, a better-balanced sound profile, and reduce the volume of ambient noise more effectively.

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