Mpow MDots True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Feb 22, 2021 at 07:39 am
Mpow MDots True Wireless Picture
6.9
Mixed Usage
6.6
Neutral Sound
7.4
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.6
Office
4.9
Wireless Gaming
4.9
Wired Gaming
5.5
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Mpow MDots True Wireless are basic truly wireless headphones. They're reasonably sturdy, decently comfortable, and offer a bass-heavy sound profile that's well-suited for genres like EDM or hip-hop. They also do a good job of filtering out ambient noise. Unfortunately, they lack any sort of sound customization features, have a very short battery life, and deliver middling overall microphone performance.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

The Mpow MDots are okay for mixed usage. Their compact size, stable fit, good overall noise isolation capability, and decent build quality make them a good overall option for on-the-go use. Some users may find their bass-heavy sound profile to be dark and overwhelming, and unfortunately, they don't have any sound customization options. Their mic delivers sub-par performance overall, and their short battery life isn't a good fit for overnight trips or long days at the office.

Pros
  • Decently sturdy, portable design.
  • Good overall noise isolation capability.
Cons
  • Short continuous battery life.
  • High Bluetooth audio latency.
6.6 Neutral Sound

The Mpow MDots are alright for neutral sound. Their default sound profile is quite bass-heavy, which should please listeners who crave a little more thump and rumble in their listening experience, but this can also clutter and muddy vocals and lead instruments. This isn't helped by their underemphasized treble response that results in a lack of clarity in some mixes. They also lack any sort of sound customization options, like built-in EQ presets, and have a small, closed-off soundstage.

Pros
  • Consistent audio delivery.
Cons
  • No sound customization options.
7.4 Commute/Travel

The Mpow MDots are decent for commuting and traveling. They're very portable, feel decently well-built, and do a good job of blocking out the chatter of fellow commuters, though you may hear some of the low rumble coming from bus or plane engines. Their latency on mobile devices is quite high, which can be an annoyance if you were planning on streaming videos on your way into the office. You also need to put them back in their case to recharge fairly often during longer trips, as they only supply about two and a half hours of playback time on a charge.

Pros
  • Decently sturdy, portable design.
  • Good overall noise isolation capability.
Cons
  • Short continuous battery life.
  • High Bluetooth audio latency.
8.1 Sports/Fitness

The Mpow MDots are great for sports and fitness. They have a very stable fit and allow your ears to breathe, so you shouldn't sweat more than usual while wearing them. The buds themselves feel decently solid and are rated IPX6 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. Their short battery life could be a nuisance during longer workout sessions, but luckily, you can listen to audio from one bud while the other charges.

Pros
  • Decently sturdy, portable design.
  • Stable, decently comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Short continuous battery life.
6.6 Office

The Mpow MDots are a reasonable choice for office use. The buds' in-ear fit isn't too fatiguing and they do a good job of filtering out the chatter of nearby coworkers. They don't leak much in the way of audio either, so you can listen to your music at a fairly high volume without disturbing people nearby. However, they don't offer any convenient wireless functions like multi-device pairing, and their short continuous battery life means that they need frequent recharging.

Pros
  • Good overall noise isolation capability.
  • Low levels of audio leakage.
Cons
  • Short continuous battery life.
  • No multi-device pairing capability.
4.9 Wireless Gaming

The Mpow MDots aren't designed for wireless gaming. They aren't compatible with consoles, and their latency on Bluetooth-enabled PCs is likely to be too high for gaming.

4.9 Wired Gaming

The Mpow MDots are wireless-only headphones and can't be used on a wired connection.

5.5 Phone Calls

The Mpow MDots are inadequate for making phone calls. Their mic makes your voice sound thin and muffled. It struggles to isolate speech from background noise too, so people on the other end of the line are likely to have trouble understanding you if you're in a noisy or crowded setting. Thankfully, the buds themselves filter out a good amount of ambient noise, letting you stay focused on what's being said.

Pros
  • Good overall noise isolation capability.
Cons
  • Mediocre mic recording quality.
  • Mic noise handling capability is poor.
  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.6 Neutral Sound
  • 7.4 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.6 Office
  • 4.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 4.9 Wired Gaming
  • 5.5 Phone Calls

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Mpow MDots aren't especially distinctive-looking. They slightly resemble the Mpow X5 Truly Wireless, though with slightly more squared-off buds. Their monochrome color scheme, matte-finish enclosure, and subtle manufacturer branding should ensure that they don't stand out in any environment.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0.0 lbs

These in-ears are decently comfortable. They come with a couple of different ear tip and stability fin sizes, which should help you find a suitable fit. They're also lightweight and compact. Unfortunately, pressing their controls could force them deeper into your ears, which could be uncomfortable for some.

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 in-ears have an okay control scheme. The control scheme itself is easy to use, and quite a few functions are shared between both buds, so you can use one while the other charges without losing access to all controls. Clicking either bud once answers and ends calls as well as pauses and plays music. A click and hold rejects incoming calls while a triple-click of either bud turns on your phone's voice assistant. On the left bud, a click and hold lowers media volume while a double click skips media backward. On the right bud, a click and hold raises volume while a double click skips media forward. The buttons on the buds offer good, clicky feedback, and you should hear a chime once you've reached the maximum or minimum volume. Unfortunately, you don't receive any audio feedback when playing, pausing, or skipping tracks.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

Like most truly wireless in-ears, the Mpow MDots are exceptionally breathable. They trap in very little heat, so you should be able to wear them for extended periods without sweating more than usual.

9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.3 "
W 1.3 "
H 1.0 "
Volume 1.5 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Mpow MDots are fantastically portable. They can be thrown in a pocket or a pouch with little issue. Their charging case is also fairly compact, and it's noticeably smaller than that of the Mpow M30 Truly Wireless.

7.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.6 "
W 1.6 "
H 1.2 "
Volume 4.8 Cu. Inches

The Mpow MDots have a decent charging case. It's not too big and is made entirely of plastic, but doesn't feel especially sturdy overall. The buds also have to be precisely placed in their cradles for them to charge and for the case's lid to snap shut, which can be a bit of a finicky process.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Mpow MDots are decently well-built. Their case feels somewhat flimsy and plasticky. The buds themselves are made of reasonably solid plastic, but the material used doesn't feel as sturdy as the Mpow M30 Truly Wireless' construction. They're rated IPX6 for water resistance, but we don't currently test for this. Their ear tips and stability come in a couple of different sizes but do feel as though they could tear.

8.0
Design
Stability

These headphones have a very stable fit. They shouldn't fall out of your ears even during really intense workouts.

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In The Box

  • Mpow MDots wireless earbuds
  • Charging case
  • 3x ear tips
  • 3x stability sleeves
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • User Guide

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
4.1 db
Treble Amount
-3.24 db

The Mpow MDots have a bass-heavy sound profile. This should emphasize the thump and rumble of EDM and hip-hop music, but may be overwhelming for fans of other more delicate genres. They also lack any sort of sound customization features like built-in EQ presets.

9.2
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.17 dB

These in-ears offer superb frequency response consistency. Once you achieve a proper fit with the included selection of ear tips and stability fins, audio delivery shouldn't vary on different listening sessions.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.7
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.62 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
3.91 dB
Mid-Bass
5.82 dB
High-Bass
5.24 dB

These headphones have okay bass accuracy. The entire range is overemphasized, which adds extra thump and rumble to genres like EDM or hip-hop. Unfortunately, this can also make some mixes sound muddy.

8.6
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.84 dB
Low-Mid
1.8 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.83 dB
High-Mid
-0.2 dB

The Mpow MDots have excellent mid accuracy. The overemphasized bass response slightly carries over into the low-mids, which can slightly clutter vocals and lead instruments. A slight dip in the mid-mids also nudges them to the back of the mix, though the well-balanced high-mids yields good clarity and intensity.

6.4
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.79 dB
Low-Treble
-4.19 dB
Mid-Treble
-3.24 dB
High-Treble
-4.4 dB

The Mpow MDots have mediocre treble accuracy. The entire range is underemphasized, dulling the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments and making sibilants, like cymbals, sound somewhat lispy.

7.7
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.35 db
Dips
1.42 db

These headphones have good peaks and dips performance. A bump in the high-bass range adds extra warmth to some mixes but also muddies vocals and lead instruments. A dip in the mid-mids also pushes those notes to the back of the mix while a rise in the high-mids gives them a slightly harsh, boxy quality. A dip and rise in the low and mid-treble can dull the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments and make sibilants such as cymbals sound piercing.

9.2
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.11
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.94
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.76
Weighted Phase Mismatch
0.99

The Mpow MDots have superb stereo imaging performance. Their weighted group delay falls entirely beneath the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. Their L/R drivers are also well-matched in regards to amplitude, frequency, and phase response, so objects like voices and footsteps should be accurately placed within the stereo image without any gaps. That said, these results are only valid for our test unit, so your experience may vary.

0.9
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.4

Like most closed-back in-ears, the Mpow MDots have a terrible passive soundstage. Creating an out-of-head listening experience relies on interaction with the outer ear, which in-ears bypass completely, meaning that sound is perceived as coming from inside your own head as opposed to all around you. Due to their closed-back design, their soundstage is also perceived as small and closed off, especially when compared to open-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
7.6
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.192
WHD @ 100
0.183

The Mpow MDots have good weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's little in the way of distortion across the frequency spectrum at both moderate and high volumes, so audio reproduction should be clean and pure.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid in this configuration.

Isolation
7.5
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-22.72 dB
Bass
-8.83 dB
Mid
-16.22 dB
Treble
-43.51 dB

The Mpow MDots have good overall noise isolation capability. While they don't block out much in the way of low-end ambient noise, like the rumble of bus engines, they isolate you quite effectively from ambient chatter as well as high-pitched sounds, like the hum of an AC unit.

8.8
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
28.63 dB

The Mpow MDots have excellent audio leakage performance. You should be able to listen to content at high volumes without annoying people nearby.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
6.0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
507.97 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.42 dB
HFE
3835.67 Hz
Weighted THD
0.063
Gain
-3.5 dB

The integrated mic has mediocre recording quality. Recorded speech sounds thin and muffled, but thankfully at least somewhat natural.

3.5
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
4.05 dB

The mic delivers bad noise handling capability. People on the other end of the line aren't likely to hear you if you call from a noisy environment, like a subway train.

Active Features
4.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
2.4 hrs
Additional Charges
4.0
Total Battery Life
12 hrs
Charge Time
1.2 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

The Mpow MDots have poor battery performance. They last just under two and a half hours on a single charge, which is significantly less than their advertised claim of four hours. This also falls short of alternatives like the Tranya T10 Truly Wireless, which provide roughly nine hours of continuous playback time. However, your experience may vary drastically depending on your usage. They also don't have any power-saving measures like a standby mode or an auto-off timer. Thankfully, you can listen to audio from one bud while the other charges.

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
Connectivity
6.5
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
137 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
327 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
323 ms
Android Latency
223 ms

The Mpow MDots have alright Bluetooth connectivity. They're Bluetooth 5.0-compatible, but you can't pair with more than one device at a time. Their wireless range is also noticeably shorter than that of the Mpow X5 Truly Wireless, so your audio may drop out if you move too far away from your Bluetooth device. Their latency on PCs as well as mobile iOS and Android devices is also quite high, which could be annoying if you're planning on wearing them while streaming videos. However, it's worth noting that different devices and apps compensate for latency to varying degrees, so this may not match your real-world experience.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
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 headphones aren't compatible with any wired connections. They come with a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging their case.

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

The Mpow MDots are fully compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but their latency is likely to be too high for gaming.

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

The Mpow MDots come with a charging case that supplies approximately four additional charges. The case itself can be recharged via a USB-C cable but doesn't support wireless charging.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Mpow MDots only come in one color variant: 'Black', and you can see their label here.

Let us know if you come across a different variant, so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Mpow MDots are simple, budget-friendly truly wireless in-ears. They're decently comfortable, have a reasonably solid-feeling construction, and do a good overall job of blocking out ambient noise, despite not having an ANC feature like the Mpow X5 Truly Wireless. Unfortunately, their single-charge battery life is very short, and they're a notably poor fit for making calls in noisy environments. If you're looking for alternatives, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best budget wireless headphones, the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $50, and the best cheap wireless earbuds.

Mpow M30 Truly Wireless

The Mpow M30 Truly Wireless are slightly more versatile than the Mpow MDots True Wireless. The M30 are more comfortable, better-built, offer superior overall mic performance, and last longer on a single charge. Conversely, the MDots block out a little more ambient noise and are slightly more compact.

Skullcandy Jib True Wireless

The Skullcandy Jib True Wireless are slightly more versatile headphones than the Mpow MDots True Wireless. The Skullcandy are better-built, block out more ambient noise, and deliver significantly better overall microphone performance. They also last significantly longer on a single charge. Meanwhile, the Mpow have a more stable fit.

Mpow X3 Truly Wireless

The Mpow X3 Truly Wireless and Mpow MDots True Wireless each have their own advantages, so you may prefer one over the other depending on your needs. The X3 are more comfortable and better-built. They also have better overall mic performance and much longer battery life. However, even though the MDots don't have an ANC feature like the X3, they're notably more effective when it comes to filtering out background noise. They also leak less audio.

ENACFIRE E60 Truly Wireless

The ENACFIRE E60 Truly Wireless are more versatile than the Mpow MDots True Wireless. The ENACFIRE are comfier, better-made, block out more ambient noise, leak less audio, exhibit lower audio latency, and have longer overall battery life. However, the Mpow deliver better microphone recording quality and are more stable in the ear.

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