In this article, we review the 1MORE Colorbuds TWS Earphone, which is selling for $99.99 USD.
Disclaimer: 1MORE sent us the True Wireless ANC Earbuds for this review free of charge, I only covered the import taxes and fees. All thoughts and experiences with the product are naturally my own.
Three Foxconn executives received an investment from the Chinese technology giant, Xiaomi Corp, and have established a premium audio company called 1MORE Inc. in Shenzhen, China. Shortly after that they expanded into the USA and established their second headquarters in San Diego, California. The company aims to offer premium quality audio devices at mid-range prices. They have been taking on big players in the audio industry on a global scale. They have received multiple awards for their products in the past from notable sources such as iF, Reddot & CES. We reviewed a lot of 1More gear before, to check those reviews you can click here.
1More Colorbuds TWS Earphone
Single, Full-Range Balanced Armature
Bluetooth 5 + AptX Support
22H Total Playtime + Fast Charging + USB-C
4 ENC Microphones with cVc 8.0 (x2 Each Side)
Smart Playback (Ear Detection)
1More App Support
Single Earbud Weight: 4.1 g
Case Weight: 32.1 g
Total Weight: 40.3 g
Packaging & Accessories
The Colorbuds come in a square, white hard box, 1More listed the specifications on the backside. Opening up the top grants you access to the case and of course, the earphones. The accessories are located in the compartment under the case. You get 3 pairs of silicone tips and a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging the case. You also get a thick user guide booklet.
Design & Fit
I really like the design language of 1More. They tend to use high-quality materials and they look quite chic. The Colorbuds have an all-plastic construction though they feel quite high-quality. Plastic material varies from type to type, some feel very cheap, some do not. 1More went with the plastic build to reduce the potential price hike and their selection of plastic, in my opinion, is quite good. Faceplates are matte black and they look like aluminum under the light.
The rest of the earphones have a rubberized finish and it feels really good both in my hands and on my ears. The shape is odd, to say the least, but surprisingly they are incredibly comfortable. It seems that 1More’s R&D team worked hard to achieve this shape to maximize comfort and I can honestly say that they nailed it. I used it for more than a month and the fit was perfect. I went to the gym with it too. The form-factor of the ColorBuds can be labeled as small. They never fell out of my ear and I did not feel any discomfort during my time with them. The Colorbuds feature a touch sensor on each of the faceplates and there are status LEDs above the touch area.
Moving on to the case design, well, I am uncertain about it. The case material does not have the same premium-feeling as the earphones and I am not a big fan of glossy finishes but they tend to be more scratch-resistant than matte cases so that is a plus. The case does have a single LED to show the battery status and it is located in the front. Magnets and hinges are good. There is something I have to tell you here, though. If you have big ear canals and use XL tips, or plan to use your favourite big tips with the Colorbuds, you can use them, however, you can’t really put the IEM back in the case with XL tips equipped. Yeah, that’s upsetting. The tip clearance of the case is really small. Lastly, the isolation is very good thanks to the ear-filling shape of the Colorbuds. They block a fair bit of noise.
Features & Stability
1More has a great track record in this section. Their products are always feature-rich and the Colorbuds have few features that we don’t see as often in this price range. Ear Detection is one of them. The Colorbuds automatically resumes the playback as soon as you put them in your ears and pause when you take them off. It works as intended without glitches. The earphones feature touch controls and if you follow my reviews, you know that I am not a big fan of touch navigation. I find button controls easier to use. Via touch sensors, you can accept or refuse calls, play or pause the track and activate Android or iOS assistant.
The Colourbuds’ connection stability is very good. During my full month of commuting, I’ve never experienced a drop. Furthermore, the range is certainly impressive at about 7 meters. The earphones are IP5X certified, which means they are sweat and water-resistant. I used them in a couple of gym sessions and they were quite comfortable and fun to listen to. Latency is okay, Android’s YouTube had a very slight, minor delay which was not a problem for me. However, I noticed a larger delay while playing mobile games so you might want to keep that in mind. The battery life is 22h in total. My findings were also in sync with the data on paper. It takes around 70 minutes to fully charge the earbuds and it takes around 85 minutes to fully charge the case. The earbuds have fast charging capability and 15 minutes of charge provides you around 1.5h of use. The case battery could have been bigger, 410 mAh is mediocre these days, however, it would also mean that the case has to be bigger compared to its current form factor. I am not sure that would be worth it as I really like how small and light the package is. Another note I think you’ll appreciate, the pairing process is rather easy and hassle-free. You can reset the pairing data of earbuds via the button inside the case. Just tap 3 times swiftly and voila. As for codec support, AptX is supported by the Colorbuds. It is nice to see AptX here as most of the budget earbuds only support AAC & SBC.
The Colorbuds support the 1More app and you can update the firmware of the earphones this way. The amplification levels are mediocre compared to the Lypertek Levi and the Jays T-Seven. Let’s talk about the microphone quality before wrapping this section up. I know how hard it is to get this right without odd, protruding rods so I’ll keep it short. The mics are okay. They are not bad. Although, in crowded places, you have to hold one of the earphones right next to your mouth to communicate better.
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