Finding yourself the perfect fit is never easy. And for your ears, you want to get the best product for your money. You need earphones that sound great, have awesome comfort, and won’t break the bank.
To help you out, here comes one more 1MORE earphone review. This time, I’m looking at one of their latest products, the freshly updated and re-worked ComfoBuds 2.
These buds represent the low-cost end of the 1MORE product line, though now that they’ve been revamped, you might find they give you all you need. So. let’s get this 1MORE ComfoBuds 2 review underway by looking at all the ins and outs of these wireless earbuds.
1MORE the Company
Conceived as a rival for Apple’s Beats product line, 1MORE has been smashing it in the earphones department in the past few years. Their company is headquartered in both San Diego, California, and Shenzhen, China.
And from there, they produce a range of wired, wireless, and true wireless headphones. It should also come as no surprise that while design and engineering are split between the two countries, manufacturing all takes place in China.
ComfoBuds 2 – Overview
As the 1MORE brand’s introductory model of true wireless earbuds, the ComfoBuds 2 is priced at about $60. This makes them a mid-priced set of buds, but a pretty good deal for the quality that’s behind them.
You can still pick up the original ComfoBuds for around $50. But, with the upgrades to the new model I’m going to tell you about, I think you’d be pretty silly to settle for the older version.
What does it mean to be “true wireless earbuds,” anyway?
1MORE, and a lot of other brands, make so-called “wireless headphones” that still have wires. This is confusing. The wires connect the two buds together, but there’s no wire from the buds down to your device.
These are also sometimes called neckband earbuds. But with the ComfoBuds 2, we’re looking at a completely wire-free experience.
These are smallish buds that fit partially in your ears and also have stems that hang down a bit from your ears. Each bud weighs in at a measly 0.15 ounces (4.6 grams), which makes them some of the best lightweight wireless earbuds you can buy.
The buds come in two colors…
Galaxy Black (a very shiny, slightly greyish black) and Mica White (a pure white with grey ear tips). Both colors have tiny red highlights at the speaker points and rear-facing microphones.
Being as they’re true wireless earbuds, the ComfoBuds 2 come with a travel/charging case. This case is very small and streamlined enough to fit in the pocket of your jeans. It also weighs only about 1 ounce (26.9g).
As a result, in addition to being lightweight, they’re some of the most compact wireless earbuds on the market.
Let’s talk batteries…
This is one of the main upgrades from the original ComfoBuds. While the originals gave you four hours of playback per charge, the ComfoBuds 2 push that up to six hours. This is a 50% increase and makes a huge difference.
Indeed, six hours isn’t huge, but for true wireless buds, it’s about average. However, the charging case includes a 410mAh rechargeable battery. This means that you can also carry around with you another 18 hours’ worth of charge.
Talking and walking…
In addition to using these buds for listening to music or videos, you can also take calls with them. As with most earbuds, they include microphones in each bud to pick up your voice.
But in addition to the stem microphones, they also have two more rear-facing microphones for ENC. That’s Environmental Noise Cancellation. It’s used to keep loud and distracting noise out of your calls to keep your voice sounding pure and clear.
No problem inside or outside…
Finally, like the original ComfoBuds, the 2s come with an IPX5 rating. This tells us that the ingress protection against water is a 5, which means they’re some of the best water resistant wireless earbuds on the market.
You can wear these buds while working out, and even get caught in the rain with them on with no worries.
1MORE ComfoBuds 2 – Top Features
When we’re comparing true wireless earbuds, we need to take some important features into account. How the buds look and feel is as important as their durability. The battery power and charging are a huge consideration, but so are the controls and the connectivity.
And above all, sound quality is paramount. So let’s take a look at these features in-depth.
Look, Feel, and Construction
These buds are billed as having a semi-in-ear design. Some true wireless earbuds poke deep into your ear canals, and their bodies sit in your conchas (that’s the sort of bowl-shaped part of your ear that leads to your ear canal). These can feel intrusive to some ears.
The ComfoBuds2, however, only enters your ear canals partially. Their stems hang down out of your ears. These stems can theoretically get bumped or hooked on things more easily, but I don’t think this is a major concern.
The light weight of these buds and minimal intrusion into your ears may make these some of the most comfortable budget wireless earbuds for many users.
On the other hand…
The ear tips don’t do the best job of isolating your audio from outside noise. You get only two sizes of silicone ear tips, S and L, so getting the perfect fit can also be a challenge.
Durability-wise, the buds themselves do alright. They’re made of shiny, durable plastic and have no extra external parts that can fail as wired earphones can.
The travel/charging case is made from hard, durable plastic as well. As usual, you’ll have to watch out for the hinge – the usual point of failure in these gadgets.
Battery and Charging
That charging case, as I said earlier, holds about 18 hours’ worth of charge. The buds give you six hours on a full charge. So, if you have everything charged up, you have 24 hours’ worth of battery juice with you.
It takes about 40 minutes to charge the buds in their case, and an hour and 20 minutes to charge the case up full, which isn’t too shabby. If you’re in a hurry, though, a 15-minute charge will give you two to three hours of playback time.
Of course, these numbers are all for listening time at a moderate volume level. Talk time on calls will be a lot lower, close to about four hours for the earbuds alone because they use ENC mics, and that uses up more juice. All in all, you get a good amount of battery power and an average charging time.
Like most all true wireless earbuds, most of the controls are all on the buds/stems since there’s nowhere else to put them. This can take some getting used to for first-time users. You can double-tap the stems to play or pause your tracks.
Also, you can double-tap to answer or hang up a phone call. A triple-tap will activate your digital assistant. However, to control volume levels and change tracks, you have to go into the companion app.
I think this is a huge oversight by 1MORE. Imagine you’re working out and get to a song that’s not stimulating you. Instead of a single tap to skip it, you have to pull out your phone and do that through the app.
Not the most convenient…
Despite this strange choice, you can control your EQ in the app as well. And one thing I do like is the automatic play/pause feature when you put in or take out a bud from your ear.
The buds use infrared sensors to know when they’re been removed and will stop your audio automatically.
The ComfoBuds 2 have the latest Bluetooth version on board, Bluetooth 5.2. This helps you to connect quickly and easily to your phone or other Bluetooth devices and is the most reliable Bluetooth connection yet.
You get a standard 33-foot (10m) straight-line range with these buds, which gives you enough distance before the signal starts to get patchy. The ComfoBuds 2 will search out your device and connect as soon as their case is opened.
Included are SBC and AAC codecs…
AAC does a great job holding lossless connections with Apple devices. However, if you’re using Android, you might be disappointed. These buds don’t support the comparatively good aptX codec, and that means you might experience more latency and cut-outs on an Android device.
The moment we’ve all been waiting for. How do the 1MORE ComfoBuds 2 sound?
These buds use big 13.4mm composite drivers to give you a big dose of sound. The very first thing you’ll notice about them out of the box is the booming bass. The standard settings for these buds push the bass way forward, and this can be overpowering for many different types of audio.
If you’re a bass head, you might be very pleased. But I think there’s too much oomph here, and it can get muddy at high volumes. However, there’s no denying that these are some of the best bass heavy wireless earbuds you can buy.
You get 12 different EQ presets through the 1MORE companion app. There’s a bass reduction preset that pushes the bass back down and is good for most music. Mids and highs stand out better and are clear without being over-sharp. Try the Podcast setting for a focus on speech sounds.
I would have liked a fully customizable EQ. But alas, it’s not to be, and you have to make do with the presets.
The microphones do a pretty good job canceling out environmental noise, so long as it’s steady and consistent noise. You can use these buds in an office setting or on an airplane, and you’ll be heard well enough. The ENC makes your voice sound a bit artificial, but at least it will be clear.
1MORE ComfoBuds 2 Review – Pros and Cons
- IPX5 water resistance and sweat-proofing.
- 12 EQ presets through the companion app.
- Decent battery life and charging speed.
- Clear microphone sound.
- Up-to-date Bluetooth 5.2.
- No aptX codec for Android users.
- Overly bass-heavy default sound.
- Some controls are in-app only.
- Limited passive noise isolation due to partial in-ear design.
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1MORE ComfoBuds 2 Review – Conclusion
The 1MORE ComfoBuds 2 was designed to compete directly with Apple AirPods. With a much, much softer price (you can get two pairs of these and have lunch money left over), comparable battery power, and an arguably better microphone, it looks like they can do just that.
The sound quality might not stand up to what Apple provides at a much heftier price, but the ComfoBuds2 are a budget option.
With their IPX5 rating and comfortable, lightweight design, these are a good option for the gym. They’re not top of the line, but they get the job done at a decent price.
Until next time, happy listening.