1More claims that its latest racket-cancelling truthful wireless earphones, the ComfoBuds Mini ($99.99), are the smallest pair in the earth. We don’t rails that stat, and a pocket-size size isn’t always an reward (earpieces with more surface area sometimes offer a more secure in-canal fit), but the ComfoBuds Mini still fit well, particularly if you take small ears. They besides deliver a strong, bass-forrard audio experience and solid agile noise cancellation (ANC) for the price. That said, unless you specifically desire the smallest earpieces possible, Anker’s $79.99 Soundcore Life P3 earphones offer a stronger value.
A Compact Design With Express Controls
Bachelor in black or white, the ComfoBuds Mini are indeed tiny. But their small size isn’t necessarily an advantage in every aspect—they fit securely, but the earpieces are a bit difficult to handle. The parcel includes four pairs of silicone eartips in various sizes to help ensure an optimal fit.
Internally, each earpiece houses a 7mm dynamic driver. The earphones are compatible with Bluetooth 5.2 (which includes a depression-latency gaming manner) and support the AAC and SBC Bluetooth codecs, but non AptX.
The earpieces rely on capacitive touch on surfaces for controls, but the default layout is somewhat limited in scope. A double tap on the left or right earpiece handles playback and call direction, while a triple tap summons your device’s voice assistant. Touching and holding either earpiece for one-and-a-half seconds lets you switch betwixt ANC On, ANC Off, and Transparent listening modes. By default, you don’t become rails navigation or volume control—y’all can add these features via the app, only you must drib another function to do then. And even though playback requires a double tap, nosotros found it virtually incommunicable to put the earpieces in our ears without accidentally triggering them.
An IPX5 water-resistance rating is slightly better than near other truthful wireless ANC options, for which IPX4 is the norm. Y’all can expose the ComfoBuds Mini to water with slightly more than force per unit area than a simple misting or splash from any management, just don’t try submerging them or rinsing them off under a faucet. And the charging instance isn’t water resistant, so brand sure to fully dry the earpieces earlier docking them. If you want a pair with an even amend h2o resistance, consider the much pricier Jabra Elite 7 Pro earphones ($199.99), which acquit a fully waterproof IP57 rating.
The rounded charging case, with its flip-top lid, is likewise quite small. Unfortunately, the magnetic pull of the dock is a bit too wide in its reach; as a result, it’s possible to close the chapeau even if the earpieces aren’t in the correct position. At one point, the earpieces even stuck magnetically to the interior of the lid, which shouldn’t happen. In any case, the front console has a status LED, while a USB-C port sits on the lower portion—the box includes a USB-C-to USB-A cable for charging.
1More estimates that the ComfoBuds Mini can last roughly 5 hours on battery with ANC on or six with ANC off, while the instance holds an additional xv hours of charge. Your real-world results volition depend on your use of ANC and typical volume levels.
The 1More Music app (bachelor for Android and iOS) unlocks some useful features, including ANC and Transparent listening manner options, as well as customizations for the on-ear controls. You can as well adapt the sound signature, but you showtime need to create a SoundID hearing profile—this type of setup is increasingly common, only it’s an irritating hurdle if all you lot desire to do is adjust the bass, mids, and treble levels to your preference. Otherwise, the app also offers a user manual and a feature that plays soothing sounds.
The ComfoBuds Mini deliver strong noise cancellation for the cost, impressively dialing dorsum powerful, low-frequency rumble like you lot hear on an airplane. That said, there is an aural (though not unpleasant) hiss with ANC on, which is typical of lower-priced noise cancellation circuitry. The earphones handled a recording of a busy restaurant with clanging dishes and boisterous conversation quite well—they cut back the lows, lows-mids, and mids significantly. Notwithstanding, the hiss is notwithstanding present hither, plus the high-mids and highs largely make information technology past the ANC circuitry (well-nigh earphones struggle to reduce higher-frequency noise).
In the app, you lot can choose between three ANC modes—Strong, Mild, and WNR (wind noise reduction). The Potent mode offers the nearly effective racket cancellation, but we capeesh the choice to punch the ANC back a bit to preserve battery life. Yous can also turn ANC off entirely or switch to the Transparent mode (which lets y’all hear your surroundings) in the app.
Although it’s effective, nosotros noticed some boosted ear pressure when we enabled the Strong ANC mode. How much of an issue this is will vary from person to person, just nosotros thought the pressure felt especially potent in this example. The good news is that the ANC doesn’t seem to impact the audio signature.
With the default sound settings, the ComfoBuds Mini deliver some serious depression-frequency depth on tracks with intense sub-bass content, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout.” At top, unwise listening levels, the lows don’t distort, and at more than moderate levels, the earphones drive powerful bass with sculpted highs to match.
Beak Callahan’southward “Drover,” a track with far less deep bass in the mix, gives the states a better sense of the sound signature. The drums on this track pack some actress bass heft, but they don’t sound unnaturally thunderous. Callahan’due south baritone vocals come across with a solid balance of depression-mid richness and high-mid treble edge, while the acoustic strums sound crisp and bright. The lows are a fleck also additional to encounter the definition of accurate, but they’re not wildly off. Considering the sculpted highs again complement this tuning, yous get a balanced presentation.
On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church building in the Wild,” the kick drum loop receives plenty high-mid presence for its attack to retain its punchiness, while the vinyl crackle and hiss take a footstep frontwards in the mix. The earbuds deliver the sub-bass synth hits that punctuate the beat with solid low-frequency depth, and the vocals on this track sound clean, without any noticeable sibilance.
Orchestral tracks, like the opening scene from John Adams’
The Gospel Co-ordinate to the Other Mary, audio fairy natural through the ComfoBuds Mini—the higher-register contumely, strings, and vocals retain their vivid place in the spotlight, while the lower-register instrumentation benefits from some boosted richness.
The mic is simply average. Nosotros understood every word from a recording nosotros took with an iPhone’due south Voice Memos app, but Bluetooth sound artifacts make the edges of words a picayune fuzzy. That said, the mic however produces a stiff signal, so calls shouldn’t be a problem.
Solid Earphones With Some Small Compromises
The 1More ComfoBuds Mini get enough right—the sound is sculpted but balanced, and the ANC is pretty skilful for the toll. Y’all might like their small size, though in our case it fabricated the earpieces difficult to handle, and the capacitive touch controls are easy to accidentally trigger. The bigger business concern is the amount of competition in this price category. The aforementioned $79.99 Anker Soundcore Life P3 earphones are our peak pick for the price, though nosotros also like the $129.99 Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro and the $79 Jabra Elite iii, all of which provide a better user feel. None are as small every bit the ComfoBuds Mini, however, and that might make the difference for yous.