A few weeks ago Lily reviewed the Swift Bluetooth headphones from Mpow and she was very pleased with them as normal use headphones with occasional exercise and being out and about but they have one drawback for serious exercise – the cable between them. This cable makes them easy to get in and out but if you are doing more vigorous exercise its possible it can get caught on you. The Cheetah are the Swift’s bigger brother and instead of a cable between the headsets it has a semi-rigid connector that grips the back of your head and keeps out of the way. The Cheetah also builds in the ability to take phone calls, control volume and skip forward and back, pause and play.
I’ve tried the Cheetah under a number of conditions – running, rowing, climbing on rocks and in rain, sun and wind and once properly on have never fallen out or off. There is a warning on this – I’ve put them on and not got the ear buds properly seated in my ears and had them fall out a couple of times. It is usually pretty obvious if they are not properly in your ears as the sound is somewhat muffled and quiet. Once you’ve gotten the right ear bud size and gotten them on they are comfortable to wear and I’ve kept my on for a couple of hours quite happily.
One note – I also wear glasses and these do not interfere with the arms at all.
Water and sweat resistance
Mpow never say exactly what level of water resistance the Cheetah’s have but I’ve had them out in the pouring rain and got them very sweaty and they’ve carried on without a pause. I doubt very much they would keep working if I went into the shower with them but they will stand up to most English weather.
Nice, loud and clear sound
A pair of Bluetooth exercise earphones are never going to be the best or most impressive audio experience but you want a reasonable level of quality and you want good loud sound. The Cheetah does not disappoint. The sound is clear and well-defined although as with smaller speakers the bass is somewhat lacking at high volumes. The greatest volume is loud – loud enough that might worry about my ears at the highest volume!
Mpow specialises in bluetooth accessories for smartphones.
“Mpow is the No.1 Premium Bluetooth Accessories Brand for Smartphones. Every product from Mpow was created with one consistent mission—Match your smart life. At Mpow, we work passionately to create products with simplicity and usability.” – Mpow About Us
Retailer: £16.17 on Amazon
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If you need a pair of bluetooth exercise earphones these may be the most economic available. I’ve tried several similarly prices pairs and these are by far the most comfortable and stable. They have held up to my month and a half use with no visible wear or tear.
Included in the box
Bluetooth headphones, microUSB charger cable, Quick start guide and 4 different size eartips.
Item Weight: 24 grams
Colour: Black with white writing
Environment: Indoors or outdoors
Optimised for right-handed use with all the controls on the right earpiece
Bluetooth: Supports 4.0
Battery: Integrated microUSB charging with 8 hours of streaming or 180 standby time
Warranty: 45 day money back and 18 month free from defects
The Cheetah is made primarily for runners and users of the gym but the fact that it grips the head could be useful for anyone moving about whether voluntarily or involuntarily. It is designed for use with a smartphone but I’ve paired it successfully with my PC and a tablet and as it has a microphone built in it could be used for a computer headset.
It is usable as a headset for phone calls but the microphone is faint and I’d not recommend it for regular use.
Ease of use
The Cheetah is very simple to pair. Press and hold the main power button and start a search on the phone and it will be offered as an option. Select on the phone then release the button on the Cheetah and it is paired.
To turn on and off all you have to do in the power button for a second or so. When the phone rings it pauses your audio and then reads you the number of the incoming line – a press on the main button answers.
It’s a very simple setup designed to work when you’re tired from exercising but that means its great for the rest of us as well.
The only requirements are for a USB port or wall charger to charge and a device capable of Bluetooth 4.0 to stream music or audio from.
It is accessible to anyone with a mild-moderate or moderate – severe) visual impairment, including the blind and those who experience visual symptoms, like photophobia (light sensitivity), eye strain or colour blindness. It has a single LED on it which is used for pairing and the three buttons have raised tags and are easy to remember apart. Even the color of the headset is muted.
It is accessible to anyone with a mild – moderate hearing impairment, including the deaf and those who experience auditory symptoms, like tinnitus or hyperacusis (sound sensitivity).
The Cheetah has several advantages over a normal pair of earphones including a very high maximum volume, audio feedback to button presses and having the phone number read out loud when someone calls you.
Input and touch
It isn’t accessible to anyone with a moderate – severe upper body impairment and those who experience symptoms that affect their hands, wrists and shoulders, like a tremor, fatigue, reduced dexterity or precision.
The Cheetah takes a little practice and control to get properly seated in the ears and around the back of the head. Once there is it solid and not easily moved but it does take a little control to get it there.
The Cheetah has three small buttons all on the right earpiece. A single large button on the top is on/off, pairing, play/pause and answer phone calls depending on the situation. At the base is a rocker switch marked with a plus and a minus. A single press increases or decreases volume and a long press skips forward or back. The buttons are small and need a reasonable level of precision to press but all the controls could be operated from the phone or tablet instead of on the headset.
Movement and mobility
It is accessible to anyone with a moderate – severe mobility impairment, including wheelchair users and those who experience physical symptoms, like severe fatigue or chronic pain. There may be a little difficulty involved in getting it on your head but once there it stays and with an eight-hour talk or listen time and 180 hour standby could stay on your head for a long time.
It is accessible to anyone with a mild – moderate cognitive impairment, including those with a learning disability like dyslexia and those who experience cognitive symptoms, like problems with memory, concentration, planning and organization. The pairing, controls and charging are as simple as they could reasonably be and this makes the Cheetah a very good choice for children or those with any cognitive impairment..
There is no social interaction involved in the Cheetah – indeed wearing a pair of headphones can be a very good way to fend off social situations.
This product contains no common allergens and unless you have a rubber or nylon allergy is unlikely to cause any reactions.
Few areas of technology have dropped in price over the last few years as much as Bluetooth headphones. Luckily there has not been a drop in quality at the bottom end of the market to go with that and the Cheetah is a great example of a budget headset. It is well made, tough and somewhat waterproof and provides good and loud sound. There are headsets with better quality but for exercising or to try out the concept the Cheetah is a great choice. Recommended for anyone exercising.
The review is based on the Cheetah wireless headphones kindly provided by Mpow