The MPOW Swift Bluetooth Headphone is a sporty wireless set that is comfortable to wear and more importantly, never fell out when I moved around. It is designed for hitting the gym, running and outdoor pursuits, but I have found it just as useful for listening to an audio book in bed, podcasts whilst pottering in the garden or music when doing yoga, physiotherapy or going for a walk. It is available in a selection of colours with three size settings for its removable ear buds and fit stabilizers.
I hated the design the first time I put the earphones on and they kept falling out, but after changing the ear buds and fit stabilizers I made sure I had fitted them correctly (left bud in left ear), I found them comfortable to wear even for longer periods of time and they never fell out again.
Good sound quality and range
The sound quality is pretty decent for a £20-30 set of earphones. Speech was quite clear and music sounded rich and well-balanced. I experienced some interference if I walked further than 7 – 10 metres from my phone, it is not a headphone to buy for a very long range, but it does provide plenty of range for working out or listening to an audio book in bed with the phone next to me and not attached to me, which I very much appreciate.
Chronic Illness Bonus
I accidentally discovered during a particular bad migraine episode that there was one further bonus use. Lying in bed listening to an audio book I discovered I did not have to remove my earphones before vomiting and if I had to get up in a rush, there were no earphone cables to untangle first. The gross too-much-information part – they didn’t fall out into vomit, which other earphones have done, but stayed snug in my ears. Also, they worked in the en-suite bathroom with my phone left on the bedside table. Marvellous.
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: £15 – £30 on Amazon
Yes. It is a durable headset with an 18-month warranty.
Included in the box/price
1 x Mpow Swift Bluetooth Stereo Headphone
3 x ear buds (small, medium, large)
1 x micro USB charge cable
2 x indoor leisure fit stabilizers
3 x outdoor sport fit stabilizers
1 x User Manual
Bluetooth Standard: Bluetooth V4.0
Chips: CSR8645 high-end chip from CSR Plc
Frequency Range: 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Mode: Headset/handfree/A2DP/AVRCP
Operation Range: Up to 30 feet
Talk/Playing Time: Up to 6 hours
Standby Time: Up to 185 hours
Charging Time: 2 hours
The MPOW Swift Bluetooth Headphone is marketed to adults who enjoy active lifestyles and want to use their phone whilst running, cycling or walking. I found it comfortable to wear at my desk, whilst moving about doing every day activities like gardening and cleaning and they were great to wear for physiotherapy and yoga and never fell out or shifted position.
Ease of use
It is easy to set-up and includes basic instructions on pairing it with a device and how to use it with an iPhone or Android device. The ear buds are removable, making it easy to clean and it charges through a micro-USB cable. It has a voiced “power on”, “connected” and “power off” feature that makes it possible to turn them on/off whilst they are fitted and knowing that they are now on/off.
A Bluetooth enabled device to pair it with.
It is highly accessible to anyone with a visual impairment, including the blind and those who experience visual symptoms, like photophobia (light sensitivity) or colour blindness.
The only small drawback is that the R and L that show the left and right ear buds are small and printed on a low contrast background that make them difficult to discern. The only other clue is that the right earphone has the power button with the text MPOW written on it and the left has a microUSB charge point.
It comes in some high visibility colours – never loose your earphones in your bag again, also a safety feature when wearing them outdoors in traffic, the buttons are tactile with audio voiced prompts to notify users that the headset is on, connected or switched off. It has a very small LED light to indicate its status, but it is so small and underneath the power button that it will not present any issue for those with photophobia (light sensitivity).
It is accessible to anyone with a mild to moderate hearing impairment, including those who experience auditory symptoms, like tinnitus or hyperacusis (sound sensitivity). The sound is clear, but it a standard headset and will not boost your hearing ability. I did find that with a mild hearing impairment, I could not hear environmental sounds when it was turned on and would not recommend these for runners or cyclists with reduced hearing using open roads.
I would recommend them for anyone with chronic tinnitus, I found them comfortable to wear for longer periods to mask the tinnitus sounds and when driving found them a great help as the steady hum of a moving vehicle aggravates my tinnitus, which did not happen when I was wearing these as the external noise was dampened with its snug fit.
Input and touch
It is accessible to anyone with a mild to moderate upper body impairment and those who experience milder symptoms that affect their hands, wrists and shoulders, like a tremor, reduced dexterity and precision or fatigue. Some precision is required to fit the earphones properly and use the fitted controls.
The controls are mounted on the earphones and I had some difficulty with them. They are easy to locate and press, my difficulty was that I kept pressing them accidentally whenever I was gripping the earphones to fit, remove or adjust them. Button controls include repeated presses and holding for 3-4 seconds. I personally would prefer a power button in a different place.
The headset is optimized for right handed use with all buttons fitted to the right ear bud and the charging point situated on the left.
Movement and mobility
It is accessible to anyone with a mobility impairment, including wheelchair users and those who experience physical symptoms, like severe fatigue or chronic pain. It does not interfere with mobility aids and no mobility is not a requirement for its use.
Motion sickness and balance disorders
It is accessible to anyone who experience a motion sickness or dizzy spells. It does not improve symptoms, but I found them very comfortable to wear during longer car journeys as a distraction from motion sickness. Also, if you have to throw up, they don’t get in the way.
It is accessible to anyone with a cognitive impairment, including those with a learning disability like dyslexia or those who experience cognitive symptoms, like problems with memory, concentration, planning and organization. Printed instructions are provided and it is a standard process to pair and use the headphones. Once paired with a device, the only action required is to hold the power button for a few seconds to turn it on or off.
None. In fact, their high visibility makes these a deterrent for small talk and I discovered when wearing them in public spaces that they discouraged social interaction.
It is made out of plastic and ROHS (Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substance) compliant.
Trigger warnings and age ratings
None, however it is designed to be worn by adults, not children.
The Mpow Swift Bluetooth headphones are a good buy. Recommended for sports enthusiasts, older as well as younger adults and anyone who enjoys listening to music, podcasts or audio books whilst moving around inside the house or outdoors. I think they are particularly great for listening to audio books whilst resting or during a migraine attack and for masking the annoying sounds of chronic tinnitus. A durable product and good value for money.
The review is based on the Mpow® Swift Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Stereo Sweatproof Jogger, Running, Sport Headphones kindly provided by Mpow.