BlitzWolf BW-FYE5 True Wireless Headphones Review

Last year I got in touch with a company that sells primarily in Banggood and they sent me a pair of their BW-ANC1 headphones which were a wired pair of wireless headphones featuring active noise cancelling. I was very impressed with them for the most part, so when offered their true wireless BW-FYE5 (they really know how to name a product!!) I jumped at the opportunity.

I am admittedly late to the true wireless headphone game. I have stuck to my Aukey EP-B61 neck buds for longer than I likely should have and when those are missing in action or dead, I resort to a wired pair of headphones I have had since I got my minion-yellow Nokia Lumia 1020, unless I am using a phone without a headphone jack. In that case, I suffer in silence waiting for the Aukeys to charge.

Last year I got in touch with a company that sells primarily in Banggood and they sent me a pair of their BW-ANC1 headphones which were a wired pair of wireless headphones featuring active noise cancelling. I was very impressed with them for the most part, so when offered their true wireless BW-FYE5 (they really know how to name a product!!) I jumped at the opportunity.

What’s In The Box?

Brad, you won’t believe what is in the box!

Blitzwolf’s packaging is pretty basic but a slight step ahead of some of the other budget companies in this space, such as Aukey. Inside the box were the following items.

BW-FYE5 BOM Shot
  • Blitzwolf BW-FYE5 headphones
  • Charge case
  • Large and small replacement ear tips (mediums come pre-installed)
  • Micro USB cable for charing
  • Manual

Nothing really exciting, but all the basics are there.

Battery Life 

Blitzwolf states that a single charge of the earbuds will last 2.5 to 3 hours of listening/talk time and the charging case that stores the buds when not in use add an extra 15 hours of battery life. So for the sake of keeping it simple, let’s say 18 hours of total battery life. I found this to be fairly accurate and I only have to charge up the case every few days depending on my use.

When the buds did run out, putting them back in the case for a quick charge was a pretty great experience compared to having to find a place to plug in my other set from Aukey into a USB cable. The charging case is very convenient when on the go.

Size and Fit

The size of the BW-FYE5 was awesome, they fit perfectly in the ear and for the most part, never came loose or lost their seal.

I didn’t suffer from any discomfort when wearing the earbuds for extended periods, which in some cases was for a full cycle of the battery. I did find that my ears would start to hurt where the buds would rest against my ear. So far, not the case with these earbuds for me.

The charging case is also far more compact than I was expecting which was great for putting them in any pocket. The dimensions of the case measures 6 cm X 3.7 cm X 2.8 cm.

Audio Quality

Since I am not listening to music in most cases I can’t say much about the quality of the BY-FYE5s for music. The small amount of music I did listen to sounded good. Bass was light but expected given the size of the device. Listening to audiobooks and podcasts were perfect. I didn’t have any complaints, which is a good thing.

IPX6 Water and Sweat Resistance

Water and sweat resistance is more or less table stakes these days with any wearable. In fact, one could argue that in 2019, heading into 2020, water resistance may not even be enough, full-on waterproofing may be the expectation. The BW-FYE5s, despite the low price point, are water-resistant, which is great for most users. Myself included.

Pairing Process and Connectivity Quality

One of the major complaints I have with Bluetooth devices, especially earbuds, today is the pairing process. It seems to be different for every manufacturer and is almost never intuitive. That mostly holds true for this set from Blitzwolf too.

After opening and charging the case and earbuds for the first time I opened the case, removed the right earbud and immediately it entered pairing. Great! After going through the standard pairing process on my Android device, I removed the second earbud and it automatically connected to the first bud and connected. So far… So good…

Where things got messy was when I wanted to use only one earbud. The right bud had no issue at all and would connect quickly and start working. However, when wanting to use the left earbud only I was given the impression the right earbud also needed to be removed from the charging case and act as a bridge for the left earbud. It was only after a few weeks of use that I decided to try again with only the left earbud. I removed it from the case, place it in my ear and for fun double-clicked the button. The earbud powered on and after about 30 seconds entered the pairing mode. The device showed on my phone as BW-FYE5 L, indicating left. Ok… paired and working.

When using the right bud first, the left bud will always connect to the right and begin to stream through both. Pretty seamless in most cases. When using the left bud first, adding the right caused the left to drop connection while it waited for the right to connect and hook up to the right as a bridge. If that was confusing, I’m sorry, but it is a messy process that the devices initiate depending on the order of connection. This may just be the way true wireless headphones have to work today, and maybe a future version won’t require this, but this messy connection process is less than enjoyable. I would like to see how Apple handles this thanks to the W1 chip in the airpods and modern macOS and iOS devices, but at this time I don’t have that luxury.

Overall: Should You Buy the Blitzwolf BW-FYE5 True Wireless Headphones?

For me, someone who has had issues finding headphones that have a good fit for my ears these headphones were perfect. However, others may not find this fit comfortable to use.

Outside of the potential fit-issues, the BW-FYE5 TWS are incredibly affordable and are available for just short of $50 CAD and should absolutely be considered if you’re looking for a truly wireless set of headphones. The odd connection process once solved is not really a major issue in the grand scheme of things when considering the other positive features found here.

You can purchase the Blitzwolf BW-FYE5 True Wireless Headphones from Banggood by clicking the link below!

Mpow Magneto Bluetooth Headphones Review

The Mpow Magneto Bluetooth headphones are an excellent option for wireless headphones as the smartphone industry inches towards a future where the 3.5mm jack is a part of history.

Recently Lenovo launched the Moto Z, sans headphone jack. Lenovo is the first major brand the release their flagship device with no 3.5mm headphone jack. If rumors in the Apple-sphere hold true, the next iPhone will also ditch the 3.5mm jack in favour of the the lightning port to drive wired audio connections. For a good read on that topic, check out Nilay Patel’s article on The Verge discussing how the removal of port is “hostile and stupid.” Its a good read!

With device makers heading down this inevitable road, whether you like it or not, looking for a solid pair of Bluetooth headphones is certainly something to consider going forward.

The Mpow Magnetos are one of several options but I think you will find that they are one of the most compelling for a number of reasons. More below the break.

You may not have heard of Mpow before, as they are a significantly smaller player compared to the likes of Jaybird, Beats, Plantronics, and other big name brands in this space. The most compelling thing about Mpow, as a brand, is their exceptionally low prices and surprising quality. Not just for Bluetooth ear buds either, but a vast array of different smartphone and PC accessories. 

What else do the Magnetos offer? Well as you may have guessed by their clever name, Magneto, magnets play a key role in their design and function. The outside parts of the ear pieces have small magnets on the inside which allow the the buds to stick together when not in use, be it around your neck or in your bag. Pretty useful right? Well it does not stop their. The magnets also will pause your audio playback when you connect them, as well as resume playback when they are pulled apart. It is a very simple feature, sure, but one that has proven very useful for me in my use of the product. This feature also works to answer calls.

Outside of this unique feature the overall design and build quality of the Magnetos are very appealing, including the inline remote for pause/call answer and volume +/- which I found to be very responsive. The inline microphone handled calls as well as I expected with no reported quality issues reported from the callers on the other end of the line. They also sport the following specs:

  • CVC 6.0 noise cancellation technology
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Battery time of up to 8 hours of talk/music time and up to 175 hours of standby time (your milage will vary, as did mine)
  • Apt-X technology for CD-like, high-quality sound performance

Inside the box you will find a USB micro to type A cable for charging, clips that can be optionally installed to provide addition stability and two different sized ear tips to ensure a proper fit. For most, the tips that are pre-installed, medium, will do just fine.

I picked up the Mpow Magnetos on Amazon for $35 CAD, check the link below for both CAD and USD pricing at Amazon.

MPOW Magneto at Amazon.com – HERE

MPOW Magneto at Amazon.ca – HERE

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