I have used Mindkoo products for several years now and have always found them to be a cut above the average. For that reason, I decided to buy this new Active Noise Cancelling headset of theirs. Priced at £65.99 places it at the top end of the budget market although just a couple of years ago an ANR headset like this would have cost £200+
Inside the attractive and well-designed display box was the headset itself, a soft carry bag, USB Charging Cable, audio cable, airline adapter and User Guide. The User Guide is well written and comprehensive but rather small and hard to read. I attach a scan of it to my unboxing video
The headphones feel lightweight but well made and robust and are of the on-ear rather than over-ear type. The headset looks good with an attractive silk finish to the body and what looks like PU leather for the headband and earcups. The padding is good but not overly luxurious. The build quality seems fine to me with no sign of the padding on the band working loose, poor stitching, visible wires or weak joints – all elements that have failed on similar headsets I have owned in the past. There is nothing to make me suppose that the headset is not well made or that it will fail anytime soon.
The headset can also be used as normal earphones and an audio cable is provided for this purpose. The simple control buttons are easy to find and identify by touch and by sight. There is the usual track/volume and multifunction buttons to control audio and phone operations on one earcup and an On/Off switch for the noise reduction feature on the other. I was very pleased to see a separate power On/Off button. The buttons are large, not recessed and this makes them easy to use by touch.
Bluetooth Pairing simple enough and achieved in the usual way by depressing the Multi-function/Power button for several seconds. The connection is indicated by the usual blue flashing LED. Once paired I found the connection to be stable and strong.
The 600mAh Battery life seems fine to me and I have no reason to doubt the claimed twenty-five hours music time from a two and a half hour charge.
This headset is lacking a few features often found even on cheaper units these days. The is no FM radio, SD card slot or NFC pairing option. The only non-standard feature is support for the relatively new AptX codec which should improve audio quality when used with suitable devices.
This is not an expensive headset but I was very happy indeed with the audio quality. The bass is good, clean, smooth and distortion free. Mid tones are clear and detailed and very easy to listen to. The sound quality of this headset has to be one of the main selling points. The headset has the looks of a high-end device and the presentation is that of a more expensive product and this makes it more attractive still as a gift.
The selectable noise reduction feature is great when dealing with sustained noise at the same pitch – engine or traffic noise, for example, but less so for sudden high pitched noises. This is true for all ANR headsets and is part of how they work. The features is great for use on a train or aircraft and really does zone out the background noise. There is a slight difference in the music reproduction when in ANR mode but not necessarily for the worse, it depends on the listener. There is very little difference, if any, between using the headset in Bluetooth or wired mode.
The headset is well made, comfortable, lightweight and easy to wear even for extended listening sessions and with decent sound quality too. It is a pity there was no SD card slot or radio but I wonder how many people would actually use them? Nevertheless, the excellent audio reproduction and good build quality and presentation make this a great buy for the price asked.
Attractive upmarket looks
Excellent sound quality
Easy touch controls
Good build quality
Comfortable to wear
AptX codec support
No SD card
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