MindKoo Bluetooth Wireless On-Ear Headphone MKO-023

Like so many other techy gadgets the price of Bluetooth headphones is falling and falling fast. In fact when I first tried this headset several months ago it came without the headphone stand included with this package and was priced at £39 rather than the Amazon price today of £18.99.

But what do you get for your money?

Inside the attractive but distinctly mid range box aside from the headset itself was a standard mini-jack to mini-jack audio cable, a charging cable, a rigid carry case, and a self assembly headphone stand. Included too was a well written and easy to read User Guide making a pleasant change from the usual tiny, grainy and hard to read offerings.  However, the User Guide refers to a phone app which can be downloaded but since it is for sport and tracking I fail to see what this headset can do with it.  I reproduce the User Guide at the end of my unboxing video, switch to full screen and pause as needed to read it.

The headset is lightweight but does not look it and in fact looks far better than it feels in the hand. The body seems a bit flimsy but the headband and ear cup padding is reasonably thick and supportive. The build quality seems OK 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. Although the headset feels lightweight to me there is nothing to make me suppose that the headset is not well made. Time will tell and if something fails in the future I will update the review accordingly.

The headset is supplied with a plain audio cable and a USB to micro-USB charging cable but both work perfectly adequately. The track and volume controls are nicely positioned on one earcup and easy to find and identify although raised nodules would make locating the buttons by touch easier. The headset does not fold for storage but the earcups rotate fully to allow the headset to be stored in the case provided.

Bluetooth Pairing simple enough and achieved in the usual way by depressing the Multifunction/Power button for several seconds. Once paired I found the connection to be stable and strong. It is a pity there are no voice prompts to aid pairing. It does have NFC however, and this makes pairing with a suitably equipped device even simple. The headset will also work with the supplied audio cable when the battery fails and there is little if any difference in quality when used in either mode.

This headset is lacking a few features often found even on cheaper units these days. The is no FM radio or SD card slot no to the newly developed and much trumpeted aptx technology

The most important feature of any headset is the audio quality, and bearing in mind that this is a mid level device I was very happy with the sound. There is a decent amount of bass and it is clear, smooth and undistorted. Mid tones are clear and detailed and very easy to listen to. The sound is rather flat but comfortable and never abrasive or sibilant, at least to my ears. The sound is above average but not spectacularly so.

Although it was mentioned neither on the Amazon page nor on the box my headset came bundled with a rather nice headphone stand. It arrived disassembled but it was the work of a moment to put it together. It was a bit lightweight but looks well and does the job.

This a well made set of headphones, lightweight and comfortable to wear with decent sound quality although in today’s market slightly on the expensive side for what they are. The headphone stand bundled with the headset makes it a rather more appealing buy for the low price.

The Good
Great price
Easy touch controls
Good build quality
BT/Wired modes
Headphone stand included
Rigid carry case
Bluetooth 4
Rotating earcups

The Bad
Feels flimsy
No voice status prompts
No aptx
No SD card slot
Non folding
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