1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones Review

1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 1More Dual Driver In-Ear retails for Rs. 3,999 online
  • The earphones are built well and are extremely comfortable
  • They deliver punchy bass, and crisp and sparkly highs

1More has captured the attention of audiophiles worldwide in a relatively short space of time. The company has a small but eclectic lineup of earphones, straddling multiple price categories. The 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones received a stellar review from us at Gadgets 360, and now we have the more affordable 1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones in for testing.

Each earpiece of the 1More Dual Driver In-Ear has two drivers – a balanced-armature driver tasked with handling the upper mids and highs, and a dynamic driver that takes care of the bass and lower mids. This pair of earphones has an MRP of Rs. 4,499 but it’s available at Rs. 3,999 on e-commerce websites such as Amazon India. Let’s see if the 1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones are worth their asking price.

1More Dual Driver Headphones design and comfort

The 1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones have aluminium enclosures, an L-shaped 3.5mm jack to help reduce strain, and a braided nylon cable. A three-button remote with mic is in line with the right earpiece, and is tactile and responsive. It works with iOS as well as Android smartphones.

Most dual- or triple- driver earphones have rather large housings. The 1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones in comparison have reasonably sized housings that are angled at 45 degrees in order to make them fit more comfortably. The build quality is top-notch and there are no rough edges to be found. The braided cable is sufficiently long (1.25m) and is also of a high quality, but it tangles rather easily.

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The 1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones come with four pairs of silicone ear tips – extra small, small, medium, and large. The earphones themselves rest on the outer part part of the ear and only the tips enter the ear canal. This, plus the lack of foam tips in the box, means that noise isolation is fairly ineffective. In our testing, we were able to hear ambient noise and people talking around us at up to the 50-60 percent volume level.

On a positive note, the compactness and shape of the earpiece housings result in a very good fit. We were able to listen to music for hours at a time without any major discomfort. The retail box also contains a hard case for storage, a pouch, and a shirt clip.

1More Dual Driver Headphones performance

The overall sound quality of the 1More Dual Driver In-Ear is fairly balanced with a slight emphasis on the lower end. The sound signature skews towards lows at the expense of mids, which are slightly suppressed in the sound mix.

The bass is tight and controlled, and never sounds bloated, but the lower-end can be extra punchy at times. The mids while not as forward as we would have liked, are smooth and natural. The treble is where the balanced armature driver announces its presence, and the high end is crisp and detailed without becoming sibilant.

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The instrument separation is very accurate and you’ll struggle to find this kind of clarity elsewhere at this price point. We were able to distinguish between every guitar being played as well as hear the guitar strums with utmost detail in John Mayer’s Gravity (Live). That said, the soundstage is quite shallow.

Overall the 1More Dual Driver In-Ear is geared towards people who want a warm sound signature without sacrificing clarity, detail, or precision. These earphones are not as accurate as more expensive dual-driver earphones such as the Fiio FH1, but are well suited for genres like R&B and hip-hop thanks to the punchy bass. The onboard microphone is also of high quality – we experienced no issues while on calls during our test period.

Verdict
The 1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones are a great balance between comfort, sound quality, and value. They are extremely comfortable and have a sleek and understated design as well as great build quality. While the sound signature definitely emphasises the bass, the rest of the frequencies are not completely thrown under the bus, and the treble is still sparkly and crisp.

Ardent audiophiles will be disappointed by the slightly repressed mids and the shallow soundstage, but others will be hard pressed to find a more well-rounded pair of earphones than this for less than Rs. 4,000.

Price: Rs. 3,999 (MOP)

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Good build quality
  • Very comfortable
  • Punchy bass and sparkly highs

Cons

  • Repressed mids
  • Cable tangles easily

Ratings (out of 5):

  • Design: 4
  • Performance: 4
  • Value for money: 4.5
  • Overall: 4
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WhatsApp Group Calling Now Rolling Out to Select Android Beta, iOS Users

WhatsApp Group Calling Now Rolling Out to Select Android Beta, iOS Users

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Few WhatsApp for iOS 2.18.52 users have received group video calling
  • Same goes for very few Android beta version 2.18.145 and above users
  • A new Add participant button shows up in WhatsApp video call

At the F8 keynote, it was announced that the Facebook-owned WhatsApp is getting the group calling feature soon. Now, a few users are reporting that they are seeing the feature in their Android and iOS app, and are able to use it. Mind you, very few users are reporting this update, and it doesn’t mean that the official roll out has begun. WhatsApp is the biggest messaging app in the world, with over a billion active users globally.

WABetaInfo reports that few users on WhatsApp iOS version 2.18.52 and Android beta version 2.18.145 and above can see group video calling activated. This feature is not officially rolled out yet, and it does not work on the invitation system either. Users just have to be very lucky to see this feature, and WhatsApp seems to have randomly picked a segment of users to test this feature with. In any case, this does mean that the group calling feature is coming to WhatsApp Android and iOS real soon.

For all those lucky users who have it, they now see an Add Participant icon on the top right window after making a video call to one person. Clicking on that icon allows you to add up to three more people to the video call. The screen then splits into four halves for a proper group video call.

WhatsApp has rolled out the new iOS version 2.18.52 to all users, and you can check for an update on the App Store. After updating the app, you can go ahead and see if you have the video calling feature activated or not by following the above mentioned method. If you do see it, then let us know your first impressions in the comment section below!

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Lenovo Z5’s Fully Bezel-Less Display Teased in Sketch

Lenovo Z5's Fully Bezel-Less Display Teased in Sketch

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lenovo has teased its next flagship
  • It is expected to come as Lenovo Z5
  • The handset appears to have a bezel-less design with no notch

Days after teasing its bezel-less display, Lenovo has now revealed that its upcoming smartphone will debut without featuring a notch cut-out. This will apparently make the new Lenovo model a distinct option in the range of new Android handsets that come with a notch design to match the aesthetics of the iPhone X. Similarly, the absence of the notch on the Lenovo handset makes it a truly bezel-less phone. The smartphone, which is believed to be launched on June 14, is is now confirmed to be called the Lenovo Z5. To recall, the last teaser had confirmed it would sport a 95 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Lenovo VP Chang Cheng has posted a sketch on Weibo that seemingly previews the design of the upcoming smartphone. The sketch reveals that the handset would have come with neither a chin nor a notch – instead, it will be an end-to-end screen on the front, making it a bezel-less smartphone. On the sides, the image released by the Lenovo executive shows some visible antenna lines that are likely to sit on a metal frame. It is unclear whether the back of the handset will come with a glass panel or sport a metal covering. However, the sketch does confirm the name to be Lenovo Z5.

Featuring a bezel-less design means a lot as it would be interesting to see that how the speculated Lenovo Z5 will accumulate the selfie camera, earpiece, and sensors including the ambient light and proximity sensor. The company might use an acoustic ceramic earpiece speaker along with an ultrasonic proximity sensor that both Xiaomi deployed on its original Mi Mix in 2016. Alternatively, the handset could emanate sound directly from its display panel. Companies such as LG and Sharp already deployed such solutions in the past. For capturing selfies, we could presume that Lenovo would use a swivel camera – just like the Vivo Apex, which had a screen-to-body ratio of 91 percent.

Things aren’t all clear about the Lenovo Z5. However, the handset’s existence is all but confirmed as Cheng previously released its teaser and has now posted its sketch. He has also mentioned in the Weibo post that the new model will include four technological breakthroughs and 18 patented technologies.

It appears that we need to wait until June 14 to see what Lenovo has to take on the competition. In the meantime, it is safe to say that some rumours, leaks, and teaser will emerge to detail the new development.

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Xiaomi Mi TV 4S With 55-inch 4K HDR Display, AI Voice Remote Launched

Xiaomi Mi TV 4S With 55-inch 4K HDR Display, AI Voice Remote Launched

Mi TV 4S 55-inch is the latest Xiaomi smart TV, and comes with features similar to the 40-inch Mi TV 4A

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi Mi TV 4S launched in China priced at CNY 2,999
  • The device supports both DTS and Dolby Audio
  • It is powered by Amlogic Cortex-A53 processor with 2GB of RAM

Xiaomi Mi TV 4S is the company’s newest Mi TV series of smart TVs in its home market. Xiaomi has launched the 55-inch Mi TV 4S in China, and the 4K TV comes with an HDR display, PatchWall, Dolby audio, and other features. Earlier this month, the manufacturer had announced another 40-inch Mi TV 4A in the country, but the new TV comes with additional features and a larger screen. The 55-inch Mi TV 4S is priced at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 31,100) in China. Pre-orders for this TV are already open on the company’s website, but the device will go on sale on April 3. The is no clarity on whether Xiaomi will launch this TV in other markets, including India.

When it comes to specifications, the MI TV 4S sports a 55-inch (3840×2160 pixels) 4K display. It has direct type backlight, 178-degree viewing angle, refresh rate of 60Hz, and 8ms dynamic response. The smart TV is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Amlogic Cortex-A53 processor with clock speed of up to 1.5GHz, coupled with 2GB of RAM. It also comes with 750MHz Mali 450 GPU and has an inbuilt storage of 8GB. Connectivity options in the new TV include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 + LE, USB port, HDMI port, AV port, analogue signal DTMB, and Ethernet. It has two 8W speakers with Dolby and DTS enhancements.

Other features in the new Mi TV 4S 55-inch TV includes voice control support that lets buyers use the remote with inbuilt mic to give commands such as “shut down after 20 minutes,” or “fast forward to 54 minutes and 21 seconds” to control certain functions without pressing any buttons. It is based on the Android-Based Patchwall UI that the company is known to use in its other TVs.

Additionally, there are two 8W stereo speakers included on the 55-inch Xiaomi Mi TV 4S and the device supports both DTS and Dolby Audio. In terms of dimensions, the TV measures 123.6×77.6×71.6cm and weighs 13.4 kg without the base weight.

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