With the ComfoBuds Pro, 1MORE aims to deliver great sound and premium features at a price significantly below that of competitors. The 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro may not win any awards for its design aesthetic, but it has the specs and features to go toe-to-toe with other true wireless earbuds in this price category.
Let’s take a look to see if these earbuds stand out from the pack, or get lost in the crowded market of AirPods clones.
Who should buy the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro?
- Workout enthusiasts will enjoy the sweat-proof design and multiple active noise cancelling (ANC) modes for any environment.
- Students and commuters can benefit from these earbuds because of their great portability and battery life.
What is it like to use the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro?
While not overly exceptional at any one thing, the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro offers a well-rounded and versatile experience that satisfies nearly anything you could demand of true wireless earbuds.
As with any in-ear style headphone, attaining a comfortable fit with a good seal is critically important to the performance of the ComfoBuds Pro. The four included silicone ear tips are a variety of shapes and sizes, and are aided by the shape of the earbuds themselves which fit comfortably.
The earbuds look and feel like the Apple Airpods with some extra silicone strapped to the tip. Those silicone ear tips provide a better fit and seal, though still don’t block as much noise as other in-ear headphones. At only 5.2g, the earbuds are around the same weight as the Airpods, light enough to forget that they are being worn.
Touch controls on either earbud can play/pause, activate voice assistant, and switch between noise cancellation modes. The controls are simple and intuitive to use, and you can customize them in the 1MORE MUSIC app.
Is the 1MORE MUSIC app any good?
Downloading the 1MORE MUSIC app is important to get the most out of the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro. The app installs the latest firmware updates to the earbuds and features some handy useability controls.
Once connected to the app, the remaining earbud and case battery life are shown on the home page. Here you can select between the different listening modes, which turn on various levels of noise cancellation. There is also a menu for smart playback settings, which enables or disables auto-play/pause functionality.
Do you need to burn-in the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro?
1MORE has decided to incorporate a “Smart Burn-in” feature to the 1MORE MUSIC app. You do not need to burn-in your headphones.
How well does the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro cancel noise?
The 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro blocks out ambient noise as well as you would expect from sub-$100 earbuds. The included silicone ear tips don’t passively isolate as well as foam ear tips. It does little to affect low and midrange-frequency sounds and even less to block out high-frequency, incidental sounds like people talking or the clicking of a mechanical keyboard from a nearby colleague.
Noise cancelling on the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro always defaults to off when you first turn the earbuds on. You can turn it on and off using the onboard touch controls, but you need the app to pick which ANC mode to use (strong or mild). When ANC is set to strong, there is minor attenuation to lower frequency sounds and it won’t mute the droning sounds from an air conditioner or on a train car.
The 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro blocks out ambient noise about as well as you would expect from sub-$100 earbuds
If you need to hear your environment, you’ll appreciate the passthrough mode on the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro. Aided by the lack of strong passive isolation, turning on passthrough mode feeds environmental audio through the earbuds, making it sound as if you weren’t wearing earbuds at all. The 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro also has a unique ANC mode for wind noise resistance (WNR). This mode reduces the annoying low-frequency rumbling experienced at high speeds or by the wind.
What Bluetooth codecs does the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro support?
Alongside the standard SBC Bluetooth codec, the earbuds support AAC, which is optimized for Apple devices. Unfortunately, there isn’t any support for codecs that support higher transfer rates such as aptX HD or LDAC. The earphones feature Bluetooth 5.0 which ensures a steady connection to pretty much any device.
Read more: Understanding Bluetooth codecs
How does the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro sound?
The 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro has a pretty accurate frequency response. At this price point, the earbuds far outperform most of the competition in sound quality.
In the song She’s so High by Tal Bachman, all of the guitars are easy to hear, even when the bass and drums are added at 0:40. The slight boost around 2kHz on the ComfoBuds Pro ensures vocals come through clearly.
If you love thumping bass, these aren’t the earbuds for you. 808 bass lines on hip-hop tracks like RAPSTAR by Polo G aren’t as powerful as they would be on bass-heavy headphones. However, this means the earbuds avoid auditory masking of vocals and other instruments, an issue many consumer headphones struggle with.
While there appear to be steep drop-offs in the chart above in both the bass and treble ranges, these are at the extreme ends of the perceptible human hearing range so many people will struggle to notice it. Check out our hearing test to see how sensitive your ears are to ultra-high frequencies.
There are no adjustable EQ settings within the companion app, so you’ll have to dig into the EQ settings on your streaming service of choice to fine-tune your sound.
How long does the battery last?
1MORE claims 6 hours of battery on a single charge with ANC and eight hours without it. The earbuds actually outperformed this in our testing, lasting 7 hours, 15 minutes with continuous playback at 75dB (SPL) with ANC turned on.
The case can recharge the earbuds an additional two or three times, with fast charging providing an extra 120 minutes of battery life in 15 minutes. This isn’t the longest battery life or the fastest charging we’ve ever seen, but unless you plan to wear the earbuds non-stop for an entire day, you shouldn’t run into any issues.
There’s no wireless charging support; the included USB-C cable charges the case the old-school way.
Can you use the earbuds for phone calls?
While that stem may not look the best, it provides a nice boost to microphone quality. There are three microphones on each earbud, which alongside noise cancellation do a great job of amplifying the voice. Let us know what you think of the microphone performance in the test below.
Should you buy the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro?
If you’re looking for affordable true wireless earbuds, the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro is definitely worth considering. As long as you can get over that design, there’s a lot to like with minimal drawbacks.
The sound quality of these earbuds exceeds much of the competition near this price point. Premium features such as auto play/pause, IPX4 water and sweat resistance, and custom touch controls also provide a superior experience over much of the competition.
Don't hesitate to pick up the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro if you want budget-friendly buds with a solid mic.
The underwhelming noise cancellation and lack of high-end Bluetooth codec support place the ComfoBuds Pro a step below the top true wireless earbuds. Custom EQ support would also be a nice addition for those who aren’t a big fan of the relatively neutral frequency response. However, these are high-end features most people likely either won’t notice or won’t care about in their sub-$100 earbuds.
If you have $100 to spend and you’re looking for a new pair of true wireless earbuds, don’t hesitate to pick up the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro.
What are some alternatives to the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro?
If you prefer form over function, the 1MORE ColorBuds might pique your interest. The earbuds don’t have active noise cancellation but come in a variety of eye-catching designs. The ColorBuds also features aptX support and a stronger bass response.
Outside of 1MORE, the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 is a great option. Standout features include an IPX5 rating, a great microphone, mono listening, and aptX support. The Liberty Air 2 also has significantly amplified bass compared to the 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro.