PowerLead Uspo STH001 U5 Smart Bluetooth Earbuds Review

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Editor rating

4/5 on July 13, 2016 Reviewed by: Mark Torrent

User's rating

9 reviews

PROS

  • IPX7 water-proof
  • Long battery life
  • Above average build quality
  • Fitness tracking features

CONS

  • Lack of bass

VERDICT

With their built-in fitness tracking features, the PowerLead Uspo STH001 are a dream-come-true for many fitness enthusiasts. Instead of wearing two devices, you can get by with just one. Their above average build quality and excellent weatherproofing make them suitable for day-to-day use. Some may find the lack of bass problematic, but it’s really nothing that a few seconds of EQ adjustment can’t fix.

What if there were Bluetooth earbuds that could do more than just play your music? Maybe, they could track your exercise just like a Bluetooth bracelet can. Well, the PowerLead Uspo are such headphones. The company behind them has managed to intelligently combine two most popular fitness accessories in existence into a single package. Continue reading to find out if they succeeded.

Design and build quality

PowerLead market the Uspo STH001 as “portable, lightweight and designed for all users,” saying that they are ideal wireless earbuds for the gym, hiking, cycling, jogging, and even casual listening. We have to agree that the versatility of these earbuds is fantastic.

The IPX-7 waterproofing with 50-250nm nano protective isolation layer should allow you – at least in theory – to use the earbuds for swimming. We think that the housing might a bit too large to fit comfortably under a swimming cap, but you may think otherwise.

The battery life of the PowerLead Bluetooth earbuds reaches amazing 10 hours of continuous playback time and 45 days of standby. Almost all better earbuds can last “only” around 8 hours, so 10 is a true accomplishment.

Worth mentioning is also the outer anti-scratch surface that ensures that your earbuds will look good even after months and years of use.

Sound quality

The Uspo STH001 are packed with useful technology, including CRS, Bluetooth 4.1, and NFC. The NFC is what makes it possible to pair the headphones with a compatible smartphone by just placing the two near each other. Furthermore, the earbuds use the aptX audio compression standard for noise reduction and noticeable increase of sound clarity. With these features, your music will take on an entirely new life and reveal new details.

If there’s one aspect of the sound that will likely want to improve through equalization, it’s the bass. By default, it’s a little too underwhelming and leaves something to be desired. Pumping the bass up a few notches with a software equalizer does the trick and makes the sound much more enjoyable. This little adjustment makes the earbuds work great with a variety of music from pop, rock and country to jazz.

What’s in the box?

The packaging contains the earbuds, one USB cable for charging, and a user manual.

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