I’m generally not a big fan of Bluetooth headsets. I haven’t been able to find one that meets all of my criteria for being a consistently usable headset. I need a headset to be comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time. I also need a headset to provide me with clear audio, and I need it to carry my voice clearly to the person on the other end of the phone. One of the biggest factors is battery life; I need a headset to provide me with more than 3 or 4 hours of talk time. I’ve found a headset that meet some of those requirements, but not all of them. It became so annoying that I swore off Bluetooth headsets completely. I use a wired headset exclusively, or at least I did until I got my hands on the Mpow FreeGo Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Headset. I was skeptical, but the Mpow FreeGo headset is legit.
When we first open the box, we find the headset itself, a USB charging adapter for your car and a micro USB charging cable along with three ear gels of different sizes, a nice pouch for storing your headset when you’re not wearing it, and a small instruction manual. Mpow designed this headset for people on the go, so they don’t provide a wall charger for you to use. This is a mistake, I think, but that’s just my opinion. The car charger output is only rated at 150mA, so you’re not going to be able to charge your phone or much of anything besides your Bluetooth headset with it.
Pairing the Mpow FreeGo Bluetooth headset to my devices was incredibly simple. If you’ve ever paired a Bluetooth device to your phone before, you know what to do. If you haven’t, the provided manual walks you through it step by step. The power button on the side of the device should be pressed for about 3 seconds to turn the headset on or off, once it’s paired. You use the same button to answer and end calls, using just a quick press for these actions. If you tap the button twice, quickly, the headset will re-dial the last number you called.
The Mpow FreeGo headset has advanced Noise Cancellation, with both echo and bi-directional noise cancelling capability. Even while driving down the highway, albeit with the windows up, I had no issues hearing the person on the other of my conversations and they could hear me just fine as well. Another great feature of the FreeGo is the ability to pair with two devices at the same time. I carry a personal phone and a phone for work, so this feature makes it very easy to make and receive calls from either device. The clincher for me was the fact that you hardly feel the Mpow FreeGo headset on your ear when you’re wearing it. I’ve found good headsets in the past that we uncomfortable to wear for more than an hour at a time. With the FreeGo, I was able to wear the headset literally all day without it hurting my ear in the slightest. The headset is interchangeable too, so you can wear on your left or right ear, as you prefer.
I even paired the FreeGo headset to my computer and listened to music. The device supports A2DP, so music played back without an issue. Like most Bluetooth music streaming, the audio suffers from the compression that the standard uses. Music sounds tinny and lacks much low-end, but it does work. The multi-function button can be used to play and pause songs during music playback, and long pressing the volume key will skip tracks backwards or forwards.
Due to the Bluetooth 4.0 support, battery drain on my phone was minimal. The FreeGo headset is rated for 10 hours of talk time, and 150 hours of standby. My experience was slightly less than that, but not by much. I was able to get 7-8 hours of talk/music time out of my headset. I didn’t do a test on the stand-by time because who buys a headset to charge it and then leave it sitting on their coffee table? The Mpow FreeGo Bluetooth 4.0 Headset retails for $69.99 but you can get one from Amazon for $29.99 right now. You can find more information about Mpow on their website, their Facebook page, and on Twitter. If you’re in the market for a Bluetooth headset, I highly suggest you give the Mpow FreeGo a look.