For just $300, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Xiaomi Poco F1 packs a punch. However, when it comes to the accessories box, Poco F1 doesn't give you many options. You only get the company issued charging adapter and a gel case, and that's about it.
If you have to listen to songs or watch videos, you'll have to depend on the built-in speakers, or you'll have to use your old pair of earphones.
Thankfully, the Xiaomi Poco F1 features Bluetooth 5.0 and retains the 3.5mm headphone jack. Yes, you can connect both wireless and wired earphones. While wired earphones are usually the first choice for most of us, let me tell you that wireless earphones have a charm of their own.
In this post, we've curated some of the best earphones for the Xiami Poco F1, both in the wireless and wired category.
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless headphones are one of the best earphones in the affordable segment. With these earphones, OnePlus has beautifully combined two key elements — design and sound. These earphones are not truly wireless in the strictest sense. A short and flexible wire links the two magnetic earbuds. What's more, the wires are balanced on either side by two modules that house the battery, power button, LED notification, and Bluetooth 4.1.
The Bullets Wireless provides an excellent fit and stays with the ears even while running or walking. When not in use, these two earbuds stick to each other. OnePlus packs two tiny silicone winglets.
When it comes to the sound quality, the output is detailed and immersive. I have been using these earphones since the past few months, and haven't found voice distortion even on high volumes. Although, bass heads may find the lack of thumb a bit annoying.
The Bluetooth connectivity is spot on with no latency. To pause the song, all you need to do is pull out the earphones. Stick them together and the song will magically pause on your Poco F1. To add to it, the Bullets Wireless is backed by Dash Charge and barely takes 20 minutes to get fully charged.
Another pair of earphones priced in the same price bracket is the Mi Bluetooth Neckband by Xiaomi. It features a stiff neckband design which you can loop around your neck. The non-sticky material of the band makes it ideal for using them during runs and walks. Similar to the OnePlus Wireless Headphones, the ends are magnetic but I found them to be a tad weaker.
Both the fit and sound quality are excellent. The Mi Bluetooth Neckband provides a better bass than the one above, something which bass lovers will appreciate. The audio output is full, and the passive noise cancellation is spot on, something which you'll come to love when in crowded areas.
However, the Mi Bluetooth Neckband doesn't have USB Type-C charging port. That means you'll have to carry two separate charging wires for charging your phone and earphones.
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3. 1MORE Triple Driver Earphones
Until a few years ago, 1MORE was the brains behind Xiaomi's Piston 3.0 headphones. Now, however, the company has gone ahead and started manufacturing its own audio accessories including the 1MORE Triple Driver Earphones and the Dual Driver Earphones.
The 1MORE Triple Drivers pair are wired unlike the earphones listed above. The cable is covered in fabric, thus providing an extra layer of protection. Also, this strategy makes these earphones tangle-free. The earbuds are angled to give you a better fit.
When it comes to the looks, the use of plastic gives the 1MORE Triple Drivers a slightly cheap look. Aside from that, the build quality is pretty solid with many Amazon users resonating the same. The three-driver technology delivers a balanced audio output with every detail being significantly audible. Though these earphones do not feature active noise cancellation, the earbuds do their best to seal out the clutter and outside noise.
If wearing a pair of big closed-back earphones around your neck is your style, the AKG Pro Audio AKB K92 is your best bet. Originally priced at $89, these wired headphones are now available at just $40, thus grabbing the sweet spot between budget and overpriced audio accessories. Quite naturally, the bigger size means that this pair is meant more for indoor use.
Unlike most earphones, there's a single non-removable cable connecting the earcups. Also, the black and gold look manages to look quite stylish and will complement the looks of your Poco F1.
The affordable price tag means that you'll have to compromise slightly on the sound quality. As per the folks at TechRadar, the audio output is clear and crisp, without getting muddled up. The only issue which most of the users felt is that the system volume is on the lower side.
In short, if you are on a tight budget and can't spare much, the AKG Pro Audio AKB K92 should be your ideal choice.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t is a slightly expensive pair of wireless headphones but perfect for the gym enthusiast in you. It packs a solid battery life and a great sound quality, besides being sweatproof. Since the bud houses battery and drivers, they are a bit bigger than regular buds. However, they are not as bulky as the ones by Bose. The Elite Active 65t also packs an accelerometer to count your steps, which is displayed on the Sound+ app.
All the controls are in the earbuds itself. From controlling volume to skipping songs or taking calls, you can do it all with the button at the earbuds. Another feature worth mentioning is HearThrough which helps you block out all the ambient noise.
When it comes to the battery life, it gets you around five hours of playback time. And once you run out of battery juice, you can just put them in the case to charge them. When fully charged, the case gets you two full-charges.
The Elite Active 65t has a solid sound output with deep bass. And the same has been affirmed by several user reviews on Amazon. Another point that has been mentioned by several users is that the fit is comfortable.
On a slightly expensive side are the Bose SoundSport Wireless headphones. These are not truly wireless earphones. You'll have a thin wire running against your neck connecting two bulky earbuds. A notable feature of the Bose SoundSport Wireless headphones is that they are sweatproof making them ideal for gym goers. You get a decent and snug fit, thanks to the proprietary StayHear+ ear tips.
The elephant in the room is the size of the earbuds, which are larger than average buds. So, if you are looking for discrete looking earphones, you should definitely skip this one.
Aside from the above, you'll get the usual inline remote with a mic. Also, it comes bundled with Bluetooth 4.2 and gives you about 6 hours of playback time on a full charge. The charging time is around 2 hours. Fortunately, the quick charging technique buys you around 15 minutes of playback time when charged for just 15 minutes.
When it comes to the sound quality, the output is balanced and clean. Also, the earphones are the perfect middle ground when it comes to bass response. The bass is not overblown, and neither does it lack the thumb.
The Bose SoundSport wireless headphones bundles micro-USB ports and Bluetooth 4.1.
Which One Is It?
It isn't every day that you get a Snapdragon 845-powered phone for under $300. And when you do get one, make sure that you make the most out of it. Before investing in one, make sure to list out the features you are looking for. Having done that, match them against the earphones that you have shortlisted.