If you’re not a huge fan of in-ear earphones like I was, the iClever IC-BTH01 will most likely make you change your mind. This set of iClever Wireless In-Ear Headphones with NFC offers solid stereo sound, optimal portability and the option of customizing the in-ear fit for a comfortable listening experience hours on end.
1What’s in the box
The iClever IC-BTH01 headphone set comes neatly packaged in a box that contains the headset, a micro USB charging cable, 3 interchangeable ear tips in small, medium, and large sizes, a cord clip organiser, a pair of stabilisers for a better in-ear fit, a user manual and iClever’s warranty card.
2iClever IC-BTH01 In-Ear Headphones – Design
As you unbox the IC-BTH01, you will soon realize that this Bluetooth headphone set has been designed having convenience and user-friendliness in mind. With a total weight of 3.5 ounces (100g), these headphones are so lightweight that you will soon forget you are wearing them; in fact iClever has marketed them as being the world’s lightest Bluetooth headphones and while I’ve only tested a few of them I don’t see any reason to doubt iClever, it’s super light.
The cylindrical ear buds feature a glossy black finish and come with removable stabilizers that make for a more comfortable and hassle-free listening experience. On the flat end of the right ear bud you will find a micro USB charging port that is protected by a removable plastic cover.
As for the cables, they are flat and have a rubbery finish for tangle-free convenience. There is a set of controls placed on the right-side cord (a couple of inches below the ear piece), consisting of a flat insert with three multi-function buttons for volume, track control and play/pause. On the inner side of the control pad there is a built-in microphone for hands-free calling.
3iClever IC-BTH01 Headphone – Audio
Although bass performance could be richer, overall audio quality is definitely in line with what you would expect from a pair of budget in-ear headphones. Otherwise, the iClever BTH01 does the job perfectly well when watching movies, or listening to non-bassy music.
The inclusion of aptX codecs is a nice addition and can definitely contribute to deeper and fuller sound reproduction (almost CD-like quality) as long as you phone or tablet are also equipped with this technology.
This set of Bluetooth headphones performed especially well during voice calls, where sound quality was crisp and clear throughout -although bear in mind that voice quality was tested on an aptX-enabled phone, which obviously makes for a more satisfying listening experience.
4iClever IC-BTH01 – Battery Life
Battery life is definitely one of the highlights of this Bluetooth headphone set. According to iClever, a full charge (which takes anything between 1.45 and 2 hours in my experience) gives you up to 5 hours of playtime and 5.5 hours of talk time. I’ve been taking the IC-BTH01 with me on my daily jog and I’ve only had to recharge them twice in 7 days. Standby time is also remarkable at 150 hours.
5iClever IC-BTH01 – Connectivity
These iClever wireless headphones come with a state-of-the-art Bluetooth 4.0 profile for enhanced connectivity and compatibility options. Pairing via Bluetooth takes only a few seconds and you get the option of pairing via NFC too if your phone or tablet is enabled with this technology, just tap to connect and you’re good to go.
6iClever IC-BTH01 – Run Test
This iClever IC-BTH01 headphone review wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t test them during a workout session. Being a long time supporter of the HIIT training method I was curious to see how well this headphone would hold up during the “fast” phase of the workout.
Four minutes into the workout they fell out, but in all fairness that was probably my fault because I just stuck them in hurriedly without securing them properly. Round two saw a much better performance. Now securely fitted, the IC-BTH01 stayed in place during the entire 20 minutes round.
7iClever IC-BTH01 – Main Features
Quick charging, great battery life– Enjoy up to 6 hours of playback time with a single charge – ideal for use when commuting or exercising.
Customizable in-ear fit– The iClever Wireless In-Ear Headphones with NFC allow you to switch between 3 different ear tips and to use or remove the stabiliser so that you can find the most comfortable fit.
Great range– These iClever headphones have a maximum open-field range of 33 feet, or about the same as mid-range over-the-ear headphones.
Voice dialing– iClever puts voice dialing at your fingertips with this set of Bluetooth headphones, and quite literally too as it only requires pressing two buttons at the same time.
The iClever IC-BTH01 is the ideal pair of wireless in-ear headphones for an active lifestyle; it’s the perfect audio companion for gym goers and those who like to HIIT the treadmill. Good build quality, long battery life and NFC technology all under £22, definitely worth every penny.