Who Are The 1More ComfoBuds Pro Earbuds For?

  • The 1More ComfoBuds Pro earbuds offer many of the same features of the Apple AirPods Pro earbuds, but for under $100
  • The ComfoBuds Pros have a longer battery life than the standard ComfoBuds
  • ComfoBuds Pro earbuds feature the same great audio quality as the standard ComfoBuds
The 1More ComfoBuds Pro earbuds feel like a step backward

It's common in the world of electronics that a company will release a product and then a few months or years later release an upgraded version of that same product. Generally, these upgraded products have a few new features and have improved on old features to make them more robust. But what happens when an "upgraded" version is actually less impressive than its original? That's the case with the 1More ComfoBuds Pro earbuds.

ComfoBuds Pro Aren't That Comfortable

One of the best parts of the original 1More ComfoBuds is the fact that those earbuds live up to their name. ComfoBuds really are comfortable with their distinctive shape and lack of a large silicone tip. That unique shape also helps the ComfoBuds stay in my ears better than most other earbud offerings.

The ComfoBuds Pro earbuds are just too large to be comfortable

The ComfoBuds Pro earbuds, on the other hand, do not follow in the tradition of their predecessor. The ComfoBuds Pro earbuds are larger, have gotten rid of their signature shape, and have brought back the silicone tips. Despite changing the silicone tip sizes around, these earbuds really don't like staying in my ears. At best they'll stick in my ears for a few minutes at a time, but they'll inevitably fall out at some point.

Overzealous Microphone

Like just about every other pair of earbuds out there, the 1More ComfoBuds Pro has microphones built in for phone calls. However, these microphones pick up everything around the wearer, especially sounds that have a higher pitch.

I called someone while walking around my neighborhood, and the ComfoBuds Pros were picking up on other sounds so much that the person I was talking to said I was getting drowned out. This wasn't just loud traffic or construction either. Even a single bird on a nearby power line was said to be so shrill that it made listening to my end of the conversation difficult.

The case both protects and charges the ComfoBuds Pro earbuds

Slightly Longer Battery Life

One of the big draws for the 1More ComfoBuds Pro earbuds is that they have an expanded battery life over the original earbuds. However, the battery life isn't all that much longer. The 1More ComfoBuds Pros last for around six hours of playback with active noise cancellation features active, which is only about two hours longer than the normal ComfoBuds. The total playback time, including the recharges from the storage case, comes in at 20 hours. That's only two hours longer than the 18 hours of playback that the original ComfoBuds have. That's not all too impressive for a "Pro" upgrade.

Not Drop Friendly

While using the ComfoBuds Pro earbuds, they have fallen out of my ears while I have been out and about. While they have only hit the sidewalk a small handful of times, there are already some noticeable scratches on the earbuds. Be careful when wearing the ComfoBuds Pros, and maybe stick to using them indoors if you don't want any scratches.

There are some noticeable scratches after only a few drops

Audio Quality

The 1More ComfoBuds Pro earbuds may not fit in my ears that well, but they do sound pretty great. Like the original ComfoBuds, the ComfoBuds Pros feature a nice mix of highs, mids and lows. The bass response is not that punchy, which allows the audio to have a nice blend. Unfortunately, unlike other earbud and headphones offerings available right now, there aren't any ways to custom tune the ComfoBuds Pros to better suit personal tastes.

Improved Tap Controls

The tap controls on the 1More ComfoBuds Pro earbuds have been improved over the original ComfoBuds. The tap controls seem much more responsive and actually do what I want them to do. That said, I still wish there were more control options. For example, the ComfoBuds Pros can't control volume like other earbuds without modifying settings in the 1More Music app. Additionally, there are tap controls to answer and end phone calls, but there aren't any controls to ignore a phone call.

The 1More ComfoBuds Pro earbuds come in either black or white

Once paired to the 1More Music app, additional tap controls with the 1More ComfoBuds Pros are unlocked, including the ability to adjust playback volume. We'll get more in-depth about the app in a second.

ANC Doesn't Work

Folks, I have yet to meet a pair of wireless earbuds with active noise cancelling features that actually work. After using the ComfoBuds Pro earbuds, I still haven't found a pair with good ANC features. Switching between the different ANC modes makes absolutely zero difference on the amount of noise I hear when wearing the ComfoBuds Pros.

App Improvements

Back when I reviewed the standard ComfoBuds, the 1More Music app was atrocious. It didn't work and caused my phone to overheat.

Thankfully, the 1More Music app has been upgraded to both allow for more features and to not destroy my phone. The app provides firmware updates for the ComfoBuds Pros, makes it easy to change around the ANC settings and allows for customization of tap controls.

The 1More Music app isn't required to use the ComfoBuds Pros, which is nice. That said, it does add a little extra this time around as it doesn't completely wreck my phone and actually works.

Final Thoughts

It feels like the 1More ComfoBuds Pro earbuds are a step backwards from the original ComfoBuds. The ComfoBuds Pro earbuds are much larger, don't have that great ComfoBuds shape, and have a microphone that makes phone calls difficult. If you were hoping the ComfoBuds Pro earbuds would offer the same experience of the ComfoBuds, but with extended battery life, that is not the case.

For the money, I would just get the standard ComfoBuds. They fit nicer, have a slightly better microphone setup and the battery life gained from the Pro earbuds is largely negligible. Considering the standard ComfoBuds are almost half the price of the Pros, I'd just stick with the standard options.