My commute isn’t the same without having some form of audio gear placed on/in my ears. Sometimes, I use these moments as an opportunity to test products that have stopped by the PC.com Tested labs. My daily driver has been Razer’s Sabertooth Pro in-ear monitors, mainly because of their portability. However, the cord gets in the way at times. The Philip Fidelio M1BT offers flexibility in that regard, as it can be used wired and wirelessly, as well as being easy to carry around.
The Fidelio M1BT goes with a largely metal construction, with its darker shades of grays and blues making it a classy pair of audio gear to have around. However, it’s not all metal as the buttons on the side and the volume rocker are made of plastic while the entirety of the headband is covered with a leather-like material, with some soft foam lining the bottom to provide that comfortable fit. The individual ear-cups get the same treatment as well with leather fittings used on the outside and mesh sealing the cutout for allowing sound to travel to your ears.
The “BT” in Fidelio M1BT stands for Bluetooth. These pair of cans specfically supports Bluetooth 4.0. Connecting it to your device is really simple: just turn on the device by holding the button on the right ear-cup and start pairing it. Charging the battery is done through a microUSB connection just below the right can as well, which is pretty neat. Just in case you’re an iOS user, the box also packs that specific connection cable as well.
Both Sides Now
The Fidelio M1BT is not just a pair of Bluetooth headphones; they can serve as wired headphones as well. It comes with a 3.5mm cable, should you prefer a direct connection. Its design features small plastic pegs that go into the corresponding hole, ensuring a secure connection. Aside from that, any cable with a 3.5mm jack would still do.
Personally, I’m not too fond of on-ear headphones since they make my ears clammy. Of course, your mileage may vary and it’s a preference thing. In terms of audio quality, the Fidelio M1BT serves up decent mids, highs and lows with no audible distortion. The battery lasts for a long while too; I have been using it for almost four hours spread through four days and there had been no battery warning prompt.
Dimensions: 180.3 x 149.9 x 71.1mm
Form Factor: Circumaural
Frequency response: 15 – 24,000Hz
Drivers: 40mm neodymium
Impedance: 16 Ohm
Connectivity: 3.5mm, Bluetooth 4.0
Features: Integrated Microphone, Noise Isolation, Acoustic System, Sound Isolation
Verdict: Wired or wireless, the music will never stop.
Total Score: 8.6/10