Xmate Mana Review: An Impressive Neckband Earphones
Xmate is not a much-known brand but it sells several accessories including charging cables, gaming mouse, speakers, action camera and earphones. Recently I tested one of its earphones called Xmate Mana. The MRP of the product is Rs. 2000 but it is available at Rs. 949. I have been using this earphone for around a week and based on my experience, here is the review of Xmate Mana.
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Xmate Mana Review
Here are the things you get within the box
- Neckband Earphone
- Extra ear Tips
- Micro USB cable
- Instruction Manual
Xmate Mana is a neckband style earphone. It is made of plastic, so it is light in weight, flexible and really comfortable. Earbuds are connected to neckband via a flat wire that also feels good in terms of quality. Earbuds have a magnet and you can lock them together so that they don’t hang around or disturb you.
At the right end of the neckband, it has three buttons, a microphone, and a notification LED. The center button is to turn it, play/pause song or receive/end calls. Double press the center button dials the last number of your call list. Long press on it also activates the voice assistant of the phone. In my case, I could activate Google assistant and then give it voice commands. The + button is to increase the volume and skip to next track. The – button is to decrease the volume and skip to the previous track. Placement of the buttons is at the right side that makes it easier to use.
Another good thing is that the earphones come with an IPX6 rating for being water and dust resistant. So, you don’t need to worry about sweat or rain.
I really liked the fitting of earbuds. You also get different sizes of ear tips for getting a perfect fitting for your ears. It won’t come out until you manually remove earbuds from ears. So, you can use it during running or any other intense workout.
- Driver: 14.2 mm
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz
- Impedance: 32 ohms
- Battery: 180 mAH
It features Bluetooth 4.2 to connect with your phone or laptop. I didn’t face any issue in pairing and each time I turn it on, it connects to my phone instantly. It also works fine within the range of 7-8 meters.
Music experience on Xmate Mana is good. It is not too loud, so it doesn’t become uncomfortable on loudest volume and sound quality remains good. Bass is also good but in some songs, I felt vocals were muffled. I tested it with different kinds of songs and even used it to watch movies. Overall, it performed well. The output from the earphone is balanced. It also offers proper isolation from your surroundings, so there’s nothing to disturb you when you are listening to music.
There’s a microphone for hands-free calling and it does a good job. The company claims CVC noise-canceling mic and somewhere it works as it advertises. Experience on call is really good and your voice on the other side of the call will be good. You can use it for voice calls and even for sound recordings.
I am really impressed with its battery life. It packs 180 mAh battery and the box of the earphone says up to 8.5 hours of music playback but I was getting more than that. That was surprising but good. The battery takes less than 3 hours in fully charging.
Xmate Mana is the cheapest Bluetooth earphones I have reviewed so far and it has impressed me. It comes with good build, nice music experience, and amazing battery life. It even comes with an IP rating that is hard to get in this price segment. In case you are looking for a budget Bluetooth earphone, Xmate Mana is my recommendation.
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"Xmate Mana offers a good music experience with amazing battery backup"
- Good build
- IPX6 Rating
- Amazing battery life
- Access to voice assistants
- Design and build 85%
- Sound 75%
- Features 80%
- Battery 90%
- Value for money 90%