Motorola VerveBuds 400 true wireless headphones review
“They fulfill what you expect from true wireless headphones that are not worth a wheel thanks to a decent design, sound and autonomy.”
Water and sweat resistance
Acceptable call sound
No noise cancellation
When you say Motorola, surely mobile phones come to mind, from the Razr to the Moto G8 Plus. But this company manufactures many other devices, including a large household cast (baby sleep monitors, surveillance cameras, wireless phones) and also personal audio headphones of all types you can imagine. We have tested one of the latest models of headphones launched, the VerveBuds 400 completely wireless (true wireless) and have surprised us.
The VerveBuds 400 headphones do not look like Apple AirPods, but they are the button type and this particular model hardly bulges anything. Their cylinder-shaped design is reduced to a minimum, they are very small and once you put them on your ears they barely look, especially if you have long hair. They go very unnoticed.
Made of black plastic, they look quality. At the top, which has the Motorola M, is the touch zone to control playback and also an LED light that indicates the status of the battery and pairing with the bluetooth. They fit with pads (include three sizes) and are very easy to put on: they are inserted in the ear and then turned until they find the most comfortable position. You must see if you put an L (left) or an R (right) to insert each one in its corresponding ear. In our case, we have adapted them with medium pads and they have not moved or ever left.
The charger case also has a peculiar design in the form of a giant capsule that does not resemble other models on the market. It is finished in black plastic with the Motorola logo in white on each side to know where to extract each handset. When you open it, on one side is the micro USB input to charge them and, on the other, four tiny lights to know how much charge the headphones have left. Measuring approximately 8 cm long and 3.5 cm wide, the case offers a very manageable size that fits either in a shirt pocket or in a small bag.
Easy to use
As usual, once linked to the phone and charged, just take them out of their case connect to the smartphone automatically with bluetooth 5.0. To control the volume and reproduction just slide your finger very gently on the touch surface that is very sensitive to touch.
All the handling is very simple, once you learn with what gestures each action is performed. For example, to increase the volume, you simply give two touches on the right earpiece and to lower it, the same but on the left. When you reach the maximum volume (a voice, in English, tells you). To give commands to the voice assistant (it is compatible with Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant), three touches are given on the touch surface. All control gestures are detailed in the instructions. They are very easy and do not present any problem.
To operate, it is not necessary to download an application on the phone. However, if you want to use the headphones with Alexa, you should download the Hubble Connect for VerveLife app. The headphones can be used in mono mode, that is, independently. You can take them to the gym or run without fear of sweat or rain spoiling them (they have IPX6 certification).
The battery lasts 3 hours on a single charge. This time is extended to 9 hours with the charging case.
Without the fashion function
The VerveBuds 400 headphones do not carry the fashionable function at this time, that is, noise cancellation. However, with the pads appropriate to the size of the ear, putting them on makes a lot of outside noise. We have tested them in the subway and they have masked loud noises simply because the ear is clogged and we have put the volume to the maximum.
The music is heard sound and with an outstanding quality for what they cost. However, the sound in calls is not as clean as in music playback, but it sounds good.
According to our tests, the VerveBuds 400 headphones fit in the ears without problems, do not leave them and adjust without causing pain or discomfort. They are light and small, and are also easily transported in the carrying case.
We have not missed the cancellation of noise: being so small and with a cylinder shape as if it were a plug, they fit very well in the ears and with a good fit they quite out of the outside world.
In sound, the headphones will not disappoint you for a price of 69.99 euros. Do not expect the audio quality of the Sony WF1000XM3 but give the size in music playback. Although they do not offer the same level in calls, they fulfill that function with dignity.
In autonomous they do not stand out with respect to other models with which you get more hours, but thanks to the charging case it gives you for intensive use during a workday or a long-distance trip. Is it worth buying them? Definitely.