I had the opportunity to test some wireless headphones from Motorola, especially the Moto Buds 250, a great alternative to give as a gift these last holidays.
These are basic models, so don’t expect great features or such a detailed review because these headphones offer good sound quality for those who just want to listen to their music wirelessly.
They promise to offer up to 6 hours of autonomy, plus an additional 12 hours provided by your charging case, giving a total of 18 hours in addition to using them wherever you want because they have IPX5, which makes them water resistant.
Continue reading this little analysis and see if they convince you or not for a future purchase.
Let’s start with the first thing we find in your box: your charging case.
It’s a small round box, very light, very easy to carry everywhere, and has plastic materials that, at first glance, look good quality; at least it didn’t break through just to carry it in your pockets or in the daily mess.
Above, we have the Motorola logo, and to the right of the opening, we find four white LED lights that indicate the charge available in the case.
On the back we have a USB-C port to charge the case, while below we have some technical details, but we also see the lightning bolt icon, which tells us that it is compatible with wireless charging using the Qi standard, one feature we asked for. found mainly in high-end headphones.
We open the lid, and there are our two protagonists, each with an LED that glows red or blue, indicating charging and connection status. We also see the Motorola “M” that acts as a touch surface for various functions that I will explain below.
They have IPX5 certification, which, according to Motorola, allows them to be water-resistant, so you can use them even when it’s raining. In the box, it comes with a bag with two pairs of silicone in sizes S and L, while the pairs that come with the headphones are size M. It also has a short USB-A to USB-C cable for fast charging.
Well, the only notable thing that this Moto Buds 250 has is that we can control the playing of our music by tapping the touch part of the headphones.
However, they have basic functions. For example, with two headphones, you can only touch once to pause or resume playback; if you touch twice, you go to the next song; if you touch three times, you go back; and if you leave the button pressed, the virtual smartphone assistant can be activated; it’s Siri on the iPhone or Google Assistant on Android.
We also do not have pre-equalized profiles, so if we want to listen to good audio quality, everything depends on the source to which we match it.
Each hearing aid has its own unique microphone, so it can be used individually as a Bluetooth hands-free device.
Each headphone has a 6mm driver with an impedance of 16 ohms and a frequency response of 20–20 KHz with a sensitivity of 93 dB (1KHz +/- 3 dB).
The quality of the sound they emit is good; although their bass and treble are not enough to say “wow,” it is felt. I said the same about the audio definition, which is just that.
In terms of volume power, the fact is that it is high, but personally, I expect them to sound even louder, but we also cannot ask from a 6 mm driver.
Regarding the phone calls, a person told me that he heard me well, although sometimes he told me that “my voice disappears” and he could not understand me, but he told me that he could hear the noise in the background, so we assume no noise cancellation.
Based on the information provided by my Honor Magic 5 Pro, the headphones have Bluetooth 5.0 and only support the SBC codec, with a sample rate of 44.1 kHz and 16 bits of Bluetooth audio per sample.
Each earbud has a 60 mAh internal battery, while its charging case has a 300 mAh battery.
According to Motorola, the headphones promise to offer up to 6 hours of autonomy, plus 12 hours provided by their charging case, for a total of 18 hours.
Well, in the test I did, it gave me an autonomy of almost 7 hours, 6 hours, and 49 minutes, so we are not far from what Motorola promised.
In addition, we have wireless charging compatible with the Qi standard, which is a big advantage if we have a smartphone with reversible wireless charging.
As you have noticed, dear reader, headphones are only used to listen to your music; do not look for exceptional sound quality and maximum functions, because here you have even sound quality, which does not mean that they don’t sound good, but they don’t look good either.
The good thing is the battery life, water resistance, and wireless charging; these are additions that are not found in any wireless headphones, so they are appreciated.
Do I recommend them? Only for those who are looking for simple headphones that are very easy to use, comfortable, and do not demand sound quality.
The Motorola Moto Buds 250 is unfortunately not available on the Motorola Chile website, but you can find it in their official Mercado Libre store at CLP$45.990.