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It’s a gorgeous day out today, albeit a bit chilly. It’s a great day to break out the bike, go for a hike, enjoy a picnic or whatever your “call of nature” might be. You know a day in the sun just isn’t right without your favorite tunes. Enter Creative Labs and their handy WP-250 Wireless Sports Bluetooth headphones. Do they have the key features found in the top headphones?
It’s a sophisticated-looking pair of earbuds connected by a single flexible cord that can be bent to fit your comfort and individual ear-to-head contours. You can find this same feature on the Optoma NuForce be sport 3 Bluetooth headphones and BlueAnt pump HD sport Bluetooth headphones.
The MP-250 uses Neodynium (13.5mm) drivers which we’ve come to appreciate for their typical pleasant audio playback, Bluetooth 2.1 + enhanced data rate, and rechargeable Lithium-ion battery 180mAh. They connect easily to just about any Bluetooth-enabled device, come with 3 sets of silicone in-ear ear tips to suit varying comfort levels, and a multilingual instruction manual. Plus all the controls are right there on the unit, much like you’ll find on most wireless headsets including the Bowers & Wilkins P7 wireless over-ear headphones and the Logitech UE 9000 wireless headphones.
Once we tore the MP-250 from their packaging it was a simple setup process to get them fired up. Just hold down on the main power button on the right earpiece for 5 secs, until you get a rapidly blinking signature blue light on the bottom of the same earpiece. Put your intended iPhone, tablet, or another Bluetooth-enabled playback device in its pairing mode and wait for the two to meet. Select the MP-250 and punch in the included pairing code. You’re set.
The MP-250 is decent looking device but not the easiest to fit in your ears and around your head. It took me a good 15mins to figure these things out. Yet fortunately for you lucky readers; my pain is your gain. Start by wrapping the cord behind your head and placing the earpieces about where you want them on your ears. Now with the fit in mind, bend the flexible cable in an upside-down L-shape. It will take a couple of slight adjustments, but I found this to be the quickest way to set them up comfortably. This is also mentioned on the inside flip-cover of the instruction manual. From here, the earpieces should shallowly slip right into your ear comfortably, providing you selected the best fitting silicone tips from the set provided. For individuals that have an active lifestyle, you can check out our list of Best Headphones for Working Out.
Once fitted, you’ll find the MP-250 BT wireless headphones to be quite solid for phone calls, music and movies. It charges in a couple of hours. At which point you get 5-hours of playback and 9-hours of talk time. The bass is deeper and more menacing than in similar offerings. Although, in our review of the JBL Live 650BTNC, you’ll find some deep, rich bass for a pair of over-head headphones. It’s not overly obnoxious and sounds good.
But it’s definitely not for everyone’s listening taste. So I suggest playing with EQ settings on your favorite playback devices. Midranges are pronounced but play in the background a bit more than usual and highs are sufficient if not abundantly crystal crisp. Yet it comes together well when you factor in the price, comfort, and on-device features.
All the functions are right at your fingertips. You can use the rocker-style buttons to adjust the volume, answer/hang up calls, pause/play, skip and fast-forward/rewind. The microphone is nicely concealed but picks up your voice nicely. Moreover, the unit is compact and travels like a champ.
Bottom Line: The Creative Labs MP-250 Wireless Sport Bluetooth headphones are comfortable, sound nice, are affordable, and feature-rich with great range and ease of use.
· Pleasant audio in music, movies, and phone calls
· Deep bass
· The deeper bass may not be for everyone
· Fitting them comfortably is a bit confusing
The Creative MP-250 Wireless Bluetooth is available on Amazon for $49.99.