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Mpow H1 vs Mpow 059 headphones: Which should you buy?

Meow 059 and Mpow H1 headphones
Meow 059 and Mpow H1 headphones (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

Mpow H1

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The H1 is Mpow's newest pair of over-the-ear headphones and have solid upgrades over the 059. The design is much more comfortable, sound is less muffled, and battery life is excellent at 15-20 hours of use on a single charge.

Mpow H1

Our pick

40mm drivers for stereo sound.
15-20 hours of battery life.
More comfortable design compared to Mpow 059.
Feels a lot sturdier.
Sound quality is just OK.

Mpow 059

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The Mpow 059 is a really good budget headphone option. The battery life is great and sound quality is pretty good, but compared to the newer Mpow H1, they're a slightly difficult recommendation.

Mpow 059

More bass

Up to 20 hours of battery.
Easy-to-access music controls.
Available in more colors.
Slightly deeper bass.
Cheap plastic build.
Not as comfy to wear.

Simply put, the Mpow H1 is easily the better all-around purchase. You'll get a touch more bass with the 059s, but the H1s take the cake with a vastly improved design that feels sturdier and is much more comfortable for long listening sessions.

Why you should buy the Mpow H1 over the 059

If you've narrowed your search down to the Mpow 059 and H1, you've got a fairly straight-forward decision ahead of yourself.

The Mpow 059 came out before the H1, and looking at the headphones on their own, they do a good job at providing a well-rounded experience for not much money. Having up to 20 hours of battery life is fantastic, the sound quality gets the job done, and there's a multitude of colors you can choose from. The inline controls work fine, you can adjust the height of the speakers, and charging over microUSB works as you'd expect.

There's nothing inherently wrong with the Mpow 059, but when compared to the H1, they start to lessen in their appeal in a few key ways.

For starters, the Mpow H1 has a noticeably better design. Not only do they feel a lot sturdier, but they're also much more comfortable to wear for long periods of time. The buttons on the side are also easier to press and the matte plastic looks a lot cleaner than the glossy finish on the 059.

The sound between the 059 and H1 is pretty similar, but the 059 does seem to offer a bit more bass at the cost of having a more muffled sound profile. The H1s don't sound amazing, but audio does sound a bit crisper and cleaner compared to the 059.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.