Quick Review: Hoco Lightning Earphone for iPhone

For those who are using the latest and greatest iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, you may be either sticking with a pair of Bluetooth headphone or simply using the bundled Lightning Earbuds. The worst case to me, would be using the dongle to connect with the traditional headphones with 3.5mm headphone jack which is quite cumbersome in my opinion.

For myself, I am still rocking on my iPhone 6S Plus but I would really like to try out how it feels with a pair of Lightning headphone that has its own DAC that provides users with digital audio experience, and that I am not able to charge the iPhone or load photos from a SD card via the adapter.So I spent around $20 to get the Hoco L1 Lightning earphone from China and here’s how I feel about it. So I spent around $20 to get the Hoco L1 Lightning earphone from China and here’s how I feel about it.

You may be very familiar with Hoco for its iPhone cases and Apple Watch Bands. But they do have a few headphones on sale on its TMall online shop. The one I am getting is basically the cheapest in the market. So there comes with no surprise with the package and what’s inside. Besides the headphone itself, you get 2 pairs of eartips with large and small sizes and some basic documentation.

After trying over the weekend, in summary, here are the good and bad of this low-cost Lightning earphone:

Pros:

  • Low cost
  • MFi certified Lightning Port with aluminum case
  • Good build quality
  • Good sound quality more on treble side
  • Light weight
  • Earpiece holds up well in ear
  • In-line control for volume and music skipping

Cons:

  • No microphone hence not capable for phone calls
  • Lack of bass
  • Size may not suit people with smaller ears

Here are some pictures of the Hoco L1 Lightning Earphone for your perusal:

Let me know what you think about the Hoco L1 Lightning Earphone in the comments.

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