In the test: Borofone BE5 - wireless in-ear sports headphones with Bluetooth transmission

Clearly a recommendation if you are looking for good sports headphones that shouldn't cost a lot: The Borofone BE5 easily meets these requirements!

The last sports headphones that I had in the test and that convinced me across the board were those TaoTronics BH-TT07. In between, a few other copies arrived at my place, but unfortunately they fell through because they couldn't convince me of the sound or the operation.

It was a good two years ago that the TaoTronics headphones were tested and what can I say: There are again in-ear sports headphones with Bluetooth that I would like to give you as a recommendation. This time it is the Borofone BE5. These are typical sports in-ear headphones that are waterproof and also work as a headset (although I'm not testing this feature as I never use headphones like this on my phone).

Photo: The packaging of the Borofone BE5 is quite classy. With a magnetically fixed lid, you can look inside without opening the pack (Photos: Sir Apfelot).

Photo: The packaging of the Borofone BE5 is quite classy. With a magnetically fixed lid, you can look inside without opening the pack (Photos: Sir Apfelot).

Technical data of the Borofone BE5

The technical specifications of the Bluetooth headphones are more for the nerds among us, but they should still be mentioned here.

  • Radio transmission: Bluetooth 4.2 (2.4 GHz)
  • Supported transmission protocols: A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP
  • Battery: lithium-ion with 60 mAh
  • Weight: 19 g
  • Range: 10 m
  • Standby time: 180 h
  • Running time for music: 4 hours
  • Duration for phone calls: at least 4,5 hours
  • Charging time (micro USB): 2 h
  • Frequency spectrum: 20 to 20.000 Hz
The specs of the headphones can be found on the packaging using small icons.

The specs of the headphones can be found on the packaging using small icons.

What's in the box

The scope of delivery of the Borofone BE5 includes a particularly large number of accessories:

  • BE5 wireless headphones
  • Instructions (Chinese and English)
  • Micro USB charging cable
  • Carrying case
  • 3 pairs of earwings
  • 3 pairs of earplugs (to adapt to different sized ear canals)
  • 3 cable clips
  • a cable clamp to secure the cable to the T-shirt
The scope of delivery is quite generous: In addition to the usual items such as transport bags, charging cables and ear plugs in various sizes, you will also find cable clips and clamps to fix the cable to clothing.

The scope of delivery is quite generous: In addition to the usual items such as transport bags, charging cables and ear plugs in various sizes, you will also find cable clips and clamps to fix the cable to clothing.

Attractive appearance in three colors

I think the Borofone BE5 already impresses with their appearance. The headphones are made partly from plastic and partly from metal. The metal elements are not in black or white, like the plastic parts, but in gray, rose or red - depending on the model. With the Rose model, the cable is even kept in the corresponding color - optically an eye-catcher, but unfortunately Rose is not my color. ;)

Also available in colored: The Borofone BE5 is also available in rose and red, if the standard gray is too boring for you.

Also available in colored: The Borofone BE5 is also available in rose and red, if the standard gray is too boring for you.

Robust, water- and sweat-repellent processing

In terms of workmanship, the BE5 in-ear sports headphones with Bluetooth connectivity do not show any weaknesses. It is built in dust and waterproof and is very robust due to the metal design. Various crashes, some of which I caused on purpose, did not show any noticeable loss in either the case or the audio quality. Small scratches in the paint can of course not be ruled out when falling on stone, but nothing more could be seen.

The Protection class IPX 4 ensures that neither sweat nor a good deal of rain allows moisture to penetrate the inside of the headphones. I can confirm how important this is, because I already had headphones that always failed for one to two weeks after every round of jogging due to the sweat, until the innards were dry again.

The two headphone parts hold together independently thanks to the magnetic backs. So you can quickly hang the headphones around your neck if you want to take them off for a short while on the move.

The two headphone parts hold together independently thanks to the magnetic backs. So you can quickly hang the headphones around your neck if you want to take them off for a short while on the move.

Practical and already known as a proven feature from other sports headphones: Magnetic backs of the earplugs. This allows you to wear the headphones as a necklace after taking them off, effectively preventing them from falling out of your pocket while running.

Operation of the Borofone sports headphones

Another plus point is the operation of the BE5 headphones. Anyone who has already used various Bluetooth headphones will not need any instructions here. For everyone else, here is the commissioning procedure:

The multifunction button is located in the middle of the control element. You press this for a long time to switch it on and off. As confirmation, a short announcement is made in the headphones, which is also made at a comfortable volume. It was not uncommon for me to have headphones that yelled at me every time I switched it on because the voice output was significantly louder than the volume of the music I had heard before. There are no problems with this with the BE5.

The control unit of the BE5 is quite clear and therefore easy to operate blindly. There are only three buttons (volume up, multifunction button and volume down). The micro-USB input can be seen on the side, which can be used to charge the headphones.

The control unit of the BE5 is quite clear and therefore easy to operate blindly. There are only three buttons (volume up, multifunction button and volume down). The micro-USB input can be seen on the side, which can be used to charge the headphones.

If the headphones have not yet been paired with any device, they will go into pairing mode immediately after switching on. Now open the Bluetooth setting on the Mac, iPad or iPhone and find the entry "Borofone BE5" in the list of devices (usually at the bottom on the iPhone). You select this and you should be able to hear a voice confirmation in the headphones again, informing you that the pairing was successful.

The small LED shows the operating status. In pairing mode, it flashes red and blue.

The small LED shows the operating status. In pairing mode, it flashes red and blue.

If you want to pair another device with the Bluetooth headphones at some point, simply hold the button down for longer when switching on until the LED flashes alternately blue and red. The device is then in pairing mode for approx. 30 seconds and ready to connect to another Bluetooth device.

Incidentally, the BE5 switches itself off after approx. One minute if it is not used. This is very helpful if you forget to turn it off and don't want to start with empty headphones the next time you jog.

No multipoint pairing

A limitation that is completely normal for devices in this price range is the lack of support for multipoint Bluetooth pairing. This makes it possible to pair several devices with one headphone, so that when you change devices you do not have to start a new pairing in the Bluetooth menu all the time. The headphones then virtually memorize a certain number of known devices and automatically pair with them when they are within range. However, this is not supported by the BE5.

If anyone is interested in such more comfortable sports headphones that, in addition to multipoint pairing, may also measure the pulse in the ear, I can my contribution to the test report by Stiftung Warentest recommend. They checked out pretty good models and you can find the results in the post linked above.

Actually only a cent item for the manufacturer, but nice to have them: cable clips to shorten or fasten the cable.

Actually only a cent item for the manufacturer, but nice to have them: cable clips to shorten or fasten the cable.

Important: good sound!

When it comes to headphones, one thing is particularly important to me: a balanced sound. Of course, rich bass and the like are also great, but the frequency spectrum should not be too treble or bass-heavy. Just today I tested another pair of headphones (Jayfi X1) that I simply cannot recommend with a clear conscience. It is well made, easy to use and also inexpensive, but its highs are so strong that it almost hurts my ears when I listen to music with it.

With the Borofone BE5, I can give the all-clear in this regard: the bass is good and the mids and highs are also clear. I'm not a fanatical audiophile, but I expect a clean sound from headphones of all kinds, even if they are "just" cheap sports headphones. So here too: 5 stars for the BE5! ;)

According to the manufacturer, the use of the internal Bluetooth 4.2 chip offers the advantages mentioned above, from lower energy consumption to noise suppression when making calls via the microphone.

According to the manufacturer, the use of the internal Bluetooth 4.2 chip offers the advantages mentioned above, from low energy consumption to noise suppression when making calls via the microphone.

Advantages of the Bluetooth 4.2

So far, the Borofone BE5 is the first headphone that has landed on my desk and supports Bluetooth 4.2. Sounds good at first, of course, if the version number is high, but what exactly does BT 4.2 bring? Here are a few advantages summarized in bullet points:

  • energy-saving, thus longer battery life
  • faster data transfer, which is also noticeable in the latency (important if you want to watch movies!)
  • faster connection to the Bluetooth device (e.g. iPhone) and faster recovery in the event of malfunctions

I can't say whether it's the Bluetooth 4.2 or simply the good manufacturing quality, but the wireless connection via Bluetooth is stable with the headphones, even if the iPhone is in the left OR right pocket while jogging. I even sat on it for a test or left it in another room - the music continued without interruption, although the clay walls here in the half-timbered house are normally the death of all radio waves. The connection was only broken when I ran down the stairs in the next room.

So the stability of the Bluetooth connection is definitely very good. My Apple Airpods provide a similarly good and trouble-free music transmission ... but they also cost a mere 160 euros more. ;-)

Carrying comfort - without defects

Although you can wear the Borofone BE5 headphones to chill out on the sofa or while cooking in the kitchen, the main area of ​​application is of course everything that has to do with sport. Wireless freedom is particularly pleasant here and the IPX-4 protection class is most in demand. Correspondingly important, of course, is a secure fit in the ears, which should not, however, limit the wearing comfort.

The earwings and the spherical rubber tips for the earplugs ensure that you have many options for adapting the in-ear headphones to your ears. This ensures a comfortable fit, even if you are on the road for a longer period of time.

The earwings and the spherical rubber tips for the earplugs ensure that you have many options for adapting the in-ear headphones to your ears. This ensures a comfortable fit, even if you are on the road for a longer period of time.

The BE5 have small rubber squirrels that clamp into the auricle. These cones and the plugs on the headphones are the parts that give the whole thing a stable hold in the ear. This also works pretty well, because if you have plugged in the headphones correctly and selected the right size for the plugs and cones, the headphones won't fall out of your ears while jogging or doing yoga. I'm pretty sure you could do well with that too Mosques, but I don't have the appropriate mat on my head. ;-)

The rubber parts are so soft that they do not exert any pressure. I'm not really a big fan of in-ear headphones, but really nothing here. The wearing comfort is accordingly good and nothing stands in the way of using it for indoor and outdoor sporting activities.

Conclusion: all-round successful, wireless in-ear sports headphones

I've been really excited about the new headphones that I've tested for a long time. Just like the Apple saying "there are a thousand no's for every yes", I'm not even introducing a lot of headphones to you in the test, because I just don't think they're good enough. So if there is a product that makes me take the effort to write an article about it, then it's something sensible.

Clearly a recommendation if you are looking for good sports headphones that shouldn't cost a lot: The Borofone BE5 easily meets these requirements!

Clearly a recommendation if you are looking for good sports headphones that shouldn't cost a lot: The Borofone BE5 easily meets these requirements!

The Borofone BE5 is definitely a headphone in this category. Good technology, great optics and a very pleasing sound are only surpassed by the incredibly good price (I bought it for 16,99 EUR). I think everything is just right here.

If you are still looking for something good and cheap for your fitness program, you can go here without hesitation. Who the simple gray design thinks too boring, he can sometimes the red model or that in rose look at.

Borofone BE5 Bluetooth in-ear sports headphones
Thanks to Bluetooth 4.2, great transmission quality and also waterproof and sweatproof. The good sound rounds off the overall package.

Headphone competition for newsletter readers

For a long time I didn't raffle anything among my loyal newsletter recipients, but in one of the next newsletters there will be an opportunity to win the Borofone BE5. Sign up now and maybe you'll soon be the proud winners of the headphones!

When the competition is over, I will make a note of it here. But basically one or the other device is raffled off among the newsletter readers from time to time. So it doesn't hurt if you register. ;)

Update 05.10.2017: We drew a winner (Huhu, Ingeborg!) Who is happy about her new headphones. This means that you can no longer win the Borofone BE5, but whoever receives my newsletter will soon be able to take part in a raffle again. And headphones not infrequently load on my test table. ;-)

 

 

 

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