I think it shouldn’t be too surprising that A4Tech decided to try and make TWS headsets. After all, there should also be real gaming models in this class! Without wires, with minimal delay. And ANC, too – now that’s interesting! So, that’s how the A4Tech Bloody M90 was born.
The price of the headset is not the lowest for this format: little more than $80. At first it seems expensive. But no, I don’t think so at all.
There are so few GAMING TWS headsets on the market that the M90 has almost no competitors. But just how good is it?
What’s in the box
The A4Tech Bloody M90 package includes the earphones in the charging case, plus a short Type-C cable, several spare silicone ear tips of different sizes, as well as a brief manual.
Visually, it’s a real roller coaster of impressions. On the one hand, it’s easy to see what kind of design reference Bloody used. I would give you a hint, it has an apple flavour.
On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with this. Good ideas are important and need to be adopted and improved in their own way. And A4Tech did it perfectly!
The case, though plastic, is matte, not glossy. This means fewer scratches and prints (which, however, are still present).
The colors are very nice. Black with red accents and lines. Stylish, gamer-like, I approve. All of the above applies to both the case and the earphones themselves.
The latter are distinguished by an interesting shape of the leg, slightly cut off, which made it possible to place the company logo on the flat part. By the way, it is also on the case – and, to be honest, if it were red, I would only praise it.
Of the interesting things on the case, there is only a charging indicator, in the amount of four red LEDs, and a Type-C connector at the bottom. And the only thing I don’t really like is that the case can’t stand upright. It’s a small thing, but those matter.
The case looks nice due to the red rim. It is convenient to open the lid, thanks to the special recess.
The headphones themselves have quite a lot of holes – from below for charging contacts, from above for microphones. Because yes, the A4Tech Bloody M90 supports active noise control. Also, the model supports IPX4 standard.
The main feature of the headset, according to the company, is the Mycelium of Carbon IT technology, which for some reason is abbreviated as M.O.C.I.
It is a special ligature made from a mixture of mycelium of fungi and carbon nanotubes. Yes, biotechnologies of the future, I’m not even kidding.
The ligature is used as a membrane for speakers, which gives a serious improvement in sound quality. And for games, and for work, and for listening to music. This is purely in theory, and later I will test it in practice, don’t worry.
The size of the speakers is 10 mm, the frequency range is standard, from 20 to 20,000 Hz, the sensitivity of the headphones is 102 dB, the resistance is 32 ohms, the sensitivity of the microphone here is 42 dB.
You also get support for Bluetooth version 5.1, with a working distance of up to 10 meters. There is support for the AAC codec. The batteries inside the headphones have a capacity of 40 mAh, the charging case is 500mAh.
The claimed battery life for the A4Tech Bloody M90 with active noise control is 4 hours, the case will provide about 20 more. The buds in the case can be fully charged in an hour and a half. In addition, and this is not obvious, the case supports Qi wireless charging.
How to use
Before connecting, do not forget to charge the headphones completely. After that open the case, and immediately find the Bloody M90 in the Bluetooth menu of your smartphone. Both headphones can work separately from each other, so their control is almost completely duplicated.
A single click on the area almost at the very top of the “foot” is responsible for pausing and playing, hold it for 2 seconds for resetting or accepting a call.
Hold it for 2 seconds to turn on ANC. Two taps on the left bud to skip forward and two taps on the right one to skip forward. Triple tap allows you to call the assistant on the left bud and switch the playback mode on the right.
Yes, in addition to ANC, there are also different playback modes. More precisely, a low-latency mode for games, and a high-quality audio mode with “upscaling” feature. I did not notice a strong difference in quality. But the latency is negligible, it’s a fact.
Buds in action
The earphones turned out to be very interesting. The signal delay is almost at zero, which is very important for games.
The low frequences are really sweet. I don’t know if the nanotube mycelium is to blame, but it’s quite impressive. There’s also an excellent three-dimensional scene and together these features make it the best headset I’ve tried in this price category! Really, the M90 surprised me here. The signal stability is excellent as well, by the way. Yes, during the week of operation I had two or three cases when the sound went out of sync for 2-3 seconds, but the headset catches interference much, much less often than even my beloved Huawei FreeLace Pro.
Regarding gaming capabilities – I tested the headset on PC, I’m sorry, but the latency is very important for a gaming device. And in game mode… it’s still there. I felt it, but it didn’t hurt my experience. I haven’t tested it in multiplayer games, but for me the main test is Insurgency: Sandstorm. And there the delay was somewhere between 300 and 400 ms.
This is enough for you to feel it, but you get used to it very quickly. Right in a matter of minutes. This and the sound quality helps a lot. In games, however, the three-dimensional environment becomes a little worse, but it’s still good.
The controls are great. You won’t believe it, but the sensor works better than Samsung Galaxy Buds Beam and Galaxy Buds Pro! You can use it with no errors.
However, there is a second delay. Which ALSO decreases in game mode!
Who needs improving?
The ANC is very basic. So basic that I double-checked several times whether it works at all. You hear the noise of cars, air conditioning, and the subway very clear.
So it’s better not to turn it on at all. And besides it, it will help with the battery life. Because 3 hours at maximum volume with noise cancelling is not nearly enough.
And yes, the maximum volume, because the headset is not very loud.
If you often put buds in a case and recharge them, the A4Tech Bloody M90 battery will not be a problem for you at all. Moreover, the headset works with the case for two or three days.
Also, the leg of the earphones rubbed hard against my sideburns, so I first wore them almost horizontally, with the charging contacts forward.
The headset is quite interesting. It offers unexpectedly high-quality sound, and the latency is good for games even on a PC. And even more so for mobile games!
It would be nice for the new version to add at least two hours of battery life, as well as better ANC. But even now I can easily recommend the A4Tech Bloody M90.
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