Whilst BlitzWolf needs to work on their naming convention, their BW-HP2 headphones offer 50mm drivers, touch controls as well as boasting a 42h playback time! What’s in a name eh?
- Clear low-end
- Very comfortable
- Excellent battery life
- Cheap materials & build
- Touch controls feel old school
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We covered off a few BlitzWolf products over the years and the BW-FYE1 TWS buds were stellar for the price. My expectations were actually quite high. The BlitzWolf BW-HP2 feels like a no-frills offering upon first inspection though. The packaging is their usual Green/White box, with the headset held in place with some very cheap flimsy plastic. There’s a braided 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable included, along with a quick start guide and a micro-USB charging cable. Yes, micro-USB.
This is definitely a budget offering from BlitzWolf with the BW-HP2 having some cheap material and design choices to keep the price down. The construction is very lightweight with cheap-feeling plastic. That’s not the whole story though.
On the headband, there is approximately 1cm of faux leather cushioning, with around 2cm of the same cushioning on the ear cups. The right ear cup houses the ports and controls. The power button, 3.5mm aux jack, pinhole microphone and micro-USB charging port are all along the bottom edge of the cup. On the top edge, hidden by the headband fastening, is a microSD card slot.
Finally, on the outer edge of the right ear cup sit the touch controls. Dedicated controls for volume, track selection and play/pause are all available.
- Model: BW-HP2
- Driver: 50mm
- Battery Capacity: 1000mAh
- Frequency: 20Hz-20kHz
- Bluetooth: V5.0
- Playback Time: 42-hours
- Charging Time: 3.5-hours
Audio & Use
Let’s cover off that design first and foremost. It is inoffensive, but there were clearly cost considerations during the design process. Whilst made from ABS plastics, they feel a little flimsy and devoid of reassuring heft. They don’t feel like they are going to break in your hand, which is good, but they do have some play. Conversely, that lack of weight means they are very comfortable to wear over longer listening sessions.
The cushioning on the cups and the headband is sufficient and comfortable but I did find my ears sweating after a few hours of use. The faux leather doesn’t seem to breathe too well, and as these are an over-the-ear design, that’s worthy of note.
The BW-HP2 do have an acceptable level of flexibility and can be folded up for easy carry on the move.
Boom Shake The Room
Switching over to audio, the bass on the BW-HP2 is punchy – Capital P. The first song chosen courtesy of randomisation on my testing playlist, “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd, beat my ears up as it dropped. I survived, and after turning the volume down a little could appreciate how clear the bass was. It is crisp, rumbling and separated from the mids entirely. This can cause a little bit of searching by the ears as they fix on the accompanying mids. It doesn’t take long for your ears to become accustomed though.
The mids and highs are acceptable with the mids just edging it in clarity. The highs can go missing from time to time but nothing incredibly painful. They drop back in again, sometimes without you noticing. Not a massive deal at this price.
The touch controls are perhaps the cheapest feeling part of this product. The tactility is straight out of the ’90s. A tap controls play/pause however longer, deeper presses manage the volume and track control. They work flawlessly, however, despite the design.
Equally flawless is the battery. At 1000 mAh, BlitzWolf calls out an estimated 42-hours of playback at 70% volume. Firstly, you won’t need to use these at 70% volume, but if you do you won’t get distortion. Secondly, I only managed to use these in my testing sessions and a subsequent torture test, for a maximum of 11 hours. They were still going strong.
Hidden under the hinge on the right ear cup is something rather intriguing. An SD card slot sits at the top of the right ear cup, and can automatically play your music files. For me, it’s not going to be too useful as I tend to stream my walking playlist from Amazon Music. It’s a very interesting inclusion though and I’d love to understand from BlitzWolf just why they decided to add it to their BW-HP2 headphones.
The BlitzWolf BW-HP2 is to Bluetooth Headphones what Claude Makélélé was to football. They might not have a catchy name that conjures premium imagery, and it might not be made of expensive metallic materials, but it works hard and delivers consistently.
The cheap construction aside, the audio is surprisingly good for £39, and the lightweight design is extremely comfortable on the head if a little sweaty on the ears.
If I could change a few things, I’d have dropped the SD card slot (not really needed for me) and driven that cost down a little more to make it a no brainer. As it is, the BW-HP2 is in a difficult market segment with lots of competition, but it holds its own!