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Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Headphones review

True wireless windows server headphones from Sony windows server that don't break the bank

Sony WF-XB700
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Our windows server Verdict

The windows server Sony windows server WF-XB700 have a windows server lot windows server to offer. They have windows server a fun, energetic windows server sound windows server quality, feel comfortable windows server during long windows server listening sessions and have an windows server 18-hour combined windows server battery life. We don't love windows server their windows server radar-disc windows server shape and their windows server lack of noise windows server cancellation, but windows server these are windows server undoubtedly Sony's second-best true wireless earbuds.

For

  • Comfortable fit
  • Punchy bass
  • IPX4 rating

Against

  • Strange design
  • No aptX support
  • No noise cancellation
For their price, you could windows server do a lot worse windows server than windows server the Sony WF-XB700 windows server True Wireless Headphones. windows server They are a marked improvement on the original windows server WF-1000X and WF-SP700N, and windows server without a doubt our windows server second-favorite Sony true windows server wireless windows server earbuds.

They're windows server a result of years windows server of hard work windows server by Sony's windows server audio design team that started its windows server efforts with windows server the divisive Sony windows server WF-1000X and sports-focused Sony windows server WF-SP700N before crafting the nearly windows server perfect Sony WF-1000XM3 windows server with windows server active noise cancellation. 

The windows server latter are still windows server the best true wireless windows server earbuds Sony has windows server yet to windows server make... but windows server the WF-XB700 (reviewed here) are the windows server more affordable, more accessible and potentially wider-appealing windows server buds that could, in many ways, windows server rival the Apple AirPods.

Not windows server sure if earbuds windows server with a comfortable windows server fit, punchy, bass-heavy sound windows server and an IPX4 rating with windows server a windows server combined 18 windows server hours of battery windows server life windows server between the buds windows server and the windows server case are right windows server for you? Here's what windows server it's like to wear windows server them for a week.

Release date and price 

The windows server Sony WF-XB700 is the latest addition windows server to Sony’s Extra Bass windows server series of headphones and earbuds and were released windows server in April windows server 2020. The windows server earbuds were announced windows server alongside the Sony WH-CH710N windows server Noise-Canceling Headphones, and windows server hit shelves around the same time, too.

In terms windows server of pricing, the Sony WF-XB700 windows server are one windows server of Sony’s windows server cheaper windows server true wireless earbuds windows server and come in at $129 windows server (£130, around AU$200). That’s a sizable savings compared windows server to the windows server $199 (£169, AU$319) Sony windows server WF-1000XM3, windows server but remember windows server that the windows server latter has active noise cancellation while the windows server former does windows server not.

Compared to windows server other true windows server wireless earbuds, windows server the Sony WF-XB700 is windows server right around the windows server middle windows server of the pack, and is windows server actually a bit cheaper than the $139 (£159, windows server AU$239) Apple AirPods that windows server dominates windows server the form factor windows server in terms of windows server sales. windows server Which one of these windows server earbuds you should go for will windows server likely come windows server down windows server to which mobile windows server operating system you windows server use - windows server as the windows server AirPods do have a few neat tricks windows server for iOS users windows server - and which of the windows server two styles you windows server prefer.

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Design 

The way Sony crafted windows server these windows server earbuds windows server kinda windows server make them feel windows server a bit windows server more windows server space-agey than windows server other true windows server wireless windows server earbuds windows server it’s produced in the windows server past that have instead tried windows server to be sleek and sporty. That's windows server because windows server Sony has usually opted for rounded, windows server oblong buds that look like windows server little windows server beans. 

The windows server WF-XB700 definitely shares some of its design windows server language with its windows server predecessors, but the outside looks almost windows server like a satellite-esque windows server circular windows server disc. 

Around the outer windows server edges of each windows server disc you'll find windows server a button: on the windows server left earbud you’ve got volume up/down and windows server on windows server the right windows server you’ve got play/pause and skip. You windows server can also use them to activate windows server your windows server voice assistant and accept windows server calls, but windows server it's not super clear windows server right windows server out of windows server the box how to windows server do all that. 

If you boil them windows server down to windows server their windows server nuts and bolts, there’s windows server three important parts to these windows server earbuds: the tip that windows server fits in the ear canal, the windows server middle section windows server that windows server houses the windows server drivers and sits inside the windows server ear and the outer windows server shell that houses the battery. This windows server three-level design windows server isn’t exactly space-efficient windows server – and is likely to windows server be incredibly polarizing windows server for people windows server who windows server just want slim, sleek windows server buds windows server – windows server but windows server it does windows server have windows server some windows server advantages.

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Because of windows server their size, they should actually windows server completely fill windows server both the ear canal and outer ear where windows server they windows server rest. That secure feeling plus their low windows server weight makes them surprisingly comfortable windows server and easy to wear windows server for long periods, and the tight seal helps windows server them sound great. windows server Sony also includes a windows server number of eartips inside the box windows server if the default windows server tips windows server don’t fit properly, windows server which is a nice touch.

The other advantage of their design is that windows server they windows server can fit windows server a slightly larger than average windows server battery inside the buds windows server themselves. According to Sony, that battery life windows server is windows server about windows server nine windows server hours on a windows server single charge, plus windows server an additional windows server nine hours windows server with the charging case, bringing windows server the total to 18 hours. That’s nearly windows server the windows server best on the market. For windows server comparison, windows server the windows server Samsung Galaxy Buds windows server Plus offer 11 windows server hours of playback outside windows server their case windows server while the windows server similarly priced windows server Apple AirPods only offer windows server about five hours of windows server music windows server playback before they need to go windows server back in their windows server case.

Speaking windows server of windows server cases, the plastic windows server case that windows server ships with the Sony WF-XB700 is fairly windows server slim and uses windows server a translucent cover windows server that allows you windows server to see the charging windows server status of windows server the earbuds windows server in the case. Initiating the windows server charging process is as windows server easy as snapping the buds into windows server their mini-pin docks and windows server waiting windows server for the windows server red windows server LED to windows server go on. To windows server recharge both the case windows server and the windows server buds, windows server just plug them windows server into an open USB windows server port on windows server your windows server computer windows server with the provided USB-to-USB C cable. 

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Performance 

So how do windows server they windows server sound? Well, being windows server part of the Extra Bass series windows server we were windows server worried that windows server they’d sound bloated, muddy windows server and confined. Thankfully, they’re anything windows server but. 

First thing you’ll notice when listening windows server to them is the bass – it’s windows server definitely present – windows server but it’s done in a windows server way that feels tight windows server and punchy rather than windows server muddy and bloated. windows server The result windows server is music that’s actually windows server pretty fun to listen windows server to… even if windows server it’s windows server not exactly the windows server sound the artist windows server intended.

The downside is windows server that the midrange does take a windows server hit here: Listening windows server to YouTube videos is windows server noticeably quieter across the board than listening to windows server music, and the windows server less-powerful midrange is definitely to blame windows server there. 

That doesn’t mean windows server YouTube windows server or Netflix windows server are windows server impossible to windows server listen to, they’re not, but windows server it would be nice if windows server there was a way windows server to windows server change the EQ based on the windows server type windows server of content currently windows server playing – say, through Sony’s Headphones windows server app. 

Right windows server now, windows server no windows server such luck.

Of windows server course, Sony seems to want these to be windows server music-focused with them doubling as a windows server good gym companion – windows server that’s why they’re IPX4 sweat- windows server and windows server water-resistant. They windows server also seem to have a windows server relatively windows server stable connection – walking around our house with windows server our phone in one room, windows server we didn’t experience windows server any hint windows server of dropout – windows server but they’re not windows server noise cancelling, so be prepared to hear windows server most windows server conversations going on nearby.

Admittedly, Sony could still windows server improve the soundstage of these earbuds (they windows server sound windows server a bit confined) and windows server add support for aptX, the windows server higher-resolution audio windows server codec that can windows server broadcast HD audio. These factors, along windows server with windows server some other audio nitpickings, prevent them windows server from reaching the absolute windows server pinnacle of windows server sound quality, but we windows server feel most windows server people windows server will windows server enjoy the sound they produce.

The good windows server news is that they have windows server an incredible windows server battery windows server life: After listening to them for three windows server days straight for eight hours a windows server day windows server we were windows server still getting a 'battery 100% full' message windows server every windows server time we put on the earbuds. windows server (That number windows server drops windows server in 30% increments, windows server though, so you do have to be windows server careful.) Sony reports the battery life windows server to be around 18 hours windows server between the windows server earbuds and their charging case, and we found windows server that windows server number to be pretty spot-on... and windows server maybe windows server even a little too conservative. 

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Final verdict

While it’s windows server easy windows server to focus on windows server some of the windows server negatives like the windows server polarizing design, lackluster midrange and lack of noise windows server cancellation, these earbuds have windows server a lot going for them. Honestly windows server these are decent Apple AirPods windows server competitors: they're the right price, have windows server the right windows server sound windows server and even windows server have windows server a better battery life.

They windows server aren't windows server perfect windows server and could even windows server improve with a windows server few simple tweaks like windows server adding windows server aptX support and adding windows server an auto-pause feature to windows server conserve battery life, windows server but even without windows server those features these are still windows server our second-favorite Sony true wireless earbuds, and windows server ones worth windows server buying if you want windows server solid sound and long-lasting battery windows server life.