Love it or leave it, one cannot deny that wireless headphones have become an integral part of our lives, in one form or another. These cordless audio accessories have also been undergoing a constant state of evolution, with some models sporting more costeffective features (e.g. longer battery life), along with more premium features (e.g. wireless support for Hi-Res Audio). In this review, we’ll be taking a look at one of Sony’s truly cordless and band-less in-ear headphones, the WF-1000X.
The wireless earbud concept has been around for the better part of a year now, but in Sony’s case, the WF1000X marks the company’s entry into this particular market. The earbuds are, as one would expect, extremely lightweight. To the naked eye, a person that didn’t know
what they are could easily dismiss them as some rather fancy looking earplugs. On an unrelated note, these earbuds also fit into our ears pretty snugly too.
Moving forward, once you’ve placed them in your ears and turned them on, they will give you access to three modes: noise cancelling, ambient sound, and the option of turning off both modes. Now, Sony recommends that you download its Headphones connect app in order to control these functions from your phone (as well as to update your earbuds’ software), but even if you don’t use the app, you can still cycle through the modes by pressing the button that is situated at bottom of the left earbud.
Because of its size and design, there is, unfortunately, a trade-off with owning the WF-1000X: battery life. At best, Sony’s premium cordless earbuds will give three hours of continuous use on a full charge. That said, the WF1000X comes with its own special casing that acts as the earbuds’ lone charging port. Additionally, the casing also doubles as a portable charger for the earbuds, capable of carrying an additional six hours of battery life.
With regards to the WF1000X’s performance, our verdict is that the earbuds were decent, if not a bit lacking. Overall audio clarity was impressive and clear, but we did notice an occasional clicking that went off at random, a flaw that we’re certain can easily be fixed with a software update. Further to that, sound staging was surprisingly accurate on them, and we detected no breaking in the highs and mids, or any distortion in the lows.
for rm899, sony’s Wf-1000X delivers true wireless audio immersion, three hours at a time.
The casing doubles as a portable charging case, giving the earphones an additional six hours.