The new generation of true wireless earbuds bring extra smarts, better fits and a whole new level of sound
£220, sony.co.uk / BUY NOW
Two years after launching its ﬁrst true-wireless earbuds, the acclaimed WF-1000Xs, Sony returns with a second, much-improved pair. This time around the Japanese company has secreted one of its proprietary QN1e HD noise-canceling processors inside each bud, and as a result, the WF-1000XM3s are claimed to deliver a full 40% increase in noise-canceling over their worthy predecessors.
Elsewhere, there’s support for both Siri and Alexa’s voice activation – handy when you’re in no position to get your phone out of your pocket. There are touchpads on each bud for controlling the music (right side) and the level of noise cancellation (left side), with battery life coming in around six hours. Sony appears to be quietly mastering the true-wireless market in style.
T3 SAYS: Sony’s second set of true-wireless earbuds offer plenty for commuters to like.
£300 / BUY NOW
Wireless in-case usually come with compromises great sound, poor fit, Great design, no waterproofing, And that before we start on the biggest bugbear: connection stability. But the RHA TrueConnect seems to nall all important stuff, and arguably better than any others we tested. they sound fantastic, the design is lovely.there’s waterproofing to IPX5 and the Bluetooth 5.0 connection is rock -solid. They also pack a generous five-hour battery life, with 20 extra hours available from the study case.
5+20 hours battery, with fast charging
Weight: 13g (buds only), 91g (in charging case)
IPX5 sweat, splash and weather resistance
Driver: 6mm dynamic
Colors: Cloud White, Navy Blue, Carbon Black
Battery: Li-Ion, 5+20 hours
Charging: 15m: 50%; 1h40: 100%
Secure, comfortable fit; ideal for active use
Stem design maximizes call quality
Full device and digital assistant control via touch and mic
The Budget One
Soundscore liBerty Neeo
Until recently, if you wanted true wireless on the cheap you’d have to endure poor connectivity and weird looks. That’s not the case any longer. These sweatproof buds pair instantly, have very consistent connectivity and sound good for the money. They are primarily gym ’n’ run buds, but although the audio performance is consequently a tad boomy, they’re perfectly serviceable outside of workout environments. Battery life is rather brief at four hours, but a year ago you’d be paying 200 quid for the same.
Playtime Per Charge: 5 HoursTotal Playtime with Charging Case:20 Hours
Fast Charging: Charge for 10 minutes, listen for 1 hour
Noise Cancellation for Calls:2-microphone uplink noise cancellation/
Recommended For: Commute, travel, sports
Samsung galaxy Buds
Samsung’s in-ear buds are easiest to get up and running with Samsung phones but work with anything (though are best on Android since that’s the place to get the companion app). The big draw here is battery life: we got more than the claimed six hours from a single charge. The case offers a single extra charge, and it can be wirelessly charged. Audio quality, sadly, is nothing to write home about. It’s fine, but if you get these, do it for the battery life and/ or the convenience.
Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth v5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps)Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP
Colour: White, Black, Yellow
Compatible Specification of Smartphone: Android 5.0 ↑ , 1.5GB ↑/
Package Contents: Earbuds, Eartips (S, M, L), Quick Start Guide, USB Cable, Wingtips (S, M, L), Charging Case/
Talk Time/Voice Call: Up to 5 Hours/
Battery Capacity (Earbud):58 mAh
Greatest of All Time
Beats Powerboats Pro
The only things that should prevent these from ruling the world are their cost, and whether you like the more prominent design. Otherwise, they’re untouchable. In terms of a solid fit for exercise, nothing comes close: these are by far the best fitness headphones ever. But if you want true wireless buds for pure audio quality, there’s also almost nothing to match them – some are close, but all have other niggles. They’re punchy but still nuanced. Even the battery life is huge: a reliable nine hours per charge, plus 13 more hours from the case.
Package Contents: Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones/Charging case Eartips with four size options/Lightning to USB-A charging cable/Quick Start GuideWarranty CardCHARGE 5 min = Up to 1.5 hour
Power through with voice control With hands-free controls via “Hey Siri” on iOS devices
Apple AirPods (2nd gen)
£159, BUY NOW
The new version of the most popular true wireless option is… iterative. The sound is the same (really quite good, but lacking in isolation); the fit is surprisingly solid for most people, and they auto-pause when you take one out of your ear. The battery life has been slightly increased in some situations, but the main new addition is that you can say “Hey Siri” to trigger Apple’s assistant (assuming you have an iPhone) and tell it to do stuff. There’s also a wireless charging case, but that’s an extra £40. A great choice, but still Apple-centric.
More than24 hr of battery life with charging case.Up to 5 hr of listening time on one charge.
Only 15 min of charging provides up to 3 hours of listening time.
Chip H1 headphone chip.
Sensors: Dual beam-forming microphones /Dual optical sensors/motion-detecting accelerometer/Speech-detecting accelerometer
Controls: Double-tap to play, skip forward or answer a phone call/Say “Hey Siri” to do things like playing a song, make a call or get directions.
Size and Weight:Weight: 4 grams (0.14 ounces)/Depth: 18.0 mm (0.71 inches)/Height: 40.5 mm (1.59 inches)/Width: 16.5 mm (0.65 inches)
Package Contents: Wireless Charging Case/Lightning to USB-A Cable/Documentation
Paying for premium
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
£249, microsoft.com / BUY NOW
These are pushing the PowerBeats for audio quality, and the build quality of the buds and their case also feel suitably premium. Bluetooth connectivity is rock solid and pairing is reliable. However, to get to this point, they come at a hefty price premium that’s hard to justify given there isn’t a huge gulf in quality between them and cheaper pairs. They’re also a little bulky and don’t have the best battery life. If you want something less overt than the Beats and are happy to pay, go for it.
Item Weight: 72.6 gProduct Dimensions: 7.8 x 9 x 3.5 cm
Batteries: 2 Lithium-ion batteries required. (included)
Additional Features Transparent Hearing and Charging Case
Included Components Wireless Headphone, Silicone Ear Adapter Sets (in size (XS/S/M/L), Charging Case, USB-C Charging Cable 20 cm and Manuals (Safety Guide and Quick Guide)
Headphones Form Factor In-Ear
Battery Average Life 12 Hours
Cambridge Audio Melomania 1
£$99.95 Buy Now
Offering an engaging and exciting listen, these buds lack just a drop of dynamism but do most things really well..and for hours and hours at a time .add that all together and you’ve got a bargain
Up to 9 Hours Earbud Playback From a Single ChargeUp to 36 Additional Hours Battery Life
Class-Leading Bluetooth 5.0
Graphene Enhanced 5.8mm Drivers
aptX, AAC & SBC Codecs For Optimal Streaming Performance
Clear Voice Calls & Active Noise Cancelling
Great Fit. Super Lightweight.
Works With Voice Assistants
Control Volume, Track Skip, Play/Pause, Voice Control & Calls
Named after Cambridge Audio’s Music Venue – Melomania
JABRA ELITE 65T
Jabra has solved most of the problems that bedeviled earlier true wireless buds. Sound is great, connectivity LVURFNVROLGWKHĆWLV secure but comfortable, and they’re discreet.
Talk-time Up to 5 hours of battery life, 15 hours with charging case Charging time2 hours with a dedicated USB wall charger (500 mA) Rapid charge
The 15-minute rapid charge provides up to 1 hour of battery life
Microphone concept : 4 x MEMS
Microphone sensitivity: -38 dBV/Pa
Wind noise protection: Yes, 4-mic system + acoustic open chamber design
Speaker size: 6.0 × 5.1 mm
Speaker frequency range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Ambient noise reduction: Yes, 4-mic system
Sound codec: AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)
Microphone frequency range: 100 Hz to 10 kHz