Sony last month launched their own set of affordable true wireless pair – the Sony WF-XB700 – in India. At Rs 9,990, the Sony WF-XB700 true wireless earphones are just a tad bit affordable, and it is because Sony has always focused on quality over price. As a result, we only see high-end premium earphones from the company.
Sony says that the WF-XB700 true wireless earbuds are ergonomically designed. Its cushioned arc supporter and three-dimensional curved design ensure a secure, comfortable fit. However, my experience was slightly different. Yes, the earbuds fit in securely, but I didn’t find them comfortable. Initially it was weird and uncomfortable to wear these, but after a few days, I felt okay about the fit. I generally do not prefer in-ear style earbuds, so maybe that’s the reason behind it. That said, I still feel that Sony could have gone for a little more slimmer design, so they would’ve fit perfectly.
The Sony WF-XB700 TWS comes with an oval-shaped compact magnetic charging case with a translucent cover. The earbuds have a 9-hour battery life but they give you a total of 18 hours with the charging case. You can use USB-Type-C charging cable to charge the case, and this cable is included (along with six replaceable eartips) in the box. The magnets in the case hold the earphones tight enough in the case, so these don’t fall out easily. The translucent cover lets you see through red charging LED light.
The moment you take these out of the charging case, each earphone tells you about the battery status and pairs up with the last connected/ available device. There’s a button on each earphone which does a different job. The one on the right lets you play, stop, or skip through tracks with single and double click respectively. It also triggers the voice assistant on your phone for easy search query, reminders or making a call.
On the left earbud, the button with a single click increases the volume gradually on pressing. And to turn the volume down, all you need to do is hold it in a long press. To answer calls, you can use any earphone button and talk using any of it with hands-free calling with built-in mic.
Coming to the call audio quality, the other person could hear occasional ambient noise but it was mostly distortion-free. Also, the audio quality was better than many headsets.
Talking about the performance of these Sony TWS during my review time, I felt the punchy low-end sound was great. These get 12mm drivers with frequency range of 20Hz to 20Khz that are bass-heavy, but they maintained vocal clarity. Even on full volume, there was no distortion whatsoever. In terms of battery life, the earbuds could easily go over 7 hours for me. I kept switching between my phone and TV with these, and there was no problem with the connection. Thanks to the Bluetooth 5.0, the wireless connection with my phone or TV was seamless and it could maintain a good range without disconnection or distortion.