The all-new WF-SP700 earbuds are Sony’s second completely wireless model. Designed with workout warriors in mind, the wire-free earbuds offer a combination of distinctive looks, a highly customizable audio experience with an Extra Bass option, and adjustable noise cancellation. The latter sets the WF-SP700 apart from its gym-friendly, completely wireless competitors.
A Comfortable Design Fits in Perfectly for a Workout
The Sony WF-SP700 wire-free earbuds look like tiny, slightly elongated pebbles. There are no sharp angles or edges on the earbuds, so it's pretty much guaranteed that they'll be incredibly comfortable even before you open their see-through box.
When it comes to fit and comfort, the WF-SP700 will live up to the expectations set by their organic design. The earbuds have a secure and exceptionally comfortable fit, which ensures that they'll stay in place during any workout.
Each earbud has a conveniently placed button to control essential functions. The right earbud button is for audio playback and phone calls, while the left one is dedicated to controlling the noise canceling.
Sony offers the earbuds in a quartet of eye-catching colors — black, white, yellow, and pink. Each color option features a two-tone design, which includes a metal-looking insert finished in a different shade of the main color.
As expected, the WF-SP700 earbuds are splash- and sweat-resistant. They have an IPX4 rating, so you won’t have to worry about damaging them during your workouts.
The earbuds have a sleek carrying case with a built-in battery. We love its swiveling cover, which is both cool-looking and convenient.
Motivating Audio and an Extra Bass Feature Will Keep You Pumped Up
Out of the box, the WF-SP700 wire-free earbuds offer a well-balanced sound signature, which will appeal to a broad range of audio tastes. Sony’s mobile app has a number of available presets, designed for various types of content. They range from a dedicated option for speech, all the way to an Extra Bass feature, which is great for workouts.
The quality of connection between the earbuds and the iPhone X we connected it to was excellent during our testing. Compared to the Sony WF-1000X model that launched last year, the WF-SP700 earphones offer a noticeable improvement.
We still wish that Sony had equipped its latest offering with Bluetooth 5.0 instead of Bluetooth 4.1 because the newer standard is a lot more stable and offers a vastly improved wireless range.
Impressive Noise Cancellation Puts Them Ahead of Their Wire-Free Competitors
The noise-canceling quality of the WF-SP700 is impressive, especially considering their form factor. The feature is handily the headset’s biggest selling point, as its gym-friendly wire-free competitors don’t offer noise cancellation.
The earbuds did a solid job in tuning out unwanted ambient noise at the gym and outdoors. You can turn off the feature with the press of a button on the left earbud. A dedicated ambient mode is also available — it lets in noise from your surroundings, so it’s perfect for outdoor runs and exercises.
Mediocre Battery Life Is a Trade-Off for the Excellent Noise-Canceling Feature
Sony rates the WF-SP700 earbuds as capable of lasting up to 3 hours between charges. Our experience with the headset came in line with the manufacturer’s numbers. The earbuds’ carrying case has enough power for two full charges.
Three hours of battery life isn't an impressive showing for wire-free earbuds in this price point — Sony’s direct rivals from Jabra and Bose, for example, offer 5 hours of battery life. The inferior battery endurance from Sony is a direct trade-off for the noise cancellation the WF-SP700 earbuds offer.
Final Verdict: Sleek Design and Built-In Noise Cancellation Put These Wire-Free Sony Earbuds in a League of Their Own
The Sony WF-SP700 earbuds are sleek, comfy, and sound great. Most importantly, thanks to their built-in digital noise cancellation, the wire-free earphones will let you tune out your surroundings and focus on your workout. In this instance, Sony’s wire-free earbuds are in a league of their own, at least for the time being.
Limited battery life makes the earbuds suitable only for working out, not all-day use. Thankfully, as a gym-only accessory, Sony's wireless earbuds are handily among the best of their kind.
It's worth noting that Sony will add Google Assistant compatibility to the WF-SP700 earbuds via a future firmware update. The upcoming feature will allow you to summon the excellent virtual assistant with the press of a button.
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