Reviewed Oct 29, 2018 at 10:04 am

Jaybird X4 Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
7.2
Mixed Usage
7.1
Neutral Sound
7.5
Commute/Travel
8.0
Sports/Fitness
7.0
Office
5.7
Wireless Gaming
5.6
Wired Gaming
6.9
Phone Call
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Jaybird X4 Wireless are great wireless sports in-ears that are versatile for everyday casual use. They block a decent amount of noise and barely leak. They are stable for most sports and portable enough to fit in your pockets. You can customize your sound to your liking with the MySound app, and they have decent battery life. They are very similar to the X3, slightly outperforming them for sound, but they keep relatively the same design.

Test Results
Design 7.7
Isolation 8.1
Microphone 6.5
Active Features 5.6
Connectivity 3.4
Pros
  • Minimal leakage.
  • Stable and portable design.
  • Above average and customizable sound.
Cons
  • The in-ear fit is uncomfortable for some.
  • Cumbersome charging cradle.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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7.7

Design

The Jaybird X4 have practically the same design as the X3. Only the tips and stability fins are different. They are slightly more earbud-like, similar to the Freedom 2, and are made of a more transparent rubber. They are also portable enough to fit in most pockets like most in-ears, but the ear fit might still not be for everyone. The X4 are a bit more comfortable thanks to the ear tips not entering your ear canal as deeply as before. They are also rated IPX7 and should be more sweatproof and waterproof than the X3.

Style

The Jaybird X4 look nearly identical to the Jaybird X3. Even the in-line remote looks the same, but the tips on the earbuds and the stability fins don’t have the honeycomb design. They have a sporty look but come in even fewer colors than the X3, which were already less colorful than the previous X2.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The X4 are more comfortable than the X3 and Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. The new earbud-like tips do not enter your ear canal as deep (similar to the Freedom 2 and the Skullcandy Jib), and they are a bit more comfortable than most in-ears. Unfortunately, like most in-ears, they’re not comfortable for everyone and can get fatiguing after long listening sessions. On the upside, they come with 2 comply foam tips that people usually find more comfortable.

7.4 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Ease Of Use : Good
Feedback : Decent
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

The in-line remote of the X4 is pretty much the same as the X3. Buttons are easily findable, and feedback is good. You get a volume control with track skipping and a basic play/pause button that also answers/ends calls. They are rated IPX7, so the in-line remote might be more sweatproof and waterproof than the X3, which is a nice addition considering reports that the X3 remote would stop charging after a few usages. The remote is also slightly better than the more recent Tarah which does not feel as clicky but have the same easy to use 3-button set up.

9.3 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.7 C

Like most in-ears, the X4 are very breathable. Your ears aren’t covered, so heat isn’t trapped under an ear cup. They should not make you sweat more than usual, which makes them a great choice for sports.

8.5 Portability
L : 3 "
W : 3 "
H : 0.8 "
Volume : 7 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required : N/A

The Jaybird X4 are wireless in-ears, so they are very portable. They will fit easily in most pockets and bags to keep with you at any time. They also come with a small pouch, which doesn’t add too much bulk.

6.0 Case
Type : Pouch
L : 3.3 "
W : 3.2 "
H : 0.8 "
Volume : 8 Cu. Inches

The X4 come with a small pouch similar to the X3. It will protect the headphones from scratches and minor water exposure. Unfortunately, it isn’t a small solid case like the X2 have, but they stay more portable that way.

7.5 Build Quality

The build quality is the same as the X3. The cable is flat, and the headphones feel solid enough to survive a few drops without damage. They are also rated IPX7, but as of right now, we don’t have any way to test this in our current test bench. Unfortunately, the cord management clips were replaced by a cinch that some people don’t seem to like as much.

8.0 Stability

The Jaybird X4 are stable headphones for most sports. You’ll be able to run and train with them without any problem. They come with 4 tip options, of which 2 are comply foam tips and 3 stability fins for you to find the most comfortable and stable fit. Being wireless, they reduce the risk of them getting hooked on something and pulling the earbuds out of your ears. Although the stability fins look a little different, they are essentially the same.

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Sound

They have a deep, consistent, and powerful bass, a great and even mid-range, and a well-balanced treble. However, their bass is ever-so-slightly muddy, their mid-range is a bit recessed, nudging vocals and other instruments towards the back of the mix, and their treble lacks some detail and is a little uneven on S and T sounds. Additionally, like most other in-ear headphones, they don't have a large and speaker-like soundstage.

Compared to the X3, the X4 have a slightly better-balanced bass and a more neutral sound.

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
:
0.87 db
Treble Amount
:
-0.17 db
9.2 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.17 dB

The frequency response consistency is excellent. If the user is able to achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

8.9 Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
1.58 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
0.46 dB
Mid-Bass
:
-0.24 dB
High-Bass
:
2.61 dB

The Jaybird X4 have a great bass. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Low-bass and mid-bass are flat and within 0.5dB of our neutral target. This results in a deep and punchy bass with just the right amount of thump and rumble. However, high-bass, responsible for warmth, is overemphasized by more than 2.6dB, bringing a slight muddiness to the bass.

8.5 Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
2.06 dB
Low-Mid
:
0.1 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-3.1 dB
High-Mid
:
0.33 dB

The Jaybird X4 have a great mid-range performance. The overall mid-range response is even and well-balanced, which is important for the clear and well-balanced reproduction of vocals and instruments. However, it shows about 3dB of recess centered around 700Hz. This nudges vocals and leads slightly to the back of the mix by giving more emphasis to bass and treble frequencies.

7.9 Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
3.52 dB
Low-Treble
:
-0.21 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-0.74 dB
High-Treble
:
0.46 dB

The treble response is good. Low-treble shows a 4dB dip around 4KHz, which will have a small negative effect on the detail and presence of instruments. The sibilance region (6KHz-10KHz) is a bit uneven, which makes some S and T sounds a bit sharp and some others a bit lacking. This will be mostly noticeable on vocals and cymbals.

7.1 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.84 db
Dips
:
1.7 db
9.1 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.12
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.13
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.64
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
2.48

The stereo imaging is great. Their weighted group delay is at 0.12, which is great. The group delay graph also shows that the entire response is well below our audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Also, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response. This is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video games effects) in the stereo image.

0.6 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
2.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
0.3

The soundstage is poor. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear). The design of in-ears and earbuds is in such a way that fully bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. Also, because these headphones have a closed-back enclosure, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.

6.8 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.258
WHD @ 100
:
0.672
8.1

Isolation

The Jaybird X4 have good isolation performance but are outperformed by the X3. They passively block a decent amount of ambient noise, but they shine when it comes to leakage performance, like the X3. They barely leak, making them excellent headphones in quieter environments when you want to mask more noise by raising your audio volume without bothering people around you.

7.3 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-20.67 dB
Bass
:
-6.01 dB
Mid
:
-19.41 dB
Treble
:
-37.82 dB

The isolation performance is about average. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sits, they achieved almost 6dB of isolation which is mediocre. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by more than 19dB, which is very good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds and computer fan noise, they isolate about 38dB, which is great. Compared to the original Jaybird X3, the X4 performs worse in the bass and treble ranges, probably due to their more earbud-like design. If you want sports headphones to run with while being aware of your surroundings, take a look at the Jabra Elite Active 45e.

9.7 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
22.54 dB

The leakage performance is excellent. These in-ears practically do not leak, so you don't need to worry about disturbing people around you unless you are blasting your music in a very quiet room. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 23dB SPL and peaks at 35dB SPL, which is noticeably quieter than the noise floor of an average office.

6.5

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The Jaybird X4 have a sub-par microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound relatively thin, muffled, and lacking in detail. In noisy situations, they will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise, even in moderately loud environments such as a busy street.

7.0 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
:
2.0 dB
HFE
:
3044.37 Hz
Weighted THD
:
1.847
Gain
:
44.45 dB

The recording quality the microphone is sub-par. Speech recorded or transmitted with the microphone will sound thin and muffled. This is due to LFE (low-frequency extension) being at 370Hz and the HFE (high-frequency extension) being at 3KHz. However, the limited high-frequency extension is a limitation of the Bluetooth protocol, and is a problem with all Bluetooth microphones. However, speech will still be decently intelligible on this microphone.

6.1 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
13.43 dB

The in-line microphone is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, it achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 13dB, indicating that they are best suited for quiet environments. But they won't be ideal for moderate and loud environments, as they will have difficulty fully separating speech from ambient noise.

5.6

Active Features

The battery life is pretty much the same as the X3, and both headphones are compatible with the Jaybird MySound mobile app for more customization options like a parametric equalizer. Unfortunately, they come with a specific charging dongle that can be annoying if you don’t always have it on you.

5.4 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
7.3 hrs
Additional Charges
:
0
Total Battery Life
:
7.3 hrs
Charge Time
:
1.7 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio While Charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
No
Charging Port : micro-USB

The Jaybird X4 have about 7 hours of battery life, which is a bit over-average for most wireless in-ears models, with 1.7-hour charging time. They do not have any auto turn-off setting so be sure to turn them off if you plan on using them later in the day. The battery life can be a bit short if you plan to use them during your whole work shift, but most casual listeners will find it more than enough. Also, the proprietary charging dongle is restrictive, and you will need to keep it on you to charge your headphones at any moment. You can also check out the more recent Tarah Pro for their much longer lasting 13-hour battery life, so you don't have to carry the cradle around on your person as often. If you don't want a cradle, look at the JBL Everest 110 and their 9-hour battery life.

8.0 App Support
App Name : Jaybird MySound
iOS : Yes
Android : Yes
macOS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
Parametric + Presets
ANC Control
:
N/A
Mic Control : No
Room effects
:
No
Playback Control
:
Yes
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

Update: 05/03/2019: We've updated the review since we had previously listed the Jaybird app as not having an in-app player, but it has an integrated one for Spotify Premium users.

Just like the X3, the X4 are compatible with the Jaybird MySound mobile app. It offers an excellent parametric EQ and lets you access community presets from other X4 owners. The app doesn’t offer room effects but has an integrated Spotify in-app player for Premium accounts. The app is a good tool to find the best sound profile for your mood and music genre. On the other hand, if you do not need the additional customization options then consider the JBL Reflect Mini 2. They have similar design and performance overall but lack a good app.

3.4

Connectivity

The Jaybird X4 are Bluetooth only headphones that have bad latency, which won’t be good for watching video content or gaming. Their pairing protocol is simple, but they do not support NFC. On the upside, they have better wireless range than the previous X3 and can connect to 2 devices.

8.4 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
:
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
:
No
Line of Sight Range
:
186 ft
Default Latency
:
211 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

The Jaybird X4 can be paired with 2 devices which is great if you want to frequently switch between your phone and computer. Their pairing procedure is also fairly easy as you just have to hold the play button on the in-line remote for a few seconds.

They have more latency than the X3, and it will be noticeable while watching videos or when gaming. 211ms is more than most typical Bluetooth headphones. Both models have more latency than the X2.

0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A
Wired Latency
:
N/A

These headphones don’t have any wired option.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
:
No
Xbox One Wired USB
:
No
Xbox One Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

The Jaybird X4 do not have a dock. If you want a headphone that's versatile and has a dock, try the SteelSeries Arctis 7. However, it won't be as compact and easy-to-carry around as the X4.

In the box

  • Jaybird X4 headphones
  • 2x silicone ear tips
  • 2x Comply Foam tips
  • 3x stability fins
  • USB charging cable
  • Charging cradle
  • Shirt clip
  • Carrying pouch
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Jaybird X4 are one of the best wireless earbuds for working out that we've tested so far. They were designed as good wireless sports in-ears, but they are also versatile enough for everyday casual usage as well. Their sound quality is good for in-ears and they are more comfortable than most in-ears as the new ear tips don’t enter your ear canals as deeply. The new IPX7 rating is great for sports users who don’t want their headphones to get damaged because of sweat and water exposure. Unfortunately, their charging cradle can be frustrating at times because you always need it to charge the headphones instead of finding a more universal and common cable to connect directly to them. On the upside, they are also compatible with the Jaybird MySound app which offers good customization thanks to an excellent equalizer. See our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds and the best earbuds with a mic.

Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless
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The Jaybird Tarah Pro are better headphones than the Jaybird X4 in pretty much every single aspect. They have lower latency, have a slightly more accurate treble range, and have a way better battery life. Their designs are very similar, other than the fact that the Tarah Pro have magnetic and rotating earbuds and have a braided cable. However, the X4 support multi-device pairing, offer more fit options, and are less expensive.

Jaybird Tarah Wireless
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The Jaybird X4 and Jaybird Tarah are very similar headphones, but the X4 have a slight edge over the Tarah. They have slightly longer battery life and better sound quality, with a slightly overemphasized bass which can be great for sports music. However, both headphones are compatible with the Jaybird app, which gives you access to an easy-to-use EQ. The X4 also has more options for a better fit and come with a soft pouch. On the other hand, the Tarah have a better wireless range. The X4 also have an in-line remote that doesn’t feel as cheap as the Tarah’s. So, if you feel like an extra $30 is worth extra fit options, a pouch, and a better in-line remote, go with the X4; if not, get the Tarah.

Jaybird X3 Wireless
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The Jaybird X4 are an upgrade from the Jaybird X3. They are a bit more comfortable and have slightly better sound quality, especially in the treble range, but these results might be due to the different ear tips. They are also more waterproof, being rated IPX7, while the X3 don’t officially have an IPX rating. On the other hand, the X3 have better noise isolation and slightly better latency performance, but both aren’t ideal to watch videos.

Bose SoundSport Wireless
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If sound quality is the most important thing for you, the Bose SoundSport Wireless are better headphones than the Jaybird X4. Their sound quality is better and they are more comfortable. On the other hand, they barely isolate any noise, so the X4 are the better pick in that category. The X4 also have over an hour more in battery life and the Jaybird MySound app offers more customization than the Bose Connect app. The build quality is better on the X4, thanks to the waterproof IPX7 rating.

JBL Reflect Mini 2 Wireless
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The JBL Reflect Mini 2 and Jaybird X4 are both designed as sports-oriented headphones, but the X4 might get the edge if you don’t mind the restrictive charging cradle. They have overall better build quality and have a companion app that lets you EQ the sound to your liking. On the other hand, the JBLs have longer battery life and only need a micro-USB cable to charge them. Both have great wireless range, but the X4 can also connect to 2 devices, which is convenient.

Jaybird Freedom 2 Wireless 2017
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The Jaybird X4 are better wireless in-ears than the Jaybird Freedom 2. They have better sound quality, a longer battery life, better leakage performance, better build quality, and are rated IPX7. On the other side, the Jaybird Freedom 2 are more comfortable, which can be the most important factor for some people.

Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless
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The Jaybird X4 and Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless perform similarly, but the X4 have the edge thanks to their app that lets you EQ the sound to your liking. Also, the X4 have better isolation performance and you’ll be able to use these on the bus or at the office without a problem. However, the Powerbeats3 have longer battery life that will last you a full workday, and some may prefer the ear-hook design for more stability during physical activities.

Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless
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The Jaybird X4 Wireless are better headphones than the Jabra Elite Active 45e in almost every aspect. Their sound quality is better, their earbud-like tips are more comfortable, their app offers more customization, they have a slightly better battery life, and isolate more ambient noise due to their air-tight seal and closed-back design. On the other hand, the Elite Active 45e have a mic-mute function that the X4 lack and you don’t need a proprietary cradle to charge them. The Elite Active 45e will be a better option if you want headphones to run outside with while being aware of your surroundings.

Beats BeatsX Wireless
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The Jaybird X4 are more comfortable than the Beats BeatsX and have a longer battery life. They are also sweat and waterproof, with an IPX7 rating, while the BeatsX don’t have any rating. Both score equally in the sound category, but the bass to mid-range is more even on the BeatsX while the treble range is better on the X4. For convenience, the Jaybird are more universal, as they can be used with both Android and iOS. The app offers more customization than the iOS-exclusive battery life pop-up that the BeatsX offer. On the other hand, the BeatsX have better isolation performance and come with a small soft case, while the X4 only have a pouch.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless
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The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless will be more versatile headphones than the Jaybird X4 Wireless. These over-ears are very comfortable and their great ANC feature is great for commuting. They are well-built and also have a great app that lets you EQ their sound profile, just like the X4. However, the Sonys won’t be as portable or breathable as the Jaybird X4. If you’re looking for everyday headphones, the WH-1000XM3 are the better option, but for sports, go with the Jaybird X4.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018
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For everyday casual use, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II are a better option than the Jaybird X4 Wireless. Their over-ear fit is more comfortable, and they are also noise cancelling headphones, which will be better suited for commuting. They sound good, but you don’t have an EQ like the X4 inside their app. Also, the Jaybird are more portable and will be a better option than the QC 35 II if you’re looking for sports headphones.

JBL Everest 110 Wireless
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The Jaybird X4 are better headphones than the JBL Everest 110. They feel more high-end and better-built, and their default audio reproduction is slightly more accurate. Also, they have an EQ that lets you customize their sound to your liking, which is nice. Their earbud-like tips are also more comfortable for most, and they also come with foam tips. However, the X4 have a restrictive charging cradle and less battery life than the Everest 110.

V-MODA BassFit Wireless
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The Jaybird X4 are better headphones than the V-MODA BassFit Wireless, due to the fact that they have an app with a great EQ. They also feel more comfortable and seem to be better built. They are rated IPX7 for sweat and water resistance and don’t enter your ear canal deeply. On the other hand, the BassFit have slightly longer battery life and don’t have a restrictive charging cradle like the X4 have, which is more convenient.

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7.2 Mixed Usage

Above-average for mixed usage. The Jaybird X4 are sports headphones that are versatile enough for everyday usage. They are a good sounding pair of headphones and are more comfortable than the previous X3. Unfortunately, they are in-ears, which might not fit everyone. They block a decent amount of ambient noise but barely leak. You also don’t need to worry about a wire getting in your way every day since they are wireless. They should also last you a good part of the day thanks to its decent battery life.

7.1 Neutral Sound

Decent for neutral listening. The Jaybird X4 have decently balanced sound with a bit of overemphasized bass, great for bass-heavy genres. Like most in-ears, they have poor soundstage. On the upside, they're comfortable and sound good enough for casual listening. They also have an EQ so you can adjust the sound profile to your liking.

7.5 Commute/Travel

Above-average for commuting. They isolate a decent amount of noise and you can reduce ambient sound by listening to higher volumes thanks to the low leakage of the X4. They are decently comfortable for short trips like a bus ride, but in-ears might not be the best choice for longer trips like a flight. On the upside, the wireless in-ear design makes them very portable and you can easily store them in your pockets or in a bag.

8.0 Sports/Fitness

The Jaybird X4 are excellent sports headphones. The different tips and stability fins options will let you find the most comfortable and stable fit for your activities. The in-line remote didn’t change from the X3 model and still have a simple control scheme. Being wireless, you won’t have a wire in your way during your workouts. They are also compact enough to fit in your pockets, even when in their carrying pouch.

7.0 Office

Decent for office use. They have good isolation performance. They block a decent amount of ambient noise and barely leak, so you can mask more noise by raising your audio volume. Unfortunately, the fit is probably not comfortable enough for a full day of work. The battery life might also be too short for a whole shift.

5.7 Wireless Gaming

Sub-par for gaming. They have an average microphone but too much latency to be used for gaming

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