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Wyze Buds Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Nov 29, 2021 at 10:50 am
Wyze Buds Truly Wireless Picture
6.8
Neutral Sound
7.0
Commute/Travel
8.0
Sports/Fitness
6.6
Office
5.4
Wireless Gaming
5.3
Wired Gaming
6.2
Phone Calls
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Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Wyze Buds Truly Wireless are Βluetooth earbuds that deliver a lot of extra punch and boom out-of-the-box. If you prefer a different sound, they have a companion app with a graphic EQ and presets you can use to customize it. They have a 'Transparency' mode to help you hear your surroundings without turning down your audio but lack an active noise cancelling (ANC) feature and have a disappointing noise isolation performance. Their control scheme also doesn't include a volume function. That said, they're well-suited for the gym since they have good build quality, a stable fit, and an IPX5 rating for water resistance.

Our Verdict

6.8 Neutral Sound

The Wyze Buds are alright for neutral sound. They have a warm sound profile with a lot of extra punch and boom, making them well-suited for bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. Ηowever, mixes may sound a bit cluttered or muddy. The treble range is also underemphasized, so instruments and lead vocals lack some detail, and sibilants are a bit dull. However, they have a graphic EQ and presets in their app that you can use to customize their sound profile. Unfortunately, the L/R drivers of our unit have a mismatched frequency response, which results in a stereo image that seems off-center.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets in app.
Cons
  • Closed-off soundstage.
7.0 Commute/Travel

The Wyze Buds are decent for commute and travel. They're lightweight and quite comfortable. Their battery provides just under seven hours of continuous use, and their case holds three extra charges, so you can easily top them up during a long trip. The buds are also small enough to fit into most pockets and purses, even when they're inside their case. Unfortunately, they lack ANC and don't do much to reduce noises like the rumble of bus or plane engines.

Pros
  • Three extra charges in case.
  • Five different ear tip sizes included.
Cons
  • Disappointing passive noise isolation.
8.0 Sports/Fitness

The Wyze Buds are great for sports and fitness. They come with many different tip sizes and have good stability. They're also well-built, rated IPX5 for resistance against being sprayed with water, and last for just under seven hours from a single charge, meaning they can last through long runs. Unfortunately, their control scheme is limited, so you need to pull out your phone to change the volume.

Pros
  • IPX5 rating for water resistance.
  • Stable fit.
Cons
  • No volume controls.
6.6 Office

The Wyze Buds are okay for office use. They're very portable and come with many different tip sizes, meaning you can find the most comfortable fit. While they don't have ANC, they cut out a good amount of mid-range noise like ambient chatter. Ηowever, they have a limited control scheme and just under seven hours of continuous battery life, which isn't quite enough to last through a 9-5 workday. Fortunately, you can easily recharge them in their case, which holds about three additional charges.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Five different ear tip sizes included.
Cons
  • Disappointing passive noise isolation.
  • Ηigh Βluetooth latency.
5.4 Wireless Gaming

The Wyze Buds can't connect to PlayStation or Xbox consoles, and their latency with PCs, iOS, and Android devices is too high to be suitable for gaming.

5.3 Wired Gaming

The Wyze Buds are Βluetooth-only headphones, and you can't use them wired.

6.2 Phone Calls

The Wyze Buds aren't bad for phone calls. Their integrated mic has a decent recording quality, so you're easy to understand over the phone. Ηowever, it struggles to separate your voice from background noise, so it can be completely drowned out if you use them for a phone call in a loud place. The buds also have sub-par passive noise isolation, so you may have trouble hearing the person you're talking to.

Pros
  • Onboard controls to answer/end calls.
Cons
  • Disappointing passive noise isolation.
  • Mic has sub-par noise handling.
  • 6.8 Neutral Sound
  • 7.0 Commute/Travel
  • 8.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.6 Office
  • 5.4 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.2 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Nov 29, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Nov 24, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Wyze Buds are big earbuds with angled tips and round, flat touch-sensitive surfaces. They're mostly made of matte plastic with some glossy accents. They also have a small Wyze logo on the outside of each bud. They come in all black or a limited edition 'Electric Green' color.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Wyze Buds are decently comfortable. They're light and come with lots of tip options, but their bulky design can put pressure on your ears and cause some pain after a while.

5.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Wyze Buds' control scheme is limited. By default, there's no way to skip a track, and you can't change the volume at all. You can remap the controls to skip tracks, but you lose the play/pause function. However, you can use either bud to cycle between 'Standard' and 'Transparency' Mode. The touch-sensitive surfaces are responsive, and there are different beeps for all the commands. The earbuds also have an auto-pause feature, so when you take one or both out of your ears, your audio pauses automatically and resumes when you put them back. You can turn this off in the app.

On either bud:

  • Touch and hold: Cycles between standard and 'Transparency' mode, which lets you hear your surroundings without turning off your audio.
  • Double tap: Plays and pauses audio. Can be remapped to skip to the next or previous track and also answers and ends calls.
  • Triple tap: Activates voice assistant or rejects a call.

9.5
Design
Portability
L 1.4" (3.5 cm)
W 0.8" (2.1 cm)
H 1.0" (2.5 cm)
Volume 1.14 in³ (18.60 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

The Wyze Buds are very portable. They're lightweight and small enough to slip into most pockets, even inside their case.

7.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.2" (5.7 cm)
W 1.7" (4.4 cm)
H 1.1" (2.7 cm)
Volume 4.13 in³ (67.70 cm³)

The Wyze Buds' case is small but is made of cheap-feeling plastic. There's a small light on the front for the case and earbuds' remaining battery life. There's also a light on the inside of the case that flashes when they're in pairing mode.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Wyze Buds are well-built earbuds. They feel like they can withstand a few accidental drops without breaking, but the glossy finish could get damaged easily. They have an IPX5 rating for water resistance, which is better than the Wyze Buds Pro Truly Wireless' IPX4 rating.

7.5
Design
Stability

The Wyze Buds have good stability. They come with five pairs of differently-sized ear tips to help you find a good seal. While they don't have stability fins, they feel very stable and shouldn't fall out of your ears, even during intense workouts.

Design
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Design
Headshots 2
Design
Top
Design
In The Box

  • Wyze Buds earbuds
  • 5x ear tips
  • Charging case
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Sticker
  • Quick start guide

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.51 dB
Treble Amount
-5.67 dB

The Wyze Buds have a warm and smooth sound profile that delivers extra punch and boom, which should please fans of genres like pop or rock. However, the underemphasized treble can rob lead instruments and vocals of detail while sibilants are dull. Some users may find that they sound muddy or cluttered.

Unfortunately, the left and right drivers of our unit are mismatched, resulting in a stereo image that seems off-center, depending on the frequency. This may not apply to every unit, though. If you experience this issue with these earbuds, please let us know in the discussion section below.

9.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.15 dB

The Wyze Buds have fantastic frequency response consistency, like most in-ear headphones. Once you get a good fit with the selection of ear tips, you should hear the same sound each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.81 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
-0.97 dB
Mid-Bass
5.4 dB
High-Bass
6.86 dB

The Wyze Buds have alright bass accuracy. The low-bass is neutral, so mixes have adequate thump and rumble. The rest of the range is exaggerated, though, so instruments have a lot of extra body and punch. Overall, mixes sound warm but also somewhat muddy and cluttered.

8.6
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.92 dB
Low-Mid
2.65 dB
Mid-Mid
0 dB
High-Mid
-0.86 dB

They have excellent mid accuracy. The overemphasis in the bass range continues into the low-mid, which can make mixes sound a bit cluttered. However, the mid-mid and high-mid are more neutral, so instruments and lead vocals are present, clear, and intense.

7.3
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.02 dB
Low-Treble
-3.62 dB
Mid-Treble
-4.09 dB
High-Treble
-12.8 dB

They have decent treble accuracy. The whole response is underemphasized, so instruments and vocals lack detail and articulation, while sibilants like cymbals and S and T sounds are dull.

7.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.84 dB
Dips
0.9 dB

The Wyze Buds have decent peaks and dips performance. The L/R drivers of our unit are mismatched, so most peaks and dips are more present in one driver than the other. There's a dip in the low bass that reduces thump and rumble and a wider peak across the mid and high-bass that adds punch and boom. There's a shallower dip from the low to mid-mid that thins out instruments and lead vocals and nudges them to the back of the mix. A dip in the low treble hurts the detail of instruments and vocals, but it's only present in the right driver. There's also a peak in the mid-treble that makes sibilant sounds more piercing.

7.7
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.19
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.8
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
2.72
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.11

The Wyze Buds have a good imaging performance. The group delay falls below the audibility threshold for the entire range, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. However, while the left and right drivers are well-matched in phase response, there's an audible mismatch between their amplitude and frequency response. You can hear this issue with regular content. The stereo image seems skewed to the left with mid-range sounds and pulled to the right with treble frequencies. That said, these results are only valid for our unit, and your experience may vary.

1.3
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
4.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.4

The Wyze Buds have a bad passive soundstage performance, like most in-ear headphones. Their design means sound doesn't interact with your outer ears, so it seems to come from inside your head instead of from speakers in the room around you. The soundstage also seems small and closed off compared to open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Truly Wireless.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
7.2
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.519
WHD @ 100
0.167

The Wyze Buds have a decent weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's some distortion at higher frequencies at normal listening volumes, but it shouldn't be very noticeable with regular content, and audio reproduction is mostly clean and pure.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
0.0.3.18
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 44.1kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when used in this configuration.

Isolation
5.7
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-15.41 dB
Bass
-1.99 dB
Mid
-16.05 dB
Treble
-29.61 dB

The Wyze Buds have a disappointing noise isolation performance. Unlike the Wyze Buds Pro Truly Wireless, they don't have an active noise cancelling (ANC) feature and don't isolate you from bass-range noise like rumbling bus and plane engines. They do a good job of cutting down on background chatter and are decent at reducing high-pitched noise like humming A/C units or computer fans.

They have a 'Transparency' mode advertised to amplify ambient sound so you can hear what's going on around you without turning down your audio. The headphones' noise isolation performance was tested with this feature turned off ('Standard' mode). However, you can see a comparison of their noise isolation performance with 'Transparency' on versus off here. The companion app says you should turn off 'Transparency' mode in windy places.

8.8
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
28.33 dB

The Wyze Buds have an excellent leakage performance. They don't leak very much, and the sound that does escape sounds thin, so even if you like to listen to your music at high volumes, it shouldn't bother people sitting near you at the office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
7.0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
5.24 dB
HFE
6,639.82 Hz
Weighted THD
3.513
Gain
1.57 dB

The mic has a decent recording quality. Your voice sounds full, fairly open, and easy to understand. Ηowever, it also seems unnatural and a bit distorted.

5.5
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
7.99 dB
Noise Gate
On/Off Toggle
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
5.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
5.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The mic has a disappointing noise isolation performance. With moderate background noise, your voice is understandable, but it seems muffled, and you can still hear the noise. Your voice can be nearly completely drowned out by loud noise like a train passing through a subway station.

Note: These headphones have a beta feature in their app called 'Call Enhancing' intended to improve the mic's noise handling when you're on the phone. Our results are based on tests with this feature disabled, but we also made recordings with it enabled to test the mic's noise handling performance with speech, pink noise, and subway noise. The voice is less muffled with pink noise when you have this noise gate turned on. However, Speech is still hard to understand with very loud noise in the background.

Active Features
6.4
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
6.8 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
27.2 hrs
Charge Time
1 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Wyze Buds have an adequate battery performance. They're advertised to provide seven hours of continuous use, and we measured just under that. They only take one hour to recharge, which is quite quick, and the case holds about three extra charges. However, battery performance can vary with real-life use, meaning you may have a different experience. Similar to the Wyze Buds Pro Truly Wireless, you can use the app to enable or disable auto-pause, which automatically pauses your audio when you take the earbuds out of your ears. This feature doesn't turn the headphones off when they're not in use, though.

Note: We initially had trouble measuring the battery life because the earbuds would disconnect unexpectedly during the test. It took six attempts before we could complete the battery test without running into this problem. Our results are valid, but we don't know if other users have had a similar issue with their earbuds. If you own these headphones, please let us know your experience in the discussions below.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Wyze
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
No

The Wyze Buds have good app support. There's a graphic EQ and presets you can use to customize their sound profile. You can rename the earbuds, see the buds as well as the case's remaining battery life, and remap the touch controls. However, the only function you can add that isn't already included by default in the control scheme is track skipping. You can also choose to use your device's voice assistant or Alexa. You can toggle 'Call Enhancing' on and off, which is a beta feature that's supposed to use microphones to cancel noise when you're on a call. If you don't want your music to pause when you take an earbud out, you can also turn off auto-pause.

Connectivity
6.7
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
190.29 ft (58.00 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
260 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
220 ms
Android Latency
330 ms

The Wyze Buds have alright Bluetooth connectivity. They don't have features like NFC pairing and can only connect with one device at once. They also have high latency with PCs as well as iOS and Android devices, so if you use them to watch a video on your phone and computer, there's noticeable audio lag. That said, some apps seem to compensate differently for latency, so your experience may vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These are Bluetooth-only earbuds and can't be used wired.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

These earbuds are compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but their latency is too high to stream videos or game without noticeable audio lag.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

They come with a case that holds about three extra charges. Unlike the case for the Wyze Buds Pro Truly Wireless, it doesn't support wireless charging. There's a USB-C port for charging, but it doesn't have any other inputs.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There are two variants of the Wyze Βuds: 'Midnight Black', which have an all-black color scheme, and 'Limited Edition Electric Green', a metallic green version. The two variants come with different selections of ear tips. The black version comes with five different sizes of silicone tips (XS, S, M, L, and XL), while the green version comes with three different sizes of the same black ear tips (S, M, and L) plus two green pairs (S and M).

We tested them in 'Midnight Βlack' and expect our results to be valid for the other variant as well. You can see the label for the unit we tested here. If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Wyze Buds are the second model of truly wireless earbuds released by Wyze. Compared to the Wyze Buds Pro Truly Wireless, they lack an ANC feature and have a bigger earbud design without stems. Unlike many earbuds without ANC, they have a 'Transparency' mode intended to help you hear your surroundings without pausing your audio. Ηowever, they have a worse passive noise isolation performance than other budget-friendly earbuds like the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless or the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless.

If you want to see more headphones, check out our lists of the best true wireless earbuds, the best earbuds for bass, and the best budget wireless headphones.

Wyze Buds Pro Truly Wireless

The Wyze Buds Pro Truly Wireless and the Wyze Buds Truly Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either. The Pro have an ANC feature and isolate you from much more noise. Their mic has a significantly better noise handling performance and they have a more neutral sound profile that some may prefer. On the other hand, the Buds have longer continuous battery life and a better mic recording quality. Their app also includes a graphic EQ and presets, so you can customize their sound.

Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are better for most purposes than the Wyze Βuds Truly Wireless. They're more comfortable and have a more neutral default sound profile that some may prefer. They have a better noise isolation performance, thanks to their ANC feature, and their mic also has significantly better noise handling. Ηowever, the Wyze's mic has a much better recording quality.

Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless

The Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless are better for most purposes than the Wyze Βuds Truly Wireless. The Anker have a much better noise isolation performance, leak less audio, and come with a case that supports wireless charging. Their latency with iOS and Android devices is also lower. On the other hand, the Wyze have slightly longer continuous battery life and recharge more quickly.

Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless are better for most purposes than the Wyze Buds Truly Wireless. They're much more comfortable and have better onboard controls. They have an ANC feature that helps them block out much more noise. Also, they're rated IP55 for dust and water resistance, while the Wyze are rated IPX5 for water resistance only. Ηowever, the Wyze's mic has a better recording quality.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better for most purposes than the Wyze Βuds Truly Wireless. They're much more comfortable and well-built, their controls are easier to use, and they have ANC and a significantly better noise isolation performance. They also have a more neutral sound profile that some may prefer, plus virtual surround sound features on supported iOS devices. On the other hand, the Wyze have longer continuous battery life and a graphic EQ and presets in their companion app for sound customization.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless and the Wyze Βuds Truly Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either, depending on what you're looking for. The Samsung have an ANC feature and a significantly better noise isolation performance. They also have a much more stable fit, a longer continuous battery life, and a mic with a much better noise handling performance. On the other hand, the Wyze's mic has a significantly better recording quality. They also deliver sound more consistently. Their companion app offers a graphic EQ as well as presets for sound customization, while the Samsung's just has presets.

Sony WF-C500 Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-C500 Truly Wireless are better for most purposes than the Wyze Buds Truly Wireless. The Sony have a much better passive noise isolation performance and a more neutral default sound profile that some may prefer. They also have a significantly longer continuous battery life. On the other hand, the Wyze have a more stable fit and an IPX5 rating for water resistance, while the Sony have a lower IPX4 rating.

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