Wireless Earbuds are a thing that is a must in today’s world as no one has time for wires. It’s so efficient to be able to pull Earbuds out of your bag without having to untangle them in the process. I am currently using Apple AirPods as my go-to small Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds but do have a very nice pair of JBL Live 650 headphones for when I want to pull out the big guns and block out the outside world as these have the much-needed noise cancellation but this doesn’t mean I’m not willing to try new ones. This is where the Edifier X3 True Wireless Earbuds come in, I was able to get my hands on a pair and will be covering my time using these in my everyday life.
When I first saw the box, I was impressed with the simple design and the overall size. It wasn’t too big and could fit into my bag easily so it would be convenient for storing if you were picking it from a shop or wrapping it as a present for someone. Once I opened the box it was nice to see everything stored neatly in little section. The Wireless Earbuds and charging box were separate and packed securely, I took everything out that was needed and stored the rest back inside the box. I tried the different earbud sizes to see which size suited me before putting the other ones back in the box. It was so handy having three different size variations, this was the first pair of Wireless Earbuds that I had that gave me the earbud size options so that was good. I love the simple black design and the Edifier logo writing on the lid of the charging box.
The lid of the box feels like it could snap easily so this might be something to watch out for but the box itself is a nice size and fits into my pockets perfectly fine. The Wireless Earbuds themselves look cool, simple black design with the grey earbud colour, then you have the X logo on top of each one which gives it a nice finish. Each headphone has an L and R on them so you can easily tell the difference between the Left and Right headphone as it can be hard to tell sometimes and the box has the L and R indications so you know where to put the Earbuds for storage and charging. It comes with a charging cable which has a USB head on it, which means these Wireless Earbuds can be charged from any Console, PC or USB plug socket. Which for most people won’t be a problem nowadays, as these types of charging cables are common and luckily for me, I had plenty of free USB ports available. Once I charged them, I took them out for a spin.
Would I Use Them?
So, not going to lie it took me a while to be able to connect the Wireless Earbuds to my phone, even though it comes with instructions on how to do it, it still was quite complicated. For some reason, you have to connect the Left and the Right headphone separately. If I only had the Left headphone synced with my phone, it will allow me to use the Left headphone and the right one, but if I took out the Left one and still wanted to use the Right, it wouldn’t work unless I had synced the Right one too. It just seems like an annoying process, why can’t both Wireless Earbuds be under one Bluetooth sync? Eventually, I got it all synced and ready to go, it was nice to see the battery life for the Wireless Earbuds displayed in the Bluetooth menu on my phone so, I could always keep an eye on their battery life. Like all new Wireless Earbuds I always test out the quality with my favourite song at the time, which for me is Might*U by Yuki Hayashi, not going to lie I wish I never did this. The overall quality of audio was rubbish, it was very tinny and had no bass what so ever. I was very disappointed with this and straight away tried listening to other songs, and it was just as bad if not worse when I was listening to EDM and Marshmello there was just no joy in using them.
Like mentioned in my introduction, I use JBL’s and Airpods Earbuds, and these X3’s were not in the same league, let alone the same division as these Bluetooth Earbuds. However, I powered on and kept using them, they fit into my ears fine when sitting still but if I was to move or quickly turn my head they’d fall out and make a mad dash across the floor as if they were running for freedom. It was a real pain constantly having to bend over and pick them up or play a game of where is the earbud? I managed to get around this problem by wearing my PlayStation beanie, but I wouldn’t be able to use this fix all the time. When at work I won’t be able to wear a beanie on the shop floor before the store opens and while working out at the gym, I don’t want to be wearing extra clothing, I mean it’s great in the wintertime as I’ll be wearing these warm clothes anyway but in summer I won’t. This was a big problem for me and made me want the days of wired Earbuds because at least when they fall out, they wouldn’t go far.
I did trail the X3s at the gym, they lasted a whole ten minutes before the JBL ones came out and stole the show, it was a pain having to keep readjusting the X3s in my ears or chasing after the Earbuds after one of them fell out and got catapulted across the gym off the treadmill going at like speed seven. I slowly started losing interest in these Wireless Earbuds, I mean yeah, they are Bluetooth, have noise cancellation and built-in mic but what is the point when the quality was not up to other Wireless Earbuds on the market, and they didn’t want to stay put. The overall design of the earbuds is nice and the charging box is nice but ultimately, they fall flat when it comes to audio quality and convenience. I mean if I was sitting still all day and didn’t mind tinny music then they might be good but for an asking price of £32.99 on Amazon, it’s a no, thank you from me. You could pick up wired earbuds for £5 from Morrisons that sounded better and had better bass than these. Not only that you could go to an HMV store or even Amazon and find cheaper wireless Bluetooth earbuds that would provide a better and more pleasant experience and might even come with more features. The X3s come with touch controls:
- Accepting/ending calls – single click the left or right earbud
- pause/play – single click the left or right earbud
- previous track – triple click the left or right earbud
- next track – double click the left or right earbud
- voice assistant – press and hold for 2 seconds
The big problem with this was that because the inputs were so similar, they would constantly get in the way of one another. You want to skip a song you would be stuck for two minutes constantly pausing and playing the same song before it would be like “oh you want me to skip the track?” not only this but the inputs didn’t always work so I’d just use my phone for skipping songs and answering calls.
Please find below the specifications for the Edifier X3 True Wireless Earbuds:
- Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth 5.0
- Bluetooth Protocol: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
- Audio Decoding: Apt X, SBC
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz
- Sensitivity: 95dB
- Effective Distance: 10m
- Playback Time: About 6 hours (Earbuds) + 18 hours (Charging case)
- Input: DC 5V 50mA (Earbuds), DC 5V 350mA (Charging case)
- Nosie Cancelling Microphone
- IP55 Dust & Waterproof
- Touch Controls
In Conclusion, you might be wondering whether I’d recommend these Wireless Earbuds and the answer is sadly no. They aren’t up to scratch with other products on the market and if you were paying £32.99 for a pair of Wireless Earbuds you would expect better audio quality than what the X3s have to offer. You might pick them up if they went on offer but I can’t see an honest reason for picking these up. The battery life is good, same goes for the noise cancellation and the overall design, I can’t fault that but if you are listening to music you want to have high quality, bass and be able to get lost in the feeling and sound but the X3s don’t give you that. I think these Wireless Earbuds miss the mark fully on audio alone and if you add in the fact that they spend most of there time out your ears than in, then for me that’s a big problem. The Edifier X3 was a product I was looking forward to covering but it must have been the time of year as it became something that was truly horrifying when it came to the music side of things. For these reasons, I’m having to give it a poor score of 4 out of 10.
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You can purchase these earbuds here on Amazon for £32.99
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