In November 2017, Sony rolled out the WF-1000X in India. The wireless headphones were the first in the world to pack noise cancellation into a truly wireless form factor reproducing good audio.
Building on the same, Sony has incorporated IPX4 certification for splash-proofing to come up with a more complete pair of truly wireless sports headphones— the WF-SP700N. The headphones are launched at Rs 12,990.
The SP700N is aimed to be bolder, stylish and colourful, which is not the case with WF-1000X. Instead, they have a sleek and subtle feel to them.
Either way, both headsets are at par in terms of design, but the WF-700N is a lot sportier and slightly bigger. And I liked it.
The lone issue with the headphone is with the weight, they are a little bulky, but unlike the WF-1000X, the company has embraced their bulk with bolder colour scheme, which looks good.
It has a nice pebble like shape with curves around the body. It's void of extra buttons to give it a neat feel. All the controls are accessed by tap patterns on a single button. Which might take you through lots of hits and misses, but you shall get used to it over time.
Touted as fitness headphones, the pair should fit well in ears and stay put during activities. To try this, I gave a good shake while wearing them, and they stayed securely placed in there.
They hook quite nicely in the ear. If they don't Sony always provides extra silicon tips for different ear types and sizes.
What makes it more sporty is its splash-proof feature. That means you can wear them when it's raining. Although I didn't get a chance to try that today, I'm surely taking them to shower and test if their claims are true.
The only thing I didn't like is the charging case. Till the time I didn't pick it in my hand, I quite liked it, but things changed after that. It doesn't open like other cases, it pivots around a point and looks really cool. But it felt flimsy. It has the 'I might break it if I do it wrong' feel to it.
Apart from IPX4 certification, there are now three levels of noise cancellation modes to choose. First is the total noise-cancellation, the second one lets only the voices, and last once allows mix of ambient sounds to be used in public areas.
We've seen Sony's obsession with NFC, and this one also has it for quick connectivity. It has inbuilt Google Assistant/Siri support for direct access though voice. So that you don't need to pull out your phone to say a command.
Also, downloading the Sony app opens a lot of customisation options and many other features.
When I listened to the audio for a few minutes, I came away quite satisfied with the audio quality. From the limited number of tracks I heard, I could make out the punchy highs and solid amount of bass to keep you pumped up while working out.
The noise cancellation works amazingly well, which Sony has been consistent with. The three modes work like magic, but the last one doesn't seem as useful as the other two. The voice mode can suffice to allow ambient sound inside the ears. We'll have to spend more time with the earphones before we deliver a full verdict on the sound quality though.
We didn't get a chance to test the battery life, but the company claims it to offer nine hours of battery life. Where the headphones offer three hours and the case carries six hours of battery. Meaning, they'll get charged until they are in the case.
It would have been great to see fitness tracking features included if Sony is attempting to market it in the sports segment. But, it has got the fit, sound quality, and IPX4 certification to qualify to be a great companion at workouts.
Sony has been acing the noise cancellation for quite sometime, and they've made no mistake here as well.
Still, we reserve the final verdict about the headphones until we get to spend more time with them.