Sony WF-1000XM4 Review — The Finest Of All Truly Wireless Earbuds

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The first month of 2022 has kicked off with several TWS headphone launches but one of the most awaited WF-1000XM4 from Sony is the first premium entry in India. The truly wireless headphones have been launched at ₹19,990 and it’s the direct rival to Apple’s Airpods Pro and others in the same price segment.

With that price tag, it’s quite evident that these headphones are for true wireless enthusiasts who are ready to spend a premium to get the absolute best available in the market. I have been using the Sony WF-1000XM4 for around ten days and it’s given me quite a lot to share. This includes some major first-time updates and some improvements over its predecessor — the 1000XM3. I used compared it to the Airpods Pro.

Let’s dive in to find out more about the latest TWS from Sony.Smaller case, buds and material finish is a welcome changeSony has cut a lot of chunk off the WF-1000XM4 over its predecessor. The charging case is said to be 40% smaller and the earbuds are 10% smaller. This is welcome, as most competitors had this advantage over the M3, which also makes it easier to recommend to those who want a compact TWS.

The earbuds offer a snug fit and come with eartips options for different sizes. The companion app also helps you find the best fit for your ear. I did try indoor running, and deliberate headbanging to see if it sticks in its place — and it doesn’t get loose or drop unless you go crazy. To put things in perspective, both Airpods Pro and WF-1000XM3 earbuds loosen the grip after the same headbanging experiment.

As mentioned, the WF-1000XM4 is a lot smaller and it automatically makes it more pocketable. It’s not just smaller but it fits better and it is now more comparable to the recently launched earbuds because of the smaller case and buds. The case is slightly thicker and wider than Airpods Pro, but it’s narrower in height when you look at it from the front. Unlike the M3, the size difference is now negligible between the two rivals.

The earbuds of the Sony WF-1000XM4 are plastic with a polished finish and a small copper coloured metal accent on each one that packs one of the outer microphones. The second microphone is on the top of each earpiece, whereas the third one is placed inside. Lastly, these are rated IPX4 for water resistance, which makes them water-resistant.Sony has also made another thoughtful improvement in the design — where the case for the WF-1000XM3 caught scratches after a few months of use. This time, on the M4, the company has switched to a more subtle, single-colour matte plastic case. It turned out to be more resistant to fingerprints and scratches, but we’ll get to see more as we spend more time with it.

It’s also worth mentioning that Sony has introduced a new eco-friendly packaging that’s almost half the size compared to the previous one. It’s also entirely paper-based and recyclable. A good initiative!

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