Crucially, they sound terrific. Better than AirPods Pro, Galaxy Buds Pro, and Echo Buds 2. The fantastic sound can likely be attributed to the larger 6mm drivers, which are 20 percent larger than the ones in the WF-1000XM3. Larger drivers tend to translate to richer bass, clearer mids, and gentle, audible highs and that’s clearly the case with these buds.
Borrowed from the WH-1000XM4 over-ear headphones is “Speak-to-Chat.” Start talking and your music pauses and ambient mode turns on. Detection is instant. It’s great for when you want to talk to someone and don’t want to take your earbuds out, like when you’re ordering at a coffee shop.
That’s two hours longer than the WF-1000XM3. The case holds another 16 hours of battery life. It’s mighty impressive! However, if battery life is a priority, Master & Dynamic’s MW08 lasts longer: up to 10 hours with ANC and 42 hours total with the case. They cost more, though.