Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones | A Concise Review

Sometimes reviews can be too long and when you’re looking to buy a new product what you’re really after is finding out the main features and the pros and cons of the product. That’s what I’m hoping to give you today.

I purchased the Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Wireless Over Ear Headphones last weekend after eyeing them up for a good few months. I love my AirPods Pro’s but I was in the market for some good over ears for home use. I got them on Amazon and they arrived Monday just gone so I’ve had them a day off a week now and since arrival I’ve used them every day without fail.

So what do these headphones have to offer you ask? Let’s go through the features (briefly):

  • Noise cancellation
  • 30 hours battery life
  • Quick charging (5 hours of playback from a 10 min charge)
  • Comfortable design
  • High-res audio
  • Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant built-in
  • Adaptive Sound Control
  • Portable, flexible and foldable
  • Case included

Now this review isn’t going to go into the depths of each of these features because let’s face it, if you’re thinking of getting these headphones they will be listed on whatever website you’re looking to purchase them from. What I do want to cover is the good and bad about these headphones and what I think about them overall.

Pros:

  • Excellent noise cancellation. There is nothing like over ear noise cancellation and these are the current industry leader for a reason.
  • Fantastic battery life, I haven’t had to charge them in the week that I have had them and like I mentioned earlier, I’ve used them every day for hours at a time. When they arrived I did have to charge them first and I found the charge time to be a decent length of time, around 3 hours for a full charge. The quick charge function is also fantastic to have, 5 hours usage on only a 10 min charge? Amazing.
  • These are very comfortable headphones. This was something I really wanted as I previously had some wireless on-ear Sony Headphones (non-noise cancelling) which were great but not very comfortable to wear after a couple of hours. These however, you can wear all day.
  • The sound quality is fantastic. I’ve used them for podcasts, music and gaming on my iPad Pro and have been impressed with each.
  • Built-in Alexa/Google Assistant is a handy feature, I’ve used it a couple of of times for setting timers etc and it works well.
  • The included case is of high quality and is a nice design too
  • The headphones are light and fold into the included case making them super portable

Cons:

  • Adaptive Sound Control is a cool idea, it’s a function that detects your listening behaviour (running/sitting still/transport) and adapts the sound settings based on this. It uses your location to do this and it’s a great feature. However when it changes the settings it produces a chime in your ear which is annoying. I’m hoping Sony change this in the next software update but for now you can just turn off Adaptive Sound Control in the Sony Headphones App. Kind of annoying but at least there is a fix for now.
  • Connecting to other devices can be a bit of a chore. Sometimes if you’re already connected to one device and then want to connect to another you will need to disconnect the headphones on your currently connected device and then connect on the device you want to use. There doesn’t seem to be a Shortcut for this at the moment either and the “Set Audio Output” shortcut doesn’t work with these headphones.
  • Not sweat-proof, splash-proof or waterproof. Therefore if you’re planning on using these for exercise I would think again.

On the whole I love these headphones. I’m really happy with them, the sound quality is amazing, as is the noise cancelling. I have been spoilt with my AirPods Pro’s when it comes to connectivity though and I’m really missing the Set Audio Output Shortcut when I use these headphones. It’s certainly not a game changer though and if you’re looking for some really good over ear headphones that aren’t for exercise, these are superb.

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