We were sent the Edifier W800BT and asked to write a review. These bluetooth headphones cost £60 / $75. So, they’re well within what we’d call the budget category. Some full size bluetooth headphones can cost well over £150 / $185.
Let’s take a detailed look at these headphones and see if they are any good.
Edifier W800BT Review – First Impressions
First impressions are important, we all know that. But, first impressions when it comes to tech are really important. Leave a lasting impression with a potential customer and they are more likely to buy the product than not.
My first impression of the Edifier W800BT was the packaging. A white box with a bright red image of the headphones in question. It’s a real attention grabber and you sure wouldn’t miss them on a shelf at a technology store.
The packaging is good quality and is it’s likely that the W800BT’s are the best packaged budget headphones. Having good quality packaging was a blessing, as the outer box took a bit of a battering in the mail. Luckily no damage done to the headphones.
One thing to note (and it’s something we’re trying to be more aware of on the blog) is that these headphones don’t have an overuse of single use plastic packaging, which is always great to see.
Once I’d opened up the box I was greeted with a pair of black headphones. Which I was suprised about as I thought we were being sent the red. But, I’m quite glad they’re black.
Not that there’s anything wrong with the red. I just don’t think they’d suit me.
They’re available in the following colours:
They’re a lot more subtle than the red ones and the silver Edifier logo looks good in contrast with the black.
The earcups have a spiraled texture to them which slightly reflects the light, making them really ‘pop’.
There’s a silver ring around the ear cups which is a another subtle styling addition too. And just above there is also the word ‘WIRELESS’, again in silver and looks great.
The black and silver colour scheme is a classic yet simple colour combination that works really well. Overall, I really like the styling.
Here’s where I thought I’d be able to find something I didn’t like and I was right.
Don’t be alarmed though, it’s nothing to worry about and certainly not something that’d put me off buying these with my own hard earned cash. So what’s the problem?
I don’t really like how thin the ear cup cushions are. I’d really prefer the material to be a bit thicker, so that it moulds over the shape of your ears and provides a bit better background noise reduction. It’s not a deal breaker though.
They aren’t the most robust headphone on the market. Twisting the headphones (as I usually do to test their strength) and generally abusing them gave the feeling that they’d break if given enough force.
But, for a £60 pair of headphones you can’t expect bomb-proof build quality. Saying that though, if they were £10 or even £15 more expensive with a stronger plastic or part metal construction they’d be even better.
However, that’d then start pushing them toward the outer boundary of the budget category.
They are extremely comfortable to wear and lightweight. This makes them an excellent choice for long listening sessions.
How Do They Sound?
The sound quality produced by Edifier products always seems to impress me. No matter the product. And these are no exception.
The low-end on the W800BT’s is full but not overbearing. If you’re looking for super heavy kicks and chest hurting thumps these might not be what you’re looking for. They do sound punchy and the bass does hit quite hard, but at the same time it’s well rounded and it doesn’t sound forced.
Basically what I’m saying is that it won’t rattle your ear-drums and brain!
I’ve sometimes found that some generic budget headphones over-inflate the bass to drown out the sub-par quality of the other frequencies, but the W800BT’s do not need to.
The Mid-range I’d describe as sounding a little unnatural. What I mean by that is the vocals for example sound a little too ‘clean’. It’s like the clarity has been enhanced aritificially with the tuning.
A loud high-end is something I love. I can’t seem to get enough of the added emphasis on the cymbals, high-hats and snares. The W800’s have quite a loud high-end which I really like, but others may not. So take that into consideration when choosing your next pair.
You can equalise them if you have something like the Spotify APP though.
The overall sound quality is better than what you’d expect from a budget headphone and well worth the asking price in my opinion.
Edifier W800BT Review – Tech Specs
For the nerds and audiophiles amongst us, here’s the full technical specification:
|Frequency:||20Hz – 20KHz|
|Bluetooth Version:||Version 4.2|
|Protocol:||HSP HFP A2DP AVRCP|
|Battery Life:||35 Hours|
|Charging Time:||3 Hours|
Edifier W8000BT Trump Card
Two words. Battery life. The battery life on these is outrageous. I’m not sure if you read the full tech spec above. If you didn’t you’re in for a surpise.
35 hours of playback time! Yep, you read that right.
Charging the battery will take a little over 3 hours. These don’t offer fast charging capability but 3 hours is sufficient when you consider the fact you’ll be able to listen for 35 hours.
They charge via the included micro usb cable. The charging port is located on the bottom of the right earcup. The headphones will also work via the 3.5mm wired connection, useful for if you ever forget your charger, which might be easily doable considering the battery life on these things!
Summary & Score
The W800BT’s aren’t the most premium bluetooth headphone on the market. But, the over-ear fit and lightweight construction ensure the headphones are extremely comfortable to wear. They look great and produce a detailed, crisp, clean clear sound.
I for one thoroughly recommend them. (And so does my dog, Panda).
I had considered giving them an 8.5. The reason for the 7.5 was that they do just feel a little on the thin side. In my opinion they could be made a bit stronger without inflating the price too much.
The Edifier W800BT are available from Amazon.
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We were sent the Edifier W800BT in exchange for an honest review.