Ever since the announcement of these I’ve been waiting for the chance to write our Edifier X3 Review. So, when they arrived a few days ago, I pretty much ripped the package open and got to work right away.
I love Edifier’s audio gear. It’s great quality and their gear always does what they say it’ll do. They’re no if’s, but’s or maybes, it just works.
So, when I saw the feature list they were promising to deliver with the X3’s my initial reaction was one of concern. I wasn’t sure they’d be able to achieve it in a pair of totally wireless ear buds that cost less than $35 / £27.
Let’s take a look at the review in full and see if they nailed it or not!
Edifier X3 Review
I reviewed loads of Edifier headphones on codewithmike in recent times and my first impression almost always features a comment on the packaging. What do I make of the X3’s packaging then?
The packaging is fantastic. I used to think that the Edifier W800BT were the best packaged budget headphones on the market but the X3’s have taken that crown.
They’ve used the classic Edifier packaging colours (like with their TWS1, TWS5 and TWS6) white, grey and silver which work extremely well together. But, the introduction of the orange looks immense and is actually quite striking.
In a store on the high-street your eye would definitely be drawn to these and that’s a big plus.
I also really like that is hardly any single use plastic used in the packaging. Apart from the tray and a baggy the spare ear bud sizes are kept in. There are improvements to be made to reduce their plastic use.
For example, they could use a black card tray instead of the plastic. The little baggy isn’t quite single use plastic, but could easily be replaced by a cardboard insert type of storage system that I’ve seen on other brands of headphones.
This would almost make the packaging completely recyclable. Perhaps single use plastic is one for them to think about in the future. It’s certainly a measure I use when reviewing most things.
So the marketing team have done a great job, but what do I think of the styling and design features on the actual product?
Styling & Design
Once I’d opened up the box I was greeted with a pair of black earbuds. The styling is wonderfully simple but so much better than the styling of the TWS1’s. And that’s for one simple reason, matte black!
The gloss black does look great, but the case is easily scratched so I understand why they decided to use the matte plastic.
The Edifier X3’s are available in two colours:
I was sent the black colorway. They look great but I imagine the white ones look just as good too. But, thinking about it in terms of overall usability and convenience, maybe the black ones are slightly better as they won’t show the dirt and grime as much as the white ones.
The earbuds have a textured ‘X’ on both the left and right bud which ensures they aren’t boring to look at.
The black is a classic yet simple design that works really well. I feel they’re missing a trick here though and could have maybe added a contrasting colour to the X to really make them stand out.
The charging case design is really straight forward and it’s hard not to notice that it’s actually quite lightweight. The only design feature to speak of on the case is a contrasting Edifier logo on the top of the case, which looks good.
On the back is the micro-USB charging port, where else can they put it? It’s fine where it is but to make the design cleaner they could have put it on the bottom. It would be fine there and wouldn’t have caused any issues with usability.
Overall, I really like the design & styling. They are understated and will suit everyone regardless of your overall fashion style.
What’s in the Box?
- Edifier X3 TWS earbuds
- Charging Case
- Quick Guide + Manuals
- microUSB charging cable
- 2 spare pairs of silicone earbuds
For my sound test I listened to Eminem’s latest album called ‘Music To Be Murdered By’. As with most hip-hop, a good low end is essential to get the most out of the music.
They sound awesome. The first think I noticed was the impressive boosted bass response. They really brought some of the ‘boom bap’ tracks to life. I’m not sure what drivers these are powered by but they enable the bass to sound punchy, but not too in your face.
The Mid-range I’d describe as sounding balanced. They aren’t perfect but they aren’t terrible either. I think clarity has been enhanced with Edifier’s custom driver tuning. This tuning has, in the past on other headphones made certain sound frequencies sound unnatural, but with the X3’s they are perfectly balanced in my opinion.
I’ve said previously that I love a good high end and that’s still the case! In fact, on systems where I can tune the bass, mids and high’s myself I often crank the treble up to really allow them to sing. Whether it’s a cymbal, high-hat or a double snare I want to hear it.
The X3’s have a decent enough high-end which I really like, but I’d want to equalise them if the option was there. It isn’t quite enough for my tastes. But, they’re fine for most listeners and casual use.
The sound quality is so good you you can hear individual elements of the music and make out added touches the music producers have included such as very subtle sounds that would only normally be picked up on more expensive headphones such as the Air Pods.
Edifier always impress me with the sound quality they manage to squeeze out of their devices. And overall I’m really quite surprised how good these are!
My current day to day headphones are the AirPods and they take a fair bit of punishment throughout the day.
If I leave them in my pocket I’m bound to sit on them at least 3 times a day. The X3’s are well made and I reckon they’ll cope with the same punishment I give my Airpods.
The only weak point in the build I could find was the lid! Make sure you don’t over extend the opening. It feels as if only a little force could damage the closure mechanism.
The build is good. Far better than I expected for such a budget pair of earbuds and I can see them lasting me for a very long time. The longevity of them would also entirely depend on the internal components of which I can’t really put through their paces, so only time will tell if they live up to my expectations.
Both the left and right bud are each equipped with a 60mAh battery. This gives you almost 5 hours of battery life if you listen as loud as they’ll go, which is of course not recommended due to long term ear damage!
The charging case has a 500mAh battery that will enable you to listen for a whopping 15 hours! There’s enough juice to last you a fair few days. And whilst we’re on the subject of battery life.
The charger is micro-USB. I’d have preferred USB-C but then if USB-C technology and fast charge was introduced it’d probably increase the price significantly and the X3’s X factor is definitely how cheap they are.
Touch gestures are a welcome addition. And work well. I don’t like them as much as the AirPod ones but they do the job.
|Single Tap||Play/Pause, Answer/End Calls|
|Double Tap (Left)||Previous Track|
|Double Tap (Right)||Next Track|
|Triple Tap||Voice Assistant|
Where can I buy the Edifier X3’s?
The Edifier X3’s are available to buy from Amazon. You can hit this link and we’ll take you right to where you need to be.
Edifier X3 Review Summary & Verdict
The price and feature list can’t be ignored, they’re a powerhouse in terms of a budget offering.
I had considered giving them a 10 out of 10. The reason for the 9 was that I felt the closing mechanism could be improved ever so slightly. I also thought that the placement of the charging port could be moved to the bottom to give the whole thing a cleaner look.
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