Sony WH-1000XM3: Pros And Cons

By Amit Chowdhry ● December 30, 2019

Sony WH1000XM3
Looking for the Sony WH-1000XM3 pros and cons? You have come to the right place.

The Sony WH-1000XM3 is considered some of the best wireless noise-canceling headphones on the market right now. And the Sony WH-1000XM3 features solid audio quality, design, and battery life. These features are enough to give Bose a run for its money.

Without further ado, here are the Sony WH-1000XM3 pros and cons you should know about:

Pro: Solid Design

The Sony WH-1000XM3 design features a comfortable contoured headband and ear cup padding. This is a big improvement from the predecessor device.

The texture of the ear cups now has a smoother matte surface as well. And the ear cups feature intuitive touch controls. For example, the right earcup can be doubled-tapped for play/pause or to answer phone calls. Or you can swipe up or down for changing the volume. And there are forward/back gestures for track controls.

The WH-1000XM3’s carrying case also has a spot for the short USB-C cable and the included headphone cable. This makes it easier to use the headphones while you are on a plane. And wired connections give you a better audio quality than the wireless mode. Another advantage of having a wire is that you can still use these headphones even when the battery runs out.

Above the ear cups are two microphones for blocking outside noise. This provides a better phone call experience as well.

Pro: Alexa Enabled

When you hold your hand over the cup, it actives a “Quick Attention” mode. This reduces the volume of the music and allows you to hear the environmental noise. This comes in handy if someone starts talking to you. Plus this gesture also enables you to communicate with a digital assistant such as Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant. You can activate this feature with a simple touch gesture.

Pro: Solid Battery Life

The Sony WH-1000XM3 features 30 hours of battery life. And Sony switched from micro-USB to a USB-C port for the Sony WH-1000XM3.

With USB-C, the Sony WH-1000XM3 supports a quick-charge feature. This means you can get 5 hours of use from just 10 minutes of charging.

Pro: Deeper Bass

The deeper bass offered by the headphones and controlled with the Headphones Connect app provides an experience that Beats headphones are known for. Fortunately, Sony does not overdo the bass.

Con: Plastic Headband

Sony switched from metal to plastic for the headband. This gives the headphones less of a premium feel. The benefit of switching to plastic is that the Sony WH-1000XM3 is lighter in weight though.

Con: High Price

The Sony WH-1000XM3 is priced at about $350. So the Sony WH-1000XM3 may be out of reach for those of you who are on a budget.

Pulse 2.0 Score

The Sony WH-1000XM3 receives a Pulse 2.0 score of 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is ranked on the higher end due to the solid design, battery life, and advanced functions. However, it would have received a higher score if it was competitively priced.

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