Despite the large size, Sony WF-XB700 earbuds are comfortable and don’t fall off easily.
GET IT FOR: Rs 9,999
HIGHLIGHT: Extra bass
Keeping the convoluted names of its machines aside, Sony has been making a serious push in the audio devices market. Be it over-the-ear headphones or neckband-styled ones, the Japanese tech giant has multiple offerings. Yet it was conspicuously absent – in relative terms – from the busy truly wireless space. Not anymore, as the WF-XB700 has entered the arena.
Priced at Rs 9,999, these are targeted at the casual users and not serious audiophiles. Perhaps that is why there is no active noise cancellation.
The headphones come in a pill-shaped case, which is larger than most other brands’ offerings. Made from matte plastic, the case has a translucent lid which shows you the status LEDs – a nifty feature. Like most other true wireless headphones, there is a USB-C port at the back of the charging case.
Just like the charging case, the earbuds too are comparatively large but fit in comfortably. You have to give a gentle twist while inserting them into the ears.
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There is a button on each earbud – the left one is to control volume and the right is to control music playback. The voice assistant feature can be activated with the buttons.
Despite the large size, these are comfortable earbuds and don’t fall off easily. Having an IPX4 rating is an additional benefit that Sony has packed in, which makes the earbuds water-resistant.
There is no support for Sony’s Connect app which means you can’t customise sounds. The earbuds pair quite easily with a smartphone or laptops courtesy Bluetooth 5.0, but there is no NFC support, which means the pairing has to be done manually.
Sony is touting the Extra Bass feature in these earbuds and it shows in the performance. There is a distinct thump in bass-heavy tracks but it is not overpowering – a flaw some Sony headphones earlier suffered from. The bass response is rather measured and the instrument separation from vocals is quite neat. The earbuds don’t produce chart-topping audio output but for casual listeners, it is really good.
The battery backup is excellent as the earbuds last close to 9 hours on a single charge. Throw in the additional 18 hours with the charging case and it is a deal clincher. Lack of noise cancellation is a bummer. But if you can live with that, this is a good option to pick under Rs 10,000.
– The writer is with gadgetsnow.com
Fitness With Tech: Apps And Gadgets To Track Diet And Workout Results
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Track Health With Tech
By Karan Bajaj
Our hectic lifestyles sometimes leave little time for a proper diet and exercise regime. Thankfully, tech can help you plan your diet, nutrition, exercise and track results for a healthier you. Karan Bajaj talks about some of his favorites.
This free app offers various tools including a BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) calculator, body fat percentage calculator, diet tool and even tells you your recommended heart rate for exercise basis your age. The app has its own social network where you can follow other users, join groups and interact with them. Plus, you can also choose a coach as per your fitness requirement (you will have to take one of the paid packages for the coaching service).
HealthifyMe lets you track your weight, activity as well as your food and water intake. You can set reminders, create a diary, maintain health logs and get a weekly report based on your inputs. In the basic plan (Rs 199/month), the app offers an AI coach called Ria that helps you stay motivated and interacts with you for any queries. If you prefer human coaches, you can opt for paid personalized coaching where you can choose from nutritionists, fitness instructors or yoga coaches.
Fitso gives you recommendations on the basis of your BMI (which it calculates according to the height and weight your input). If you want to lose weight, it will give you the option to track your daily calories intake with a diet journal as well as ask you to burn calories with physical activity. You need to set a target weight and choose whether you want to do only a diet or diet & exercise. We like the clean app interface. You can also opt for a coach service which starts at just Rs 149/week.
If you’re more of a gym person and do not want to miss workouts while traveling, Fitpass gives you access to 1500+ gyms. The app currently works in selected cities and you pay Rs 999/month for the service. You can view the fitness centers around you based on your locations along with details on their address, timing and the types of workout they provide. They also have plans for dieting and coaching plus an in-app store for purchasing supplements.