After shaking up the entry-level headphone market with the X3, Edifier launched, in 2021, the Edifier X5. The affordable wearable arrived in the country with a suggested price of R$ 249. It has a touch-sensitive control, Bluetooth 5.0, is resistant to water and dust, and promises to be a good option for those who practice physical exercises, since it was designed not to fall even with sudden movements.
In terms of sound, the company speaks of “high performance with AptX audio decoding” and, in terms of autonomy, there are six hours of reproduction with the headphones and 21 hours with the case. To find out if it’s all that, for the past few weeks I’ve used Edifier X5 as my main TWS and let me know what I think of it in the next few minutes.
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Design, comfort and case
The Edifier X5 has a curious look, as the outside appears to be compact and minimalist, while the inside area, which goes to the ear, is quite plump. This design, by the way, contrasts a lot with the previous one, Edifier X3, model that is extremely small and without the legs for the microphones. Even simple and all coated in plastic, the X5 has a generous finish and the white version we received for this test helps make the construction even more beautiful.
Edifier presents the X5 as an option for exercisers. Each earphone weighs 4.8 grams and the company says in its communication that the gadgets stay firmly in the ear canal without falling during activities. Furthermore, the IPX5 certification gave way to IP55, in other words, that means they are water and dust resistant. In my trainings, the medium tip, which comes pre-installed, was unstable and even fell out of my ear at times; the small one was more efficient.
When it comes to comfort, the X5 is right in the ear without causing annoyance. I, however, only noticed a little pressure which, in practice, shouldn’t cause irritation. And, because of that, the model ends up isolating well from external noise, which is great considering that they don’t have noise cancelling technology.
The case houses a 500 mAh battery. It has the same finish as the headphones, featuring the Edifier logo on top. Despite being beautiful, the white used can easily pick up some stains, so it’s good to keep in mind that risks will arise over time. Furthermore, it doesn’t have any physical buttons or LEDs. And on the back is the USB-C power connection.
Features and connectivity
Touch sensitive controls are good and you can command the tracks playing quickly. One tap pauses and plays music, tap three times to go to the previous track or twice to skip to the next track. You can still refuse phone calls or trigger the connected device’s virtual assistant. All that was missing was the option to control the volume by the devices themselves, a feature that the Edifier TWS1 Pro, another entry-level model, already delivers.
In connectivity, Edifier hasn’t updated the Bluetooth version and the X5 goes with Bluetooth 5.0. Still, the range is excellent and the headphones keep playing even with the device a little further away. Latency for videos and games is also low and, like Redmi AirDots 3, the X5 works independently, which means that if you keep one earphone in the case, the other won’t stop ringing.
The Edifier X5’s sound pleased me because it’s rich, rich, and the excellent passive cancellation helps to enhance the listening experience. It’s a headphone that works well the bass and sub-bass, but there is a preference, which is the high frequencies. The mids are brilliant, while the trebles can sound overpowering and even jammed in some tracks. Like any input phone, this device also has some limitations.
I tested the Edifier X5 in different settings, with pop, jazz, rock, R&B, electronica and reggae. In all of these genres, the spark that it adds caught my attention. We can use as an example monkey man, by Amy Winehouse, which emphasizes the high instruments, as well as the striking voice of the artist and the song is slightly congested at the beginning and at the end, when there is strength between vocals and instruments.
Compared to Redmi AirDots 3, I felt Xiaomi’s TWS reproduces STAY, by Justin Bieber, full-bodied, the Canadian artist’s vocal sounds striking and the beats are pronounced with life, but I could see a little noise in the background. On Edifier X5, the same song resonates more openly and we have another interesting scenario: I had the impression that the instruments gain space, while the vocals are in the background and even shrill in the chorus.
Microphone and battery
Microphone performance is satisfactory for the category. The components manage to reduce the noise around them and there is not that metallic aspect, however, even with the rod to house the microphones, I found the audio low. Despite that, I had no problem using them in video calls and to send audios on WhatsApp.
In terms of autonomy, the Edifier X5 does not lag behind the main competitors. It’s six hours of playback, but actually I was able to listen for 8:30 am at 50% volume, an excellent result. Combined with the case, this official number jumps to 21 hours.
Edifier X5: is it worth it?
Looking at the Edifier X5, I got that “more of the same” feeling. It’s not because it’s bad, far from it, the brand has hit a lot on the quality of the input headphones. The big thing is that I haven’t seen good advances in relation to other models of the company. To give you an idea, the autonomy of this TWS is the same as the X3, as well as the Bluetooth version and the big difference is the new design with IP55 certification.
Between Edifier X3 and X5, I stick with the former, mainly because its sound quality matches my profile more, while the X5 is an open product that lacks stability at times. But that’s relative, those who prefer a less closed sound will enjoy the sound performance of this device analyzed here. It’s all a matter of taste. The added shine sometimes enhances the experience and gets it right; touch-sensitive controls work very well; and on drums, the cockroach continues to stand out.
Costing R$ 249, the Edifier X5 is a phone that should devalue in the coming months, as well as the X3, which is found for R$ 130 at the time of publication of this review. I would also give a chance to Redmi AirDots 3 that, yes, this one brought real upgrades over its predecessor.
Bluetooth headset Edifier X5
- Light and comfortable design
- Current generation delivers IP55 certification
- Open sound will please those who are not into beats
- No differentials in relation to the brand’s entry-level models
- It is not possible to control the volume of music through the headphones