Edifier gave a stir in the entry-level Bluetooth headset category with the Edifier X3, a relatively affordable model that has everything to be the first TWS for many people. It arrived on the market with a minimalist design, battery for one day, fast and stable connection via a Qualcomm chip with Bluetooth 5.0. Currently, the X3 is sold for R $ 170, much cheaper than the Redmi AirDots 3.
Does it make sense to bet on the Edifier wearable? Does it work well with games? And the sound? I used the X3 as my main headset and will share my impressions in the next few minutes.
Video review of Edifier X3
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Design, comfort and case
Edifier was very precise in developing this wearable. The X3 caters well to those consumers who need a compact headset for everyday life, which is light, practical and comfortable. Despite the simple plastic material, normal for a model in this category, the wearable delivers all the attributes I mentioned.
The headphones are light and fit well in the ear canal, which, consequently, ends up delivering some benefits: they are discreet and do not attract so much attention. In addition, this type of design greatly favors the blocking of external noise, a good strategy since it does not offer any noise cancellation technology.
For a better fit and comfort, two pairs of silicone tips are available in the product box. The medium option, which came pre-installed, was not very comfortable in my ear, but the situation improved with the rubber P, which, finally, even favored noise cancellation.
If you practice physical exercises, it is worth noting that they have IPX5 protection, in other words, it means that the headphones are waterproof against jets of water, sweat and rain. Edifier herself recommends this model for people who are already in the habit of playing outdoor sports. However, I didn’t feel very steady during a race test, even changing the tip, the Edifier X3 felt like it was going to fall all the time.
The case, responsible for boosting the autonomy, houses a 500 mAh battery. But what impresses most is the size of the accessory. Without the headphones, it weighs only 25 grams; is the lightest and smallest case that has passed through my hands so far. Edifier is to be congratulated for reducing the dimensions without sacrificing the battery – I will even ignore that outdated micro-USB in the rear.
Features and connectivity
The company does not offer any apps to equalize and check the battery level – it is not a negative point considering the position of the gadget. It does not have a physical button on the structure and the controls are therefore sensitive to touch: a quick touch pauses and reproduces; three rings on both headphones and the previous track plays again; pressing twice, you advance to the next song; and finally, by pressing for two seconds, Siri and Google Assistants are activated.
Connectivity is one of the strengths of Edifier X3. It was a pleasure to observe the speed of the wearable when connecting with the smartphone – on the iPhone 11, device I used during the tests, I had the feeling that this phone was from Apple. The good result is the result of the partnership between Qualcomm and Edifier, who added here a chip with the Bluetooth 5.0 version that promises and, in fact, delivers fast and stable communication. Low latency is another feature thanks to the aptX protocol, which also acts to offer a higher quality sound.
And as the X3 can pique the interest of the public that likes to play on mobile, I decided to do some tests. It has no gamer mode like Realme Buds Q and Edifier GM4 Mini 1, but I managed to play Asphalt 9 without any noticeable delay. The trail pleases and it was possible to clearly hear the sound of the engine, the beats and skids. In a scenario that requires even more precision, I tested the wearable with PUBG and I was able to observe a small delay only in the steps; the shots, the diving and the other activities of the title were stable and it was enough to enjoy the game.
The sound of the Edifier X3 is not impressive, but considering the category in which it is, I must say that the cheap Chinese has the potential to please many profiles. He has a striking sub-bass: in electronics, pop and dance music you feel the boom, but without punching too much. Although I like this signature, it is good to see that the other frequencies have not been weakened.
In Africa, by Toto, the more subtle beats of the song are felt and the details along the track are also happy for me. Before the peak, I listen perfectly to the deaf, the bass drum and the cymbals of the drums, as well as the other instruments. The details, however, will notice a certain embolization at the high point of the song, above the midrange, a limitation that I did not notice in headphones like the Edifier TWS1 Pro and in other models with a higher price.
Still, there is a lot of space for the highs, which are not velvety, but sound balanced and even dense. In Juice, by Lizzo, the mid-treble are balanced and comfortable with the volume below 70%, after that, you will notice a little congestion with the mid-bass, which can be annoying. The vocals are also lively and can even excel in more intense situations with beats, but in some tracks they seem weak, without vigor, and, in this type of scenario, an equalizer is needed to make them a little more full-bodied.
Noise canceling, microphone and battery
The Edifier X3 is a passive noise canceling headset, so the structure is responsible for isolation. During the days that I spent working with him, the wearable was able to isolate the noise of a passing car well, however it was still possible to hear some nearby voices and, mainly, the noise of motorcycles.
In its communication, Edifier shows that the X3 has a technology to reduce ambient noise, for a cleaner conversation on calls and video calls. The truth is that I did not approve the result: the person on the other side can hear me, but my voice is very distant due to the construction of the product. In practice, I also didn’t notice any big differences with the noise reduction – other input headphones can be better in this regard.
On the battery, it is close to competitors such as the Tranya T10 and the Redmi AirDots 3. A highlight is the Qualcomm chip that also promises more energy efficiency. Edifier talks about six hours of playback with the headphones and another 18 hours with the case, for a total of 24 hours of playback. On a test day, I managed to reproduce for 7h03min, an excellent number and above the agreed. When the headphones ran out of fuel, I put them both in the case and after 55 minutes they already had 80% charge – very good.
Edifier X3: is it worth it?
With the positive ratings in retail and considering all the expertise of the brand in the audio sector, in my view, this TWS seemed to be a great choice. Indeed, the company met my expectations. The Edifier X3 is an excellent entry-level headset, great value for money, minimalist design, comfortable and decent autonomy.
The sound is good for a basic product. The bass is striking, it sounds well-defined and it doesn’t sound loud. Treble and mids in general are also pleasing, but you may notice congestion in choppy music when the volume is high. In turn, the connectivity, a question that usually has greater weight in my reviews after the sound quality, is competent. At no time did the phones show vulnerability during communication and were stable.
Of course, to work with a competitive price, Edifier had to give up some technologies: the microphone is of inferior quality, the noise cancellation is not great and the USB type C was left out. Still, it should appeal to many consumers who are arriving now. The X3 has the best of the brand, but costing less.
Edifier X3 Bluetooth Headset
- Minimalist design
- Very balanced bass
- Low latency
- Case could come with USB-C
- Microphone is too weak
- Drums: 60 mAh (each phone) and 500 mAh (case);
- Recharge time: about 1.5 h;
- Connections: Micro-USB;
- Connectivity: Qualcomm Bluetooth 5.0 chip (plus Qualcomm aptX);
- Audio driver: 6 mm;
- Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 KHz;
- Microphones: yes, with Qualcomm cVc 8.0 – noise reduction;
- Protection: splash resistant (IPX5);
- Dimensions: 17.2 x 25 mm (each phone) and 53 x 40 x 24 mm (case);
- Weight: 4 g (phone) and 25 g (case);
- Colors: black and white.