O Edifier W800BT is Edifier’s great triumph. This is one of the most popular headphones on the market when looking at the entry category. With the success obtained, the company decided to launch the W800BT Plus, with the same look, but bringing significant improvements in connectivity thanks to the QCC3024 chipset, from Qualcomm. Costing R$ 289, the model arrives in the country as an affordable option for everyday use.
It has Bluetooth 5.1, Qualcomm aptX Low Latency, input for P2 cable and battery for up to 55 hours of playback, carrying a downgrade compared to its predecessor that offers 75 hours of sound. In the last few weeks, I have evaluated Edifier’s product and reveal in this review whether the W800BT Plus is a good option in 2021.
Edifier W800BT Plus review on video
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Design and comfort
Just like Xiaomi does with the popular Redmi AirDots, Edifier literally didn’t change the look of the W800BT Plus. In my opinion, this is the right strategy, after all the brand doesn’t let the product’s popularity go down the drain — you can be sure that many people can easily spot a W800BT on the street. The Plus version continues with an imposing design, its own and, from a distance, can even convey an idea of a premium product.
But only from a distance, because, like most headphones in this category, the gadget is constructed entirely of plain plastic, without giving off a feeling of resistance. Despite this, with care, I believe that the W800BT Plus can last a few years quietly. The foams, which imitate leather, have a good finish and are very comfortable, without pressing the ears. Also, in terms of comfort, the model does very well: it weighs 203 grams and has a good feeling of lightness during use.
What I didn’t like very much was the portability, or lack of it. If you are the type of person who always struggles to close your suitcase, you will most likely be irritated to be able to transport the W800BT Plus. Edifier missed the big opportunity to make the handset flexible, just like the JBL Tune 510BT.
Features and connectivity
As for the controls, the right shell holds the USB-C power connection, the volume and play/pause buttons that stick out, and is also used to turn headphones on and off. On the other side, on the left shell, the brand added the P2 cable entry — and they already make the accessory available in the package. In connectivity, the W800BT Plus has an application — Edifier Connect — which has basic functions, such as four equalization modes, allows the user to control playing tracks and check battery status. It is a very simple app and even poorly optimized, but it can be highlighted considering the product category.
The “Plus” in the name comes from upgrades to the headphone communication system. Unlike the W800BT, which has Bluetooth 5.0, the version reviewed here now has Bluetooth 5.1 and aptX LL (Low Latency) support, for low latency and clearer sound. The delay, in fact, does not exist and, on a daily basis, the W800BT Plus is a good phone for those who consume a lot of videos on YouTube and streaming platforms. The range and stability are excellent and, in my tests, the device remained playing normally away from the cell phone and with various interferences.
In sound quality, the Edifier W800BT Plus is a headphone with a brilliant and raucous performance. Just add a pop to notice that there is a certain glow on the drum cymbals, on top of the piano, violin and vocals, especially in female voices. Bass and sub-bass are not preferred here, which somehow conveys the idea that the W800BT Plus is a balanced headphone, but both are felt vividly when placing a beat track.
In Love Again, Dua Lipa’s striking voice sounds over-bright, and the mid-highs and mid-highs take over the track. In the background, you’ll appreciate the bass of the drums kick, but the performance isn’t as impressive. The British singer’s music on the W800BT Plus tends to generate strident chorus and, at high volumes, the annoyance is even greater, as there is a lot of conflict between vocals and treble instruments. Already Take My Breath, by The Weeknd, which has very challenging nuances (with Abel’s treble and lots of background beats), reverberates with life and balanced at low intensity, but soon clumps when there is a rise in volume.
I also tested the sonic performance to another extreme. indie rock naive, by The Kooks, plays on Edifier’s headphones more harmonic. Different than Love Again, there is a good separation between voice and instrument here, without causing congestion. In short, despite the raucousness, I liked the sound of the W800BT Plus for the brightness that sometimes hits and the balanced beats. The real weakness is the shrillness that bothers you the most when you turn up the volume.
Microphone and battery
Despite the CVC noise reduction technology, which other input headphones also deliver, the microphone quality of the W800BT Plus is good, but the components cannot eliminate the noise around them. I’ve even tested other headphones with CVC and I confess that I haven’t noticed any significant differences. In the case of this headphone from Edifier, the voice doesn’t metallize and you’ll be able to use it during a video call or to send audio on messengers without problems. For an entry-level product, the performance is pretty decent.
Now, the device’s battery guarantees 55 hours of playback, a downgrade when compared to the conventional W800BT that delivers 75 hours. Edifier did not explain why, but I can say that the model continues to stand out even with this low. In my tests, with the battery fully charged, it was possible to use the W800BT Plus peacefully for more than a week. And if there’s no charge, just use the P2 cable so the music doesn’t stop.
Edifier W800BT Plus: is it worth it?
Yes. The Edifier W800BT Plus is a very honest input headphone and can be a good alternative to JBL models like the Tune 125BT. But, if you ask me if it’s worth migrating from the conventional W800BT to the Plus, I would say no, because Edifier didn’t deliver relevant upgrades that justify the switch. On the other hand, if you are thinking of purchasing a new headphone for everyday life, with an interesting sound and a generous price, this model may please.
I confess that I found the sound too shrill for my ears, especially when the volume is turned up. Even so, I believe it has the potential to please other profiles and, of course, you can’t charge too much for a product in this category. The autonomy, even if reduced, is still excellent and I’m still going to give a discount for the P2 cable entry. Connectivity also pleased: the W800BT Plus has a dedicated application, multipoint connection and quickly connects with your devices. Edifier is to be congratulated for all this.
On the cons, it would be nice if the structure allowed you to “fold” the headphone to improve the gadget’s transport and passive noise cancellation could be more efficient. If you think flexibility is important, then it’s worth looking at the JBL Tune 500 BT, the Philips UpBeat TAUH202 or the Sony WH-CH510, which are competitors to the W800BT Plus.
Edifier W800BT Plus Bluetooth Headset
- Headphone still generously priced
- Despite the battery downgrade, autonomy remains interesting
- excellent connectivity
- Sound tends to get too shrill on some tracks
- Could be flexible like competitors