When it comes to tech products — especially earbuds — my top picks tend to change as often as the weather. What else can you expect in such a robust and ever-growing category as wireless earbuds?
That brings us to the Bose SoundSport Free truly wireless earbuds. They’ve been around for almost 2 years now, having debuted as the audio giant’s first wire-free offering in late 2017.
The offering quickly established itself as one of the best of its kind — and surely that’s changed in the time since, right? Wrong! I’ve been using a pair of Bose SoundSport Free since their launch, and still enjoy them quite a bit.
Below are several reasons why the buds are still worth your attention, despite today’s stiff competition in this vibrant product category.
They Look Cool
I like the design of the SoundSport Free earbuds. They look decidedly premium and worthy of their price tag. Each bud is proudly rocking a Bose logo, leaving absolutely no room for doubt that you’re rocking a top-shelf audio product.
Bose deserves credit for keeping its product fresh by introducing a couple of eye-catching color options after its initial retail launch. Originally solely available in black and midnight blue with neon green accents, last year Bose introduced a bright orange color with blue accents, followed by an attention-commanding, limited-edition ultraviolet paint job.
They Sound Great
Like all Bose products, the SoundSport Free completely wireless earbuds deliver an excellent sound, finely tuned to appeal to a broad range of tastes. I found the headset’s audio performance to be equally entertaining while listening to all-time great jazz performances, as well as my favorite downtempo tracks with powerful, yet soothing bass.
The SoundSport Free audio quality during phone calls is also top-notch. The wire-free earbuds also maintained a reliable connection with an iPhone, as well as various Android smartphones.
They’re Comfy and Water-Resistant
Bose has designed the SoundSport Free earbuds with workout warriors in mind. Equipped with proprietary ear tips with integrated fins, the buds have a comfy and secure fit that’s among the category’s best. I used the SoundSport Free during countless commutes and workouts, and never worried that they might accidentally fall off.
I really like that, in addition to an industry-standard button for controlling the audio playback and taking/rejecting calls, the SoundSport Free earbuds also have dedicated volume controls. They set the product apart from some of their competitors even today, almost 2 years after their debut.
As expected from an exercise-friendly pair of earbuds, the Bose SoundSport Free have a water-resistant build. An IPX4 rating ensures that the buds can survive rain and sweaty workouts equally well.
The Bose SoundSport Free can last up to 5 hours before they need a trip to their charging case. The latter holds two full charges for a total of 15 hours of wireless tunes. The headset’s battery performance is acceptable, but not on par with today’s latest and greatest truly wireless earbuds.
A Bose Connect app allows you to tweak the earbuds’ settings, get tips and tricks on how to use them, and even update their firmware. You can even track a lost bud via the app! Enabling the feature will show you on a map where you last connected them