The Sony WIC300 headphones are wireless in-ear headphones that feature a wire attachment between the earpieces. Unlike the XB80SB headphones, the WIC300s do not feature an ear hook attachment, and they’re not made for sporty pursuits. The headphones are lightweight, compatible with voice assistant technology, and can be customized with included accessories. These essential headphones aren’t for running, but if you want a pair of simple headphones for your post-run relaxation routine, the WIC300s are a decent choice.
The basic design of these headphones is what explains the budget price tag. They don’t need to fit perfectly in the ear canal to prevent them from popping out during a run. If you’re not pumping iron or getting in a cardio workout, it’s unlikely that you’ll be exposing your headphones to sweat. Without these features, Sony is able to offer these headphones at an attractive price point.
The headphones also work with Siri and other voice assistants so you can access your smartphone calendar and reminders via the built-in microphone. The microphone also makes it possible to make and take calls.
The headphones are not noise-isolating so on a particularly noisy commute you might find outside noises leak in more than you’d like. Avoid cranking the volume to drown out the sound, though. You’ll only hurt your precious ears.
Battery life is important for several reasons. In the past, non-wired headphones didn’t need to be charged. You’d just leave them lying around and pop them in when you felt like listening to music. Wireless options require a little more attention. You need to make sure they’re charged for your next listening session, but humans are forgetful creatures. A longer battery life not only ensures you can listen uninterrupted for long periods of time, but it means you can afford to be forgetful and still expect some juice left for the next time you want to use your headphones.
- NFC compatible
- Weighs 0.53 ounces
- 8 hour listening time
- In-line remote
- Call compatible
- Voice assistant compatible
- 9mm drivers
- Comes with extra earbud tip sizes
- 30-foot range
We don’t recommend buying these if you want a dedicated pair of headphones for working out. For most other listening scenarios, though, they’re an excellent option. If you can get past the weird controls and aren’t making a habit of singing out loud in the rain while you listen, the Sony WIC300s are an affordable option.