Bang & Olufsen has up to date its true wi-fi earbuds, giving them a giant enhance in battery life in addition to a extra compact design. The brand new third-generation Beoplay E8 earbuds now present a complete of 35 hours of listening when used with their charging case, up from the 16 hours you’d get with the second era, whereas the buds themselves can now go for seven hours while not having to cost.
That is Bang & Olufsen’s third try at a pair of true wi-fi earbuds, so at this level, it’s bought all of the fundamentals down properly. The earbuds’ case might be charged over USB-C and helps wi-fi charging, that are options that have been launched with final yr’s mannequin. New for this yr is help for Bluetooth 5.1 and the AptX normal. Bang & Olufsen additionally says that it’s lowered the scale and weight of the earbuds to make them extra snug to put on.
Sadly, energetic noise cancellation continues to be lacking from B&O’s true wi-fi earbuds, which Apple lastly included in its $249 AirPods Professional final yr. That mentioned, Apple’s earbuds can’t match the battery lifetime of the brand new Beoplay E8: the AirPods Professional supply a operating time of simply 4.5 hours from the earphones and as much as 24 hours whole when used with their charging case.
The worth of the Beoplay E8s hasn’t shrunk in fairly the identical method as their form-factor. Though the headphones don’t at the moment look like listed on B&O’s US website, the UK model has them listed for £300, which interprets to round $390, in comparison with the £260 ($350) you needed to pay for final yr’s model. That’s not low cost, though not less than you’re getting loads of battery life on your cash.