The Price Of Comfort
HWM Singapore|September 2021
Huawei Freebuds 4
Kenny Yeo

AT A GLANCE

DRIVERS 14.3mm

WATER RESISTANCE IPX4

BATTERY LIFE 2.5hrs (ANC) / 4hrs (ANC off), up to 13hrs / 20hrs with case

WEIGHT 4.1g (earbud), 38g (case)

PRICE $ 198

Huawei’s FreeBuds 4 features what the company calls an “open-fit” for greater wearing comfort. Like any other “open-fit” type earbuds, it’s almost impossible to complain about comfort. They are quite snug and they stay put even when I’m trying my best to shake them off. I find Apple’s AirPods to fit a little better but since everyone’s ears are different, your mileage may vary.

The FreeBuds 4 earbuds have prominent stems, and, there’s no getting around this, look like another pair of earbuds from a certain company based in Cupertino. They come in silver frost and ceramic white. The silver frost unit that I have looks almost as if it has been chrome-plated. It’s also highly reflective.

There are, however, trade-offs. Noise isolation without ANC is almost nonexistent. You can hear everything around you. The upside is that you are constantly aware of your surroundings. The downside is that you are constantly aware of your surroundings. To make up, I found myself turning up the volume, which can’t be a good thing for anyone’s hearing in the long run.

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