- Stylish and durable
- A responsive interface
- Long battery life
- Excellent sound quality
- Open design is not for everyone
- Very limited features
- Uncomfortable fit
- There are no charging cases or smart controls
Despite the release of two new versions in October – the noise-canceling QuietComfort Earbuds and the fitness-focused Bose Sport Earbuds – the company is struggling. These are still some of the best wireless earbuds and exercise headphones available, so it’s no surprise that the new Bose Sport Open Earbuds have continued the enthusiasm.
The Sport Open Earbuds appear to have the makings of something spectacular on paper, with a unique open-ear design that was developed for optimal fit and Bose’s OpenAudio technology to deliver full audio without covering your ears. Despite the ultramodern design and notable sound quality, there is a lot of functionality and performance missing.
The Sport Open Earbuds could be helpful for fitness enthusiasts who adore Bose goods but want something different. However, some of the best running headphones on the market will give you more bang for your buck. Currently, Best Buy or Bose offers Bose Sport Open Earbuds for $199.
Design and Comfort
The Athletic Open Earphones have an incredible concept: wireless sport earbuds with a flat enclosure that sits above the ear canal and is supported by a plastic loop. This is distinct from the conventional in-ear design used on the majority, if not all, wireless athletic earbuds. The Sport Open Earbuds, on the other hand, are a divisive design.
This is also Bose’s most fashionable pair of headphones in the sports category, featuring a stylish and compact design that rivals the Powerbeats Pro. It’s also a vast improvement over the QuietComfort Earbuds, big and ugly.
Normally, we’d put the charging case in this part, but there’s one problem: these buds don’t come with them. Bose released true wireless earbuds without a charging case. We get a protected carrying bag that is functional and appealing. It’s lightweight, nicely shows the buds, and has a magnetic closing to keep them secure.
Controls and Digital Assistant
Touch controls and on-ear sensors are absent from these buds. The bottom of each bud has a multifunction button for basic actions such as play/pause, answer/end calls, skip track, previous track, voice help, and speech prompts.
The buttons are responsive and offer exceptional tactility to ensure users that their intended orders are being implemented, even if they are not the most practical input option when exercising. There are currently no onboard volume controls, unlike the Powerbeats Pro.
You can also use Siri or Google Assistant, which perform reasonably well. When either digital assistant is enabled, there is some lag, but once it is, the buds have excellent speech recognition and answer voice instructions almost instantly.
Since the Sport Open Earbuds aren’t officially in-ear headphones, they use Bose’s OpenAudio technology to send “rich, complete sound” into the ears from a short distance. The Open Sport Earbuds have the same technology as the Bose Frames, but the Open Sport Earbuds provide a better listening experience. The 16mm drivers hammer out strong bass, maintaining Bose’s warm sound signature.
App And Special Features
For the Sport Earbuds, Bose removed all of the previously described modes and limited functionality to music and volume settings, how-to guides, and a few toggle controls via the Bose Music App.
Only a timer, a volume slider, and the possibility to apply a shortcut command on the left earbud that only enables voice prompts for battery life are included.
On a single charge, Bose claims an 8-hour battery life, which is significantly longer than the Sport Earbuds (5 hours). Some may find this disappointing, particularly given the absence of features, but this is enough playtime to get in a few workouts during the week.
The Bose Sport Open Earbuds are a one-of-a-kind and frustrating pair of running headphones that will likely appeal to a small group of people. If looks and sound are essential to you in a pair of Bose wireless earbuds, these buds will undoubtedly meet your needs. We recommend category leaders like others if comfort and extended functionality are more important.
To Bose’s credit, the Sport Open Earbuds’ unique audio distribution strategy works far better than the surface, giving users delightful bass feedback and sharp vocals. The Sport Open Earbuds’ fast controls and stable connectivity are vital highlights. However, we still like the richer results of a typical in-ear model.