The homegrown company recently launched the Noise Shots X3 Bluetooth in-ear headphones. The earbuds have a frequency range of 18Hz to 22 KHz, come equipped with Bluetooth v5.0 and are claimed to be IPX4 rated. We used the headphones for some time and here’s our review:
Noise Shots X3: Design
The Noise Shots X3 don’t really have a distinctive design but do offer good build quality. The earbuds are lightweight and fit comfortably in the ear canal. Using them for long hours whether to watch your favourite TV series or just listening to music does not leave your ear with any sense of pain. In our review, we will be judging the earbuds on various parameters and for now can safely give full score on this variable.
The earbuds automatically turn on and connect to your paired device – phone or laptop each time it is pulled out of the case. Clicking on the button placed on earbuds lets you control music, accept and reject calls. A long press on the right earbud allows one to switch to the next song or go back to the previous one.
The earbuds come with a charging case which is made of plastic and has a glossy design finish. Being compact in size, it easily slips into your jeans and does not bulge. So you can carry it without any worry. However, the box features a micro-USB port for charging. This is a big disappointment especially now when many Android smartphones are coming with Type-C port. So you will have to keep a micro-USB cable in your bag every time in case if you use it with an iPhone or with even with an Android phone with Type-C charging support.
There is a transparent lid over the case that allows a partial see through to check battery level. Inside, one can see two charging slots for earbuds and a battery indicator placed right below it.
Noise Shots X3: Audio performance
As we said before, the earbuds connects automatically to the paired device once it is taken out from the charging case. It goes off as one puts them back in the case. We connected it with both Android and iOS smartphones as well as with Windows laptops. The earbuds connect seamlessly without any stutter.
The device quickly establishes the wireless connection without any hassle. We find the headphones slightly tilted towards the heavy bass. Probably, this is why the mids and the highs were a bit compromised with. However, overall the sound quality offered is up to the satisfactory level. We tried the earbuds across a variety of genres of music and were nearly satisfied with its performance every time.
The earbuds come with built-in microphone. We did not face any glitch or failure while using the headphones to answer calls. Though there is no specific button for noise cancellation, the headphones fits so well in the ear canal that it effectively reduces the background noise to an optimum level. Talking about the volume levels, they offer pretty high sound levels.
The Noise Shots X3 also come equipped with voice assistant support for both Siri and Google Assistant. Double clicking either of the earphone’s button activates the voice assistant. This was again a feature that performed well for both Android and iOS smartphones and comes handy especially in making calls.
The headphones are IPX4 rated which means that they are sweat proof. But frankly speaking, we can not detail how well resistive they are to the sweat as we hardly used it during heavy workouts (simply because it was too cold to get out of bed, forget going to gym!).
Noise Shots X3: Battery performance
This is one of the parameters where the headphones earn a pretty good score. The earbuds are powered by 50mAh battery. Though the company says the headphones’ charging time is about 2 hours, but we find that they charge pretty fast and deliver sufficient playtime of three hours and more.
The charging case houses a bigger 1500mAh battery and takes about three hours to charge completely. It has an LED indicator to determine the different charge levels. It can either be charged by using the micro USB cable with a charger or a laptop. We tried both and found that the charging time when using a laptop hardly gets impacted. In other words, charging via laptop does not slow down the speed.
The earbuds can be charged several time using the charging case. We managed to charge them for five or six times, thus offering a total time of 17-18 hours.
Noise Shots X3: Verdict
The Noise Shots X3 in-ear headphones is an impressive pair of earbuds that comes with a price as affordable as Rs 3,999. We say it when compared to the price offered by other brands like Bose and Sony. Noise’s former truly wireless headphones, Noise Shots X5 were well received by the audiences and helped carve a space for the Indian brand in audio market. It was priced at Rs 4,999. With the introduction of Noise Shots X3, the company appears to be walking on the right track. A good battery life, smooth wireless connectivity feature and an adequate sound output quality, the Noise Shots X3 Bluetooth in-ear headphones has much to offer at its price.