The WF-C700N earbuds fit great, sound decent, and offer plenty of software tricks. But even within Sony’s own lineup, you might have better options.
Sony’s WF-C700N earbuds give you a lot for their reasonable price of $119.99. That’s always been true of the company’s underrated entry-level wireless earbuds dating back to the corkscrew-like WF-XB700s in 2020, and Sony has gradually tacked on more features with each revision. The WF-C500 buds switched to a more conventional design and added support for Sony’s companion smartphone app. And a few weeks ago came the new WF-C700N earbuds, which bring noise cancellation to Sony’s budget tier for the first time.
But over the last several months, I’ve come to really enjoy Sony’s midrange LinkBuds S, which feel impossibly light and almost imperceptible in your ears. Can the C700N buds still stand out among the company’s own lineup?
The thing that’s always impressed me most about this series is comfort and stability; Sony has consistently nailed the in-ear fit so well that I’ve never been concerned about these buds coming loose or falling out. They seal securely and have naturally blocked out a lot of ambient noise even before there was proper ANC. There’s a lot to like, and the C700N buds seem poised to keep building the company’s momentum at this price point — even if I do have one small quibble with a change Sony made.
And that nitpick is visible as soon as you remove them from the box. See, both the XB700 and C500 earbuds had a semitransparent upper lid on their carrying case. This made it effortless to see the charging status of each individual earbud as well as the case itself since the LEDs for all three were visible. But now, Sony has switched to a fully opaque case — perhaps a necessary tradeoff to use more recycled plastic in the construction — and you don’t get the benefit of seeing the earbud LEDs anymore. In fact, Sony removed them completely and left just a single indicator light on the front of the case.
As for the earbuds themselves, the C700Ns have a design that’s similar to their predecessors with some elements borrowed from the LinkBuds S; the circular, mesh-covered microphone cutouts are in the same spot on both products. And at just 4.6 grams per earbud, these budget buds provide an airy feel similar to the LinkBuds S; you can easily wear them for a couple of hours without suffering ear fatigue or discomfort. They also grip well enough to make them suitable for runs and gym workouts, and you needn’t worry about getting them wet: they’re rated the status quo IPX4 against water and sweat.