Bose Earbuds 500 Review has shown you a lot of advantages that it has over other headphones released. The true wireless earbuds type has been exploding in recent months. We are not talking about the sheer number of models available — which now number in the hundreds, if not the thousands — but what these personal audio products are capable of doing.
Apple, Sony, Jabra, Sennheiser, and Google, such brands are the biggest brands — have all released new or updated versions of their true wireless earbuds in the last 10 months, all with the great battery life, sound quality, wireless connectivity, and even active noise cancellation (ANC). However, the one company that has not debuted a new true wireless product since 2018 is the brand Bose, whose SoundSport Free remains its only true wireless offering.
Here is something very interesting about Bose’s next true wireless earbuds.
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Bose Earbuds 500 Vs Bose Soundsport Free
As good as the Bose SoundSport Free were when they debuted, they are in desperate need of an update. That update, which the brand Bose says is coming “later” in 2020, is the Earbuds 500. All Bose is willing to say about the Earbuds 500 is that they will be “smaller and sleeker” than the famous SoundSport Free, have touch controls, and provide access to your choice of Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
You can also bet Bose will be doing a lot more than that. With only a total five hours of battery life and an additional two top-ups in the charging case for a total of 15 hours, the SoundSport Free are now among the worst performers when it comes to longevity. The best models can now also last 11 hours or longer on a charge. Bose may not be looking to break any records, but we suspect the Earbuds 500 will compete with the likes of Jabra’s Elite 75t, which offers also 7.5 hours, and they should exceed Apple’s AirPods and AirPods Pro, which come in at around 5.5 hours.
The SoundSport Free can withstand a decent amount of sweat with an IPX4 rating, but if the Earbuds 500 are to inherit the mantle of Friend nature buds, they must go quiet further. Jabra’s Elite Active 75t, for instance, offers an IP57 rating for excellent protection from both dust and water.
Bose Earbuds 500 Vs Bose Earbuds 700
The Earbuds 700 is set to have a very strong spec sheet and may include special features accessible through the Bose Connect app. An update is in the works that will also add some cool upgrades, including an adjustable EQ and much-improved connectivity. It is also unknown whether the Earbuds 500 will have app compatibility, but we’re pretty sure a transparency mode will be put into the buds.
Other than that, expect these two models to share similar levels of comfort, stability, and Great sound quality for music and calls, along with intelligible controls and full digital assistant support for the big three: Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.
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Bose Earbuds 500 Launch Date
The Earbuds 500 earbuds were about to come in existence for a late 2019 release, per Bose. That didn’t happen. In fact, there have been zero sightings of the product since the Bose 700 earbuds briefing. Bose’s website now states that both the Earbuds 500 and 700 will be “launching sometime in the year 2020.”
But, we are already more than halfway through the year, and our guess is the Earbuds 700 will be first, with the Earbuds 500 following shortly after. When exactly is yet to be put.
But we can’t discuss release dates without bringing up Bose’s reported financial struggles (including the closure of 119 retail stores globally), along with the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has created production troubles for manufacturers worldwide.
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Bose Earbuds 500 Noise Cancellation
Speaking of the active noise cancellation, isn’t it a bit weird that the company that almost created the market for noise-canceling headphones has never made a set of best and true wireless earbuds with ANC? The wait, however, will soon be over as Bose is readying its Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700, the true wireless version of its excellent Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.
What about the Bose Earbuds Charging Case?
The charging case will offer wireless as well as USB-C charging, and continues several design cues also from Bose’s previous earbud products. The case itself is on the bulkiest side as charging cases go. Bose has never shied away from bulky cases; the one is used for the SoundSport Free is very massive. Larger charging cases are also inevitable when dealing with very large earbuds that also have ear fins, and the Bose design qualifies on both counts.
Bose products are not so cheap, and while there is no news on the Earbuds 500’s MSRP, we can take a pretty good guess as to what it might be.
The Earbuds 700 will launch for $300, which is a price point right in between the Bose 700 Noise Cancelling Headphones ($400) and also the SoundSport Free ($200), a model the Earbuds 500 will soon replace. Since it takes a while for all the older Bose products to receive generous markdowns, it’s in the company’s best interest to give the Earbuds 500 a competitive price tag.
The Earbuds 500 do not have physical buttons. That means the buds will feature intuitive touch controls that use swipes or taps to manage playback and call management, something Bose confirmed with the media during the briefing. Another detail that seems like a very sure thing is the color options: Black, Blue, and Off-White.
The battery life shown on the leaked Earbuds 700’s packaging shows a total of 6 hours, with the charging holding an additional 12 hours. It is common for noise-cancelling headphones and earbuds to have less battery life than models without ANC, therefore, the Earbuds 500 will also carry longer listening times. Our guess is 6 to 8 hours on a full battery, while the charging case holds for about 15 to 18 hours. Add wireless charging into the mix as well, another feature that shows up on the Earbuds 700’s box.
Bose Earbuds 500 Specs
- Wireless Sports Earbuds
- Comfortable to Wear
- Design is good
- Good for noise cancellation
- Good for making calls
- Less price as compared to other Bose versions