Sony WF-1000XM3 Review: Amazing in-ear ANC in your pockets

Design and Fit

The Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones

Each wireless earphone is clearly marked for either left or right. There is also a raised dot beside the ‘L’ symbol.

Both wireless earphones are clearly marked to ensure that I do not poke the wrong one into my ears. There is also a raised dot just beside the ‘L’ marking, which I supposed is, for the visually impaired. A nice touch.

The Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earphones is mainly smooth matte plastic and metal for the contact pins. The touch control pads on both earphones have glossy finishes.

The charging contacts at the bottom and a glimpse of the noise sensor beside the ear tip.
The touch sensitive round pad on the top edge of the earpiece and the noise sensor just beside the Sony branding.
Without the ear tip. The glossy black patch on the right is the proximity sensor to detect whether it is being worn or not.
For those who are deciding what ear tip to order while waiting for your Sony WF-1000XM3 to arrive.

The charging case

The Sony WF-1000XM3’charging case has matte rubberised body with a smooth finished lid. The entire built should be mainly plastic. The lid is held closed with magnetic force instead of clips.

Aside from keeping the earphones, it also boasts three (3) charges for them. It itself is charged via the USB-C port at the bottom of the case. Nope, it does not support wireless charging like newer earphones.

The USB-C charging port at the bottom of the case.
The insides are also clearly marked to ensure you do not squeeze the earphones into the wrong slot.
The magnetic pads to snap and hold the earphones in place for charging and storage.
It only supports normal USB charging. Not Quick Charge or Fast Charge.
The earphones and case gives a reddish glow when it is charging.
How do you know whether the earphones are done charging? Answer: The reddish glow is there when it is charging them.