Grasp & Dynamic (M&D) has simply launched the $349 MW08 Sport, an virtually equivalent set of true wi-fi earbuds to the corporate’s MW08, which it debuted earlier this 12 months for $299. So what makes the MW08 Sport so er, sporty? And why do they price $50 greater than the common MW08? It just about comes right down to weight and wi-fi charging.
The unique MW08 are a stellar set of energetic noise cancellation (ANC) earbuds, with implausible sound high quality, battery life, and ergonomics. However their slick-looking all-metal charging case, at 2.8 ounces, weighs significantly greater than most charging circumstances and it doesn’t assist wi-fi charging.
The MW08 Sport deal with each of those points. Their charging case weighs virtually a 3rd much less (1.9 ounces) and is absolutely wrapped in Kevlar fiber. The Kevlar — which might simply be mistaken for carbon fiber because of its distinctive checkerboard look — not solely lightens up the case and protects it from impacts and abrasions, but additionally makes wi-fi charging attainable.
The MW08 Sport earbuds are additionally a tiny bit lighter too (although not as dramatically modified because the case), having shaved 0.01 ounces off the burden of the MW08. This was achieved by the usage of sapphire glass on the outer face of the earbuds, as an alternative of the ceramic materials M&D used on the MW08.
For sure, solely probably the most delicate ears will have the ability to detect such a small distinction, however what shall be seen instantly is the addition of two sizes of reminiscence foam ear ideas. These are along with the traditional 5 sizes of silicone ear ideas.
M&D claims these foam ideas present a safer match than the silicone variations, which it feels helps to justify the “sport” designation.
Once I reviewed the MW08, I famous that their design positioned a lot of the earbud mass away from the outer ear, which meant you could possibly actually really feel the earbuds with every footfall, one thing that was particularly noticeable when operating.
M&D despatched me a complicated set of the MW08 Sport to attempt, and there’s little doubt: The froth ear ideas do supply a safer match. Nonetheless, as a result of they nonetheless weigh about the identical because the MW08 and their mass continues to be principally outdoors the outer ear, you’re nonetheless fairly conscious of them when operating. Any considerations about them working their means free are kind of handled, however you should still discover it tiring to put on them for prolonged durations of exercise.
Except the burden, the charging case, and the brand new foam ear ideas, the MW08 and MW08 Sport are equivalent. They each function the identical 11mm beryllium drivers and superior sound high quality. Among the many different options that they share are as much as 12 hours of battery life per cost (with a further 30 hours of energy within the case), intuitive and tactile management buttons, efficient ANC, and the flexibility to make use of the correct earbud independently for calls and music.
As a lot as I’ve grown very keen on having the ability to wirelessly cost my units, I’ve at all times discovered the $50 premium that Apple fees for thea bit steep.
And whereas M&D fees the identical quantity for its wi-fi choice, it delivers far more worth. By making the case lighter and extra sturdy along with its wi-fi charging functionality and throwing within the further foam ear ideas — which you’ll be able to pay as much as— the Sport’s 16% premium over the common MW08 looks like a worthwhile funding.
The one factor I don’t perceive is why M&D felt the necessity to promote the MW08 Sport as its personal discrete mannequin, as an alternative of merely providing the Kevlar charging case (and ear ideas) as an elective improve to the usual MW08.
As a tie-in with the MW08 Sport’s new wi-fi charging functionality, M&D additionally determined to create its personal 10-watt Qi charging mat for many who might not personal one. The good-looking, fabric-topped round MC100 charger ought to shield any machine you place on it, whereas a machined aluminum backside floor is meant to effectively dissipate any warmth that builds up throughout charging. Curiously, regardless of the MC100’s $69 worth, it doesn’t include its personal energy provide.
You possibly can order the MW08 Sport and the MC100 charging pad beginning right this moment at masterdynamic.com.