Say it with me: Cordless headphones are the greatest invention since sliced bread. Cliché saying, I know. But the truth is, when my old pair of wireless headphones would run out of battery because I forgot to charge them for the umpteenth time, I had to go back to using my wired set. And let me tell you, it’s a hellscape of cord tangling and untangling. We just forgot about the inconvenience of wires and the freedom of a Bluetooth connection. It’s why I was excited when Huawei came out with their FreeBuds 4i that lasts for 10 hours of playback—and in my world, that means a few days without having to re-juice up. Less charging is a win in my book.
I wanted to see how the FreeBuds 4i fared in my day-to-day compared to other brands of wireless headphones I’ve used. To give you some context, here’s what a typical day looks like for me. On a good day, when my willpower is high, I start off with a quick workout. These days, I tend to reach for a jump rope with a good playlist and head to the park by the lake. And let me tell you, the FreeBuds didn’t budge. And because of how they fit so snuggly into the ear, they drowned out the sounds of the city in the background so I could just listen to “Kiss Me More” by Sza ft Doja Cat on full blast, look out into the water, and imagine myself somewhere more than a mile away from my home.
Once I’m done with my workout, I go home and get ready for work. I don’t live too far from the office, so I walk. I walk everywhere, honestly. One thing people find out about me real quick is that I’m a phone person. And almost any time I’m walking, I’m calling someone for a catch-up. Since I’m smack-dab in the center of Toronto, and summer is also known as construction season, the Active Noise Cancelling technology is key. No one likes to be on a call when they can’t hear the other side. And as the office starts to slowly fill back up with my colleagues, being able to drown out the office ambiance while on client calls or while churning out some big artist features, is important. By 6 PM, I’ve spent the majority of my day on virtual video calls, phone meetings, or zoning out to Khalid while writing a profile on the next breakout musician.
After a few weeks of use, I can attest that the Huawei FreeBuds 4i are worth every penny (they’ll only run you $139 in Canada, which is a steal compared to some competitors) and have the battery power to outlast even the laziest or forgetful rechargers. Add to cart.