Editors' Choice Awards 2017, Part One - Gadgets

Credit: Fergus Halliday | IDG

Best True Wireless Earbuds of 2017

Winner: Sony WF-1000X

Credit: Sony

While we’re going to be branding Sony WF-1000X as the best wireless earbuds of 2017, there’s a really strong case for the runner-up in this category. Samsung’s second-gen Gear IconX offer up more battery life, a bevy of fitness-freak features and on-board storage. These are all good improvements. However, at the end of the day, they are just more of the same.

By comparison, Sony’s WF-1000X true wireless earbuds bring something new to the equation. Specifically, noise-cancelling. This inclusion makes for a significant improvement to the overall experience over pretty much every other option out there. It’s also something that’s likely to find plenty of imitators this time next year.

Even if there’s still plenty of room for improvement, Sony’s WF-1000X pushes the boundaries of what can be expected from true wireless earbuds, and that’s an easy to tune to sing along with.

You can read our full review here.

You can also find our in-depth feature comparing the different true wireless earbuds available here.

Runner Up: Samsung Gear IconX (2018)

Best Headphones of 2017

Winner: Sony WH1000X M2

Credit: Sony

When it comes to wireless noise-cancelling over-ear headphones, Sony’s original WH-1000X are seen as many to be the easy winner for the category. Sure, if you’re a dedicated audiophile there are definitely other options worth considering. However, if you’re just looking for a downright solid set of travel headphones, the WH-1000X did an admirable job of hitting the mark.

As such, it shouldn’t surprise that their natural successors do a good job of matching that luster. Throw in a price-drop and up to 38 hours of playback and you’re golden.

Just as we said in our review, “whether you’re in it for the hi-res audio, noise-cancelling, competitive-price or long-haul battery life - these headphones feel like a slam dunk.”

You can read our full review here.

Credit: Sony

Runner Up: AKG N60 (you can find our full review here)

You can find the full list of 2017 Editors' Choice nominees here.

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