Huawei Freebuds 4: Modestly priced, comfortable open-fit ear buds

If you value being able to hear what is going on around you, open fit is for you

Huawei Freebuds 4
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Price: €139
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Huawei's Freebuds 4 are a return to the open-fit ear bud that you either love or hate. If you value being able to hear what is going on around you while you walk, run or bumble around the house, then open fit is for you. If you prefer to block out the world via a mix of noise isolation and active noise cancellation, then you should probably look at Huawei's silicon tipped ear buds. If price is important, the Freebuds 4i might be a cheaper bet. The Freebuds 4 sit squarely in the middle, and that kind of sums them up. They are decent, if not outstanding in terms of the sound. They are comfortable to wear, as long as you have ears that fall on the side of average. The active noise cancellation is there, but not as noticeable as some of its rivals. They are priced modestly, but Huawei offers a cheaper option itself. To sum up, they are solid, but may struggle to find their audience.

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist