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Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Review Rundown

Bowers & WilkinsPublished on 15 May 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Bowers & Wilkins PI3 In-Ear Wireless Headphones
Neoscore* 74%
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Compatible with Bowers & Wilkins Headphones App
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The PI3 are Bowers & Wilkins' first in-ear neckband-style headphones. Their drawbacks include lack of water resistance certification and slightly lackluster battery life.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

expertreviews[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The PI3 are Bowers & Wilkins' first in-ear neckband-style headphones. They offer the most up-to-date wireless connectivity courtesy of Bluetooth 5.0. The PI3's rechargeable battery is good for up to eight hours of use. The earbuds come with three sets of ear tips and three ear stabiliser fins.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive sound quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent noise cancelling
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

nextpit[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The PI3 are Bowers & Wilkins first foray into the neckband-style wireless headphones market that has gotten quite crowded over the last couple of years. B&W says that it has designed these wireless headphones to deliver the same standards of audio excellence it is known for in a smaller, more convenient package. The earphones themselves are nice and small, and they're not the kind of in-ear headphones that bulge out from your ears.
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Pros[**]
  • Great sound quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Solid build quality
  • Active noise cancellation included
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
With two drivers per earpiece, the PI3 deliver a strong audio experience with rich bass and detailed highs. The earpieces are metallic, with an eggshell-like finish that matches the inline control compartments on both sides of the nackband. Bowers & Wilkins rates battery life at 8 hours, but your results will vary with your volume levels.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and detailed highs
  • Comfortable in-ear fit
  • Easy-to-use app
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techadvisor[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
Bowers & Wilkins PI3 are the cheapest wireless headphones in the B&W range. The PI3 sports two custom designed Hybrid Dynamic-Balanced Armature drive units in each earpiece. One for the highs and mids, and a separate driver for bass. Battery life is quite good, and it should be. Bowers claims eight hours on a full charge and we managed to use the PI3 on a single charge for four days, commuting one hour each way totalling the eight hours.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Good battery life
  • Good build quality
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Bowers & Wilkins PI3 have a recommended retail price of $199 / £169.99 – that works out at around AU$300. There are a few colors to choose from, including space grey, gold, or blue – somewhat unusually, there's no sign of an AirPods-style white variant. Battery life is about average for wireless earbuds, though models like the Optoma NuForce BE Sport 4 offer a 12-hour battery life.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Comfortable fit
  • USB-C charging
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

trustedreviews[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Bowers & Wilkins PI3 are simple neckband wireless headphones. There's no noise cancellation, no true wireless transmission and no advanced voice assistant support. But they are among the best-sounding earphones you can get at the price. Dual driver earphones in the £100-250 range used to be reasonably common.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent mid-range detail rendering
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
Bowers & Wilkins PI3 headphones cost £170. Use Dual Driver technology, with one driver used for highs and mids, and another for bass. Neckband is made from coated silicone and rubber that is soft, smooth and quite soothing to the touch. Battery life is eight hours, which is good for this class.
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Pros[**]
  • Clean, detailed presentation
  • Easy-to-use in-ear controls
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI3 review: Neckbuds for audiophiles. Expertreviews. 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI3 review: neckband in-ears from the audiophile guys. Nextpit. 2020-01-20. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Review. Pcmag. 2020-01-24. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI3 review. Techadvisor. 2020-01-06. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Wireless Headphones review. Techradar. 2020-02-07. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. 6. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Review. Trustedreviews. 2020-03-05. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  7. 7. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI3 review. Whathifi. 2020-01-27. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  8. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  9. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  10. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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