Sony LinkBuds review: A hole new kind of earbuds

Sony has created something different with the LinkBuds. They don't have an earpiece, using an open ring design instead. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The design means that external noise is always heard, so you can keep aware of your surroundings at home or outside. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The audio is delivered via tiny holes around the ring enclosure that project sound into your ear. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
A fitting supporter at the top of each bud holds it in your ear. This ensures they are more comfortable than most earphones. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
You can swap the fitting supporters to make sure they stay in your ears. We found they work well, even when running. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
They are easy to setup thanks to Google Fast Pair and Microsoft Swift Pair support. We also found it was quick to pair them to an iPhone 13. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The tiny charging case holds 12 hours worth of battery life, with 5.5 hours available in the earbuds themselves. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
Quick charging support through USB-C gives you an hour of playback time on just 10 minutes of charging time. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
Unique and different, the Sony LinkBuds are great for video calling or use when you also need to be aware of the world around you. (image credit: Pocket-lint)