Apple’s AirPods

Headphone technology has come a long way in the last few years. There are some truly mind blowing sets that offer unmatched 7.1 surround sound directly into your ear, which everyone can agree is a good thing. However, this sort of headphone quality may just require you to land an online slots jackpot before being able to afford them.

Other technological advancements are the designs that may not offer the same level of audio quality, but do enter into a new level of convenience. It is this second category that we are going to look at here. Namely, wireless earbuds.

Wireless earbuds are relatively new. Or to be more specific, genuinely wireless earbuds that have done away with all wires in all areas of the design are relatively new. After all, earbuds that claimed to be wireless in the past have had some wires in some part of the design, robbing us of what promised to be an experience that did not involve the risk of having the earbuds yanked out accidentally.

These are the top 5 models available in 2018.

Apple AirPods

Upon release, the AirPods were largely mocked for their design, which involves a very noticeable stem. But this is a small price to pay for what is mostly accepted as the best wireless earbuds on the market. Offering great audio quality, an extremely user-friendly interface, and being genuinely 100% wireless, you can’t go wrong with these little beauties. Of course, you will have to own another Apple product in order to get the most out of them, which really is the name of the Apple monopoly game. Retail price is €136, and the carry case grants around 24 hours of use before a recharge is needed.

Jabra Elite 65T

One of the downsides to the Apple AirPods is that they don’t offer great sound isolation, allowing in background noise. This is a fatal flaw. The Jabra Elite 65Ts provide exactly that, putting them ahead of Apple’s offering. At least for some. They are, however, a bit pricier at around €146. However, they are well known for having a rock solid Bluetooth connection. On the other hand, the 5-hour battery life, with two recharges via the case, give them a maximum life of 15 hours. Higher than some, much less than the AirPods.

Anker Soundcore Liberty Lite

If you’re willing to drop a few features, but keep the essentials, you’ll want to check out the Anker Soundcore Liberty Lite earbuds. Why? Because they’re a steal at just €69. They don’t have much in the way of direct control, with only the most basics covered without having to haul your phone out, and communicate only via little beeps as opposed to voice. They still offer excellent audio quality, and a good Bluetooth connection.

Samsung Gear IconX

Those with a Galaxy series phone will likely want to check out the Gear IconX, given that they are specifically designed to couple with Samsung Galaxy devices. Upon a proper Galaxy connection being established, exclusive features are unlocked. The IconX earbuds offer excellent quality, and have been marketed as perfect for fitness enthusiasts. As such, they stay firmly in your ear, even when jogging. An added bonus is the built in run tracking feature. They retail at a moderate €129.

Bose SoundSport Free

Bose Soundsport Free

Last on the list, and by far the most expensive at €215, the Bose Soundsport Free. The ‘free’ refers to the feeling you get, as they have a daunting price tag that will get you outstanding sound quality, waterproof designs, and a likewise firm hold in your ear. If they are actually worth the money is debatable, but as far as the current selection of earbuds go, there are few that are better for those who enjoy listening to music while going for a run.

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