Hey Smartphone users, will you agree with me if I say:
We need to ditch cable once and forever.
Of course, we should. For, cable creates hassle, is difficult to carry, and takes considerable space in our pockets. What’s worse, since its length is limited, it means we cannot move away from our device.
The idea seems appealing to you? It means you need the best wireless earbuds of 2018.
Apart from ridding us of the dreaded cable, good wireless earbuds provide us with breathtaking sound quality. What’s more – if you exercise daily, you won’t have to fix those headphones while running. More importantly, no matter where you are sitting – be it in a car, tube, plane or train, wireless earbuds make listening to music a cinch.
Getting excited by this glance into your potential future? Want to take your music listening experience to the next level?
Congrats! This article will help you to achieve just that.
- Best Wireless Earbuds 2018
- 1. JayBird X3 – Best for Sports
- 2. SENSO Bluetooth Headphones – Best Waterproof Headphones
- 3. SoundPEATS True Wireless Stereo – Best Value
- 4. Anker SoundBuds NB10 – Best Noise-Cancelling
- 5. LG Tone Pro HBS-760 – Best Budget
- 6. Samsung Level U – Best Design Earbuds
- 7. Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones – Best for Money
- 8. Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 Wireless Headphones – Best OverAll
- 9. LG Tone HBS-730 – Best for iPhones
- 10. Jaybird - Freedom F5 – Best for Phone Calls
- 11. Rowkin Bit Charge Stereo – Best For Apple devices
- 12. Phaiser BHS-750 – Inexpensive Earbuds
- Wireless Earphones – Buyer’s Guide
- Who Needs A Wireless Earbud?
- What We Tested, What We Found
- Earphones or Headphones?
- Frequency Response
- Noise Isolation
- Noise Cancellation
- Fit And Comfort
- Which One Should You Choose, Then?
- Bluetooth Versions
- Battery Concerns
- What Is In Your Budget?
- Wireless Earbuds: Features You Should Look For
- Built-in Mic
- Long Battery Life
- Easy Connectivity
- Noise Cancellation
- Sweat Proof
- Increased Portability
- Audio Quality
- Wired Vs Wireless
- Style Of Wireless Earbuds
- Mistakes To Avoid While Using Wireless Earbuds
Best Wireless Earbuds 2018
Visit the market, and you’ll find it flooded with wired headphones. What’s worse, all of them claim to be the best for hearing music. However, if you really want to buy a good pair of wireless earbuds, you know this is the place you need to be. Doubt me? Let’s take a look at the list of the top 12 rated wireless earbuds of 2018.
|Device Name||Weight||Battery Timing||Type||aptX||Bluetooth|
|JayBird X3||0.5 ounces||8hours||Around Neck||No||4.1||Check Price|
|SENSO Bluetooth||0.2 ounces||8hours||Ear Hook||No||4.1CSR||Check Price|
|SoundPEATS True Wireless||0.2oz||6hours||In ear||No||4.2||Check Price|
|Anker SoundBuds NB10||0.6 ounce||51/2 hours||Around Neck||No||4.1||Check Price|
|LG Tone Pro HBS-760||1.6oz||10.5hours||Around Neck||Yes||4.1||Check Price|
|Samsung Level U||6.4 ounces||11hours||Around-Neck||No||4.1||Check Price|
|Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones||7.2 ounces||8.5 hours||Around Neck||No||4.1||Check Price|
|Plantronics BackBeat Go 2||0.8 ounces||14.5hours||In ear||No||4.1||Check Price|
|LG Tone HBS-730||6.4 ounces||15hours||Around Neck||Yes||3.0||Check Price|
|Jaybird Freedom F5||8.8 ounces||8 hours||Around Neck||No||4.1, Multipoint||Check Price|
|Rowkin Bit Charge Stereo:||0.61 ounces||8 hours||Ear Hook||No||4.1||Check Price|
|Phaiser BHS-750||0.18 ounces||3hours||In ear||No||4.1|
Now that you’ve seen all the main features of the earbuds, the onus is on you to make the choice. If you want the huge battery life, go for LG Tone HBS-730 as it boosts 15hours of nonstop music time. If the latest Bluetooth technology is what you are after, Senso Wireless True Bluetooth headphones are what you need. Finally, if you want the most lightweight headphones of all time, go for Freedom Jaybird F5.
However, if you want the best of all worlds, you need to know each headphone deeply, which is where the Product Review section comes into play.
1. JayBird X3 – Best for Sports
Looking for a wireless earbud which is brilliant both for everyday usage and during workouts? The JayBird X3 is an excellent option because of its affordable price and despite its forgivable shortcomings.
You might ask: what makes the JayBird X3 the Best Sports Headphones? For starters, it is its secure fit which makes it a darling of sports lovers. It has silicone fins which you can attach to the top and lower back of your ears to achieve a snug fit. Consequently, whether you are running or doing other physical activities, the headphones will remain locked in.
Learning a lesson from the partial failure of its predecessor – the X2, JayBird decided to provide X3 with a lithium ion battery in place of the Ni-metal hydride option they used in the X2. The result, as you might guess, is wonderful. The headphones have an eight hour, music-listening battery time at moderate volume level and also recharge rapidly
To give you a better fit, JayBird has provided this headphone with a set of accessories. Now, let’s be honest, most accessories which accompany products like these are useless. That statement, however, won’t look true once you look at the eartips which accompany these headphones.
Coming in two types – silicone and foam – both these eartips have been made to serve people with different ear types. Hence, at least one of them will help you to get a comfortable seal to epitomize the sound quality.
As for the most important feature of this headphone – at least in my eyes, it uses Bluetooth 4.1 for pairing. Apart from being energy efficient, Bluetooth 4.1 shames its predecessors by handling data-intensive tasks with ease, while having a wireless protocol range of up to 300ft.
Also, if you are working on a project on your laptop – and wants to let your partner give their input, he can, provided both of you own X3 headphones. What’s more, if you want to listen to what’s going on in their laptop, X3 allows you to pair two devices simultaneously.
While JayBird claims the fins will help you get the right fit, what they don’t tell is how long it will take to do just that. For, you’ll have to fiddle with the fins a lot to get a tight, secure fit.
- Gives good fit
- Sound quality is excellent
- Uses Bluetooth 4.1
- Has a solid Battery Life
- Compact design
- You’ll have to adjust the fins quite a lot to get a secure fit
As youmight already know, there are many headphones which claim to be great for exercise freaks. However, not many have the same feature-set which the JayBird X3 boosts. Hence, despite its shortcomings, it is still one of the best if you want to take your earbuds to the gym.
2. SENSO Bluetooth Headphones – Best Waterproof Headphones
Being the best-selling Bluetooth Headphones on Amazon – this status has as much to do with its inexpensive price as anything else, the Senso Bluetooth headphones have been a revelation in all aspects. Let’s find out whether they’ll suit you or not.
How do we know these are the best waterproof headphones? The IP rating system. This rating system was devised to check the resistance of electronic products against dirt and water. And since these headphones have the IPX7 designation, it means they can withstand immesion in water for up to 30minutes without malfunctioning.
Hence, if you love to listen to music while taking a shower or love to cycle in the rain, these headphones are a must-have. That said, prolonged water exposure – i.e. during swimming, might be harmful to them.
That said, if its water resistance fails to impress you, its battery timing won’t. Powered by the world famous Li-ion, the battery will last eight hours of music and 240hours of standby. What’s more, despite such mammoth timings, it won’t take you an eternity to recharge it. Rather, a mere 1.5hours would be enough to get this battery back from dead and up to 100%.
Before gauging its sound quality, it seems pertinent to look at its Bluetooth technology – for this is what makes listening to sound possible. Thankfully, in its bid to provide immaculate sound quality, Senso have provided this headphone with Bluetooth 4.1 CSR technology.
This technology will allow you to connect to devices as far as 30feet away. What’s more, combined with the Bluetooth is a Noise Suppression technology which won’t allow outside noise to interfere.
With such drastic actions, you can gauge the level of sound quality provided by these headphones. Still, we decided to gauge the sound quality by playing a wide range of tracks covering wide genres. And guess what, the Senso Bluetooth Headphones passed all those tests with flying colors.
If you are going to do some high impact exercises, these headphones won’t provide a great fit. They will regularly fall out of your ears, hence disturbing the whole tempo you just created.
- Great value for the Price
- Immaculate Sound quality
- Pairs with devices at a distance of up to 30feet
- Has Noise Suppression technology
- Won’t fit snugly when you are exercising
Despite coming at an inexpensive price tag, these headphones have features to match any of their pricey counterparts. Hence, if you indulge in anything but high-intensity exercises, these headphones will provide a great fit.
3. SoundPEATS True Wireless Stereo – Best Value
Apart from the name of their manufacturer –SoundPEATS, believ me there is nothing weird about these headphones. They don’t cost a ton, have two playing modes and boost state-of-the-art Bluetooth technology.
Sharing is caring, or so the saying goes. This saying gets an added importance, particularly when you are using wireless headphones. Everyone wants to know how they sound with you reluctant to say Yes and averse of saying No. So, what to do? Use the Mono mode of these headphones.
Yes, you can use both the earpieces separately, if you want. That is, if you want to share something with your partner – be it music, movies or TV, there is no need to buy a separate headphone. Just pick one of the two out of your ears and get your loved ones involved.
However, if you were wondering that giving away one headphone would disturb your listening experience, think again. For, SoundPEATS have provided this headphone with the mono mode – meaning you’ll get almost the same experience even when you are listening via single headphone.
Moving forward – in a bid to make these headphones easy to use, Sound Peats has provided them with one-button operation. That’s right, whether you want to make calls, turn ON the mic or change the songs, one button is enough.
Finishing off with the better features that this headphone has, and Bluetooth 4.2 deserves a mention. First used in the Samsung Galaxy S5 in 2015, this technology has earned rave reviews from experts In addition to being compatible with devices carrying earlier Bluetooth versions, BLE 4.2 is energy sensitive, provides secure connections and has 10x more capacity of transferring data.
For all the features these headphones have, its battery timing lets it down, big time. Yes, it does come with two separate batteries, but all they do is to provide it with a paltry 6hr battery timing. While it may be enough for some, comparison with other models – i.e. JayBird X3 and Senso, suggests it is less than the standard 8hr timing.
- Both headsets have pieces to be used separately
- Uses Bluetooth 4.2
- Lightweight weighs just 0.2oz
- Provides a secure fit
- Battery timing is less when compared with other, less-priced models
If you don’t remain glued to your earbuds, the seemingly small battery timing would be enough for you. And provided it does, this headphone has a lot of features to mellow your heart.
4. Anker SoundBuds NB10 – Best Noise-Cancelling
Though not the best wireless earbuds you’ll ever have, the NB10 Soundbuds give average features at a below average price. Nice to have if you don’t want to spend more on better features.
Let’s start with the design, and though you might find it frustrating at first, the three-button control is illuminating. Located on the upper side, the three buttons do everything from skipping songs, answering phone calls, adjusting volume etc. While all three of them are useful, it is the one placed in the middle which performs the most functions. Watch out for it if you want to gain full control over your earbuds!
Moving forward, if you hate the background noise while talking on thephone, you’d absolutely love this headphone’s Noise-cancelling Mic. As the name implies, this headphone will shield all the external noise to make sure only your voice reaches at the other end. It means that no one will ever complain that your voice wasn’t clear on the phone.
While it isn’t waterproof as the abovementioned Senso Bluetooth Headphones, the NB10 is water-resistant, as suggested by its IPX5 rating. Put simply, the rating declares the headphone to be sweat-proof, meaning while you are running in the rain (albeit a moderate one) or sweating in the gym, the headphones will remain safe.
Although I am usually a content person, the battery timing of these headphones left me wanting for more. For, despite Anker’s claims that it would outlast 6hrs, all I was able to get was 5.5hrs on full volume. Not Good!
Finally, let me beware you of the feeling which marred my first time experience of these headphones. Since they are extremely lightweight, you might get the feeling of them falling outside at any moment. However, to my huge surprise, they never did, thanks to the rubber cable tie which gives them the extra slack. Hence, every time you plug them into your ears, make sure to use the cable tie.
Apart from the battery life, most users complained about their bass, which, according to them, isn’t loud. The problem with the low bass gets difficult to ignore particularly when you are exercising when a loose fit further dampens it.
- Inexpensive, Provide good value for money
- Come with a 18month warranty
- Built-in mic has Noise Cancellation technology
- Battery timing is below average
- Bass Level isn’t great
As stated at the start of this review, the NB10 Earbuds are average headphones for a below-average price tag. If you are a newcomer – who just wants a solid listening experience, they might just suit you.
5. LG Tone Pro HBS-760 – Best Budget
While you may not have noticed it, LG manufactures much more than TV sets and mobiles. The company has a long list of wireless earphones, of which the Tone Pro is undoubtedly the most inexpensive. Though not the best in business, it is a pretty solid piece of metal if you love neckband-style earbuds.
Versatile. If there’s one word that would be sufficient to describe the design of this model, that would be it. Weighing a meager 1.6oz, you’d find LG’s signature neckband style of two plastic arms which are connected by a rubber curve in this model. As for versatility, it comes to the fore when you look at the range of colors, of which there are SIX in which this model comes.
Seemingly a small detail, I loved the mechanism LG has used to adjust the wire’s slack in this model. It is nothing fancy, just a small clip on both ends of the headphone. Still, it works and for the period that I used, it didn’t ditch me.
One problem which most people have with wireless neckband headphones is the length of the wire. When not in use, the wire, though small in size, may get trammeled underneath your feet. To prevent this from happening, LG has provided these headphones with magnetic recesses. So that, when not in use, you can snap the earphones gently into them.
As for the physical controls, not only are they small but they are vastly understated. This, in turn, allows them to fit in with the elegant design of the headphone.
On the left arm of the band, you’ll find a call answer/end button, a micro USB port for charging and a sliding volume control switch. And when I said understated, I talked about the micro USB port for, at least in the first few instances, you might have problems finding where it is located.
On the left side of the band are forward/backward and play/pause buttons. Luckily, all of them face outwards, meaning you would have no difficulty in getting used to their placement.
Concluding this review, two features deserve a mention: one good, one bad. Starting from the better one, this headphone has a battery timing of 10.5hours, which, no matter how you look at it, is still wonderful.
As for the bad news, you can say goodbye to bass if you have decided to use these headphones. Instead of coming like a real force, thebass came through like gentle thumps when we were testing these headphones.
- Has a sleek design
- Good option for workouts
- Has aptX sound
- Mammoth battery timing of 10.5hours
- A crowd of buttons on the neckband makes their usage a bit frustrating
If you think you have the nerves to circumvent the multi-button world of LG Tone Pro HBS-760, don’t miss it. Though not the best in business – you can gather this much from its price, it certainly won’t disappoint music lovers.
6. Samsung Level U – Best Design Earbuds
When they say that looks are misleading, they were probably alluding to these headphones. For, despite featuring an around the neck design, they have one shortcoming (discussed later) which renders them useless for exercise lovers. For others, however, they have got much to offer.
It doesn’t matter how unorthodox they look at first, around neck headphones do solve problems. Their biggest advantage lies in the way they do away with tangled cables. For example, once you are done listening music, you can hold this headphone in your collar. It means you don’t have to spend extra on buying a headphone case.
And despite the fact I mentioned their utility to exercise-lovers, these headphones aren’t marketed that way. For, with the band around your neck, you get to tug the two earpieces with minimal tug. Since you can adjust the slack by sliding the loop along the band, there would be no cable thump whatsoever.
Also, when you are not using them, the earpieces have amagnetic attraction to snap together. That said, you still cannot easily stow the band for it doesn’t contract or fold down. This minor shortcoming is overcome, however, by the large compatibility of the Samsung Level U.
While Samsung’s website suggests otherwise, these earbuds are compatible with any Bluetooth device. Even iPhones are on their compatible list. So, if you have two devices – one Android other Apple, you can use the Samsung Level U on both.
Finally, to get the measure of its performance, we decided to listen to the Silent Shout by the Knife. To be honest with you, the thunderous, powerful bass response left us spellbound. Even when we lowered the volume, a deep bass thump was still palpable, punctuated by sculpted, bright highs.
Hence, despite costing a meager amount, these headphones aren’t short of glory.
As we said at the start of their review, the shortcoming which renders these headphones useless for exercise lovers is them being NOT sweat proof. Also, if you like to listen to music at high levels, some sound distortion may also occur
- Good Battery Life – 11hrs
- Buttons are well-placed
- Good, comfortable design
- Aren’t sweat proof
If comfort is the key for you to choose a high-level headphone, you shouldn’t ignore the Samsung Level U headphones.
7. Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones – Best for Money
With the mere mention of Sony, expectations heighten no matter about which of its products you are talking about. Will these headphones be able to justify their brand name? Let’s find out.
Although Sony products are typically shielded from this response, these wireless headphones are underrated. How? Just type their name into the Google search bar. If you are human, like me, the search would inexorably lead to their over-the-ear wireless, XB950B1 counterpart.
This underratedness might mean one of two things: either they are genuinely so bad that Sony doesn’t care to promote them or they are genuinely underrated. But as their inclusion in this article suggests – we are talking about BEST wireless earbuds, remember? – They are genuinely underrated.
You might ask: how did I gauge that? Well, first of all, it is their Bluetooth-cum-NFC connectivity which inspired me. You don’t have to go through multiple steps to connect these headphones to your device. Rather, all the pairing takes is only one touch, after which you’re good to go.
Second, as these headphones can be worn around theneck, they usually attract exercise lovers. And thankfully, unlike the Samsung Level U headphones, their IPX4 rating suggests that they are sweat proof. It means you can do the most hardcore of exercises and these headphones won’t break a sweat.
Lastly, unlike other, pricier models, these headphones are a cinch to operate. You can gather their usefulness from the fact that you won’t have to tinker them to get Extra Bass. Rather, suiting newcomers, the Extra Bass remains always on.
Most users have been unanimous in pointing the shortcoming of these headphones. According to them, the headphone mic is prone to outside interference, hence reducing the sound quality.
- Solid Battery timing
- NFC connectivity
- Mic is prone to outside interference
Ask yourself: do you need a headphone for both calling and listening to music or only one of them? If your answer is the latter, these headphones deserve your attention.
8. Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 Wireless Headphones – Best OverAll
Complex. If you ask me to give a one word review of these headphones, that would be the word I’d adopt. Why am I saying that? Are there other, less complex, more useful features which it boosts? To get answers to all such questions relating these headphones, scroll down.
The reason why I called these headphones as complex has to do with their intended usage. For, Plantronics is the view that they aren’t suitable for active fitness engagement exercises because being instable, yes, they used the “instable” word - the headphones will fall out. Still, since they are made of military grade technology, these headphones are both sweat and waterproof.
When viewing both these “features” in unison, don’t you think Plantronics missed a trick? After all, most headphones cannot be worn during exercises because they are waterproof. However, as suggested above, these headphones are shielded in that regard. So, can Plantronics have done a bit extra to make them more stable to increase their appeal? No one knows.
Anyways, moving on the less-complex, more useful features, and the battery timing comes into play. Reminding us that military grade was used in its construction, the battery provides a humongous 14.5hour listening time. It means even if you spend the whole day listening music, the battery will last.
Since these headphones have a sizable cable, it means you cannot store them comfortably in your pocket. Thankfully, Plantronics has offered a solution: they give a charging case for FREE alongside the headphones. So you don’t have to spend extra amount on purchasing a separate case.
They do not give a secure fit in your ears while you are running, which greatly compromises their ability to be used while exercising.
- Active battery life of 14.5hrs
- Charging case is included in the package
- Both splash and waterproof
- Won’t stick if you wear them while running
Unless you are going to use these headphones during running – you can’t, they’ll fall out – these headphones offer you a decent package. They have a brilliant battery life, are water resistant and come packed in a charging case. What more can you ask?
9. LG Tone HBS-730 – Best for iPhones
Rivaling the abovementioned Samsung Level U in features but not in price – it is more expensive, the LG Tone HBS-730 contains a mixture of state-of-the-art technologies to give you a pleasant music listening experience. Hence, while its price is steep, so are its features
Is it waterproof?
This was the first question I asked myself while looking at this headphone. The answer was a resounding NO!
Not learning from my mistake, I asked whether it is splash proof. This time, the answer was ambivalent, somewhere between Yes and No. However, as years of using headphones have told me, when a manufacturer says maybe for a feature, it often means NO.
Hence, in stark contrast to its around-the-neck design, this headphone isn’t to be worn during high intensity exercises i.e. running. However, if you think you are lucky, you can wear it during low intensity exercises, i.e. squats etc. Still, if you ask me, I’d recommend avoiding any water contact with it.
After using these headphones for a year, I can say that its best feature is the apt-X audio compression. No matter how much bass I pumped into it, the headphone came flying out all the time with no exceptions. Hence, if you want to listen both high notes and low, this is a headphone you need to have.
Its built-in mic was another feature which didn’t fail to impress me. Containing Noise reduction technology, the built-in mic would make sure the receiver understands every decibel of your voice. So if you are calling your boss – and develop an urge to curse him, DON’T.
More importantly, this headphone has text-to-speech conversion technology, opening a world of whole new horizons for you to discover. For example, whether you want to search a friend’s number, the title of a song or an app, you don’t have to type in your smartphone. Just speak into the built-in mic of this headphone, and you’d be home.
Finally, when one feels this headphone cannot impress more, out comes its battery. For, it has a humongous talk time of 15hours depending on your usage. Also, while the battery won’t die down, a perceptible battery status alert would make sure you know when it does.
Although its around-the-neck design may suggest otherwise, this headphone isn’t water resistant. It means you cannot wear it during high-intensity exercises. Second, the Bluetooth 3.0 version used by the headphone doesn’t complement its price.
- Generous Music Time
- aptX compatible
- Offers Text to Speech
- Gives a loud Battery Status Alert
- Has Noise reduction technology in the built-in mic
- Only has Bluetooth 3.0
Although the usage of Bluetooth 3.0 is an obvious folly of this headphone, it has been accounted for by the application of more reliable, aptX. Hence, all in all, this headphone is a wonderful option to have.
10. Jaybird - Freedom F5 – Best for Phone Calls
Apart from being the sleekest, tiniest headphones of our time, the Jaybird F5 is also the priciest. Hence, while other Jaybird models impress us for their quality, it was the F5’s size which left us spellbound. While the sound quality is crisp, it gets muzzled once you reach the low-end. Let’s take a look at the Jaybird F5’s features to find out more.
Starting from the design, and once again the sleekness of these headphones come to the fore. They are sweat-proof and gym-friendly, meaning exercise lovers can wear it without doubt. Both the metal earpieces are small, cylinder shaped and measure one quarter of an inch. The entire structure also has an inline remote, and when combined, it weighs only 0.55lbs.
Just when you think that its light weight makes the F5 easy to handle, you start experiencing problems while finding a fit. Because of the smallness of both the cable and the earpieces, Jaybird has given fins to find a good fit. Still, it wasn’t until after I had tried them half a dozen times – with different configurations, that I was able to find my desired fit. So, be prepared to waste some time.
One thing which I found rather misleading about the F5 was its battery timing. Read the manual, and it states that the F5 will last 8hours on one charge. It does the same, but not without the help of an external charging clip. In simple words, the built-in battery will last only four hours. After that, the inline clip will supply the next remaining time.
This configuration, however, leaves us with a problem: apart from storing the headphones, now you also have to find a pouch to store the charge. Thankfully, Jaybird has sorted this problem out by providing a carrying pouch. You can store the both the headphones and the battery clip in this pouch.
Once I was able to find my desirable fit, attention turned towards the performance of this headphone. Once again, I wasn’t overly impressed by its performance. When listening music belonging to the mid to high-range frequencies, the sound quality was immaculate.
But when I turned the bass to low-frequency, you won’t get any real bass. That means if you are a hardcore-bass fan, it might not satisfy you. Still, for those that want balanced, sculpted sound, the JayBird F5 won’t disappoint.
No doubt the Jaybird F5 has some great features, ones which we have already discussed. Still, I found it distressing to have to store both the inline charger and headphone to get 8hour battery time. And if you aren’t a well-mannered man – just like me, you too might experience the same problem.
Second, you cannot charge the headphones directly, for they don’t have a USB-port. Rather, you’ll have to connect the inline charger to the headphones before plugging-in the former.
- Metal buds for fashion and comfort
- Extremely tiny and comfortable to wear
- Once you find your desirable fin size, the headphones will remain tucked in forever
- Sweat proof
- You cannot charge it directly, an inline charger has to be used
If you think you have what it takes to handle both the headphone and the inline charger – with the help of a charging pouch, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go for these headphones.
11. Rowkin Bit Charge Stereo – Best For Apple devices
By far the most expensive wireless earbuds of this review, Rowkin Bit Charge Stereo was originally meant to challenge Apple’s AirPods. With the passage of time, however, they started to dominate both the Android and Apple markets.
What was the reason for their dominance? More importantly, will they be able to sustain their dominance for long? Let’s find out.
While Android users are largely oblivious of it, Apple users are adamant of the advantages of Siri. Apart from scheduling events on its own, it sets reminders, count down timers, open apps and play music when commanded.
More importantly, in the context of Rowkin Bit Charge stereo, Apple users can activate Siri via these headphones. On either side of the headphones are two buttons, both of which can be used to activate Siri. It means you never have to take your iPhone out of your pocket to listen to your favorite songs.
When you are making calls, these earbuds will use two technologies for effortless voice transfer. First up is the Noise reduction technology which, by cutting ambient noise, will improve call clarity.
That said, if you don’t want to fully block the ambient noise, you can use the second, echo cancellation technology. By filtering the ambient noise, it will only block those sounds which interfere with your call quality. Hence, not only your voice’s clarity will increase but you’ll also know what is happening around you.
Turning our attention to how you can charge them, and an aluminum shell comes into play. Gray in color, this shell can recharge both the earbuds up to fifteen times before you have to charge it. Hence, you don’t have to plug in the earbuds every time they discharge. All you have to do is to connect them with the aluminum case and BINGO!
What’s more, if you want to hear music with one hear and keep the other open for any outside interaction, you can do this with these earbuds. Since they aren’t connected, you can turn ON/OFF any one of them at any instant to get your ear free.
More importantly, both the earbuds provide multipoint connectivity. Put simply, it means that each earbud has the ability to connect with two wireless devices at the same time. Hence, if you are using an earbud for hearing music from your iPad and a call comes, it would automatically divert itself to take the call. Consequently, the hassle of repairing would be a goner.
One thing which hugely disappointed me about these earbuds was their battery timing. On afull charge, they only have a music time of three hours. Not enough by any stretch of theimagination!
- Both earbuds offer multipoint connectivity
- Apple users can activate Siri via these earbuds
- Has Echo Cancellation and Noise reduction technologies
- Battery timing is way too low, just 3 hours
From its cylindrical small charger to the multipoint connectivity, there is not a single feature of these earbuds – apart from the battery timing, of course – which fails to impress. If you don’t want to spend your money on AirPods, these beauties provide a brilliant alternative in less price.
12. Phaiser BHS-750 – Inexpensive Earbuds
Sometimes, theprice isn’t a useful indictor while judging the utility of a product. If you don’t believe, just to compare the features offered by BHS 750 with its price. That is how good it is.
Not many earphones have the capability to fit as snugly into your ears as the BHS-750. Thanks to the small hooks located on the rear of each tip, these earbuds wedges within your ears with ease. All you have to do is to apply a bit of pressure, and you’ll forget they are there.
To get as good a fit as mine, there is one thing you need to remember. These earbuds come with medium-sized, standard tips, ones which you need to adjust. You can do the same in two ways: either above or down your ear. Remember, there is no standard way of adjusting, which means anyway that fits you is fine.
For exercise lovers, these earbuds have got something extra besides the usual, sweat-proof design. In addition, it has two magnets, located behind ear earbud. If the earbuds aren’t in use, you can use these magnets to clamp them together. Hence, you would never have to deal with a flying earbud next time you are running at full throttle.
Now that you’ve fit the headphone, it’s time you listen to its sound quality. While it does have a humble 8mm speaker – which isn’t impressive by any means, its combination with A2DP results in a good sound quality.
According to its users, the cord connecting the BHS-750 doesn’t offer huge slack. A point you should not if you have a big head.
- Come with a lifetime sweat proof warranty
- Give a very snug fit
- Extra soft
- The cord connecting both the earbuds doesn’t give away huge slack
If you don’t want to spend over the odds – but still want an earbud with all the goods, Phaiser BHS-750 is all you need. These earbuds are extra soft, provide a snug fit and have a good battery timing. All these features get added importance when you compare them with the BHS-750’s meager price tag.
Wireless Earphones – Buyer’s Guide
Some of the features mentioned in the abovementioned reviews might have baffled you. Questions such as: do I need them, what is their usefulness, might have come in your mind. This buyer guide will answerall your questions. Go through it, and you’ll be in a much better position to select an earbud.
Who Needs A Wireless Earbud?
Not that others should through their headphones out the window, three types of persons would particularly benefit from using wireless earbuds. Let’s take a look at all these three categories in detail
First, there are exercise freaks who love running – either on treadmills or on dirt paths. As they might testify, you can either run or adjust a headphone cable at one instant, but you cannot do both. Hence, if you like running – and want to give it your full attention, but also want some music to get you going, you need wireless earbuds.
Second, if you are like me – meaning you HATE cable, you’ll automatically love wireless earbuds. Unlike wired headphones, wireless earbuds won’t force you to watch your every step when they are around. You can place them on your couch, on the floor and even in your pocket, with no signs of discomfort.
Third, if you are an Apple products’ fan, you just couldn’t miss the company’s decision of going jackless with its latest iPhone 7. Hence, if you want to keep using Apple products in future, you also have to go jackless.
What We Tested, What We Found
Earphones or Headphones?
After the debate concerning wired or wireless, audiophiles always argue the most on this topic. Both of them come wireless, have similar price tags and offer *almost* the same features. So, which one should get your money, let’s find out.
Greater the frequency response offered by any music-listening device less will be the distortion. Consequently, better the device will be. Another term used to describe frequency response is “pitch range”. It doesn’t matter how you call it – be it frequency response or pitch range, this feature has a profound impact on your device’s capability.
And as we found out during the course of this article, headphones have a better frequency response. Put simply, it means they can respond equally well to both high and low-frequency sounds.
If you like hearing music on the go, this is a feature you need to have on your device. For, you don’t want a car’s horn or a commuter’s chatter to ruin your listening experience. And in stark contrast to frequency range – where headphones came first, it is the earphones which lead in this regard.
The reason for this is obvious. Earphones, instead of covering the ear from outside, make a seal on it from the inside. That is, even when they don’t offer the noise cancellation feature separately, earphones still isolate the outside noise better.
As Forbes tells us, there is a difference between noise cancellation and noise isolation, in contrast to what most people believe. For, while noise isolating headphones physically impede the flow of ambient noise, noise cancellation electronically blocks that.
In other words, if you want your headphone to block all outside noise, you use noise isolation. However, if you want some of it to still come through – like the engine’s noise, you use noise cancellation.
Coming back to our comparison, both the headphones and earphones are equally effective in noise cancellation. Unless you don’t buy a cheap earphone, you probably won’t feel any difference in this technology between both.
Fit And Comfort
Though we decided to nestle both of them in the same heading, fit and comfort are two different things. A headphone/earphone, even after fitting perfectly, may not be comfortable, or vice versa. Hence, it is necessary for us to view both these features separately.
As far as good fit is concerned, earphones are miles ahead of headphones. Unlike headphones, they are designed to complement your ear shape. Consequently, they fit perfectly, in contrast to headphones which require constant adjusting, particularly if you are on the move.
Turning our attention to which of them is more comfortable, it depends on which purpose you are using them. For example, since headphones are to cover your entire head, they’ll be comfortable as long as there is enough padding on the headband. Earphones, particularly if they do not provide a great fit, tend to be downright painful.
Hence, if you want agreat fit, you need an earphone. If you can compromise on the fit – but don’t want to, on comfort, go for headphones.
Which One Should You Choose, Then?
If you do not exercise, listen music mostly at home and want extreme comfort while doing so, you need headphones. However, if you are an exercise freak who is always on the go, want better fit from their listening device and don’t want to overspend – earbuds are less costly, you should go for earbuds.
No matter how much we sugarcoat it, buying a wireless earbud will cost you a lot of money. In return, you might not want to be comforted on the same features which cheaper models provide. Rather, you might want to have something extra, right?
To get something extra, make sure your wireless earbud has all the latest technologies. More importantly, these technologies shouldn’t just be there for the sake of it. Rather, they should improve your overall sound listening experience. Only then you can claim to get the best value for your money.
Here are some technologies which help Bluetooth earbuds take your listening experience to the next level. Take a look.
From the previous description, you might already know what aptX might do: it improves sound quality. However, what you don’t know is how it does it. After all, if it wasn’t doing it brilliantly, more than 600million individual devices wouldn’t boost it.
Keeping technicalities aside, you can take aptX as a sound-playing version of WinRAR. Just as WinRAR compresses large documents into smaller ones, aptX compresses larger sound files. As a result, large files – which Bluetooth is enabled to play, work just fine on aptX supported devices. The success of aptX is so widespread people have drawn comparisons between Bluetooth and aptX to get better sound quality.
Did I just say aptXsupported devices? You bet I do. And therein lies a major caveat: not all devices support aptX. And if a device doesn’t support aptX, it is a no brainer that it won’t run it. So, to check whether your device supports aptX or not, this link might help.
When Bluetooth technology emerged for the first time, people honored it as the ultimate savior. With time, and after connection snafus and pairing problems,the cracks begin to appear. To make sure the dominance of Bluetooth remains intact, its manufacturers released different versions over time.
Of all the Bluetooth versions available till date – there are numerous, Bluetooth 4.0 is undoubtedly the best. Apart from being energy efficient, it shames its predecessors by handling data-intensive tasks with ease,while having a wireless protocol range of up to 300ft. What’s more, in stark contrast to its successor, Bluetooth 5.0, the majority of devices support 4.0.
Hence, if you don’t have Samsung Galaxy S8 – the first phone which supports Bluetooth 5, go for Bluetooth 4.0. It will save energy, require less recharging and provide more range.
Ask any audiophile who doesn’t use wireless earbuds the reason, and he’d mention small battery timing as one of the reasons. For, unlike wired headphones, wireless earbuds require consistent charging to keep delivering music. Once the battery goes dead, there won’t be any music.
To allay these concerns, headphone manufacturers come up with two features. First, they start using batteries which lasted longer. However, batter timing is a relative concept, meaning what’s good/bad for you may not be the same for your friend.
Consequently, headphone manufacturers have realized that no matter how humongous the battery timing is, there will always be individuals complaining that it isn’t enough. As a result, most of them have started supplying headphones with a detachable 3.5mm cable.
Similar to wired headphones, these cables allow you to plug them in and us your wireless headphone like its conventional counterpart. That said, since this article is concerned about wireless earphones, they DO NOT have the wired cable option. For, their size is so small that finding a space to place a cable jack is almost impossible.
What Is In Your Budget?
As you might have seen in the wireless earbuds we tested,they didn’t follow a settled price-pattern. That is to say that while some of them cost over $100, others fall below the $100 price range. Hence, it goes without saying that you can get a good pair at low price.
That doesn’t mean, however, that you would get the same features in a headphone which costs under $100 as might in an over-$200 headphone. The price you can afford to pay is definitely an indicator of the features you are going to get. And as common sense suggests us, the pricier a product, the more features it will provide.
Wireless Earbuds: Features You Should Look For
Most people believe that there is no difference between waterproof and water-resistant headphones. However, as both the terms imply, there IS a lot of difference. Putsimply, while you can go swimming with a waterproof headphone, water-resistant headphones will only tolerate sweat. Hence, if the jargon confuses you, you might end up buying an earbud which won’t meet your requirements.
Specifically for those who want waterproof headphones, always check the depth mentioned in the instruction manual. These headphones operate via Bluetooth meaning the technology won’t function beyond acertain depth.
A feature which we take lightly, most earbuds do not offer a built-in mic. Rather, they want you to buy a separate headphone for calling purposes. However, if you don’t like taking your phone out of your pocket every time it rings, you need a built-in mic.
Talking about built-in mics in headphones, they come in three types: unidirectional, bidirectional and omnidirectional. If you hate finding the specific part of your headphone where the mic is installed, go for its omnidirectional type.
Long Battery Life
It goes without saying that even if you have the best wireless earbud that was ever invented, it would be useless if it doesn’t have a long battery time. That said, there is no common consensus on what “long battery life” means. For example, if you are a gamer, you might want 80hrs battery life on one charge. Conversely, if you scarcely use your headphones, even a 10hr battery life will be enough for you.
When looking at the battery life, there are two more things you need to have an eye on. First, you need to find out the standby time of your product. If the standby time is adequate to meet your needs, the talk time will also be likewise. Conversely, if the standby time sucks, move on to the next product.
Second, you need to find out the charging time of your earbud. As you might guess, we already have smartphones who require daily charging. Adding earbuds to our arsenal who require similar attention would only add to our worries. Hence, select headphones which have a short charging time – i.e. somewhere between 1-2hrs.
You might concur: but easy connectivity is guaranteed if we are using Bluetooth earbuds, right? Wrong. For, if that was the case, modern Bluetooth earbuds won’t be offering NFC connectivity.
Also known as Near Field Communication, NFC earbuds use electromagnetic radio waves to transfer data. More importantly, theprocess of connecting your headphone with your device should you are using a NFC is acinch. For, in contrast to Bluetooth connections which require several steps to setup, NFC connections are setup with one touch/touch.
That said, there is one reason why the majority still favors Bluetooth over NFC: the latter has very low ranges. For example, while Bluetooth has a range of 10m or less, NFC has a range of only 4cm.
As a result, if you want fast connectivity over a relatively small range, you should go for NFC. Conversely, if therange is all you want – and are willing to allow the setup process to take more time, go for Bluetooth.
Finally, in case you were wondering, you don’t need to buy separate earbuds for NFC and Bluetooth connections. Rather, as your good luck has it, nearly all the best wireless earbuds come offer Bluetooth with NFC technology. Depending on your needs, you can use either, without having to pay extra for the other.
If you want to listen to music without raising the volume level excessively, it means you need noise cancellation. What’s more, if you are going to travel in a noisy vehicle, noise cancellation will let you sleep by blocking all outside noise.
Although headphones carrying noise-cancellation feature are generally expensive, you may have noticed some cheap models offering this technology. How is this possible then, you may ask? Well, noise cancellation has two types: active and passive.
The cheap headphones only have passive noise cancellation – which requires nothing but a physical barrier. Put simply, if you plug a cotton-bud in your ear, you are reaping the rewards of passive noise cancellation.
Active-noise cancelling earbuds, however, operate differently. Apart from blocking the noise by a physical barrier, they also block it electronically. Consequently, you only get to hear sounds which you want to hear.
With all its advantages, active noise-cancelling wireless earbuds have some major drawbacks. For, headphones having this technology is generally more expensive, consume more battery and require additional components i.e. mic, speaker and noise canceling circuitry. This, in turn, adds to the weight of the wireless earbuds.
Hence, if you want your wireless earbud to have active noise-cancellation, you’ll have to pay more, bear more weight and also have to charge your earbud more frequently.
According to studies, during exercise, an average person sweats between 42.7 and 47.3oz. Hence, whether or not you sweat a ton during exercise, you need this feature if you are an exercise freak. Otherwise, the sweat coming out of your body might cause irreparable damage to the wireless earbud you’re wearing.
While the advantages of sweat proof earbuds are very simple, finding them isn’t. Visit the market, and you’ll see nearly every headset claiming to be sweat proof. But when you use it, even a minor splash of water will cause it to malfunction.
So, how to get a proper sweat proof headset? One way is to look for International Protection Marking rates on your earbud. These ratings range from IPX0 – zero water resistance to IPX8 – water resistant up to the depth of 1m. While the first part (IPX) shows the protection level against dirt, the second (numeral) represents resistance against water.
Provided you only want a sweat proof earbud, look for IPX4 rating, as it implies the headphone is sweat proof.
Have you ever wondered why runners don’t wear headphones while on the jogging track? Yes, apart from being bulky, headphones are difficult to carry. Also, since they accumulate sweat from hair, they tend to over-heat far too easily. If you wear glasses or earrings, headphones have the uncanny ability to interfere with them.
Earbuds, on the contrary, much less bulky and lighter than headphones. Since they sit inside your ears, they won’t affect your hairstyle, glasses or earrings. Hence, as far as portability is concerned, earbuds clearly lead the race.
It goes without saying, in the light of the previous discussion, that wireless earbuds guarantee extreme portability. This portability, in turn, leads to two advantages.
First, since you don’t have to connect it to the listening device, it allows freedom of movement while listening music. That means while shopping, you can keep your smartphone in your bag and still listen to music.
Second, due to long battery timings, you don’t need to carry their chargers everywhere. If you aren’t a hardcore music listener, these headphones will last as much as seven days on a single charge
Use any of the earbuds mentioned above, and you’ll notice that it provides immaculate sound quality. The reason for this lies in our testing mechanism. To gauge the audio quality of each headphone we tested, we played multiple tracks belong to multiple genres.
For example,most cheap headphones badly boost deep bass. To make sure ours didn’t, we tested all of them against The Knife’s Silent Shout,a track with kick drum hits and a deep bass synth. This track gives away such bass which only the strongest headphones can reproduce without giving away unpleasant distortion as we increase the volume.
Once we were done with the bass test, we subjected all the ear buds to jazz, metal, rock, classical and dance genres. In this way, we came to know which of them handled the most genres with ease.
Finally, to check audio quality, we didn’t select songs in random. Rather, we only selected those songs which our team had listened to hundreds of times across different headphones, including the astronomically priced models.
Consequently, we knew beforehand how each song should sound. As soon as one of our reviewers felt that the headphone was reproducing the song poorly, a huge “STOP HERE” cry dazzled our meeting room.
Wired Vs Wireless
As is obvious, this whole articledeals with wireless earbuds.Still, for those of you who ask: why not their wired counterparts, We have decided to include this section. Read it, and you’ll come to know why you may or may not need a pair of wireless earbuds.
In the past, wireless earbuds used to create a lot of nuisance which created a false impression about them. Thankfully, with advancement in technology, such complaints have become less and less. As a result, they have entered into the vogue of late.
- Provide increase portability
- Offers better features i.e. sweat proof design
- Allow less background noise to reach inside your ears
- Great for hearing music during exercise
- If not selected carefully, might need frequent recharging
- Expensive than their wired counterparts
- Require software installation, no plug, and play
Anyone who has ever run wearing a wired headphone would know the agony they cause.That doesn’t mean, however, that they are without any benefits. It is these benefits which still keep the majority of populace tilted towards wired headphones.
- Lack of wireless means less interference
- Just Plug and Play, no software installation required
- Require no recharging
- Can easily get tangled in the nearby placed objects
- Limited portability
Which One Suits You Then?
If you don’t take your headphones on exercise, do not play games and just listen to music either from your smartphone or desktop, you don’t need to spend the extra cost demanded a pair of wireless earbuds. However, if you want extreme mobility, a plethora of useful features and ultimate gaming experience, go for wireless earbuds.
Style Of Wireless Earbuds
Since you have come here, we can assume that you have your heart set on buying a wireless earbud. Consequently, we are going to show you four styles of such earbuds which are available in the market.
Mistakes To Avoid While Using Wireless Earbuds
If you want your wireless earbud to last longer, make sure you don’t abuse them. Here are some tips to help you avoid committing mistakes while using wireless earbuds.
With confidence which only comes from using the headphones we recommended, we can say that your search for the best wireless earphones ends right here.
All of them are great wireless earbuds, with no one cheap in quality. Still, we do not claim to be perfect, and if you feel we have committed a mistake, let us know.