School is back in session, and earbuds are showing up on a lot of supply lists. It got us thinking: Are all wireless earbuds created equal?
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Where did wireless earbuds get their start?
The race to wireless earbuds began about the time Bluetooth became mainstream.
Bragi, a German company, created a successful Kickstarter campaign for wireless earbuds in 2014, but Swedish company Earin beat them to market. These devices were for listening only and came with a host of issues (as is the case with any revolutionary product), but before they could problem-solve, Apple entered the market.
Wireless earbuds took off when AirPods became available. Apple created a new standard for earbuds, allowing users to listen in one ear or both. They included a mic, as well as an auto play/pause feature and gesture controls.
Are Apple AirPods still in the lead?
If you’re an Apple person, go with Apple AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds. They work seamlessly with existing Apple products, such as the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. At $179.99, they’re affordable, and they’ll pair easily with your existing devices. Besides sporting the Apple logo and tech, they have superior noise-canceling technology, three tips to ensure a good fit, and 4.5 hours of listening time on a single charge.
Skullcandy offers budget earbuds for the masses
If you’re afraid of losing your wireless earbuds, we recommend the new release from Skullcandy.
Considering the number of wireless earbuds I’ve found in parking lots (and the horror stories I’ve heard from fellow scatterbrained technophiles), I’ve never understood why it’s so easy to lose these things. Apple has tried to solve this issue with “Find My,” but it only works if the batteries aren’t dead.
Skullcandy has partnered with Tile to develop a line of wireless earbuds that are almost impossible to lose. The Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless In-Ear Earbuds use Tile technology to let you view your earbud’s last known location, use the Tile detector to help you find the earbud, and enlist the help of the Tile Network. They’re also budget-friendly at just $49.99.
As for specs, these offer touch control, noise cancellation, protection against dust and moisture, 3 EQ modes, and up to six hours of listening time on a single charge.
Edifier always offers excellent bang for your buck.
I love that Edifier cares about quality and my wallet equally. The Edifier NeoBuds Pro Hi-Res Bluetooth Earbuds aren’t the cheapest option on our list, but you get a lot for $129.99. They use six-mic noise canceling technology and certified High-Resolution sound through LHDC and LDAC support. These wireless earbuds optimize voice pickup for shockingly clear calls. Choose gaming mode, or if you’re a control freak (like myself), you may prefer to customize the EQ settings. It’s all possible through the Edifier App.
Charge these wireless earbuds via the USB charging cord for ten minutes to get one hour of listening time. We also love that these come with a whopping seven earbud tips to help you find your perfect fit.
If you already have Apple devices, we’d recommend sticking with AirPods. Apple is a trailblazer in the wireless earbud space (and every other space), and they’re still at the head of the pack.
If you’re new to the idea of wireless earbuds and want to give something decent a try without going broke, the Skullcandy earbuds are a steal at less than $50. We also highly recommend these for the students in your life because they’re hard to lose.
Edifier is the way to go if you’re looking for high-quality, dynamic wireless earbuds that won’t break the bank.