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When it comes to listening to our favourite music and watching movies and TV in private, earbuds are a comfy and accessible option. Wireless earbuds are even more so! The need for a restrictive cable or wire has been removed on a large scale. While you can still easily get your hands on wired earphones if you prefer them, there are plenty of reasons why you may wish to invest in some wireless models instead.
But what should you be looking for from a pair of wireless earbuds or earphones? Surely they all do the same thing? Not all the time. In this guide, we’ll break down what you need to look for and consider when it comes to making the right earbud choice.
Wireless Vs True Wireless
You may have already come across something called ‘true wireless’ when looking for earbuds and earphones online or on the high street. This can seem a little confusing at first, but it’s actually fairly simple!
True wireless earphones and earbuds are those which have absolutely no wires or cables attached. While some earphones may have a cable or wire connecting a pair together at the very least, true wireless models have no physical connection to a device. For example, all you may need to do is pair your earbuds directly to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. This is quick and easy to do, and you can freely move around with your earbuds in place.
If getting rid of tangling and restrictive cords is something you wish to do, you’re going to need to look carefully at wireless earbuds offering ‘true’ wireless. This way, nothing will ever get caught up or in the way of your listening experience.
The Cost Factor
One of the first things you’re obviously going to bear in mind when shopping for wireless earphones is the price. This can, of course, vary. It all depends on branding, features, quality of sound and more besides. We will look at these features and factors a little further down. For now, however, let’s set a budget.
The best-reviewed earbuds online with wireless connectivity can retail from £100-£300. Some of the most popular, of course, are Apple AirPods. The more expensive the technology, the more reliable it is – that’s a general rule of thumb. However, there’s nothing to say you won’t be able to find a bargain deal online or on the high street.
Brands such as Motorola and KitSound offer cheaper wireless earbuds which are well-designed and which retail from £50-£70. If you are in immediate need of a pair, it’s well worth looking at user reviews to weigh up whether or not you feel the purchase is worth it. If you have the money available, and prefer years of use and added features, there is obviously no harm in looking at the upper end of the market.
We’d exercise caution, however, if you’re looking at anything for less than £30. Always read verified purchase reviews online!
Comfort and Connectivity
Another factor, of course, is the comfort of use and ease of use. As mentioned, most wireless earphones should come with some form of Bluetooth connectivity. This is a universal standard, which means you can connect them with sound systems, phones, tablets and more. It’s a case of taking a minute or two to pair up, and you’ll be connected for life. That is, of course, unless you turn your devices off occasionally!
You’ll also need to think carefully about the type of earbuds you prefer. There are those which have soft, rubber bulbs which fit snugly inside your ear, and those which are solid, miniature speakers which aren’t so pinchy. We all have our favourite types and fits, so do make sure you take your own comfort standards into account while shopping around. You should be able to get a good look at the style, shape and fit of an earbud before you buy.
Think About Battery Life
The major catch with wireless products is, of course, battery life. Wireless tech is reliant on a battery which is either removable or chargeable. However, what many people have found with wireless earbuds is that they pale in comparison to many headphone alternatives when it comes to longevity.
Many wireless earbuds, for example, will only offer you 4-5 hours of listening time per charge. That may be enough for some people, but if you are on the go a lot and won’t have access to a charge port on a regular basis, this may not be news to your ears.
Some of the more expensive and feature-rich earbud options may not perform well in terms of battery power, either. In fact, extensive battery life is possibly a factor in the favour of cheaper models, as there may be less tech for them to work with. Again, do compare and contrast, and consider what’s important to you.
Earbuds are notoriously easy to lose. It’s a sad fact. You may want to look for models which come with a nice carry case, a handy clip, or some form of safekeeping so you don’t easily lose them while on the go.
It’s sadly still fairly common for wireless earbuds to come with little in the way of loss prevention. These are tiny pieces of tech – and it can be devastating if you lose hundreds of pounds’ worth of technology that’s only an inch or two in size!
Other Things to Consider
You should, of course, also consider some of the added benefits of more advanced wireless earbuds. Think about sound quality, bass and treble control, and even fitness tracking. That’s right – there are even earbuds out there which will monitor your heart rate while in use.
Water and dust proofing is also worth considering if you swim a lot or if you work in certain environments. Do also think about noise cancellation if it is important to you – even some of the tiniest earbuds can help you shut the world out!
You won’t always have to pay hundreds to get your hands (or ears) on some great tech. Take a look at online reviews and compare and contrast within your budget as per your needs.