Wireless earbuds and earphones have undoubtedly been gaining much popularity: although they have been around for some time since Bluetooth was invented, the idea of going wireless really took off after Apple released the iconic (albeit controversial) AirPods. Since then, many other brands have also focused their energies into making wireless audio devices, hence the surge in new releases.
If you are looking for a convenient alternative to your wired earphones to bring on your travels or simply for everyday use, but don’t know where to start from, this guide is for you! Read on to see which are 11 of the best options you can currently get, as recommended by audiophiles and tech junkies:
1. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Earbuds
Battery life: 4 hours with earbuds’ batteries, 12 hours with charging case
Wireless earbuds used to be associated with poor sound quality, but not anymore.
With Sennheiser’s audiophile driver technology, you are guaranteed a superior stereo sound performance at all times when you are using these noise-cancelling earbuds. The lightweight, splash-resistant ear adapter comes in four different ear tip sizes, so you don’t have to worry about the earbuds dropping out due to a poor fit.
To further enhance your music experience, you can even download a free phone application that allows you to control and personalise the audio from your earphones, such as the amount of ambient noise you want to hear.
2. Jabra Elite 65T True Wireless Earbuds
Battery life: 4.5 hours with earbuds’ batteries, 13.5 hours with charging case
If you are planning to hike through a jungle or run laps around your Airbnb during your travels, you will want to look for wireless earbuds that stay put.
Jabra’s Elite 65T is highly-recommended by athletes and tech reviews as one of the best earbuds for intense workouts. These are designed to fit comfortably and securely in your ears, no matter whether you are climbing a mountain or doing water sports.
The unique Hear Through function allows you to filter surrounding sounds so that you can be more aware of your surroundings – a very useful function to have, especially if you are working out alone. It also comes equipped with an in-ear precision heart rate monitor, which works with a free phone app to track your fitness levels and provide personalised audio coaching in real-time during your work-out.
For the workaholics, these earbuds from Jabra also ensure that you stay connected even when you are out of office. They have been proven to deliver the best call quality of any true wireless product using four-microphone call technology, and are capable of filtering out background noise, so that the only voices you hear are from you and the other person on the line.
3. Bose SoundSport Free True Wireless Earbuds
Battery life: 5 hours with earbuds’ batteries, 10 hours with charging case
Have a long day ahead and need music to keep you company? Bose’s SoundSport Free True Wireless Earbuds is the perfect companion, be it watching your favourite dramas on the train after work or sleeping to a lullaby on long-haul flights.
You don’t have to worry about getting caught in the rain either: by using a water-repellent mesh in the open ports, these earbuds from Bose are absolutely water and sweat-resistant, so you can keep enjoying your music even in the worst of weather conditions.
4. Sudio Tolv True Wireless Earphones
Battery life: 5 hours with earbuds’ batteries, 35 hours with charging case
The one disadvantage that wireless earphones have is the fact that you have to charge them in order for them to work. However, Sudio’s Tolv eliminates this problem with an outstanding battery life that only requires you to charge every few days – even if you don’t have access to a power point or power bank, you can still rely on the charging case to keep your earbuds fully charged.
Of course, this pair also boasts other amazing features: for example, it is equipped with a graphene driver for enhanced sound clarity, as well as a single multipurpose button on each earbud so that you can easily control playing of music and taking phone calls.
5. Apple AirPods
Battery life: 5 hours with earphones’ batteries, 24 hours with charging case
Although they were initially met with skepticism and a fair share of derision, Apple AirPods were arguably the ones that made true wireless earbuds and earphones so popular today.
In true Apple fashion, the AirPods are designed for the best user experience: all you have to do is pull them out of the charging case, and they are ready to use with your Apple products. You don’t even have to worry about the hassle of pairing and turning on your earphones, because all it takes is a simple one-tap setup for your AirPods to be automatically on and always connected.
Plus, these innovative earphones can even sense when they’re in your ears and pause when you take them out so you don’t have to do it yourself – smart!
Apple AirPods retail at SGD239 in Apple’s store and website, as well as authorised retailers.
6. Samsung Galaxy Buds
Battery life: 6 hours with earphones’ batteries, 20 hours with charging case
Galaxy Buds could possibly be seen as Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirPods: in the same way, the brand has made it easy for users to instantly connect them with Samsung and other Android devices.
These earbuds were developed with acoustic specialists by AKG to deliver incredibly rich, High Resolution live sound, so that you can immerse yourself in an amazing auditory experience no matter where you are.
Another feature that travellers will find useful is the Ambient Sound Mode, where the Galaxy Buds let you quickly shift your focus to your surroundings without taking them off, so you’ll never miss another train stop again.
Battery life: 8 hours on full charge
If you love the tech features of AirPods but want something less clunky, these earphones from Beats by Dr Dre are a sleek and elegant alternative.
With four different sizes of silicone ear tips, you can easily find a good fit for your ear so that you can listen to music for hours without any discomfort. You also don’t have to worry about connectivity issues, as you can still get good wireless connectivity even if your device is 20 metres away.
Although these aren’t true wireless earphones (they come with cables to hang around your neck), the biggest plus point is that they come at a much lower price than AirPods – score!
BeatsX retails at SGD138 in Apple’s store and website, as well as authorised retailers.
8. SoundPEATS Engine Bluetooth Wireless Headphone
Battery life: 13 hours on full charge
If you are very particular about your audio quality, SoundPEATS Engine will be right up your alley. They feature a dual dynamic driver that provides extended tremble and bouncing bass, as well as a two-way crossover that eliminates phase interference and makes your audio crystal-clear.
These headphones even come with six sets of included earbuds tips sizes, so anyone can find a fit that works for them!
SoundPEATS Engine Bluetooth Wireless Headphone retails at SGD96.58 on Lazada.
9. Jaybird Tarah Wireless Sport Headphones
Battery life: 6 hours on full charge
In terms of value for money, Jaybird’s Tarah Wireless Sport Headphones is commonly acknowledged to be one of the best options. They feature the same audio specs as their more expensive counterparts, sport a sleek and lightweight design, but at only a fraction of the cost!
This pair of earphones from Jaybird is fully water resistant, with an IPX7 rating, meaning that it can be fully submersed to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Although it offers a more limited playing time, there is a fast-charge feature that gives you 1 hour of play time just from charging for 10 minutes, so you can don’t have to worry about not having enough time to charge while travelling.
10. Optoma NuForce BE Sport4
Battery life: 10 hours on full charge
Optoma designed BE Sport4 to be versatile – you can wear them on the way to work, and also during your workout. Together with the SpinFit TwinBlade® double-layer ear tips with 360° rotation, the BE Sport4 will fit perfectly with the ear canal so that noise cancellation is enhanced.
If you are wondering how good the audio quality is, these wireless earphones were named among TechRadar’s top ten picks for Bluetooth earbuds in 2018 and 2019,and are among Amazon’s 100 best-selling products!
Optoma NuForce BE Sport4 retails at SGD149 on Lazada.
11. RHA MA390 Wireless
Battery life: 8 hours on full charge
Crafted from durable, lightweight aluminium, RHA’s noise isolating earbuds are combined with high quality Bluetooth aptX audio and a sweatproof neckband so that you can keep listening to high-quality music, no matter what activity you are doing.
With up to eight hours playback per charge, and up to 30 days standby, you can also be sure that the MA390 Wireless will provide you the best auditory experience for the whole flight, drive or trek.
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