Which true wireless earbuds are worth buying?

Which true wireless earbuds are worth buying?
From Engadget - February 14, 2018

Samsung Gear IconX (2018)

The original Gear IconX delivered lots of good features for a first-generation product, including onboard media storage and heart rate tracking. But those positives were outweighed by poor battery life, an unreliable connection and buttons that could be awkward to use while the device was being worn. The 2018 follow-up addresses these concerns with vastly improved connectivity and battery life along with a touch-based interface that wo not press painfully on your ears. The new IconX also adds Bixby into the mix, though The Verge found it was still somewhat unreliable at both voice recognition and delivering relevant information. At any rate, Bixby is only available on the S8, S8+ and Note 8 for now, so if you own another handset you'd be better served by other earbuds on this list, most of which lack voice interaction but do everything else a bit better.

Apple AirPods

When the AirPods first hit the scene back in 2016, they set a high bar for ease of use, though we still dinged them for weak audio and found the broken-off Q-Tip look polarizing, to say the least. Since then, plenty of challengers have appeared and bested Apple's wireless earbuds in audio quality and appearance. However, few come close to offering such easy setup. Siri's voice controls are still pretty ace as well. Of course, you will need an iPhone to really take advantage of the AirPods' strengths. Android users are limited to music playback and calls, with many rival earbuds doing the former much better. Apple still has them beat on price though: The AirPods cost $40 to $90 less than their closest competitors.

Bragi The Headphone

Bragi's Dash and Dash Pro are brimming with features like fitness tracking and onboard storage -- and they have a high price to match. For those who just want a solid pair of wireless earbuds with good audio and a nice design, The Headphone is Bragi's no-nonsense solution. Pocket-lint notes they have lost some of the "finesse and shine of the more premium set," especially with the downgrade from touchpad controls to buttons. In return, The Headphone offers solid connectivity and improved battery life. The audio also may not quite match competing earbuds from Sony, Bose or Bang & Olufsen, but Digital Trends argues that "for $150 wireless earbuds they sound excellent."

Sony WF-1000X

Sony's first pair of true wireless earbuds look good and sound great, which is roughly what we'd expect given the company's audio pedigree. Gizmodo calls them "sleek and recognizably Sony" while PC Mag compliments the set's "excellent bass response and clarity in the highs." The active noise cancellation certainly helps with the audio quality, though it ca not compete with noisy train or car traffic and can drain the battery. In general you wo not get much more than three hours out of the WF-1000X, but at least the charging case is lightweight and attractive enough that you might not mind carrying them around in your bag.

Bose SoundSport Free

Bragi The Dash Pro

JayBird Run

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8


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