Choosing the right paid of wireless earbuds can be a bit a difficult task. If you’re like me and have held on to wired options for this long, you’ll know the pain of upgrading your new iPhone and not having a headphone jack. Wireless earbuds can really differ on quality, comfort, and price. Should you go with the more expensive, name brand options like Beats Wireless Earbuds or go for a bit more affordable, but high quality alternative? I have always been a fan of Beats headphones but am not sure that I’m committed to spending close to $200 bucks on something I’ll probably lose immediately!
Beats Wireless Earbud Options
Currently, Beats headphones offer three different wireless options:
Beats Studio Buds $149.99
Power Beats Pro $179.95
Beats Fit Pro $199.99
The Beats Studio Buds is the cheapest option, all though $149.99 is nothing to scoff at and rivals the price of Apple Airpods. It includes Active Noise Cancelling as well as transparency mode in case you still want to hear outside sounds. There is full audio plus microphone capability to ensure the clearest sound when listening to music or making calls.
They have a sleek, minimal design and are super light-weight weighing just about 5 grams. There isn’t an on-device volume functionality but there is a physical universal control button to play, pause, stop, and take calls.
It has a powerful, balanced sound and up to 8 hours of listening time.
The Powerbeats Pro would be the best option for the more active listeners with its adjustable, secure-fit earhooks that wrap around your ears. It has a powerful sound with dynamic range and noise isolation. The reinforced design helps keep the earbuds in place through sweat, incremental weather, and high running activity.
The Powerbeats Pro have full on-device functionality with volume and track control. The high quality microphone makes it convenient to take calls in any noisy environment as well as access Siri hands-free. You can listen up to 9 hours with the Powerbeats Pro.
The Beats Fit Pro includes Active Noise cancelling as well as transparency mode. The devices are super comfortable and include secure-fit wingtips to help keep the earbuds in place. These use a custom acoustic platform to deliver a high quality sound. There’s also dynamic head tracking which uses gyroscopes and accelerometers to adjust the sound as you turn your head making listening to music a more immersive experience that pairs well with your current activity.
These wireless earbuds have up to 6 hours of listening time.
All devices are compatible with Apple and Android devices and include Apple H1 chips which allows automatic switching between devices, audio sharing with another pair of Beats or Apple airpods, and hands-free access to Siri. They also include on-device functionality where you can play, pause, fast forward/rewind, and take calls directly on the earbud. If you purchase any Beats earbuds, products come with a pocket-size charging case and three different size options.
Beats Wireless Earbuds Alternatives
The Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds are another great if you’re seeking the highest quality sound and world-class noise cancelling technology. These include noise cancelling as we well as transparency mode all with high-fidelity audio. They have a simple yet comfortable design and include 3 different sizes of eartips for accurate comfort. The device includes simple touch controls to play, pause, and skip with ease.
These earbuds are IPX4-rated so they can withstand sweat, water, and some inclement weather. They have a slight winged hook fo you can ensure they won’t fall out of your ears. With a full charge, you can expect up to 6 hours of listening time.
The TOZO T6 True Wireless Earbuds are a great, affordable option, especially for those with active lifestyles and who are always on the go. All functionality can be easily accessed on device from play/stop/pause, fast forwarding/rewinding, changing the volume, and taking calls.
They may not be the top-of-the-line when it comes to comfort without the silicone eartips but they’ll surely stay in your ears during all activities. The earbuds and pocket-size charger are coated with Nano-coating making them waterproof. These have an average listening time of up to 6 hours.
If quality is a feature you don’t want to skimp out on the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 would definitely fit your needs, especially if hearing high quality music is what you’re seeking. The Active Noise Cancellation blocks out unwanted, outside sounds and the Low latency Ambient Sound mode picks up all of the sounds you want to hear so you have the perfect listening capability at all times.
There is easy, tap technology to play/pause/skip music or to pick up calls as needed. The built-in microphone always ensures crisp volume, no matter how noisy your environment is. They are so comfortable, you’d almost forget you’re wearing them at all if there wasn’t the high quality bass bumping in your ear. The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have an expected listening time of up to 7.5 hours.