The best truly wireless earbuds to buy in 2018

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The truly wireless headphones are exactly what their name promises. In recent years, we have seen the introduction and early evolution of this new category of headphones. Eliminate all cables, neck straps and other ties between the two buttons on the ears, offering a level of comfort, lightweight comfort and flexibility that traditional Bluetooth headphones and headphones can not match. There are no nightmares of tangled cord to solve. They can not get caught in a garment and feel uncomfortable. You get a full range of motion, which the neck headphones and many popular wireless headphones but not cordless do not provide.

If you judge only by the sound quality, these products do not completely measure up to several hundred dollars audiophile headphones. But they sound pretty good in their own right. No I miss my Etymotic headphones or my elegant Grade or V-Fashion headphones when I wear my Jabra 65Ts every day. If Verge headphone connoisseur Vlad Savov can be happy with the audio output of these, I bet he will be too.

However, there are compensations for this new freedom. The main commitment you make is the duration of the battery. A pair of typical Bluetooth headphones or headphones will go several hours beyond the resistance of the single charge battery you'll get from the devices found here. Many of these will not last you on a cross-country flight before you have to put them back in their cargo case.

All of them have controls directly on the headphones; some use faucets and light gestures, but others will press you deeper into the ear to press a button. And its convenient compactness has an ugly side: sometimes they are easier to lose. One day before publishing this, the truly wireless headphones I had been using (and followed the track successfully) for months passed poof . But these deficiencies are overwhelmingly overcome by the positive side of eliminating all cables.

Many true wireless headphones have already accumulated in functions such as integrated storage, language translation, tracking of physical status, etc. Some of them may be valuable to you, but I have discovered that the best of the best adhere to the listening experience above all else.


They were not the first to market, but more than a year after its launch, Apple's AirPods are still the best truly wireless headphones you can get because of their seamless user experience, long-lasting battery, good sound and the best of the transport case. Its design has been mocked, but the white stems of the AirPod are now ubiquitous and instantly recognizable in cities around the world. The AirPods are one of the best first generation products of the company of all time, and their $ 159 price remains aggressive and attractive when aligned with the competition.

As for its sound, I like the way Vlad put it best: "There's enough of everything: extension of bass and treble, sound, clarity and details in Apple's tuning to convincingly reproduce most of the musical genres. "They may look similar, but the AirPods are a good size larger than the" pack-in "type headphones that accompanied your iPhone in its box.

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Verge Score

Good Stuff

  • Effortless
  • Excellent sound for what they are
  • Excellent case and battery life

Bad Stuff

  • Does not fit at all good ears
  • The open design lets out all the outside noise
  • Ridiculous design

AirPods should offer you around five hours of continuous playback with one charge. The Apple case for them is still the best in its class, too. Does it look like a pack of dental floss? Absolutely. But the case is terribly portable and has enough internal reloads to give the AirPods a total of more than 24 hours of playback. It will arrive between 10 and 15 hours from the competition.

And while they work quite well with Android devices, the "magic" of AirPods really comes when you're using them with other Apple products. The pairing process is almost instantaneous. Set them up with one device and the others will recognize them automatically. And you must use them with an Apple device so that the AirPods stop automatically when you take one out. (There are software solutions and applications that can make this work on Android, but it's a little fussy)

The quality of the call is excellent and the voice commands are heard loud and clear by Siri. There is no way to control the volume of AirPods, but you can set up double-tap gestures to skip tracks, pause music or activate Siri. Those new controls are among the improvements that Apple has made since our original review. The AirPods are not rated for water resistance, but I know a lot of people who use them regularly in the gym without any problems (in addition to hearing a lot of metallic noises and grunts).

If you have the right ears for them (or are willing to be creative) and prefer to have an idea of ​​what is happening around them, the AirPod are almost impossible to beat in this category. But it certainly is not the whole world.


The AirPods do not sit in my ears as surely as I would like, nor can I tolerate their open design that requires turning up the volume to overcome noisy environments. (How many people use them in the subway? I will never understand.) For me, the $ 170 Jabra Elite 65t headphones represent the ideal package of what is available in 2018.

Your Bluetooth connection to a phone or PC is solid as rock, as is the link between both headphones. The silicone tips provide a great fit and seal, and the resulting noise isolation makes your music sound better and helps disconnect background noise. (Whenever needs to pay attention, there is a transparency mode that captures the ambient sound with the built-in microphones). Elite 65ts include some of the same useful tricks as AirPod; Take out a headset and your music will stop until you re-enter. And you can do practically everything you need: control the volume, change tracks, access the Siri / Google Assistant directly through the physical controls.

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Verge Score

Good Stuff

  • Incredibly stable connection
  • Pleasant sound with good bass
  • Customizable setting
  • Two years warranty against sweat / dust

Bad Stuff [19659011] Sometimes you feel uncomfortable during prolonged listening
  • Does not include foam tips
  • You will need a Bluetooth 5 phone to get the best performance
  • You can synchronize Elite 65ts with two devices at the same time, which is one of my favorite things about them. That's another feature that is relatively common with Bluetooth headsets, but not so much with truly wireless outbreaks. The duration of the single charge is approximately five hours, which is at the upper end in this field, with the case providing two additional stops. That case is not as compact as Apple's, nor Jabra's headphones fall with the same magnetic connection without effort, but it does the job well. I just want it to be charged via USB-C to finally release my MicroUSB cable bag.

    The Elite 65t headphones avoid a common annoyance shared by many of the other products listed below: there is no noticeable audio lag when viewed videos. All you need is the least delay before you want to remove your hair, and that is not a problem with these. Jabra has also been good at adding new features after the launch. Now you can choose Alexa as your preferred voice assistant, customize the EQ settings for different scenarios, or even play soothing sounds (white noise, thunderstorms, etc.) within the complementary application.

    It is also very important: I have found that Elite 65ts are consistently durable. A friend of mine used them for a 13-mile race during a downpour, and they survived. I have put mine through innumerable sweat-filled workouts without any setbacks to talk about. That reliability, plus the good sound and the way he really put the Jabras above me.


    But you may not need to spend more than $ 100 to get a quality set of true wireless headphones. Recently, Anker released the $ 80 SoundCore Liberty Lite headphones, and I'm really impressed by how well the fundamentals play. Just to set expectations: at this price, you are giving up some of the most convenient aspects of truly expensive wireless outbreaks. The music will continue to sound if you remove one of the Liberty Lites from your ears. The single button on each headset gives you track controls and a shortcut for Siri or the Google Assistant, but that's it. And the headphones communicate things like the level of the battery and the state of the connection with beeps and beeps, which is a great personal annoyance. Everything should use the voice to clarify this.

    But like wireless headphones, the Liberty Lites work beautifully. They are smaller and lighter than many competitors, have an airtight seal and also include Bluetooth 5 for robust reliability. Its carrying case is relatively thin, and magnetically places the headphones in its proper location. More importantly, its sound is better than I expected because of the cost. The sound studio is not as wide or detailed as the AirPods or Jabra Elites, and some tracks may be a bit harsh at the top end, but most of what I've heard has been well balanced and enjoyable.

    However, I am delayed in correctly scoring the Liberty Lites for now, since my initial review unit has shown a funky behavior of the battery. (Stay tuned for a full review very soon once you've tried the replacement games.) If the battery life is on par with other headphones (and Anker promises), these could be the new value pairs overcome. They definitely show how far we've come in just a couple of years, since the products that significantly undermine the AirPods now offer a very good price-performance ratio if you only care about the basics. They have already checked the boxes for greater comfort, sound and a stable connection. What a difference with Anker's first attempt.

    There is an endless sea of ​​truly wireless headphones available at low prices on Amazon. Some are flagrant AirPod clones, and others are less shameless, but still extremely generic. In any case, I would recommend avoiding them and going with a recognizable brand when buying a pair. You get what you pay here, and I do not believe for a second that a $ 40 product from a random company can cling to our long-term selections.

    As for the most legitimate competitors, if you have a Samsung phone, Gear IconX is worth looking at for its exclusive Galaxy features. And the Bose SoundSport Frees offer incredible sound, but are thwarted by audio / video delays and connectivity issues. Sony's latest sports headphones are better than their first attempt, and they stayed in my ears more securely than anything else, but I would still choose the Jabras over them.

    8

    Verge Score

    Good Stuff

    • Excellent sound
    • Prolonged battery life
    • Useful tracking functions

    Bad Stuff

    • Some functions are lost on other phones [19659012] Tricky touch interface
    • Occasional audio loss

    7

    Verge Score

    Good Stuff

    • Fantastic sound
    • Water resistant
    • Solid connection

    Bad Stuff

    • lose some functions on other phones
    • Complex touch interface
    • Occasional audio losses

    7

    Verge Score

    Good Stuff

    • Powerful and strident bass ideal for play playlists
    • Robust, safe fit
    • IPX4 resistant to water and sweat

    Bad Stuff

    • The case is too big
    • The worst battery in its class
    • Useless to watch videos
    • The fades of audio are still a thing [19659076] 7

      Verge Score

    Good Stuff

    • Sharp design
    • Abundant battery life
    • Great sound
    • Additional functions such as tracking and translating activities

    Bad Stuff

    • Bluetooth connection is not bulletproof
    • All "smart" features still need development
    • High price [19659087] 6.5

      Verge Score

    Good Stuff

    • Decent and balanced sound
    • Good acoustic insulation from external distractions
    • Comfortable and lightweight design

    Bad Stuff

    • Noise cancellation does not meet Sony standards
    • Battery shorter than competition
    • Periodic outputs audio, especially in right earphone

    6

    Verge Score

    Good Stuff

    • Exclusive and discreet design
    • Pleasant transport case
    • Comply with advice s of foam in the box
    • Without delay of audio when watching videos

    Bad Stuff

    • Too many abandonments to justify the high prices
    • Annoying error changes the balance of the music to the left earphone
    • usa Micro USB
    • Average battery life
    • Frustrating / annoying firmware update system

    5

    Verge Score

    Good Stuff

    • Comfortable
    • Bluetooth 5 and USB-C
    • Sweat-resistant IPX6

    Bad Stuff [19659011] Lackluster, bass low sound
  • The case is a bit too much
  • Without volume controls on headphones
  • 4.5

    Verge Score

    Good stuff [19659011] Comfortable
  • Cover compatible with wireless Qi charging
  • Resistance to sweat IPX6
  • Bad Stuff

    • Terrible battery life
    • Monster load housing
    • Frequent connection failures

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