The selection of truly wireless earbuds in the market has been steadily increasing over the past few years. Not only have they been improving in terms of sound quality and functionality, but they've also started packing batteries that could last long enough to provide hours of listening.
Thing is, it gets difficult to determine which one is the best depending on what the user wants. Some want sporty variants, while others want sleek, feature-packed ones, for instance.
Of course, the choices can be narrowed down somewhat to make deciding easier, and at that, here are some of the best wireless earphones around in 2019:
When it comes to good audio quality and battery life, Beats' Powerbeats Pro
can deliver. It's touted to last nine hours of playback on a single charge, and whenever it's running out of power, it can be topped up with 1.5 hours of juice in just five minutes, thanks to its Fast Fuel fast-charging technology.
It doesn't fall behind when it comes to modern features. Equipped with Apple's H1 chip, it can offer a speedy performance, stable connection, and even hands-free Siri support. It's also resistant to water with an IPX4 rating
, meaning it can withstand splashes and whatnot. It even has physical buttons to adjust volume or change tracks.
Problem is, its charging case isn't available with wireless charging capability, and it's bulky too, making it hard to carry around. It's also on the pricey side at $249.95.
It's available in Black at the Apple.com
or at the Beats by Dre website
. The other color options — Navy, Moss, and Ivory — won't be available until the summer.
Just like the Powerbeats Pro, the second-generation Apple AirPods
are powered by the Cupertino brand's H1 chip.
While there's no big improvement in terms of audio quality from its predecessor, it's still a noteworthy upgrade. For starters, it features hands-free Siri support, faster pairing speed, and a solid connection.
Best part is it's bundled with a wireless charging case, which costs $199. For the AirPods with a standard charging case, it's $159, and for just the earbuds themselves, it's $79.
It's available at Apple.com
Samsung Galaxy Buds
Samsung's new Galaxy Buds
is arguably the best wireless earbuds for Galaxy S10 owners. To start with, it can be wirelessly charged using any one of the Galaxy S10 models via its PowerShare feature. It also supports wired USB-C charging to boot.
Its sound quality isn't the best, but it's satisfactory. It promises six hours on a single charge too, which isn't that long, but considering it can be charged in more ways than one, it's easy to top it up. Not to mention that 15 minutes of charging will give it 1.7 hours of juice.
It's available in white, black, and yellow for $129.99 at Samsung.com
Anker Soundcore Liberty Air
Anker's Soundcore Liberty Air hits the marks across the board: good sound quality, decent battery life, and a portable charging case. When looking for wireless earphones, those are usually the factors to consider.
Not everything about it is perfect, though. First of all, the charging case doesn't use USB-C, and the earbuds last only five hours on a single charge.
Still, it's one of the most affordable options around at $79.99. It's available at the Soundcore website
or at Amazon
and comes in either black or white.