The main reason headphone jacks remain a staple of most phones is because they work. There's no pairing and re-paring, or worrying about how much longer the batteries in your earbuds will last. Anker's new "apprentice brand," Zolo, is trying to make Bluetooth earbuds without any compromises. The Kickstarter for Zolo's Liberty+ earbuds was revealed yesterday, and it has already passed its funding goal ten times over. Read More
The completely wireless earbud trend started several years ago, long before Apple's Airpods, and Bragi was one of the companies at the forefront of the technology. After the inevitable delays that plague every Kickstarter product, Bragi managed to ship The Dash and actually deliver on its promise. In my review of the earbuds, I found the technology a little magical, the NFMI transmission between the two earbuds more reliable than Bluetooth, the design completely freeing, and the basic features well done. Read More
While not the prettiest, "neckbuds" are quite useful as far as Bluetooth headsets go. I have only come across a few activities where my LG Tone Ultras are more work than they're worth (*ahem* bench pressing). Consequently, I have worn mine to death, so this deal is right up my alley. Over on DailySteals, you pick up some LG Tone Pros (model number HBS-770) for $25 brand new, or save $5 on some refurbished ones. These normally go for $70, so this deal is insanely good. Read More
There are earbuds, and then there are earbuds. I'm not sure what I mean by that, but I do know Jaybird's X2 wireless Bluetooth earbuds are solidly in the latter category. They may cost as much as a budget phone, but they provide your ears with the kind of luxury treatment not commonly experienced by mortal man.
You're going to pay three digits for this product. The question is, how close can you get back to two? Read More
Here's the thing about modern consumer products. Sometimes you have a piece of merchandise that's just fine the way it is, but you need to come up with something new in order to get people's attention. What's a manufacturer to do?
Jaybird has decided to take the original Bluebuds X Bluetooth earphones that it released back in 2013 and give them a revamp. This year's model is called the X2. The core design is still the same. Specs, on paper, remain unchanged. You're still looking at an estimated 8 hours of battery life.
What's different? According to Droid Life, this model comes with modern parts such as redesigned ear fins that should be more comfortable. Read More
No matter how many sets of wireless earbuds I've reviewed, there's always one glaring issue that we've all come to accept: wires. Somewhere on every set of 'buds is at least one cable – usually connecting one bud to the other. It's annoying, but it's something we've all learned to live with since Bluetooth buds became a thing.
The guys who created a new Kickstarter project called Earin, however, want to turn the Bluetooth bud biz on its head with these independently-operating speakers that are completely free of any and all wires. They look fantastic.
Looks like I'm not the only one who thinks so, either – this campaign's £179,000 goal was demolished in just three days. Read More
The single biggest issue I've found with most Bluetooth earbuds (or earbuds in general, really) is that they never stay in place during physical activity. Running, cycling, or just working out in general always knock my 'buds loose. Throw some good ol' Texas heat into the mix (where "good" should be interpreted as "I hate it more than almost anything in this world) to get the sweat flowing like a waterfall, and keeping them in in basically futile. As a result, I've been cycling without any music/podcasts for...well, forever. Not that it's a bad thing – sometimes nature itself is the best thing to listen to while out for a ride. Read More
If you're sick of snagging the cable from your earbuds on everything possibly imaginable, then there's but one solution for you: a set of Bluetooth 'buds. Ridding yourself of those pesky cables has been proven to improve one's quality of life by up to 19%, according to a recent study that I just made up.
But seriously, a set of Bluetooth buds/headphones can easily make life less annoying. And while we've reviewed several different sets over the last year (give or take), the Bluebuds X from Jaybird ($170) just may be the "best of" in that realm – Artem definitely loved them. Read More
It's no secret that most of us hate cables. We want wireless sync and charging. Wi-Fi. Bluetooth. NFC. The list goes on and on. Why then, would we settle for earbuds that remain physically tethered to our device? We wouldn't. Unfortunately, Bluetooth earbuds aren't nearly as commonplace as their wired counterparts, and they oftentimes costs thrice as much (or more). Still, if you just can't stand the thought of using a wired set of 'buds, it's really your best (and only) option.
Enter a new offering to the Bluetooth earbud arena (available for pre-order now, should be in stores early next week): the Phiaton PS 210 BTNC (MSRP $160). Read More