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Rowkin Ascent Charge+ review: Affordable but frustrating truly wireless earbuds

If you peruse our Winter 2018 Most Wanted audio guide (and you should — good stuff in there), you'll notice an unfortunate trend. With few exceptions, manufacturers of wireless audio gear seem timid about adopting USB Type-C charging. So I was excited to get my hands on the Rowkin Ascent Charge: they're fully wireless earbuds whose case is decked out with not only the increasingly standard USB-C, but also Qi wireless charging. And after using the buds for a couple of weeks, I like them a lot, but a few grating flaws are stopping me from loving them.

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Anker's Bluetooth 5.0 Zolo Liberty+ earbuds will be available later this month for $149.99

With headphone jacks slowly starting to disappear from high-end smartphones, the market for Bluetooth headphones stands to become much busier in the coming months and years. Thankfully, Bluetooth 5.0 is finally here with more reliable connections capable of delivering consistent audio. One of the first products to ship with the new protocol – the very first total wireless earbud – is the Zolo Liberty+ from Anker, an upgrade to its Bluetooth 4.1 earbuds that went on sale towards the end of last year.

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[Update: Groupon] Deal Alert: Bragi's truly wireless earbuds, The Dash, are $100 on Woot for a refurbished pair ($200 off)

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.

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