Before we begin, you should know that when shopping for a pair of Bluetooth earbuds there are two things to keep in mind. First, the Bluetooth signal doesn’t carry well through objects. That could be walls or people, and could lead to the signal being dropped. If that’s happening to you, move your source closer to your earbuds (for instance, moving your phone from a back pocket to a front pocket). Second is battery life. Eight to twelve hours is generally on the high end.
Plantronics Voyager Legend Wireless Bluetooth Headset
Plantronics did some nice work in refining the hardware controls. The oversized hardware volume rocker and power switch on the Voyager Legend are two welcome improvements. The company also moved the Call button from the plastic edge of the boom to just behind it, which is a little tougher to hit but no problem once you adjust to it.
A tiny Mute button sits on the bottom edge of the boom; this button doubles as Play/Pause when listening to music or podcasts. A new magnetic connector on the AC adapter automatically snaps the headset into place for easy charging; it’s a lot nicer than fiddling with a microUSB connector. Fully charging the Voyager Legend takes about 90 minutes.
The first time you power up the Voyager Legend, it automatically goes into pairing mode. Subsequent pairings require you to hold down the Call button, or simply say “Pair Mode” into the mic. I had no problem pairing the Voyager Legend with an Apple iPhone 4 and an LG Intuition on Verizon Wireless. The voice prompt mode makes it easy to answer or ignore calls.
TREBLAB X2 – Revolutionary Bluetooth Earbuds
The look and style of the earbuds aren’t all that’s changed. There’s a real meaning behind the “X2” model name. Treblab gave them this name based on them having two times the ability of previous models. Ultimately meaning better sound, battery life and more “life enhancing” features. Taking a single look at the Treblab X2 Bluetooth Earbuds, you can tell that their design is quite different than previous models.
Boasting a true wireless setup, there’s no cables or wires to get tangled up. Each earbud is independently powered and structured in a way that looks quite unique and a bit futuristic. A small rod sticks out and connects to the tip that secures into your ear canal, which is accompanied by a “wing” that bends inward to keep them stationary while they’re being worn.
In addition to the earbuds themselves, a charging case is included. It’s a small rectangular box that has two ports – one for each earbud to slide right into. On the front is a charge button with 3 LED indicators that clearly show the current battery life. The case connects via the included micro USB cable and allows for a quick and simple way to charge them and bring along with wherever you end up.
JUHALL Bluetooth V4.2 Earphones Wireless Sports Headset
If AfterShokz headphones are simply too expensive for you (especially the first model on our list), then here is more affordable, and yet, a pretty decent pair of bone conduction headphones made by JUHALL. They come in a stylish black and red packaging along with charging cable (standard USB to micro USB cable), elastic strap (you can use it if your head is too small for the neckband.
But they don’t really offer additional stability), and instruction manual. The headphones have the same design like the previous ones but they are a bit more stylish than sporty, probably because of the shiny plastic they are made of. Since they are made of plastic, they don’t seem as durable as AfterShokz Trekz Titanium. You can bend them a little bit, but they might break if you bend them too much.
They are very lightweight (39 grams) so there will be almost no additional weight on your head. The headphones are waterproof or water resistant (we didn’t find out what kind of IPX rating they have) so you can wear them while running or cycling. They are also a great choice if you have some middle ear condition or eardrum damage.
Jaybird X3 Sport Bluetooth Headset for iPhone & Android
The third generation of the X-Series is even smaller with bigger sound, better battery, and our most secure-fit ever. X3 also brings the Jaybird App experience to the X-Series for the first time. The sound is crisp for a wireless set, and the fit in the ears is one of the best and most comfortable we’ve tried for a pair of earbuds.
The ultimate balance in seamless design, superior audio performance, and multi-sport functionality. This have got you covered – rain, mud, sun, sweat, and tears. These buds will take a beating and go wherever you go – and then some! The legendary X-Series battery life continues with 8 hours allowing a full week of workouts on a single charge. Never miss a beat with X3’s skip-free music.
Reduced the size and improved the fit by designing super-ergo fins and including Comply™ tips for a solid, secure comfort-fit – these buds are sticking with you no matter how crazy active you get. Secure-fit, sweat-proof premium sport buds delivering superior audio performance (music & calls) in a sleek helmet compatible metal accented design. With 8 hours of play time you get a full week of workouts on a single charge.
Samsung SM-R140NZKAXAR Gear IconX
Work out to music with these wireless Samsung Gear IconX earbuds. Their built-in 3.4GB capacity stores more than 1,000 music tracks, and their auto-tracking mode detects your movement to record your fitness stats automatically. These Bluetooth-enabled Samsung Gear IconX earbuds also let you take calls when your phone is nearby.
Just plug your lightweight Gear IconX buds into each ear and turn up the tunes. With no cords or wires to untangle, it’s really that simple. Tap or swipe your earbuds to switch to the next song, answer a call and turn on ambient sound. Or just speak commands via Bixby or Google Voice. Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device. Supports HFP, A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles.
With the freedom of a completely wireless design and long-lasting battery power, you can move to the music at every workout while keeping track of how far you go. The Gear IconX case doubles as a charger, so you can power up from just about anywhere. Adjustable wing and eartips that come in small, medium and large. So no matter how much you move these earbuds stay in place.
BeatsX Wireless In-Ear Headphones
Beats and Apple are changing the way you listen to music with the introduction of Apple W1 technology in BeatsX . Incorporating the incredible W1 chip brings seamless setup and switching for your Apple devices*, amazing battery life, and 5-minute Fast Fuel charging. With Fast Fuel, 5 minutes of charging gets you 2 hours of playback when battery is low.
With Siri-compatible RemoteTalk, you can take calls with an on-cable mic and play music with easy-to-use controls, seamlessly switching back and forth as you go about your day. The unique Flex-Form cable provides a flexible fit for all-day wear, while a variety of eartip and secure-fit wingtip options offer further personalized comfort and stability.
Fit for your life, Beatsx earphones are the perfect wireless companion. With up to 8 hours of battery life and Fast Fuel charging, you can experience authentic, clear sound throughout your day. The slickly designed BeatsX is an appealing neckband-style wireless headphone that offers a lot of the “magic” of Apple’s AirPods in a more conventional, sports-friendly design.
Motorola H720 Black Bluetooth Headset
Motorola must be in love with the flip boom mic because the company keeps releasing headsets with that design. The Motorola H720 is a recent example of this, and indeed, it shares the flip boom design of the H17, the H15, and its predecessor, the H710. Though the design of the H720 isn’t new, that doesn’t mean it’s not a good headset.
The H720 has decent call quality and is quite affordable. On the front surface of the H720 is an inset oval above the Motorola logo that acts as the multifunction button. It’s big enough to find by feel and is also easy to press. Also on this button is a tiny LED indicator. The volume controls are on either side of the headset, and the charger jack is on top.
To turn the headset on and off, you can just flip the boom mic open and closed. This makes it much easier to power on/off the headset, and helps save battery as well. Flip the headset over and you will find an unusual-looking earpiece. It doesn’t fit inside the ear like most headsets; it’s actually just a flat plastic protrusion with three speaker holes cut out.
Apple MMEF2AM/A Airpods Wireless Bluetooth Headset
Introducing wireless AirPods. Just take them out and they’re ready to use with all your Apple devices. Put them in your ears and they connect instantly. Speak into them and your voice sounds clear. Simplicity and technology, together like never before. The result is completely magical.Driven by the custom Apple W1 chip, AirPods use optical sensors and a motion accelerometer to detect when they’re in your ears.
Whether you’re using both AirPods or just one, the W1 chip automatically routes the audio and engages the microphone. And when you’re on a call or talking to Siri, an additional accelerometer works with beamforming microphones to filter out background noise and focus on the sound of your voice. The drained AirPods were charged for 30 minutes, then audio playback was continued until the first AirPod stopped playback.
This cycle was repeated until both the AirPods and the Charging Case were fully discharged. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Internet access required. Cellular data charges may apply. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2016 using preproduction AirPods units and software paired with preproduction iPhone 7 units and software.