Fully wireless earbuds It’s one of those ideas that sound like a dream: put a small earphone into each ear, listen to music or answer the phone, without any restrictions. Until recently, reality was completely different. The first wireless bud was so big that it died after a few hours, and there were many other problems. Fortunately, times have changed. There are many new models that sound great and work (almost) perfectly. After testing dozens of headphones in the past four years, here are our current favorite wireless earbuds, with a wide range of styles and prices.
Update June 2022: We have added Echo Buds Plus and Pixel Buds A series.
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How do we define wireless earbuds
We have seen that there are many names for variants: True wireless earbuds, True wireless earbuds, Fully wireless earbuds, Full wireless earplugs, wireless earplugs. In WIRED, if a pair of earbuds is connected to your phone/computer via Bluetooth and there is no wire connecting the left earbud to the right earbud, we call them wireless earbuds. Wireless devices are usually equipped with two popcorn-sized buds, each with a battery inside, and a charging dock to carry extra battery power and ensure their safety when you are not wearing them. Others have a cable or neck strap to connect the two buds together.
They are liberating, but they do have some problems, such as limited battery life (don’t buy batteries less than 5 hours), control confusion, and dependence on charging boxes. They are also easier to lose than traditional earplugs, and replacing one earplug can be expensive.