The highly anticipated AirPods are Apple’s first official foray into the world of wireless headphones, but priced at $159, they’re one of the iPhone 7’s most expensive accessories.
And whereas most wireless earbuds are connected via a cord, the AirPod’s cord-free design makes them remarkably easy to lose. If you’re tired of tangled cords, but don’t feel like dropping a few Benjamins in your quest for wireless freedom, we’ve gathered a few budget options for you to consider. Keep in mind, these options aren’t intended for audiophiles, but instead are meant as budget alternatives to Apple’s expensive pods.
The Armor-X Wireless Sport Headphones are joined by a cord that prevents you from accidentally losing one earbud. The headphones are also magnetized so they automatically latch on to each another when they’re placed within proximity of one another. The sweat-proof headphones rely on Bluetooth 4.1 technology and provide up to 5 hours of listening time before requiring a recharge. A built-in control panel gives you access to basic volume controls. At $25, they’re $5 under their retail price.
The FresheBuds Bluetooth Earbuds are both water- and sweat-resistant, making them a good option for runners and hikers alike. They offer up to 8 hours of playtime and are capable of fully charging in just 90 minutes. There are no built-in controls, so you’ll have to rely on your iPhone for volume and play settings. They’re currently $71 off their retail price.
If you’re not a fan of earbuds with silicone wings, the Totu Bluetooth Headphones feature flexible ear hooks that mold to your ears for a more customized fit. The headphones are also coated in Liquipel, a thin coat that protects them from splashes and sweat. Like most wireless headphones, they’re united via a cord and provide 7 hours of battery life. They’re currently $15 cheaper than Amazon’s price.
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