Best True Wireless Earbuds of 2018August 6, 2018
True wireless earbuds weren’t a thing a few years back but it now seems like they are popping up daily on Amazon. If you are into outdoor activities or even just going to the gym, there is nothing more freeing than not having wires hanging in front of you. You can move freely, knowing that your phone isn’t going to go flying or hang you up on something.
On this page im forever talking about future tech and how exciting it is, I will be going through some of my top picks for Best True Wireless Earbuds of 2018 and hopefully, this article helps you decide which is for you.
Jabra Elite Active 65T
The Jabra Elite Active 65T is a 3rd generation product and like most 3rd gen products it has become more focused and has eliminated a lot of it earlier negatives. The most impressive thing about these is the 5-hour battery life off a single charge and a 15-min charge gives you 1.5 hours of use if you forget to charge them.
One cool feature that comes with the Elite Active is its ability to allow you to choose between Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant, this is a feature that you will either use a lot or not at all. The 4 microphone technology on the buds allows for clear calls and the HearThrogh technology allows you to hear your environment clearer when you aren’t listening to music. Another convenient feature of these is the ability to adjust the volume on the bud itself and not be dependent on your phone.
Fit and sound are two of the most important features when it comes to the true wireless earbuds, these come with multiple ear tips to help secure them and most reviews state that even people with weird shaped ears have no issues during casual use and during workouts. The sound is decent on these with punchy bass and above average Mids and Highs.
There are also a few fitness features with these, you get IP56 waterproofing and a 2-year sweat and dust warranty as well as a built-in accelerometer to track activities without having to wear a dedicated fitness tracker.
If you are looking for your first pair of true wireless earbuds and are fairly active, the Jabra Elite Active 65T is for you
Bragi The Dash Pro
Bragi was one of the first manufacturers to burst onto the true wireless scene with the Bragi Dash, to be honest, it was good but it wasn’t great. Fast forward a few years and Bragi is now one of the more awarded manufacturers and The Dash Pro is packed with features and arguably one of the best True Wireless Earbuds.
You get 30 hours of battery in total, 5 hours per charge and 3 more charges from the charge case, there is also 4 gigs of storage on board that allows you to upload music, audiobooks and podcasts to have that leave your phone at home experience.
The audio is a unique experience and is tailored to your hearing profile, you have to complete a quick hearing test when you first put these on and what sounds good to you can sound bad to someone else. In my experience with a demo pair, the audio was above average, nothing to write home about but nothing to really complain about either. The fit is really good and Bragi have won a few awards for the ergonomics of the Dash design.
Bragi has created a whole new OS for these earbuds and have a cool way of interacting with it hands-free, you can navigate the virtual 4D menu with head movement gestures, I haven’t had a chance to try this out but there are a few videos on YouTube you can have a look at.
These are IPX7 rated and can be fully immersed up to 1 meter for 30 minutes so you can wear these while you swim and are completely sweat resistant. Inbuilt AI will automatically recognize when you are doing an activity and track it for you, it will also learn every time you update it allowing for a more seamless and accurate tracking. A feature called iTranslate coupled with the Bragi App gives you the ability to communicate in over 100 languages, the Dash Pro will listen and translate to English for you, and listen to your response and translate to text in the language of the locals.
Bragi The Dash Pro is one of the most feature-packed true wireless earbuds on the market, it can track activity, translate language, gesture control, personalize audio and store audio locally. If you are serious about true wireless earbuds you need to check these out.
Apple released the AirPods in December 2016 to mixed reviews, mostly due to the axing of the headphone jack on the iPhone. Once the dust settled the AirPods came out on top, and as much as I despise Apple, it wouldn’t be right of me to not mention the AirPods.
The AirPods are unmistakably Apple, they look exactly like the EarPods minus the cables and like the EarPods they will either fit great or so-so. You get 5 hours of battery life and an additional 25 hours via the included charge case, if you forget to charge your AirPods, you can get 3 hours off a quick 15-minute charge.
The sound on these is a vast improvement over the EarPods and anyone that says otherwise is out of their mind. You get a fairly balanced sound profile and even though it’s not a game changer it’s definitely Apples best independent effort.
The standout feature of these earbuds is the W1 chip (as mentioned in my review of the Beats X), this allows seamless integration with all apple products. Once paired with one Apple device and as long as all devices are connected via iCloud, the AirPods will connect almost instantly without needing to be pair individually to each device. As soon as you remove the AirPods from the case, they will pair to your closest device immediately. If you are listening to music and you remove one AirPod, the music or media will pause, and when you put it back in your ear it will play.
You also get access to Siri by a quick double tap of an AirPod of your choice that you select during initial pairing, as well as Play and Pause. The only setting that you can’t control on the AirPod is volume, not sure why.
If you own an iPhone, these are for you. In typical Apple fashion, they have created another device for their ecosystem that works well within the ecosystem. You can still pair these with Android, but they lose all touch functionality and can’t really take advantage of the W1 Chip.
Summing it Up
True Wireless Earbuds are becoming more and more irresistible, the three I mentioned above all have different Pros and Cons but are the best of the best. You can find others that are cheaper, but to be honest they aren’t worth your time or money. The speed at which tech advances, don’t be surprised if later during the year or in 2019 this list is very different.
Do you own a pair of True Wireless Earbuds? If so, which ones? Comment below and let me know.