Since Apple introduced their AirPods in late 2016, wireless earbuds have started to become a thing. The first time we saw them, we weren’t sure about them. We weren’t sure what the real value proposition was over traditional earphones or headphones. It took actually grabbing a pair for ourselves before we could really see why they were impacting the audio landscape. After testing our favorite pair of wireless earbuds in 2017, here are our top 3 reasons why we think they are indeed better than earphones.
They’re wireless. I know, I know. The award for the most obvious statement of 2018 goes to me. But until you’ve actually had earphones that are completely wireless, its difficult to appreciate that freeing sensation you get.
What’s the biggest annoyance of earphones? They get tangled all the time and you’ve got to spend 5-10 minutes unraveling them every day. This is biggest plus for wireless earbuds in our opinion. They can’t get tangled because there simply is no wire. So when I say they’re wireless, it’s not just about looking cool, it’s the practicality of getting to your music quicker everyday.
Before now, wireless audio has only been available in headphones. They’re great for when you want to block out the world, but sometimes you want to listen to music without your colleagues thinking you’re a complete ignoramus.
Having something wireless and light for your everyday audio experience is something that’s actually very new. It’s a different sensation – more than once, I actually forgot I had the wireless earbuds in my ears. It feels like a significant step forward to the days when we’ll have computer chips inside our heads speaking to us. Make of that what you will.
Link Multiple Devices
This is a feature that took me completely by surprise. A real added bonus. A good pair of wireless earbuds can connect to multiple devices at the same time. This doesn’t sound like much, but in practice it’s super convenient.
Say you’re using earbuds to listen to music on your tablet (wirelessly). You get an incoming phone call on your smartphone. You can switch devices instantly – have a conversation on the smartphone using the wireless earbuds – then switch back to listening to music on your tablet. All without actually using the devices. Pretty cool.
So there you have it. There is quite a lot of stuff here that makes wireless earbuds superior to earphones or headphones. Surprising I know. We’re converts and now big fans of wireless earbuds.
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