AirPods are hard to beat when it comes to sound quality, convenience, and style. But they aren’t hard to beat in one specific category: price. Yes, AirPods are expensive. But if you want the AirPods’ style and a truly wireless listening experience, there is an alternative.
AirSounds True Wireless Earbuds don’t pack all of AirPods’ features, but they certainly pack their signature style at a fraction of the cost. But despite being quite a bit more affordable, the AirSounds don’t compromise much on convenience or sound quality (did we mention they’re only $30?).
AirSounds offer balanced audio with little distortion. And like AirPods, they function entirely without wires. AirSounds connect to your device via Bluetooth 5.0, which gives them a range of up to 33 feet. While they aren’t quite as convenient as Apple’s W-series chips, using them is no more difficult than using a Bluetooth speaker.
They’re not just useful for listening to music or podcasts. AirSounds are fully compatible with phone calls. Just place or receive a call and one of the earpieces will connect — letting you chat on the phone hands-free.
The case that AirSounds come with isn’t just for show, either. It’s actually a charging case that can bump AirSounds’ battery life up to 11 hours. Without the charging case, AirSounds can last a respectable three hours of playtime.
It won’t take all day to charge them up, either. Charging the earbuds themselves takes an hour, while charging their case takes two hours.
When it comes to form factor, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference from normal AirPods. They feature basically the same design. And although AirSounds are a little bigger and feature actual physical buttons, they still fit in the ear comfortably and will stay in during runs or other workouts.