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Top 5 True Wireless Earphones for 2020

Alex
Updated 11 February 2020
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True wireless earphones are the next evolution in wireless bluetooth headphones - they remove the need for wires altogether, and instead are nothing more than a pair of earbuds that connect via bluetooth, usually paired with a carry case that also doubles as a charger.

They are the cutting edge of headphone design - the first designs only appeared towards the end of 2016, and nobody quite knew what to make of them. Many people, myself included, thought they were a needless gimmick - I can’t even cross a room without losing something important, so why would I want to lose the helpful tether that was stopping the expensive earphones from falling out my ears?

Fast forward to 2020, and people have changed their tune - Apple’s Airpods can be seen anywhere, and they have sparked numerous copies - some better, some worse. In this article we’re going to look at your options for true wireless earphones, and which ones will best suit your needs.

Apple Airpods

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We’ll start with the arguably the most famous model of true wireless earphones - the ones that really started it. Apple launched their Airpods in late 2016, and they are the defacto standard for true wireless earphones.

The Airpods have gone through several revisions in the last few years (Apple are on generation 3 at time of writing) but they have still stayed largely the same - elongated versions of the iconic Apple earphones, with a Tic-Tac shaped box to store and charge them.

Whether or not the Airpods work for you will depend on one simple factor - do the standard Apple earphones stay in your ears? Apple’s earphones are notorious for being ‘incompatible’ with certain ear shapes - and this problem stays in the Airpods. So they may be stricken off the list from the get go.

Sound-wise, the Airpods work decently - the volume can be wound up high without any noticeable distortion, though they lack any kind of noise cancellation, so quiet music will get lost when outdoors or anywhere with a lot of background noise.

The battery life is about standard for true wireless earphones - 4-5 hours between charges, with the case holding 2 full charges. There is a mic for hands-free calling and some touch controls on the sides of the earbuds to control start/stop, volume, etc.

As with much of Apple’s gear, the best results are found if you use a lot of other Apple tech. The Airpods work with an iPhone or Macbook, allowing use of Siri and monitoring the battery life, and the airpods seamlessly switch between phone and laptop very easily. Move outside of Apple’s ecosystem however, and some of these helpful features drop off. Pairing is less seamless when using an Android phone, and it is harder to check how much juice they have left.

However the major drawback to the Airpods is the price - like most of Apple’s tech, they aren’t cheap at all. Given that they lack some of the special features or big battery of the other earphones reviewed here, you’re paying for the design and the status symbol as much as the sound - for some people this will be a dealbreaker, others will be fine with the premium. Me, I’m an Apple user through and through, so I’m writing this article while listening to my Airpods!

Kagoo Verdict
Apple Airpods
3.5 / 5
Decent sound
Iconic design
Good integration with iPhone/Macbook
Lack of noise cancelling/isolation
Expensive
Limited interaction with Android
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