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Best Bluetooth headsets of 2019 (so far)

If you thought ranking the world’s best Android smartphones, tablets or wearable devices was difficult, considering ever-increasing competition, the sheer sizes of the three markets and diversity of consumer preferences and budgets, we’d like to see you try to compile a mobile accessories top picks’ list.

ProductBrandNamePrice
JabraJabra Stealth Bluetooth HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$94.5(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:31 ET)
PlantronicsPlantronics Voyager Legend Wireless Bluetooth HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$62(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:31 ET)
LGLG Electronics Tone Pro HBS-750 Bluetooth Wireless Stereo HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$59.95(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Level U Pro Bluetooth Wireless In-ear Headphones with MicrophoneBuy on Amazon|$54.98(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:31 ET)

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There are so many things to factor in when rounding up, for instance, the finest Bluetooth headsets that it comes as no surprise today’s top ten directory already looks very different from the September and April 2015 rosters.

Bluetooth headset

Thus, without a doubt, we’ll need to refresh the 2017 best Bluetooth headset collection at least once before the new year wraps up, but for now, let’s focus on the current cream of the crop, ordered from most recommended:

Plantronics Voyager Legend

Plantronics Voyager Legend

Cheaper than ever before, the “legendary” Bluetooth 4.0-enabled mono Plantronics Voyager Legend headset withstands rain, sweat and coffee spills, can separate your voice from 80 Db’s of background noise (which is a lot, trust us), and automatically answers calls if you just start wearing it all of a sudden.

At the same time, it redirects audio to your phone when it senses the user doesn’t want to activate hands-free endeavors, and understands two very straightforward spoken commands – answer or ignore. Pretty intuitive UI at such a low price.

JayBird X2 – starting at $129

JayBird X2

As the successor to the incomparable Bluebuds X, we always expected the X2 headphones to cost far more than most of their low-profile new rivals. There are a number of good reasons for that, including brand loyalty and product reliability, the latter of which is supported by Amazon’s four-star review average.

Then you have a minimalistic, timeless, unparalleled design, six different coats of paint, ranging from “alpha” to “storm” to “ice”, a lifetime sweat proof warranty, SignalPlus technology for skip-free music outdoors, 8-hour battery life, and Shift Premium Bluetooth audio quality. It’s perfect for professional and novice athletes, business users, audiophiles and travel enthusiasts.

Samsung Level U Pro – $90

Samsung Level U Pro

Don’t let the manufacturer’s name fool you into thinking this is a Galaxy-exclusive “appliance.” It can work fine with any type of Bluetooth-enabled Android handheld, and even iPhones. It’s good for wirelessly initiating and answering voice calls, but especially playing music, courtesy of Ultra High Quality Audio (UHQA) features delivering a “true” 24bit digital audio experience on the tiniest imaginable earbuds.

Flexible and neck-adjustable, the Level U Pro can also handle its occasional splash, and technically lasts up to 9 full hours of talk or play time on a single charge.

Jabra Move – $86

Jabra Move

Before you even start, we know, we’re comparing apples and oranges, i.e. over-the-ear and in-ear headphones. But both classes of devices work towards the same end goal, the former typically edging out the latter in audio quality and the latter easily winning the portability battle.

Besides, we’re not telling you to choose the Jabra Move over the JayBird X2 or vice versa. We’re simply urging you to consider every possibility, including paying just 85 bucks or so for a pair of large yet lightweight stereo headphones that look extremely similar to your “premium”, overpriced Beats Studio.

Jabra Stealth – $80

Jabra Stealth

Why in the world would you ever go for a mono earbud when it costs the same or more than decent stereo mobile accessories? Well, because sometimes, it’s wise to keep an ear free and connected to the surrounding reality, and because the Jabra Stealth ensures “crystal clear sound at both ends of phone calls.”

This bad boy’s built-in mic is the best in the biz, and through tricks that may often feel like magic, it somehow manages to reduce background noise to the absolute minimum. Oh, oh, oh, and it’s got a dedicated physical button for remote activation and voice interaction with Google Now. Also, NFC for easy pairing, Multiuse for controlling the audio on two handhelds at once, and 6-hour autonomy in HD voice calls.

LG Tone Pro – $40 and up

LG Tone Pro

And we’re back to stereo headsets. To an industry classic, that is, which ergonomically bends around your neck for an ideal fit and stellar ergonomics, taking less than two hours to charge and then resisting up to 21 days in standby or a whopping 15 hours in talk time.

The design for this LG Tone Pro received awards, enhanced bass response, HD Voice, aptX compatibility, echo cancellation and noise reduction cover everything you need in both call and music modes, but unfortunately, the advanced age comes with a Bluetooth 3.0 speed tradeoff.

Photive BTH3 – $40

Photive BTH3

Here we have a cheap as chips over-the-ear wireless Bluetooth headset with built-in mic and 12 hour battery that doesn’t look very glamorous, but pulls off its duties honorably, generally satisfying almost 3,000 Amazon customers.

A four-star review average means the bang for buck factor is as delightful in reality as it looks on paper, though compared to some of our list’s headliners, the Photive BTH3 may not be so great for high-fidelity audio detail playback.

AYL V4.1 – $26

AYL V4.1

The AYL brand name probably doesn’t ring many bells, the design is by no means special, but at the end of the day, there has to be something special about this in-ear stereo headset, since Amazon currently lists it as its general best seller in Bluetooth cell phone headsets.

Granted, that doesn’t directly make it the best Bluetooth headset of 2016, not even to date, but it goes to show you don’t need to spend a full Benjamin to enjoy decent wireless smartphone audio controls, including on two devices simultaneously, with EDR APT-X decode technology, CVC 6.0 digital noise reduction, and 10 meters range.

SoundPeats QY7 – $20

SoundPeats

Bluetooth 4.1 capabilities? Check. Ergonomic, lightweight design? Double check. Lengthy endurance? Semi-check, at 5 hours in “premium quality talk/play time.” Partial liquid protection? You got it. Why only 20 clams then? No idea, but let’s keep it on the down low, before the little known manufacturers realize they could get more.  The SoundPeats QY7 is the true underdog of this list.

Mpow Wolverine – $20

Mpow Wolverine

You thought the Mpow Cheetah was flashy, eye-catching and, well, ear-catching with a decidedly cool name? Mpow Wolverine takes everything to the next level, clawing its way on our top ten list of today’s best Bluetooth headsets thanks to 4.1 compatibility (read easy pairing with all the new high-end Androids), “dynamic”, rich sound (they all say that, though), a unique, rectangular look, robust aluminum shell, Noise Cancellation 6.0, and 8-hour battery performance under heavy use.

We don’t remember ever seeing the X-Men listen to any tunes, but Hugh Jackman can sure sing and dance, so we wouldn’t be shocked to hear him endorse Mpow. For free, even, given the profit margins here are likely razor-thin already.

ProductBrandNamePrice
JabraJabra Stealth Bluetooth HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$94.5(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:31 ET)
PlantronicsPlantronics Voyager Legend Wireless Bluetooth HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$62(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:31 ET)
LGLG Electronics Tone Pro HBS-750 Bluetooth Wireless Stereo HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$59.95(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Level U Pro Bluetooth Wireless In-ear Headphones with MicrophoneBuy on Amazon|$54.98(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:31 ET)

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5 Best Truly Wireless Earbuds In 2019

Let’s face it: cords are annoying, especially when it comes to headphones. They get in the way when you’re trying to casually listen to music or a podcast, and they especially get in the way when you’re out on a run or jog — sometimes you might even rip them off your ears! That’s why wireless earbuds are so nice — you hook them up to your phone by way of Bluetooth, put them in your ears, and then you can just forget about them.

Best Truly Wireless Earbuds

So, if you want to get yourself a truly wireless pair of earbuds, and a pair that sound really good as well, be sure to follow along below!

Apple AirPods

First up are the Apple AirPods. Apple surprised many when they announced the AirPods alongside the iPhone 7 almost a couple years ago now. They look a little strange, as they’re certainly not stylish at all, but the AirPods sound phenomenal. They will work with any smartphone that has Bluetooth functionality, but they work especially well with the iPhone. Since the launch of the iPhone 7 and removal of the 3.5mm audio jack, there is a special “sound chip” to enhance your audio experience — so the Apple AirPods will sound great with that device, and all through wireless tech, too!

Buy it now: Amazon

Bose SoundSport Free

If you’re looking for another truly wireless earbud experience, Bose offers one with their SoundSport Free earbuds. Sound is crisp and clear — you get deep low and clear highs. Bass sounds really great with these earbuds as well. They connect over Bluetooth, but only have about five hours of playback time off of a single charge. Your package comes with a micro-USB chargers so that you can charge them. Built-in firmware will let you track your headphones in the event that you lose them.

Buy it now: Amazon

Jabra Elite Sports Wireless

Want a truly stellar pair of truly wireless earbuds? Then look no further than the Jabra Elite Sports Wireless earbuds. These earbuds, of course, connect over Bluetooth. They have a little less battery life than the Bose SoundSport Free’s at just 4.5 hours off of a single charge. A charging case can fast charge them, which should be able to give you two extra charges out of these earbuds. The music sounds great, and with a built-in microphone, you’ll be able to take calls with these as well. They are waterproof as well.

Buy it now: Amazon

Apollo 7

The Apollo 7 wireless earbuds are truly phenomenal. They have such a low profile design that, once they’re in your ears, they can hardly be seen by onlookers — they don’t stick out nearly as much as the Apple AirPods do. On top of that, the Apollo 7 earbuds offers excellent music quality, giving you excellent bass, deep lows and crystal clear highs. There is a built-in omni directional microphone into these earbuds, which will allow you to take phone calls while you’re out on a run as well. In addition, these earbuds are waterproof, and come with a charging case that can charge them up to two additional times after you run out of your first charge.

They come with multiple different inserts that you can swap out on these earbuds, so that you can find the most comfortable and secure insert that will fit with your ear shape. This will ensure that you can listen for hours without discomfort, and also make sure that they won’t fall out on a jog!

Buy it now: Amazon

JAM Ultra

Another excellent pair of earbuds are the JAM Ultra’s. These earbuds, similar to the others on this list, offer excellent sound quality. They will let you take calls as well, due to the built-in microphone.

Unfortunately, a single charge will only last you about three hours; however, the included charging case will be able to fast charge the JAM Ultra’s up to ten times! These will set you back about $80, so they are cheaper than the other options on this list, however, the quality isn’t as good as the other options you have. They do have a really sleek, low profile and minimalistic look, though.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

So, which pair of earbuds should you pick up for yourself? If you’ve got cash to spend, we recommend running with the Apple AirPods or Bose SoundSport Free’s. Both will treat you right, giving you an unmatched sound experience without the pain of any wires. If you’re not a fan of either, the Jabra Elite Sports Wireless earbuds are not a bad option either. No matter which one you pick off this list, you are going to get a truly wireless and wonderful sound experience.

Best Truly Wireless Earbuds

5 Best Gaming Earbuds In 2019

One thing that’s important for gaming is what you’re using for your headset. It’s especially important if you’re on Android playing multiplayer games, and need to communicate with your team for the strategy you’re approaching. Unfortunately, on Android devices, you don’t need a full-size headset. In fact, they look a little awkward when you’re just playing on a phone or tablet. Gaming earbuds look a lot more natural, and they’re easier to hit the road with, as they take up little to no space.

Best Gaming Earbuds

You might be surprised, but gaming earbuds sound phenomenal as well, sometimes better than a lot of headphones. However, with as many good ones as there are out there, there are even more horrible quality ones. That’s why we’ve put together this list, to show you some of the best you can get on the market. Here are our five favorite gaming earbuds.

Turtle Beach Call of Duty Earbuds

If you haven’t heard of Turtle Beach before, you’re probably living under a rock. They are a giant in the industry of providing gaming-style peripherals to gamers. One of the peripherals that they do extremely well with are their audio products, and their earbuds are no different. These earbuds by Turtle Beach are themed off of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, so they have a sleek and stealth-y appearance to them. They have a noise isolating design, so you’ll be able to block out all of the outside ambient noises with these earbuds, giving you more focus on your game. Not only that, but these earbuds sound phenomenal, which is why we have them first on our list.

Buy it now: Amazon

ISURUS Pro Earbuds

The ISURUS Pro earbuds are a great choice for gamers. They sound excellent — you’ll be able to hear your games with crisp and clear audio quality, as well as sharp dialog. One of the unique aspects of these earbuds is that they are the world’s first for featuring a detachable microphone up near the earbud. You have an in-line remote for controlling volume, and these earbuds have a flat-cable style to reduce tangling in the pocket. It’s worth noting that, if you detach the microphone, there’s also a mic within the in-line remote, so you’ll still be able to use a microphone, even if the dedicated mic isn’t attached to the earbud.

Buy it now: Amazon

Razer Hammerhead Pro V2

Razer is another massive company known for providing all sorts of gaming peripherals and hardware to consumers. They’re most known for their computer mice and keyboards, but they also do a solid job with their headphones and earbuds. The Hammerhead Pro V2 will make your games sound great, and will be a huge upgrade over the stock speakers in your phone. There’s a flat cable design to reduce tangling and increase toughness. This even comes with a carrying case as well as a bunch of different inserts so you can make the Hammerhead’s fit your ear type better.

Buy it now: Amazon

GranVela V1S

The GranVela V1S is a sleek looking pair of earbuds, taking on a really neat red and black dual-tone design. The earbuds are just a little larger to accommodate better sound drivers, but as a result, you’ll get some of the best audio experiences out of gaming with these earbuds. With noise isolating technology, you’ll be able to tune out all of the outside ambient noise and focus more on the games you’re playing. The GranVela V1S even comes with an adapter so in addition to using them for your phone, you can use them on almost any PC as well.

Buy it now: Amazon

PlayStation Vita In-Ear Headset

Last, but not least, we have Sony’s own PlayStation Vita style in-ear earbuds. Sound out of these earbuds are phenomenal, as you might expect. You get great noise isolation, and these earbuds can even turn up quite loud for some of the quieter games (or for dialog scenes). One of the most notable features is the high quality in-line microphone, providing you with crystal clear communication abilities. These headphones are right up there with Razer and Turtle Beach on a quality scale, that’s for sure.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

As you can see, there are a lot of great gaming earbuds out there. That said, it can be difficult to pick just one of them. If you’ve got cash to spend, we recommend picking up the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 earbuds — you’ll get the best experience out of these, backed by great customer support. Both the Turtle Beach and Sony PlayStation earbuds are great options, too.

Best Gaming Earbuds

Holiday Gift Guide: Coloud Colors In Ear Headphones With Mic

Simple, colorful and smart that’s what you get every time you walk into an Ikea store so why should that be any different with Coloud headphones.  Manufactured in Sweden (home to Ikea and Lego), Coloud has released a simple affordable pair of in ear headphones that have a microphone built in for taking calls.

These headphones come in a wide variety of colors to match every personality and every taste. The microphone/remote compliments these ear buds adding functionality to the mix. The design is extremely simple, as is everything from Sweden (in a good way).

The Coloud Colors (model number C19) comes with small, medium and large earbuds to comfortably fit most ears. The microphone and remote are compatible with Android and iOS devices and most other devices with a 3.5mm headset jack.  The driver unit feature 9mm handmade drivers.

As for sound, they are top of their class, considering this is a $25 pair of earbuds.

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