The headphone market – valued at $8.7 billion in 2015 – is no joke. Innovation and new trends are big money makers so when Apple announced it was losing the headphone jack from its phones, many analysts and tech folks were excited but consumers were left wondering when they should invest in a new set of headphones. With Samsung’s S8 (and most new phones for that matter) still promising a headphone jack you might not think that time is now but the quality of the units I have recently tested convinced me to quit the wired variety forever. Here are my top picks for wireless headphones you won’t regret spending your money on now.
Lightest: Apple AirPods
At four grams (0.14 ounces) each, Apple’s AirPods are the lightest of the units I tested. Important but not everything. Well designed and finished, when you begin using them you can’t immediately shake the feeling the AirPods will fall out but this does subside over time. The charging unit is smooth as it is smart with the pairing and location functions are equally slick. Five hours of listening time in one charge isn’t bad either.
Best Design: Amps Air
I was sure these would pop out of my ears but try as I might these stayed firmest out of all of the units I tested. The neat case recharged the earphones 15x before it needed recharging. Sweat and rain resistant, perfect for the gym and regular listening and available in multiple colours.
Best For Everyday Use: Absolut BeatsX
A close second for the design award, Absolut BeatsX boast the most user-friendly set-up and quickest…quick charge (!) of all the units I tested. Five minutes charge for 30 minutes play time is a nice feature and the weight distribution of the technology involved made wearing the unit feel more secure than simple earbuds when in the gym but comfortable enough for longer use too.