Wireless Earbud Comparison Tables
We researched reviews on Wireless Earbuds in Android Central. Android Guys, CNET, Digital Trends, Endgadget, Forbes, Gizmodo, iMore, PCmag, Runners World, Sound Guys, Soundwhiz, Tech Radar, The Verge, Wirecutter, Wired, and ZDNet, then aggregated and analyzed them for criteria important to outdoors people--features like waterproofness, battery life, ruggedness in a range of scenarios and the quality of sound. The tables below summarize our research.
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category / notable reviews / pros / cons
Sort the table below by category, notable reviews, pros, and cons.
|Best Overall||Soundguys||Great sound; customizable fit||Cost; Proprietary charging system|
|Upgrade Pick||Endgadget||Exceptional battery life; Braided cord; Personalized EQ||Cost; Proprietary charging system|
|Truly Wireless||Gizmodo||Truly wireless HearThrough technology||Expensive|
|Mid Price||Soundguys||Great sound; Nearly all the features of the X4 for $30 less||Shorter battery life compared to the X4; No carrying case; Fewer fit options|
|Budget||Androidguys||Excellent value; Decent sound; Good battery life||Only sweat proof, not water proof; Does not have a battery indicator (just a low battery warning)|
|Most Durable||Wirecutter||Rugged; Water and sweat proof; Earbuds allow ambient noise||Not the best sound|
|Over Ear||Wired||Comfortable; 20 hr playback||Not as waterproof as the earbud options; Headphones may slip during vigorous activities.|
|Situational Awareness||CNET||Durable; Comfortable to wear; Maximum situational awareness||Sound quality|
EARBUD type / battery life / warranty / weight / ipx rating
Type of earbud, battery life, warranty, weight, and IPX rating are shown below.
|MODEL||CATEGORY||COST||TYPE||BATTERY LIFE (hrs)||WARRANTY||WEIGHT (ozs)||IPX RATING|
|Best Overall||$129||In ear||8||1 year||0.5||7|
|Upgrade Pick||$160||In ear||14||3 years||0.7||7|
|Truly Wireless||$190||Truly wireless||5||1 year||0.5||5|
|Mid Price||$100||In ear||6||1 year||0.5||7|
|Budget||$28||In ear||8||2 years||0.5||4|
|Most Durable||$100||In ear||7||1 year||1||7|
|Over Ear||$99||Over the ear||20||2 years||6.3||4|
|Situational Awareness||$130||Bone conduction||6||2 years||1.1||5|
battery life comparison
For those of us who prefer visual data presentations, following is a battery comparison chart.
Weight Comparison chart
If weight is a top concern for you, this chart should help you decide.