Earphones

Google Pixel Buds Review: Lost in Translation

Google Pixel Buds Review: Lost in Translation

The Pixel 2 may not have a headphone jack, but the Google Pixel Buds promise to make you forget all about your legacy port. Taking on Apple's best-selling AirPods, the $159 headphones not only promise hands-free calls and music, but to bring the power of the Google Assistant to your ear, and translate conversations in foreign languages. Sadly, though, the Pixel Buds aren't the AirPods-killers we were hoping for.

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Samsung Gear IconX (2018) Review

Samsung Gear IconX (2018) Review

Calling Bluetooth earbuds "cordless" when they still have a cord connecting them always seemed like a cheat to me, so I had high hopes for the Samsung Gear IconX 2018 edition. Revamping the original wire-free earbuds of last year with more battery life and faster charging, they're a second chance for the company to take on Apple's widely-esteemed AirPods. And, given they'll play nicely with iOS devices just as they will Android, even iPhone owners are invited to the party.

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Jaybird RUN earbuds ditch the wires completely

Jaybird RUN earbuds ditch the wires completely

Like it or not, Apple is partly responsible for the rise in focus on Bluetooth headphones, especially the two-piece earbud kind. While wireless headsets are nothing new in the market, having two separate earbuds that can work together as well as independently is a harder trick to pull off. Which is why it is no surprise that Jaybird is quite proud of what it has accomplished in its new RUN headset, its first true wireless headset that was designed from start to finish with runners in mind.

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B&O Beoplay E8 earbuds give AirPods an expensive rival

B&O Beoplay E8 earbuds give AirPods an expensive rival

Bang & Olufsen has revealed its AirPod rivals, the Beoplay E8, though as you'd expect from the Danish firm they're not a cheap alternative. The completely wireless earbuds promise the same audio tuning as the rest of B&O's line-up, but condensed down into two tiny nuggets to slot into your ears. They also support letting in external noise for when you want to stay aware of your environment.

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Samsung Gear IconX 2nd Gen adds Bixby and boosts battery

Samsung Gear IconX 2nd Gen adds Bixby and boosts battery

Samsung has updated its AirPod-rivaling Gear IconX headset, adding Bixby support and more to its wireless earbuds. Like the original Gear IconX earbuds, the new models revealed this week at IFA 2017 are completely cordless: there's no tethering wire either between each bud or to your phone. For 2017, though, they should last longer than before.

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Galaxy S8 AKG-branded earphones confirm 3.5mm jack

Galaxy S8 AKG-branded earphones confirm 3.5mm jack

Samsung made it known before that it wasn’t in a rush to ditch the headphone jack, unlike eternal frenemy Apple. But that was before the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, before Samsung was placed in a position where it needed to make the Galaxy S8 really stand out. As it turns out, these days, you actually stand out by still having a headphone jack. Audiophiles need not worry (too much) as the Galaxy S8 will still indeed have a 3.5 mm port, seemingly confirmed by leaked earphones for the device.

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BeatsX Earphones are now available at last

BeatsX Earphones are now available at last

It's been a bit of bumpy road getting to this point, but Beats by Dre's new BeatsX Earphones are finally available for purchase. Beats and Apple originally intended to have these on store shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, but then their release was pushed back into 2017. Their release mirrors that of the AirPods in some ways, as those were hit with a delay as well.

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Apple AirPods Review

Apple AirPods Review

Wireless headphones have been ripe for a reboot for years now, but no contenders for the crown have divided opinion quite like Apple's AirPods. Revealed alongside the iPhone 7, the fully-wireless earbuds were intended to salve the pain of losing the headphone jack. Unforeseen delays meant that didn't quite go to plan, but now the AirPods are finally here, do they really deliver the best wire-free experience on the market?

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Lost Apple AirPods earbud? This is what a replacement will cost

Lost Apple AirPods earbud? This is what a replacement will cost

The worst has happened, you clumsy oaf, you've only gone and lost one of your precious Apple AirPods: now we know how much a replacement AirPod will cost you. The Cupertino company's wireless headphones are undoubtedly one of the must-have gifts this holiday season, at least for the avid iPhone and Mac users in your life, but their diminutive size and lack of wires also makes them something of a liability. Small things are easily lost, after all.

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Best AirPod alternatives when Apple is late

Best AirPod alternatives when Apple is late

Unless you're one of the few early birds, chances are, you won't be plugging Apple's new and odd AirPods into your ears come Christmas time. You can still try your luck and make a goose chase when the earbuds hit stores next week, but you might also have better luck turning your gaze somewhere else. While the AirPods do have a distinct advantage when it comes to the iPhone 7, they're hardly the only game in town. And, depending on your actual needs, they might not even be the best. If you're still looking for a good pair of wireless buds for your ears, here's a shortlist for your holiday wish list.

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Apple AirPods coming next week: here’s exactly when

Apple AirPods coming next week: here’s exactly when

Is your new iPhone 7 or iPhone7 Plus feeling rather lonesome without an audio companion? Are you missing the opportunity to listen to your favorite tunes on the bus or anywhere your iPhone can’t freely belt out its audio? Depending on where you live, you only have to wait three days to fix all that. Yes, after almost not making it in time for the holidays, Apple’s eccentric-looking AirPod earbuds is finally coming on Monday for you to buy. That is, if there will still be supplies left after the crowd has dispersed.

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Bose Hearphones lets you hold conversations in noisy spots

Bose Hearphones lets you hold conversations in noisy spots

No, that isn’t a typo, though Google Search my indeed think so. Bose has quietly launched a new pair of earbuds with noise canceling technology with an almost ironic mission. While headphones usually signifies the wearer’s desire not to talk with others and listen to music instead, the Bose Hearphones can actually help you listen better to those talking to you. And it does so using the very same technology used to block out ambient noise when you only want to hear your favorite tunes.

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