Not very long ago, wireless earphones used to cost a bomb. Thankfully, the prices have gone down significantly over the last few years, and now TWS earphones are available as low as $100. The best thing is that the connectivity is great and they sound great. If you are on the market looking for some great TWS earphones, we have picked up the best ones available under $200.
However, before we get down to it, let us have a quick look at what TWS earphones are and how do they work.
What Are TWS Earphones
Understanding TWS or True Wireless Stereo is quite simple. This technology lets music play on two audio devices at the same time. In the case of TWS earphones, left and the right earphones act as independent channels wherein you can play music or get calls all at the same time.
Now that we have established it let's have a look at some of the cool TWS earbuds available now.
The Creative Air is the first TWS earphones in this list. Popular for their competitive pricing, these truly wireless earphones also pack several cool features. For one, they come with the aptX Bluetooth codec over Bluetooth 5.0. The sound output is clear, and the dual microphone on the earbuds means that you will be able to carry on clearer phone conversations. Plus, they are IPX5 certified, which makes them ideal to use in the gym as well.
Aside from that, the battery life is excellent. These earphones boast of 30-hour long battery life and a playback time of approximately 9 hours on a single charge. And well, the charging case is capable of carrying two full charges of 10 hours each.
Reviews for this product have been great so far, with users liking it for its sound quality, ease of connectivity, and the snug fit.
Plus, they are also compatible with Siri and Google Assistant, which translates into changing tracks without unlocking your phone.
Another cool pair of earphones that you can give a shot at is the Jabra Elite 65t.
Aukey EP-T21 are a reliable pair of affordable True Wireless Earbuds. These sub-$50 earbuds have a stylish and compact design, packs Bluetooth 5.0, and have a cumulative battery life of around 25 hours. Plus, you can control the volume levels, end/reject calls, or change tracks via the multi-functional touch buttons on the buds.
Though it resembles the Apple AirPods, the black color gives it a tad different look.
There isn't any high-quality Bluetooth codec, but thankfully the audio quality isn't bad for the price. Many users have recommended these buds, especially for the great sound quality to the price ratio. Apart from that, users praise these stylish earphones for their comfort, sound quality, and the bang for the buck deal.
For now, they have around five hundred reviews and has accumulated a rating of 4.6-stars out of 5 on Amazon.
The only trade-off is that the earbuds aren't water-resistant, and the charging port is micro USB. But then again, these are priced at just $29.
If you're looking for some quality mid-range TWS earphones, the Samsung Galaxy Buds make for a good buy. These wireless buds are designed, keeping the casual listener in you in mind. It comes with customizable touch-sensitive controls, good battery life, and a compact rechargeable case. The sound quality isn't too bad, even though it doesn't bundle any high-quality Bluetooth Codec.
The best thing about these buds is its companion app Galaxy Wearable app. This one lets you customize the buttons and also packs several interesting features. For one, you can tweak the EQ as per your taste, check the battery level, or activate the Ambient Noise feature.
Yep, you read that right. These Samsung wireless buds come with an ambient noise cancellation feature that filters sound from your surroundings. It especially comes in use when you are traveling or going for a run on a busy road.
The Galaxy Buds manage to squeeze six hours at one go, and then you can use the case to charge them at any time.
I have been using these buds for the last couple of weeks, and until now, I haven't found any connectivity issues. I enjoyed how they auto-connect instantaneously on both the OnePlus 7 and Galaxy Note 10. Plus, they manage to block out external noise quite well. And the wireless charging is the cherry on top.
However, the Galaxy Buds are not waterproof. If you're planning to buy a pair of wireless earphones for the gym, you might want to consider this point.
The next pair of earphones on our list is the Jaybird Vista. The highlight of these earbuds is the long battery life and its IPX7 rating. They are lightweight, compact, and the fit is secure, making them the perfect accessory for the gym. On top of it, the case is compact and fits easily into pockets. Plus, they can be charged via USB-C, and a 5-minute of charge yields around an hour of playback time.
More importantly, the Jaybird Vista pack a cool design and look every bit modern, and the touch-based controls are the cherry on top. And well, you can customize the actions via the companion app.
The battery life is quite decent as Vista gives you about 6 hours and the case yielding an additional 10 hours. Pop them in the case to be charged.
Plus, Bluetooth 5.0 ensures a smooth connection and instantaneous pairing. You can also use a single earbud if you want to stay aware of your surroundings.
The Jaybird Vista is rated 4.2-stars out of 5 on Amazon, with users speaking highly of its battery life, sound quality, and the Ingress protection rating. As one user pointed out, "These earbuds are simply amazing. Pretty good sound quality, excellent noise cancellation and they fit like a glove."
Even though Jaybird Vista is priced more than its competitors, it does have some limitations. For instance, there's no support for high-res Bluetooth codecs like aptX or aptX HD. And there's no active noise cancellation (though the passive noise canceling is pretty great).
If you are looking for a pair of TWS earphones with long battery life, you should check out the JBL Under Armour Flash. A single charge yields around 5 hours, while the charging case is capable of giving you an additional 20+ hours of battery life. Cool, right? Yep, you can leave aside worries of charging these buds every day. Plus, they are fully waterproof and have an IPX7 rating.
Aside from that, these earphones look solidly built, and the fit is snug and secure. So, whether you are walking, going for a run, or doing a series of strenuous exercises, these wireless earphones stay put on your ears.
The sound quality is clear and well-balanced. You won't find the uncontrolled, booming bass that is usually associated with inexpensive earphones.
So far, the JBL Under Armour Flash has managed to amass a rating of 4-stars with over 53% positive reviews. Users seem to love its noise cancellation feature and the bang for the buck deal. Many have praised the fit on Amazon.
The JBL Under Armour Flash is not without limitations. To start off, they do not have any buttons for volume control — either physical or touch-based. Hence, you'll need to use your phone every time you want to tweak the volume levels. Secondly, they do not support any high-quality Bluetooth codecs.
On the upside, the connection to both the buds stays put, and the pairing process is seamless and fast.
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So, these were some of the best TWS earphones that are available below $200. Will you go with a trusted brand like JBL or Samsung, or will you rather put your faith in others?
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