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  • - Buds, dropping a lot of cash

  • on a piece of technology that has no screens

  • has maybe a couple of LED lights

  • and will, without doubt,

  • fall out of your ears at least once

  • and tumbled down the sidewalk is hard.

  • And although I use wireless earbuds everyday now,

  • for years I used a $30 pair of wired earbuds,

  • and I got used to paying that price

  • to listen to my music on the go.

  • So even with the large advancements

  • in wireless earbuds tech,

  • I still have trouble justifying the large price tags

  • that a lot of these earbuds have.

  • The good news is the market is huge now,

  • and there are tons of options

  • for budget-friendly wireless earbuds.

  • So these are my picks for the best wireless earbuds

  • under a hundred bucks.

  • Let's get into it.

  • (funky music)

  • A good wireless earbud has to check four boxes for me,

  • they have to have good sound quality,

  • solid Bluetooth connection,

  • a comfortable fit without being too large

  • and enough battery life

  • for at least four hours of continuous listening.

  • And a good mic is a huge plus,

  • but I also understand that not everybody

  • talks on the phone as much as I do.

  • It's like awesome, I love talking on the phone.

  • Anywho, also keep in mind

  • that in the under a hundred dollars range,

  • there's a few features that

  • you're just unlikely to find like active noise cancellation,

  • wirelessly charging cases

  • or being able to connect to multiple devices at once.

  • Now, there are countless wireless earbuds online

  • from companies that you've never heard of.

  • So from my research,

  • I stuck to known brands

  • that have established customer service operations.

  • And in my research,

  • I've been testing the following buds.

  • Mic test.

  • Okay, first off we have the $60 Skullcandy's Sesh Evo.

  • Skullcandy's $80 Indy Evos.

  • The $50 OnePlus Buds Z

  • which many of you have been asking for a review of.

  • The $40, 1MORE PistonBuds

  • The $70 JBL 215TWSs,

  • and last but not least be a hundred dollars

  • JLab Epic ANC Airs,

  • Epic Airs ANC.

  • Yes, Epic Air ANCs.

  • Please keep in mind that these are the regular prices

  • for all of these buds,

  • but buds are constantly on sale.

  • If you're looking to get a pair of these,

  • shop it out and you could probably find them cheaper.

  • (upbeat music)

  • I started my testing by initially wearing

  • each of these earbuds for at least one battery pass.

  • Just to get a sense of pairing,

  • their controls, their battery life

  • and how comfortable they are.

  • Then I kept all of them in a pile on my desk.

  • And every morning I would see

  • what I would naturally choose to wear the most and when

  • and well, very quickly

  • the bud that I ended up using the most

  • and my pick for the best wireless earbud

  • under a hundred dollars, is the OnePlus Buds Z.

  • I choose you.

  • (upbeat music)

  • For $50 the Bud Z pegged great sound quality

  • without a bulky, cheap feeling design.

  • And out of all of the earbuds I tried,

  • I can wear these the absolute longest

  • without feeling discomfort in my ears.

  • The 10 millimeter drivers deliver a full sound

  • with decent separation of highs and lows,

  • but above all else, a kick in bass.

  • Electronic and pop music

  • definitely sounds the best on these,

  • where lows really shine.

  • And of course, buds,

  • I made a playlist of all the songs I've been listening to

  • while testing these,

  • it's been a weird month.

  • So it's a little bit of a weird playlist,

  • I hope you will be enjoy it.

  • There's also IP55 water resistance

  • and the silicone ear tip blocks out enough noise

  • to be able to hear my music clearly,

  • even on the subway,

  • but even with music playing,

  • I could still hear the world around me,

  • like the sound of my keyboard while I work

  • or the faucet running while I wash my hands.

  • These also allow you to use either bud independently

  • and there is an in ear sensor

  • that pauses your media when you take it out

  • and it resumes it when you pop it back in,

  • which is a very welcomed,

  • considered there's no ambient mode with these earbuds.

  • Also their case can quick charge earbuds,

  • it can get you three hours of music playback

  • with only 10 minutes in the case.

  • And this case is super small light

  • and easy to fit in a pocket.

  • I just wish that it had wireless charging.

  • Now these buds, they sound really great.

  • They have a solid mic

  • and they come with some premium features

  • like in ear detection,

  • but the Bud Zs lack a lot of the touch controls

  • I've become used to with other devices

  • leading me to take out my phone far more often

  • to skip tracks or adjust volume.

  • And if you don't own a OnePlus device,

  • you'll have to download the HeyMelody app

  • for firmware updates

  • and to change the double tap controls,

  • which is the only control they have.

  • If having all of the controls at the tip of your fingertips

  • is important to you.

  • And maybe you want a little bit more of a secure fit,

  • well, the pair of headphones

  • I ended up using the second most

  • were these buds, the Skullcandy Indy Evos.

  • (gentle music)

  • At $80, the Skullcandy Indy Evos,

  • are the loudest most secure-fitting buds I tested.

  • And although their six millimeter drivers

  • they don't have the same level of plunge

  • as the Bud Zs or JBLs Tune 215TWSs.

  • If you find you're the kind of person

  • that constantly has your headphone volume all the way up,

  • well, maybe clean out your ears,

  • but also grab a pair of the Indy Evos.

  • They are by far the loudest wireless earbud I have tested

  • and although the sound can get a little mushy

  • at such high volume levels,

  • man, they can really kick

  • and they can also be used independently of each other.

  • My favorite thing about them though,

  • it's the fit and their controls.

  • Buds look at this list of controls.

  • I mean, it is massive,

  • from adjusting volume to skipping tracks,

  • to turning on the ambient mode.

  • You can do pretty much anything you would need to do

  • with the tap or hold of a finger.

  • And although it took me a bit longer to get used to

  • all of these controls,

  • I was really happy to have them once I did.

  • I don't love pulling out my phone when I'm on walks,

  • listening to music or podcasts

  • and man with a touch of a finger,

  • you can do so much on these headphones.

  • Okay, and then there's the fit.

  • I mean, these are very in your ears

  • with this top fin and the silicone ear tip,

  • I mean, once these are seated in your ears,

  • they aren't going anywhere.

  • Now, I like to have my friends test out headphones for me

  • just so I can get a second opinion.

  • And a lot of my friends

  • who typically don't wear wireless earbuds

  • well, I found them picking these as their favorite.

  • And I think it has to do with

  • how secure they felt in their ears.

  • When you first get wireless earbuds,

  • there's this like huge fear of them falling out of your ears

  • or you losing them.

  • But with the way these fit in my ears at least

  • that fear is completely diminished.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Okay, so the Bud Z and Skullcandy's Indy EVOs

  • are great picks for most people.

  • But for those of you out there

  • who want the absolute most features

  • for under a hundred dollars,

  • well for you guys,

  • my bang for your buck pick is the JLab Epic ANC Airs.

  • No, it's the JLab Epic Airs ANC.

  • Woo, these names.

  • (gentle music)

  • At $99, the Epic Airs are at the top

  • of that a hundred dollar budget,

  • but feature a wireless charging case,

  • active noise cancellation,

  • hella touch controls,

  • and a long battery life with decent sound,

  • their biggest downfall though.

  • It's its bulky case.

  • I appreciate a unique case,

  • but this thing is a,

  • it's a bit wonky.

  • Yeah, there's a lot going on here.

  • It is the only case I tested that wirelessly charges,

  • but the top folding bit is this sort of leather

  • and this USB A cable,

  • I mean, number one,

  • the headphones don't even come with a brick in the box.

  • Number two, whew, this is like really dated.

  • And although this design was convenient,

  • maybe even two years ago,

  • it just seems really old now.

  • The case does hold 36 hours of additional battery though,

  • add that to the 12 hours of battery life

  • the Air's already have,

  • that's with ANC turned off

  • and eight hours with ANC turned on

  • and well, these are the only buds I tested

  • that I truly had trouble draining the battery off,

  • and there is active noise cancellation.

  • Now that active noise cancellation

  • is a lot like the ANC

  • that I found with the Galaxy Buds Live,

  • it cancels out the high pitches and the lower frequencies

  • that, you know, just are abundant in life,

  • but it doesn't cancel out everything.

  • (gentle music)

  • The Epic Airs do come with the most amount of ear tips,

  • for getting that perfect fit and seal,

  • including a cloud foam tip,

  • which is basically the same materials in earplug.

  • It expands in your ear to create a unique seal.

  • And it is very comfortable for long listening sessions.

  • The eight millimeter drivers create a really full sound,

  • but without adjusting the EQ settings in Epic Airs app,

  • the bass is a bit flat.

  • And even with the bass turned all the way up,

  • I found myself wanting a bit more,

  • but overall, the difference in sound quality

  • between these and OnePlus Buds Z is hard to find.

  • These weren't my top pick

  • because this case is just a bit big

  • for carrying around in your pocket

  • and this USB A cord, I don't love this.

  • But for $99, there is truly a lot to love about these buds.

  • (gentle music)

  • So after countless weeks of testing,

  • it all comes down to this

  • and the $50 OnePlus Buds Z,

  • they sound great, they're really comfortable.

  • And they come in a super slim case.

  • And although I wish that they wirelessly charged

  • and maybe had a little bit longer battery life,

  • I really think they are the best pick for most people

  • and will truly make you feel free

  • in the cord cutting future.

  • I also think that if you're buying wireless earbuds

  • for the very first time,

  • it's a good idea to spend less money.

  • I mean, earbuds might not feel good in your ears.

  • They might not be comfortable at all.

  • They might not stay in.