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Rowkin Ascent Charge+ review: Affordable but frustrating truly wireless earbuds

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

If you peruse our Winter 2018 Most Wanted audio guide (and you should — good stuff in there), you'll notice an unfortunate trend. With few exceptions, manufacturers of wireless audio gear seem timid about adopting USB Type-C charging. So I was excited to get my hands on the Rowkin Ascent Charge: they're fully wireless earbuds whose case is decked out with not only the increasingly standard USB-C, but also Qi wireless charging.

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Rowkin Ascent Charge+ review: Affordable but frustrating truly wireless earbuds was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TicPods Free review: Capable true wireless earbuds that won’t break the bank

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

True wireless earbuds have seen a huge rise in popularity over the last couple of years as the products have reached a price point and level of quality that make them viable purchases for mainstream consumers. The IFA 2018 show floor was packed with new models from various brands, and I’ve already reviewed two products in the category in the last couple of months.

The Earin M–2 ($249) and Master & Dynamic MW07 ($299) were both premium products with hefty price tags, but now it’s time to try something a little easier on the wallet.

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TicPods Free review: Capable true wireless earbuds that won't break the bank was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Master & Dynamic MW07 review: Exceptional sounding true wireless earbuds, but probably too pricey for most

Friday, October 12th, 2018

As the 3.5mm headphone jack slowly descends into the freezing cold waters of the past, our audio options for most high-end Android phones are limited to three. We can use and subsequently lose the adapter, get some USB-C headphones, or we can ditch the wires altogether. Bluetooth earbuds inelegantly attached to one another by a wire just won’t do any longer; true wireless earbuds are where it's at right now.

Apple’s AirPods have acted as a blueprint for other manufacturers, but none has yet perfected the form and function of this fledgling product category.

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Master & Dynamic MW07 review: Exceptional sounding true wireless earbuds, but probably too pricey for most was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Jaybird Tarah review: Not enough bang for your hundred bucks

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

As headphone jacks keep dying off, wireless headphones keep being relevant. And unless you're at peace with wrangling dongles, that means the average price of decent earbuds is rising. The days of swinging by Target on your way to the airport to grab a passable pair of $10 buds are numbered. C'est la vie.

Jaybird is aware of the rising cost of mobile audio accessories, though, which is why it's introduced the Tarah, a more affordable take on its X series of headphones with fewer bells and whistles.

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Jaybird Tarah review: Not enough bang for your hundred bucks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Jaybird X4 review: Great earbuds without much new to offer

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

A confession: I gave up on my previous pair of Bluetooth earbuds, Jaybird's own X2, after about a year. It wasn't their fault; they sounded good, they were comfortable, and the battery lasted long enough. But keeping the things charged (with microUSB, no less — yuck) and juggling connections became a chore. I gave them away and cozied up to a pair of no-name wired buds. Once I got a Pixel 2, I was living the dongle life.

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Jaybird X4 review: Great earbuds without much new to offer was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

JBL Link View review: Great sound from JBL, but Smart Displays still have a long way to go

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Smart displays aren't for everyone. They're not exactly tablets, but they look like ones and are both less and more useful, depending on how you look at them. With far superior sound and always listening mics, they act as a smart speaker for your home; but without real apps or a fully functional browser, you hit some roadblocks while using them and wish they could do just a little bit more.

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JBL Link View review: Great sound from JBL, but Smart Displays still have a long way to go was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tribit X-Boom review: An incredible-sounding Bluetooth speaker for the money

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

I'll be honest - when we were first contacted about checking the new Tribit X-Boom out, I wasn't expecting much from it. I had never heard of the company, and the design looked a little cartoonish. On top of all that, the $69.99 price tag was much lower than competing models from companies like UE and JBL. But after using it, I've learned that the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover" is quite appropriate here.

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Tribit X-Boom review: An incredible-sounding Bluetooth speaker for the money was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Earin M–2 review: Great sounding low-latency earbuds, but not without a few compromises

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Swedish company Earin was one of the frontrunners in developing true wireless earbuds, releasing the M–1 back in 2015. That first generation product had its fair share of issues, ranging from unreliable Bluetooth connectivity to unsatisfactory battery life. The startup that was recently acquired by Will.i.am brand i.am+ is now back with a follow-up it hopes will rectify some of those complaints.

Unlike its predecessor, the M–2 can’t quite claim to be the world’s smallest true wireless earbud anymore, but it does offer a combination of Bluetooth 4.2 and Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) for connectivity, support for AAC, aptX, and SBC, and intelligent noise reduction thanks to 2 microphones on each side.

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Earin M–2 review: Great sounding low-latency earbuds, but not without a few compromises was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Plantronics BackBeat Go 410 and 810 review: Active noise cancelation at more affordable prices

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Along with the three BackBeat Fit models that I reviewed a few days ago, Plantronics announced on Monday two new Go headsets: the in-ear Go 410 and the over-ear Go 810. The governing idea behind the two units is to bring wireless noise cancelation to the masses at a more affordable price. The company says it conducted studies with users and came away with the conclusion that 28% are looking for noise cancelation in their headsets, but 65% of them won't pay more than $150 for that.

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Plantronics BackBeat Go 410 and 810 review: Active noise cancelation at more affordable prices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100, 2100, and 350 quick review: Sports earbuds done right

Monday, September 10th, 2018

I've owned and reviewed plenty of Bluetooth headsets over the years, but the brand I keep coming back to again and again is Plantronics. The company balances quality, sound, and price very well and has produced some of my favorite and most-used earbuds. For years, you couldn't see me anywhere without the red BackBeat Go 2 draped around my neck as I listened to podcasts while walking, doing chores, shopping, and more.

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Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100, 2100, and 350 quick review: Sports earbuds done right was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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