Price: $ 46
Really wireless earbuds are expensive. Samsung Galaxy Buds is $ 130, Apple Airpods starting at $ 160, and some seen going for more. If you temper your expectations, TaoTronics offers $ 46 wireless earphones that perform far better than the price suggests.
Here's what we like
- Less than $ 50
- Superb Bluetooth Range
- Works in dual mode or single mode with both ear
- Case doubles as USB charger  And what we don't do
- Setup is harder than competitors
- Three hours of driving time is a bit short.
- Lid feels a bit fragile and the button can hold
- Charging control lights confuse
Truly wireless earphones are quite a luxury product. You can live without them before trying them, so you won't live without them. The biggest problem is usually the price. You can expect to spend between $ 130 and $ 300 on good earplugs, and even our recommended budget pair, Anker Soundcore Liberty Air, will set you back $ 80.
If you look less, take a look at TaoTronics Wireless Earbuds. You may not have heard of the brand, but the hardware is solid – at least if you can accept some chances for the low price.
The truth is told, the pictures you see in the rest of the article are not of a review unit sent to us by the company. I bought a couple for my wife and she loved them so much she turned around and bought a couple for me. There is a double belief of trust right out of the gate, so let's take a look at what we both loved (and didn't love) about the affordable, small earplugs.
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Generally, the design is quite generic. Josh Hendrickson
To be completely blunt, the design of the TaoTronics case and earplugs is incredibly generic. The case is about the size of one and a half Altoid boxes stacked, and shaped like a rectangle with the corners cut off. It's thin enough to fit into jeans pockets, but thick enough you know it's there all the time.
The lid is semi-transparent plastic that feels a little fragile, while the bottom is a little harder and feels like it can take some abuse. The earplugs themselves may be confused for some really wireless earphones, and that's fine. If your goal is a unique fashion accessory, you need to spend more on the look. But low prices mean trade off, and it is more important that these buds work well than what they look like.
Slightly difficult to set up, but easy to use
TaoTronics sets their wireless earphones apart with a striking feature. Both buttons are Bluetooth compatible. Often with really wireless earphones, just connect a bid to Bluetooth and the other connects to the first budget. It usually means you can listen with only the right ear (for example) but not just the left.
This set of earphones works even if there is an ear position for each side. But that makes the setup difficult. I found in the testing that the best thing is to take an earplug out of the case, pair it, put it back in the case (which turns it off), take the other earplug out of the case and pair it. From them, you can either use only the left or right bid, or both. When inserting the second earmould, wait for a moment while connecting the earplugs.
When you have the earbuds set up, it is just as easy to remove them from the case and wait for connection. You can start in single-tube mode or switch to it by putting the other earpiece away. Similarly, switching from single earplug to dual earbud mode is easy to take the other out and use it. The company included pressure regulation and they work well enough after you save them. Help, games and breaks are a simple touch on the left and right ear respectively, and that's all I usually use.
With previously cheap Bluetooth headphones I have owned, the spectrum has always been a problem. I would leave a room or two away from my tablet and lose the signal. But with these earplugs I was surprised to find that I could pull four and five rooms away, and even move a floor without problems.
The case excludes short battery life
Let's tear off the tape support: The battery life of these earbuds is about three hours. I have sometimes pushed three and a half hours out of them. It is short compared to other products in this category, but the case is the fact. Like just about any other wireless earphone out there, you charge these earphones by plugging them into the case. But what sets TaoTronic's entry apart is the sheer number of costs you get out of the case.
With a battery of 3350mAh, the company promises that you can recharge your earbuds 40 times before you have to plug the case back in. I can't confirm that number and that's because within just a month's use I still don't need it to recharge my case. And I use them between one and three hours in five days a week. Charging time is fast; You get to 40 percent in 15 minutes and a full charge of one hour.
TaoTronics also deleted a bonus feature in the charging chair. On the left side you will find a full size USB-A port. With the right joints, you can use the case for a portable battery and charge the phone.
Another feature I have come to appreciate is the incredibly strong magnets TaoTronics embedded in the earplug. When you put the earplugs into the case, they are almost sucked into the holes and it charges a breeze. It may sound a little out, but I have enough $ 500 pairs of wireless earplugs that don't have these magnets, and I didn't find myself able to fit them straight and charge for the first try. It's an incredibly frustrating experience that makes me appreciate this $ 46 set even more.
The sound is missing bass, but it's otherwise fine
You shouldn't expect a set of under $ 50 of any kind to keep up with a $ 150 equivalent, and that's true here too. No one will give any awards to TaoTronics for amazing sound, but honestly, it is sufficient. You can miss the pounding base. More expensive options give you, but voices are clear, and music is recognizable.
If you generally prefer to buy "inexpensive headphones" and can't imagine throwing over extra money for something high end, then you probably won't notice any difference in sound quality. If you absolutely need throbbing bass or perfectly balanced headphones that give you a complete sound, then you are disappointed with what you hear.
It's not without errors, though
For all the good things I can say, this product has some flaws. As I mentioned earlier, the first setup is a bit more complicated than other wireless earphones, and the runtime is a bit short, but that's not where the issues stop.
Opening the case involves pressing a small button to unlock the lid. The button starts to sting, which means that the case will not remain closed unless I flap it.
I also can't figure out the remaining charge status lights on the case. Most products have four LEDs, each representing 25% of a load. This case has three. For now I have resigned to charging it if I ever come down to one light. I say "if ever" because I'm still on two after all this time.
The included charging cable is ridiculous card in only three inches, but any micro USB cable will work, so it's a simple problem to overcome. And TaoTronics contains only three sizes of ear tips. Generic tips should work though, so when I discovered that the smallest tips didn't suit me well (I have small ears), I switched to a few tips I own that I know fit comfortably. If you often find yourself less than happy with the earplugs provided with earplugs, see our guide to the best replacement tips.
At less than $ 50 There is little to lose
The above mistakes can be a major deal if you have spent a lot of money, but they are forgiven in a product that is priced so low. And some of the problems are easy to overcome, such as ear tips and charge cables. The sticky cover problem frustrates me a little, and I'm worried that a good drop might ruin the lid, but it hasn't happened yet, and thanks to strong magnets that hold the earplugs in place, the cover doesn't feel necessary. It may cause the pocket to carry a little uncomfortable, but I didn't want to worry about losing the earplugs.
If you want to try out wireless headphones but found the price scary, try the TaoTronics entry. Even if you finally decide on something that sounds better, for less than $ 50, you probably know if it's worth paying more to have good sound without the wires.
Here's what we like
- Less than $ 50  Superb Bluetooth Range
- Works in dual mode or single mode with both ears
- Case doubles as USB charger
And what we don't do
- Setup is harder than competitors
- Three hour maturity is a bit short.
- The song feels a little fragile and the button can stick
- Charge indicator lights confuse