Apple’s AirPods have been available since December 2016 and there have been many alternatives since. The first wave of competition wasn’t all that great as many true wireless headphones suffered from connectivity and battery issues. Most of the major brands waited to release their alternatives to Apple AirPods, which was a wise move.
Now it’s 2019 and the alternatives to Apple AirPods are larger than ever. Throughout 2018 we saw the major brands starting to release their true wireless headphones but most of those were costly. Now, costs have come down and the technology has improved. While there are still many true wireless headphones that cost the same or more than Apple’s offering, these are the 3 affordable true wireless alternatives to Apple AirPods.
The following 3 alternatives to Apple AirPods were all recently reviewed by our writers and all of them cost around US$50 which is US$109 less than Apple’s AirPods.
The Nano Pods are an Indiegogo project that has been fully funded and is expecting to ship in April/May. You may still be able to get in on the project which costs US$49.
Pros of the Nano Pods are:
- Excellent sound
- Intuitive and easy touch navigation
- Great battery life
- Nondescript design
- Google Assistant/Siri
- Can be used independently (one at a time)
- Very affordably priced
Cons of the Nano Pods are:
- The case only recharged Nano Pods once, however, this issue is supposed to be fixed for retail versions
- Case lid hinge broke on our review
unit NoLED indicator on the outside of the case
Read our full review for a more in-depth idea of what to expect from the Nano Pods.[button link=”https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nano-pods-the-most-affordable-tws-earbuds#/” icon=”fa-shopping-cart” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”285b5e” textcolor=”ffffff”]Purchase from Indiegogo[/button]
JLab Audio JBuds Air
JLab is an audio company we’ve covered in the past and they happen to make some excellent headphones. I personally reviewed the JLab Audio JBuds Air and I found them to be amazing for their low price of US$49.
Pros of the JBuds Air are:
- Clean design
- Easy to use and setup
- Sound great for this price
- Great battery
life AMAZINGprice and value
- Google/Siri compatible
Cons of the JBuds Air are:
- I found no real cons, considering the price, although the sound stage may not be for everyone.
Read our full review for a more in-depth idea of what to expect from the JBuds Air.[button link=”https://amzn.to/2UNJIfa” icon=”fa-shopping-cart” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”285b5e” textcolor=”ffffff”]Purchase from Amazon[/button]
The Tribit X1 are our most recent reviewed true wireless headphones and our last in our list of alternatives to Apple AirPods. While Tribit aren’t a major brand, they do make some solid devices and we’ve reviewed some in the past. Like the other offerings here, the X1’s are very affordable at US$49.99 making them a great choice over Apple’s AirPods.
Pros of the Tribit X1 are:
- Small design
- Battery life with case
Cons of the Tribit X1 are:
- Only one physical
- No previous music playback
- No volume control on earbuds
- Unpairing from device on occasions
Read our full review for a more in-depth idea of what to expect from the Tribit X1’s.[button link=”https://amzn.to/2O5ERD6″ icon=”fa-shopping-cart” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”285b5e” textcolor=”ffffff”]Purchase from Amazon[/button]
That’s it! 3 very affordable alternatives to AirPods that won’t bust your wallet. What do you think of these headphones? Have you been looking for a pair of true wireless headphones? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, or Facebook. You can also comment on our MeWe page by joining the MeWe social network.
Last Updated on February 3, 2021.