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LBB Tried & Tested: The Best Earbuds That Cost Less Than The AirPod Pro

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    Apple's AirPod Pro is an excellent piece of technology - there's no denying this fact. But they are also terribly expensive - there's no justifying this fact, either. What should we do, then? We got the team from LBB to share their picks of wannabe pods. So this is a tried-and-tested list curated by everyone from music lovers and singers, to gamers and runners. Read on...

    pTron Bassbuds

    pTron Bassbuds Urban in-Ear True Wireless Stereo

    pTron Bassbuds Urban in-Ear True Wireless Stereo

    Weighing a meagre 4g each, the pTron Bassbuds offer a comfortable user experience with a heavy bass output and a smooth, touch control system. Throw in passive noise cancellation, voice assistant support, and up to 15 hours of playtime, and you have a winner right there. These are available in black, brown, and rose gold. Be warned that they are a bit flimsy. In fact, these are not the best if you're using it for a run, or while on a bike. This is a bit more office or home kinds!

    MRP: INR 4,999 (Available for INR 1,599, currently)

    Oppo Enco W31

    OPPO ENCO W31 True Wireless Earphone

    OPPO ENCO W31 True Wireless Earphone

    The Oppo Enco W31 looks extremely premium for its price and comes laced with a ton of features. There's AI-powered noise cancellation during calls (which makes them as clear as in-person), voice assistant support, a bass mode & a balance mode, and a wearing detection technology that results in automatic play and pause. These true wireless are IP54 dust and water-resistant, and did we tell you how good they look? Oh, yes we did. Available in white and black, with up to 15 hours of playback time. Yes, they are a bit expensive for Oppo, but what our in-house runner says was they fit really snugly. And the resident gamer was quite happy with it (not comparing to a Bose one, duh!) for temporary purposes!

    MRP: INR 5,999

    boAt Airdopes 441

    boAt Airdopes 441 TWS Ear-Buds with IWP Technology

    boAt Airdopes 441 TWS Ear-Buds with IWP Technology

    No audio list is ever complete without boAT, our very own homegrown brand. These true wireless Airdopes 441 by boAt offer a sporty design, with an immersive sound, IPX7 dust and water resistance, and voice assistant support. What truly sets them apart is the large battery life - up to 25 hours - and the 'insta wake n' pair' feature which results in seamless connectivity as soon as the case is opened. Available in black, red, yellow, blue, and lime.

    MRP: INR 5,999 (Available for INR 2,499, currently)

    TAGG Liberty Lite

    Truly Wireless Earbuds TAGG Liberty Lite

    Another homegrown brand, TAGG has a range of impressive audio accessories, including this very sturdy pair of Liberty Lite true wireless earphones. The snug design of this one means it's a great choice for those intense workouts and the up to 30 hours of playback time is truly a blessing. Music and calls both sound crystal clear on this one and it is IPX4 water-resistant too. Available only in black.

    MRP: INR 3,999 (Available for INR 3,499, currently)

    Samsung Galaxy Buds+

    Samsung Galaxy Buds + Plus True Wireless Earphone TWS

    Samsung Galaxy Buds + Plus True Wireless Earphone TWS

    Among all the true wireless earphones on this list, the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ offers the best sound by a long stretch. The 2-way speaker system means the high notes sound super clear, while the bass is amazingly powerful. You don't have to worry about calls too, cause the three in-built mics limit surrounding sounds and make sure you're being heard well. There's also wireless charging through any Qi-compatible wireless charger and with a playback time of up to 22 hours, these buds will keep playing your music for quite some time. Available in black.

    MRP: INR 13,990 (Available for INR 10,490, currently)

    Philips Audio TAT1225

    Philips Audio TAT1225 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbud/Headphone

    Philips Audio TAT1225 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbud/Headphone

    With four LBB Crew Members vouching for this one, we think it's a winner. Not only are they a bit drizzleproof (please don't go dancing in the rain and expect them to survive!), have three size options for a snug fit and give decent quality sound, but they cost only INR 1,499. The battery life is approximately 4-6 hours, on a single charge, officially; from experience though, it is more between 3-4 with non-stop use. What is noteworthy though is that it auto switches off when not connected to a device for more than 2 minutes.

    MRP: INR 4,999 but it is pretty much always available for INR 1,499 

    Ear (1) By Nothing

    Ear (1) By Nothing

    Ear (1) By Nothing

    Team LBB's current favourite, we actually got four of these and took it for a proper test run and to give you a proper lowdown on these new trending buds in the market. Some features we loved were the little dots on the ear buds to represent left or right, they are quite a snug fit and don't plop out while doing heavy exercise, and music comes through with good quality sound, bass included. The biggest testament for the battery life is that our sales lead used it for five hours straight and it did not die on her! WIN!

    Watch our honest review here.

    Price: INR 5.499