When people think of wireless headphones, they automatically think of Apple’s AirPods – and for good reason. Apple AirPods popularized the entire concept of wireless headphones from the very beginning. But the AirPods – due to the Apple logo on them – are quite expensive. And many people probably don’t realize there are cheaper competing products out there.
Three of those products are Tribit’s Flybuds NC, Earfun’s Air Earbuds, and Enacfire E60. Today, we’ll be testing all three sets to see how they match up. They may not have the Apple logo, but all three companies have produced earbuds that deserve to be named as reliable Apple competitors.
The first thing that struck me when I opened the box was that the Flybuds come in three sizes of ear tips. With other wireless earbuds I’ve tested in the past, none of them come with different sizes of ear tips, so that’s a great feeling in and of itself.
The headphones connect to your device using Bluetooth 5.0 (within ten meters) and can be charged inside the included very sturdy charging case. The charging case can be charged with a USB-C cable attached to your computer, and the fully charged case can fully charge the headphones four times. The case has four white LEDs on the front that let you know the current status of the charge.
It only takes a few hours to charge the headphones and the flashing light will go out when the buds are charged and ready to go. The average full charge lasts between six and seven hours, so you can use your Flybuds all day without worrying that the battery is running low.
If you’re going to be working out to listen to music, podcasts, or whatever, the Tribit Flybuds are IPX4 waterproof, which means they’re water and sweat resistant.
It is very comfortable in my ears and fits very well. With something like cordless buds, I’m always worried that they’ll fall off and I’ll lose them. But the Flybuds fit your ears very well and if not, you can easily change the ear tips to a better size.
Flybuds have ANC (active noise cancellation) and they can also help reduce background noise. Calls on my iPhone result in callers telling me they can hear me very well and my voice is very clear.
While listening to music on my phone, I can tap on the headset to change songs and pause songs. Taking the headphones out automatically stops what I’m listening to, and when I get a call, the music stops automatically. Tapping on the right earbud also helped me switch between active noise cancellation and ambient mode (white noise helps you drown out other ambient noises).
To sum up, if you don’t want to pay Apple’s price for Airpods, the Tribit is a very affordable alternative that offers good value for money. If you buy them on Amazon, they often have coupons. At the time of writing, you can get an extra $20 off at Amazon, bringing the price down to a staggering $39.99.
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewing these headphones is a bit difficult because I accidentally received a defective pair from their inventory. But I’ll do my best to give my opinion on them, even though I only have sound through one ear!
Overall, the Earfun Air headphones are of excellent quality with a sturdy foldable charging case, well-built sturdy buds, and some replacement ear tips. The replacement tips are especially handy because when I first started using these buds, they kept falling out of my ears.
Like the Tribit buds, the Earfun charging case works via a USB-C charging cable attached to the USB-C port at the bottom of the box. When it’s plugged in, the color coding system tells you how long you need to keep charging. Green is enough, orange goes there and red means you are running out of juice.
The company claims that you can get up to 7 hours of battery life before it needs to be recharged, but my battery life would be less than that. Again, it could be due to a bug that came with my test pair.
Again, like the Tribit buds, the Earfun Air buds are waterproof to a depth of up to one meter (useful if you drop them in the bath, for example). This also means that things like sweat and rain don’t affect them either (fitness lovers rejoice!).
The buds connect to your device using Bluetooth 5.0 and the sound quality (in the active buds) is excellent. Playing the U2 blew my eardrums with outstanding sound quality and the Bluetooth connection didn’t drop a single time.
Calling was also easy and the person on the other end said I could hear fine. Unfortunately, there’s no ANC (noise cancellation) with these buds, but I could still hear the caller just fine, and vice versa. However, it was an unfortunate oversight.
Taking the bud out of your ear will stop playback and will restart when you put it back. This is great for preserving battery life if you need to get the bud out of your ear for a moment.
The somewhat annoying thing about these wireless buds (and I guess this generally applies to ALL wireless buds, not just Earfun’s), is that you never remember which buds you need to touch and how many times you need to touch them. need to touch it to get what you want. searching.
For example, tapping the right bud panel increases the volume, but tapping it three times skips a track. Tapping the left panel lowers the volume, but tapping it three times summons Siri (or whatever voice assistant you have on your phone).
The problem is that if you’re in the middle of an interesting song and you mistakenly press it for a while, or you forget which part you need to press, it won’t be long before you’re cursing your headphones! It took quite a while to figure out which side did what.
In conclusion, this is a good set of buds to look at, but the defect that came with my pair, along with the lack of noise cancellation, knocked one star rating out.
4 out of 5 stars.
Now, this is the pair that knocked my socks off. Just holding them, you can feel the weight and quality and great sound. This is easily the best of the three, knocking out Tribit for the top spot.
As I said before, I always worry that I will lose my wireless headphones when they fall out of my ears. But as soon as I put the Enacfires in, they felt completely secure and cozy. I can easily see myself on the treadmill with these. They will not fall out once. But if the size doesn’t suit you, you have six different earrings to choose from. Waterproof, you don’t have to worry about sweat messing them up.
Like the other two beam sets, the Enacfire E60 beam sets charge in their carrying case and charge very quickly (ninety minutes on a full charge). Once fully charged, the headphones last for up to eight hours, beating the Tribit and Earfun watches at seven hours.
Connect to your smart device via regular Bluetooth 5.0, and the earbuds work up to 33 feet away (assuming nothing gets in the way, of course). When listening to music, the connection does not drop once, which is great. There’s nothing worse than listening to Annie Lennox and the music being cut off when it’s at its best.
Answering a call is as simple as tapping one of the headsets once, and rejecting a call involves tapping on one of the headsets for two seconds. Tested calling feature, all works perfectly and other callers report crystal clear sound. This is because the noise cancellation feature and the ambient noise filter ensure that any background noise is eliminated.
Like I said, the sound quality is great so listening to music is a great thing. The company describes it as a “lossless music experience,” and it certainly feels like it.
In summary, there is nothing bad to say about the Enacfire E60 buds. In fact, my desire to get Apple Airpods has now seriously diminished because they are so good at a fraction of the price.
5 out of 5 stars.
Great Apple Airpod Alternatives
When someone wants wireless headphones, they are naturally drawn to Apple, but as this article has shown, you can easily get a pair of equally good earbuds for much less. .
For those interested in branding, Apple might be the only way to go, but if you don’t care what your logo is on your hardware, seriously consider any of the three. this. Most likely, you will be surprised.