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Shootout: The best totally wireless earbuds compared
By Marcus Wong - 9 Jul 2017,12:34pm

Introduction

This article first appeared in the April 2017 issue of HWM.

Totally wireless earphones (or earbuds as might be more accurate) have gone from Kickstarter novelties to a serious category in its own right, with offerings from both established names like Apple and Samsung to newer companies like Bragi and Erato. To start, here's a table to show how the newest wireless earbud offerings in the market stack up:-

Totally wireless earbuds compared

Model


Apple
AirPods


​​​​​​​Bragi The Headphone


Erato Muse 5
 


​​​​​​​Jabra Elite Sport


Samsung Gear IconX

Sensitivity

-

-

101dB

-

89.5 dB

Impedance

-

-

16 Ohm

-

 16 Ohm

Frequency response

-

20Hz-20kHz

20Hz-20kHz

20Hz-20kHz

20Hz-20kHz

Bluetooth version

-

4.0

4.1

4.1

4.1

Battery life

5 hours playback

6 hours playback

4 hours playback

3 hours playback

3.8 hours playback (onboard)

1.6 hours (streaming)

Size

16.5 x 18.0 x 40.5 mm

-

30.0x 25.0 x 20.0 mm

27.0 x 30.0 x 22.5 mm

18.9 x 26.4 x 26.0 mm

Weight

4g each

6g each

8.5g each

6.5g each

6.3g each

Price

S$238

S$248

S$349

S$370

S$298

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