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Best mobile devices on the go: Tech Awards 2020 Editor's Choice Results (Part 2)

By Team HardwareZone - 19 Apr 2020

Best True Wireless Earbuds

Best True Wireless Earbuds

True wireless earbuds are arguably the biggest audio trend in 2019. Everyone seemed to be coming up with one and that's a good thing. Competition means greater variety and it advances the category. Early true wireless earbuds were finicky and could not reliably maintain a connection, but the current crop of true wireless earbuds manages this very well. Not all are great but they are a lot better than they were. The latest true wireless earbuds also have new features such as active noise-cancellation which is extremely useful when commuting as it greatly reduces environmental noise.

To make the cut for this category, the headphone must be of an earbud or in-ear design and it must be truly wireless, i.e. the two earpieces must not be connected by any wires. We rounded up no fewer than 10 nominees!

 

Nominees:

  • Apple AirPods Pro
  • Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW
  • Creative Outlier Gold
  • JBL Reflect Flow
  • Klipsch T5 True Wireless
  • Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus
  • PaMu Slide
  • Plantronics BackBeat Pro 5100
  • Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
  • Sony WF-1000XM3

 

And the winner is...

 

Sony WF-1000XM3

The Sony WF-1000XM3 is easily the best true wireless headphone for most people. To begin, its active noise-cancellation is so good that it puts some full-size active noise-cancelling headphones to shame.

Excellent noise-cancellation aside, it also sounds great. Its clarity and resolution are impressive for a wireless audio device and its impactful, full-bodied sound belies the fact that it's a tiny wireless earbud. Its comfortably one of, if not the best sounding true wireless earbuds in the market right now.

Finally, Sony has made meaningful updates to the companion app, so this gives you the ability to customise the earbuds. Whether it's adjusting the level of ambient noise you hear, or what controls go to which earbud, that can all be set in the app to your liking, so you can personalise your experience. With all this said, it's easy to see why it's our pick for best true wireless earbud of 2019 and our winner in this category for Tech Awards 2020.

 

Scoring Breakdown
Model Design Performance Features Value Overall Price
Apple AirPods Pro 8.5 9.0 8.5 8.5 9.0 S$379
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW 7.5 7.5 7.5 8.5 7.5 S$218
Creative Outlier Gold 7.5 7.5 7.5 8.0 7.5 S$139
JBL Reflect Flow 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 S$239
Klipsch T5 True Wireless 9.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 S$349
Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus 9.0 9.0 8.5 7.5 9.0 S$469
PaMu Slide 8.0 7.5 7.5 8.5 7.5 S$179
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 5100 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 S$269
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 8.0 7.5 8.0 7.0 7.5 S$469
Sony WF-1000XM3 8.0 9.5 9.0 8.5 9.5 S$349

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section below.

 

References