6 Factors You Need to Consider Before Buying Wireless Earbuds
True wireless earbuds are the wave of the music-listening future. Like Pinocchio (and Ultron) they've got no strings to hold them down, they've got no strings on them. Zero wires equals total convenience and total control of your earbud experience.
But not every pair of wireless earbuds is as good as the next one. You need to consider many factors before purchasing the pair that's best for you.
Ask yourself: what do YOU want out of your earbuds? Keep that in mind when pondering the following:
Above all others, sound quality is the most important factor to consider. If earbuds make music and phone calls sound like they were recorded on an old-timey wax cylinder, then they're 100 percent not worth your money. (Unless you're into wax-cylinder music. Talk about retro.)
Whatever pair of true wireless earbuds you purchase, make absolutely sure they offer great, crystal-clear sound. Rowkin's line of true wireless, as an example, offer some of the clearest, most listenable sound on the market.
But that's just one example. Before making your decision, do the research and listen to others. Trust us: internet users WILL tell you which earbuds they think sound good and which ones don't.
Find reputable sites with credible reviews and study them until you find the perfect, best-sounding earbuds for you and your needs.
Charging Power/Battery Life
What good are wireless earbuds if they're constantly bellowing "low battery" into your ear? To avoid that dreaded announcement, do your research to ensure your earbuds have a great battery and fine charging power.
The current generation of true wireless (like Rowkin's BASE LINE and BASE JUMP devices, for example) boasts batteries that hold eight-plus hours of juice on a single charge. This kind of long-lasting power benefits everyone. Even if you only listen to music at your desk, having to charge your earbuds every couple hours doesn't help with getting work done. So do your battery-life homework and ensure that such a thing never happens.
Some music is meant to be played loud. But what if your earbud's volume control is so bad, it plays all music loud enough to damage your eardrums? Conversely, what if you can never raise the music beyond a soft whisper?
A good pair of wireless earbuds (such as Rowkin's BASE LINE and BASE JUMP models) features simple, effective volume controls that let you listen to music at the level YOU want. If reviews tell you the volume control is bad, such as how it's so unpredictable you don't have much control over it, then stay away.
The Earbud's Size and Seal
If a pair of earbuds are so big they drape down to your chin, then what's the point? One of the major hooks of true wireless is that they're small and immensely portable, yet pack tons of power.
On the other hand, can an earbud to be TOO small? That's for you to decide. If you lose things easily, maybe you'll want a bigger pair of buds that are easier to track down. We at Rowkin feel earbuds can never be too small (hence, our super-tiny Micro Touch), but we also recognize everyone's mileage varies.
Also, If your quality, expensive earbuds keep slipping out your ear because the seal isn't any good, then the earbud itself isn't good either. Even a $100,000 sports car isn't worth it if the brakes don't work.
Read reviews about an earbud's seal before making your choice. Research is extra important here, as stores likely won't let you try earbuds on before buying, for sanitary purposes. You want to unbox your product and quickly start the music, not wrestle with buyer's remorse.
"You get what you pay for" applies here just like anywhere else. If you settle on a pair of earbuds that cost $20, don't expect them to last long. Cheap prices mean cheap products.
Now, if all you want out of wireless earbuds is to listen to music every so often, a less expensive model might suit you fine. But if you're an avid, active music aficionado, and if you also use your earbuds to make and take calls, you'll want to spend more money for something better and longer-lasting.
That doesn't mean you have to spend hundreds of dollars, either. Rowkin's line of high-quality earbuds aren't expensive at all, for example. It's all about knowing the difference between a great bargain and a regrettable one.
Customer Service and Warranty
There's always the chance something will happen to your earbuds, and you'll either need customer service, or a warranty-guaranteed free exchange.
But good luck on either happening with an inferior pair of earbuds. Many of those models don't include decent warranties at all. Either they don't last long, they don't cover very much, or both. In these cases, if your earbuds break, that's on you.
You'll encounter the same lack of goodness with an inferior brand's customer service. Their hours may be poor, the amount of call-takers may be minimal, their knowledge may be low, and their attitudes may leave a lot to be desired.
Some food for thought: Rowkin's customer service is top-of-the-line, offering great quality and fast responses. Should you require a replacement, we fully cover you for an entire year. This is just more evidence that investing a little more money in your earbuds pays off in the long run.