Tuesday, January 18

Four alternatives to AirPods to save money without sacrificing sound quality


1. Realme Buds Q

One of the great disadvantages of this type of headphones is usually the price, but the Realme Buds Q are one of the best options if we are looking to spend little. For between 20 and 30 euros (see offers), the Buds Q are headphones true wireless that quality / price have no competition.

Without having a great audio quality, they are heard perfectly but without great pretensions. Their button-shaped dimensions weighing 3.6 grams make them very comfortable to wear during long days. In addition, you can change the pad to adapt it even better to your ear.

One of the most striking features of these headphones is that they have a touch surface. This means that, with no buttons to use, you can perform various actions with the Buds Q: two taps to pause or play, three to skip tracks, and more.

You also have to take into account its autonomy: about three hours in a row or up to fifteen hours with the charges of the case (which supports 4.5 charges). In short, a very attractive option if we are looking for good headphones for a very affordable price.


realme Buds Q for € 29.99

2. Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earbuds

We continue with headphones where the main attraction is the price. The Xiaomi MI True Wireless Earbuds are, like the previous ones, button-shaped headphones in-ear (that are inserted inside the ear) that do not exceed 20 euros in price (see more offers).

As in the case of the previous ones, they are headphones with an autonomy of between three and four hours of operation with up to fifteen hours expandable with the charges of the case. Its audio quality is surprising for the price: it is not spectacular or perfect, but it will delight those looking for a very low investment.

The Wireless Earbuds also have a touch surface with which to perform the different actions and each earbud can be connected independently. But keep in mind that they are slightly larger than the Buds Q: 72 millimeters long and 4.2 grams each. Although this may seem trivial, if we have very small ears, these types of button-shaped helmets can become annoying.


Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic 2 for € 19.99

3. Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic

But if our budget is somewhat higher and we want a better experience without approaching the high 100 euros on average for this type of device, we have two alternatives. The Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2, of around 60 euros, and its Basic version, 40 euros or less (see offers).

The first, My True Wireless Earphones 2, are a very interesting option, especially for their price. Not only do they represent a great leap in quality in the audio, but they also have noise cancellation -something very important if we use them to go to work, for example- which works very well for its price.

In addition, these headphones also have a system to detect if we have them placed or not. Thanks to this, content playback stops automatically if you remove any of the helmets, increasing its autonomy (about fourteen hours).

The Basics, meanwhile, cost 40 euros and mean giving up both noise cancellation and the presence sensor. At the same time, they are somewhat lighter than the premium version and have more battery. It should also be noted that its entire finish is in plastic.


Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic for € 39.99

4. Huawei Freebuds 3

The Huawei Freebuds 3 are an alternative much more similar to the AirPods than the previous ones, although they are also much higher in price. Between 90 and 120 euros (see offers), the Freebuds 3 are positioned as a direct option if we are looking for headphones true wireless other than Apple’s.

With a very similar style, with a cane, and in different colors, the Freebuds 3 have a very successful noise cancellation if we take into account their open design. In addition, each of the headphones weighs just 4.5 grams, which makes them very light and comfortable to wear for several hours.

Additionally, Huawei has provided a free app (Huawei AI) for those users who do not have a mobile of the brand. Through this app, you can automatically connect the headphones, update the firmware and adjust their touch controls.

Of course: if we do not have a Huawei mobile with its own OS, the presence sensor does not work.


Huawei FreeBuds 3 for € 107.81

In summary

  • If what you are looking for is an alternative to AirPods without spending a lot of money and you are not looking for a great experience, your best options are the Realme Buds Q and the Xiaomi True Wireless Earbuds.
  • On the other hand, if your budget is somewhat higher and you want a remarkable experience, you should look at the Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones and the Huawei Freebuds 3.

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