Can’t stand those bulky over-the-ear headphones? Well, your next best alternative is to get a pair of in-ear headphones or commonly known as earphones since they are noticeably lighter and smaller in sizes. Depending on your preferences, they usually come in either wired or wireless version, with general features such as an in-line remote for volume and mic adjustment.
So, if you are planning to get one for your mobile smartphone, we have compiled a list of 10 best earphones that suit your respective criteria.
These minimalist Beats X earphones boast an integrated Apple W1 chipset, which helps to seamlessly pair and recognise your Apple device such as iPhone and iPad quicker than an average Bluetooth connection.
Other highlights include a rubbery flex-form cable that ensures a comfortable fit around your neck, a quick-charging feature and superb bass quality for fast or loud-tempo music such as EDM and rock.
Seamless connectivity across all Apple devices
24 hours wireless charging case
Quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri” or setting up double-tap
Rich, high-quality audio and voice
Limited features when paired with an Android device
Say goodbye to tangled wires with Apple's 2nd Generation AirPods, a pair of wireless earphones specifically designed for iPhone. Featuring the same minimalist white design synonymous with Apple range of earphones, they are particularly lightweight and made comfortable for long hours of wearing.
Highlights to look out for includes an Apple H1 chip for seamless wireless pairing, long-lasting battery life up to 5 hours on a single charge and a smart hands-free Siri integration. Audio-wise, Apple's 2nd Generation AirPods delivers a sound clarity that is both crisp and crystal-clear.
Has an inline remote for volume and microphone control
First things first, the 1MORE E1001 Triple Driver in-ear headphones deserve thumbs-up for its premium-looking design that combines black and rose gold colour. It also comes with an inline remote that enables you to control both volume and microphone as well as taking calls and selecting tracks.
But the real deal that made this pair of earphones worthy of your hard-earned money is its exquisite sound quality that is both crisp and warm regardless of playing improvisational jazz music or even a guitar-heavy rock anthem.
The in-ear fit is uncomfortable for some
Cumbersome charging cradle
Whether you are wearing them for leisure or jogging, this versatile Jaybird X4 is undoubtedly an all-rounder earphones. It packs with essential features like Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, an IPX7-rated weatherproof construction and a durable battery life capable of lasting up to 8 hours.
Thanks to the Jaybird app, you can expect fully-customisable EQ that allows you to adjust and save your preferred sound profile. Not to mention the Jaybird X4’s ultra-foam tip ensures a secure yet comfortable in-ear fit.
Mention the name “Samsung” and the first thing that comes to mind is their popular line of Galaxy smartphones. But they are no slouch either when comes to producing a pair of quality of earphones such as the wireless Samsung Galaxy Buds.
Made to perfectly sync with Samsung smartphones, they are both lightweight and ergonomically designed to sit nicely in the ears. The sound quality is just as good, with crisp bass and treble. It also comes with an Enhanced Ambient Sound mode that enables you to listen to your surroundings while enjoying your favourite music.
The battery life is adequate to last up to 6 hours while the accompanying carrying case allows you to charge and extend your earbuds life for another 7 hours. This handy charger uses a USB Type-C cable as well as being Qi-compatible to allow for wireless charging.
Built in noise cancelling, microphone and volume control are all well implemented
Lacking in openness
Minor issue with connecting to desktop PC
This German audio giant needs no introduction, given its illustrious history in producing quality high-fidelity products since 1945. So, it comes to no surprise that their Momentum In-Ear headphones will offer an immersive sound experience that’s usually synonymous with the brand.
Available for both Android and Apple devices, the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear comes with an in-line remote that allows you to control the likes of volume and making calls. Its flat cables is also designed in a way to minimise possible twisting or tangling. Additionally, the earbuds are also ergonomically designed to ensure a comfortable fit.
While Kingston is typically synonymous with their flash memory products, they also produce a great pair of HyperX Cloud earphones for mobile gamers. Also suitable for PUBG Mobile enthusiasts out there, these earphones boast amazing snug-fit earbuds and an in-line remote for adjusting volume and microphone.
Best of all, you don’t have to worry about the annoying tangling-wire situation since the Kingston HyperX Cloud features a flat cable design. Each purchase comes with a handy carrying case and three different-size, swappable flat silicone ear tips.
Quality gaming gears are what Razer do best and if you are looking for a reliable pair of mobile-gaming earphones, you can’t go wrong with their Hammerhead Duo range. They boast sturdy, braided cables designed to withstand tangling and a dual-driver technology that produces punchy bass and crisp treble with minimum audio distortion.
Other notable features include an in-line control for both easy volume & mic adjustment or even taking a call. Moreover, it features an industry-standard 3.5mm jack and includes swappable silicone earbuds that come in three different sizes for a custom fit.
Made suitable for Xiaomi mobile devices, these sleek-looking Mi earphones feature a comfortable and slip-free collar design that sits nicely around your neck. It also boasts a hybrid dual-driver technology designed to produce a balanced audio clarity for both bass, mids and treble.
The Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Neckband comes equipped with a built-in battery that can last up to 8 hours of uninterrupted playback. It also has a handy voice-assistant feature, which allows you to take calls and play your favourite music.
Mids were quite out of place and not neutral
Available in five different colours (black, blue, white, green or red), this Sony MDR-XB55AP features the brand’s proprietary Extra Bass technology that’s made suitable for those who like to listen to pop, dance or rock music. It comes with an in-line remote that gives you the freedom of taking a hands-free call as well as allowing volume and mic adjustment.
The earphones are also lightweight enough to wear for long hours, while the serrated cable design means you no longer have to get frustrated over twisting and tangling scenarios. Finally, the bundled four different sizes of earbuds allow you to customise your preferred fit.
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