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Apple AirPods are one of the most popular wireless earbuds available, but they’re not exactly cheap — some cost up to $249 a pair! Thankfully, there are cheaper alternatives that boast comparable audio quality, battery life and features, at a fraction of the cost.
Enter JBL! The audio powerhouse actually makes two different kinds of wireless earbuds: The JBL Tune 125TWS and the JBL Tune 225TWS.
On top of that, they’re actually 50 percent off today — $50, down from $100!
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They each have a slightly different design, but both offer premium-level sound at incredibly affordable prices. These wireless earbuds feature quick access to Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for hands-free navigation and voice search, and they’re also compatible with both Android smartphones and Apple iPhone models via Bluetooth.
Of the two models, the Tune 125s have a slightly snugger fit, with three sizes of ear tips. They also have a slightly longer battery life; up to 32 hours long! The earbuds themselves last about eight hours, with an added 24 hours if you count the charger case.
“The size is perfect!” said one happy reviewer. “It’s not to thick wide or bulky, and goes in real snug in my pocket. Also, the sound quality is nice as well. I also love how the design makes the earpieces got in the ear canal directly, this makes me a person with a slightly deformed right ear real happy, there are not many earpieces that allow me to use both sides and enjoy the sounds so this a huge one for me. Also the sound quality and bass are nice as well!”
The Tune 225s, on the other hand, feature a battery life of up to 16 hours of playback (four hours in the buds plus another 12 hours from their included charging case) and have a slightly more open design, which can be useful for when you’re walking around the city or need to be somewhat in tune with what’s happening around you. Plus, some folks might find this style of earbuds more comfortable.
“Overall, I love these,” says one five-star reviewer. “I’ve tried at least 20 different brands and styles, and these are good for the following reasons. 1. They are very comfortable. It sounds like it’s a silly reason to rate earbuds, but if you have them in your ears all day it’s important. 2. They sound great for the price, [with] decent bass, good separation and loud enough. 3. They connect well and don’t drop out. 4. They have a very long battery life.. 5. They are built really well.”