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Are These Earbuds Better Than Apple's Airpods?

Disclaimer: I was NOT paid by this company to review these earbuds. Everything I say is my opinion.



Whether you're at work, at the gym, or even at home, earbuds are a necessity. In today's society, AirPods are the standard for earbuds. They're easy to use and easily recognized. However, there is one problem that comes along with it, the price. The first generation of AirPods come in at $159, with the second generation AirPods at $199.

What if I were to tell you that there is a cheaper option out there, something that can rival it. What if I told you that it was under $50? Sounds crazy, but I tried a new pair of earbuds three months ago, and I absolutely love them. The earbuds I am talking about are JLab Audio JBuds. They are true wireless earbuds that also have a built-in microphone.


First thing we should talk about is how you can pair these to a device. I have an iPhone 7 and it was extremely easy to pair these with my phone. I took the earbuds out of the case, put them on my ear, and went to the bluetooth settings on my phone. I clicked on the earbuds and they were connected! The earbuds will say, "Hello!" when you put them into your ear, and will also say, "Earbuds connected" when both of the earbuds are in your ear. After awhile, it will say "Bluetooth connected". Once it says that, it will give you the battery level. Normally with cheap earbuds, you might expect a foreign voice with broken english, but that is not the case with these earbuds. The lady speaking sounds clear and you will be able to understand everything she is saying. JLab Audio is international, and does have a headquarters in the United States.

Next, we should probably talk about the battery life of these earbuds. With a full charge from the case, you will get about three, sometimes four, hours of play time. If you include the case, that is another ten hours of playtime. If you are using earbuds for work, they might not be the best since you will need to charge them. However, the case charges these earbuds quickly. When I was at a coffee shop, I used them for about an hour and a half, and then decided to put them back in the case. Ten minutes later, I popped them back in, and to my surprise, the earbuds were fully charged!

The next thing we need to talk about are the EQ settings. The JBuds come with three EQ settings: JLab Signature, Balanced, and Bass Boost. Personally, I prefer the JLab Signature setting. The JLab Signature option boosts the vocals and the bass. The Balanced setting has an even sound all around, and the Bass Boost setting will amplify the bass. They sound great and can get pretty loud.

When reading about these earbuds before I bought them, the one thing that caught my eye was that these earbuds are sweat resistant. If you use earbuds for running or working out, these are for you. However, before you put them back in the case, make sure you dry them off!

Even though I have said a lot of great things about these earbuds, there is one drawback to them, but it might not be that big of an issue for you. If the charging case dies, the earbuds will stay connected with my phone when I am driving back from the gym. That prevents me from playing music in my car since my phone is connected with the car bluetooth. However, not everyone will experience the same problem as me, so this may not apply to you.

Overall, for less than $50, you can't go wrong with buying the JLab Audio JBuds. If the earbuds don't fit right, they have different size of earbuds so you can mix and match and see what size works best for you. If you want to try them out for yourself, check out the link below!


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