The term ‘budget TWS Bluetooth earbuds’ have been redefined. You now don’t have to spend more than you would on a pair of jeans for a pair of earbuds that can get stuff done. Given the launches we’ve seen, earbuds under Rs 3,000 tick multiple boxes including acceptable sound quality, solid battery life and clear calls.
Here’s a lineup of TWS Bluetooth earbuds you can pick up for under Rs 3k:
OnePlus Nord Buds: the first ‘Nord’ branded buds come in a unique stem design and look more expensive than their asking price. OnePlus has kitted these buds with 12.4mm titanium drivers; sound quality is impressive and calls are quite clear too. There are useful touches like an IP55 dust and water rating and ultra-fast charging that gives you 5 hours of playback with a 10-minute charge. Pairing is effortless while the Hey Melody App allows you to play around with the sound settings with a Sound Master EQ. (Rs 2,799)
OPPO Enco Air 2: We checked out the Enco Air Pro 2 recently, and these buds may be a stripped-down version but they don’t compromise on key features. Battery life is one of these parameters that shine as the Air 2 delivers 24 hours. We dig the unique translucent jelly case lid design, and each bud weighs only 3.5 gm and gets touch controls. Other cool touches include AI Noise Cancellation for calls and 80ms low-latency game mode. The Enco Air 2 feature 13.4mm dynamic drivers for that extra thump. (Rs 2,499)
Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro: The funky pink and blue colour variants are the perfect detour from the whites and blacks that have come to dominate earbuds. There’s more to these buds than just the flashy colours. The Earbuds 3 Pro are powered by a Qualcomm QCC3040 Chipset with aptX Adaptive Audio Codec and feature a dual driver set up with a dynamic driver and balanced armature driver. The benefit? Enhanced bass and the perfect mid-range sound. These ultra-light buds (4.6 gm each) deliver 7 hours of battery life, while the case manages 30 hours (Rs 1,999)
Realme Buds Q2s: This model has a 10mm dynamic boost driver that delivers an impressive soundstage for this price. Calls get a boost with AI ENC Noise cancellation that eliminates background noise during a call, allowing your callers to hear you more clearly in noisy environments. The Q2s Buds support 88ms Super Low Latency Gaming Mode and Dolby Atmos, delivering stereo surround sound quality and the vibrant Paper Green colour option will make you stand out in a crowd. You get 30 hours of total playback and 7 hours of single time playback (Rs 1,999)
Boat Airdopes 115: Boat makes a play for gaming addicts with its ‘Beast mode’ that ensures low latency. The Airdopes 115 are powered by 13mm drivers with an extra boost thump. Boat’s ENx technology suppresses ambient noise for clearer calls. These buds are protected from sweat or everyday spills or splashes with IPX4 sweat resistance. The Airdopes deliver 24 hours of battery life and come in a choice of four vibrant colours (Rs 1,499)