Need to buy a new pair of TWS Bluetooth earbuds? You don’t need to break the bank. Budget earbuds no longer come with a major compromise on battery life, call quality or style. Whether you need to be kitted for a virtual meeting or your morning run, the options are plenty. We bring you a list of ultra-compact TWS buds that will cost less than a Saturday night out with your buddies.
JBL Tune 115TWS: The brand’s sound pedigree comes to the fore in these buds that feature JBL’s Pure Bass sound. Three sets of eartips in the box allow you to find the fit that works for you. Battery life is quite sold–6 hours for the buds and a total of 21 hours including the case. JBL’s Dual Connect gives you the choice to switch from left, right or both ears, to seamlessly enjoy music or make calls with either one or both buds. (Rs 4,199)
OnePlus Buds Z Steven Harrington Edition: These buds feature the LA-based artist and designer’s signature stylised graffiti along with artistic caricatures and design. Steven Harrington has developed a new character dubbed ‘Cool Cat’ as part of his design philosophy that is both playful and contemplative. The limited-edition earphones have a two-tone purple and mint colour combo with a matching charging case. These buds feature advanced 10mm dynamic drivers and Bass Boost technology. They’re also equipped with a dynamic 3D stereo powered by Dolby Atmos, These limited-edition earphones promise an impressive 20 hours of playback time, while a quick 10-minute top-up gives you three hours of listening time. (Rs 3,699)
Realme Buds Air 2: Packed with features, including a super-low latency (88ms) gamer-friendly mode, these buds feature two microphones for better call quality. They boast 25 hours of battery life, while a quick 10-minute charge delivers two hours of playback. They are WFH-friendly and your calls get a boost from the brand’s environmental noise cancellation algorithm with up to 25dB of noise cancellation that shuts out typical household sounds like appliances. (Rs 2,899)
Skullcandy Dime: The name is a giveaway. These buds may be inexpensive but are certainly not short on oomph. Some of that comes from the choice of funky colours on offer–minty green or bright orange anyone? We totally dig the Dime case, an ingenious design that can be clipped on your car keys or slipped into those tiny jeans pockets. You can control the volume, tracks and calls from a single button on each earbud minus any tedious apps. Dime packs a microphone in each bud, so you can use either one separately to take calls or listen to music or media. (Rs 2,399)
OPPO Enco Buds: The case is compact, and the glossy finish gives it a refined look. We also dig the design aesthetic of the buds that sit quite comfortably in your ears. At 4gm (the case weighs 45gm), these buds are almost weightless in your ears. There are extra silicone tips in the box to help you find the perfect fit and ear seal. These buds are equipped with 8mm dynamic drivers. Gamers will find the low-latency Game Mode (that delivers an impressive 80ms of latency) quite handy, while the 24-hour battery life (including the case) should keep it going for long. (Rs 1,799)