Wireless earbuds are one of the best ways to listen to your music on the go, whether your commuting, heading to the gym, or relaxing poolside on a sunny day the right pair of earphones will stay put and bring you quality sound. We're fast approaching the best time to buy wireless earbuds: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The massive sales event kicks off on November 29, but we're expecting the deals to start rolling in from the beginning of November – make sure you bookmark our Black Friday deals hub for the best headphones deals we can find. You'd be forgiven for thinking wireless earbuds aren't as good as wired models – that's because a few short years ago, Bluetooth wasn't the best way listen to your favorite music. Back in the day, Bluetooth earphones didn't sound as good as their wired counterparts, suffered connectivity issues and became known for having short battery lives.
True Wireless headphones – those that you see in this guide – have no cord whatsoever. While wireless allows us to wear headphones a few feet away from your music player or phone, True Wireless cuts the cord between the earbuds, giving us complete freedom. Wireless headphones on the other hand have existed for some time, basically since Bluetooth as a standard was invented. Though battery-powered and not physically connected to your phone, they have a cord connecting both buds – and sometimes a band around the neck too. If you don't want to ditch the cable completely, check our best wireless earbuds guide here.
The Apple AirPods started the "true wireless" earphones trend and now it looks like Mobvoi has come up with its own version. Called the TicPods Free, the new AirPods competitor is a more affordable alternative that costs $129. For the unaware, Mobvoi is the same company behind the TicHome Mini Google Assistant speaker and the TicWatch smartwatches. With a smart speaker and smartwatches already under its belt, the company is now taking on the Apple AirPods head on with the TicPods Free. The TicPods Free comes with two separate earbuds that do not feature any wires.
It has barely been 24 hours since the campaign began, and the smart and seamless, TicPods Free by Mobvoi have already raised USD 229,994 thanks to 2487 backers. Described as the most interactive earbuds by Mobvoi, the stylish Human-machine Interaction device offers an experience that includes ultimate touch controls, optimised Bluetooth connectivity and clear, crisp audio. Founded in 2012 by ex-Googlers, Mobvoi aspires to define the next generation of human-machine interaction. Their engineers strive to innovate tech products that seamlessly integrate cutting-edge technology into daily life. To date, Mobvoi has raised six rounds of funding, led by firms including SIG, Sequoia Capital, Zhenfund, Google and Volkswagen.