No, ASOS DESIGN is not the next brand that has come up with a competitor to the Apple AirPods. That, my friends, is a fashion accessory; a dummy that's meant to give the impression that the wearer is wirelessly plugged in to music. Or a podcast. Or a call. Basically, a way to avoid social contact but on a budget.
It's difficult to fathom why this is a thing. As someone who spends most of his time having his ears fill with the sweet sounds of Top 40 hits blasting from his AirPods—exactly what I'm doing while I'm writing this—I can't imagine putting on a pair of ASOS DESIGN faux earpiece. Because guess what? All you can probably hear is…
Whatever you think you're avoiding, you'd be able to actually hear. And no matter how zen you may be, you'll eventually break. That faux I-can't-hear-you cover will be blown and you'll only feel dumb for wearing something so, well, dumb.
You're better off getting ear plugs if you're really not up for any unexpected social contact. Want an accessory for your ears? Skip this and just get them pierced. Or better yet, invest in the tech gears that are actually useful and potentially life-changing.
Here are five worthy audio investments to consider, and how their prices justify the value that each brings. But don't let me stop you from getting a hold of the ASOS DESIGN faux earpiece…
TUNE 120TWS wireless in-ear headphones, by JBL (SGD149 each)
The JBL in-ear headphones are the most affordable on this list. But they also pack a mean punch when it comes to sound quality. The bass on these babies are pretty good. And with the charging case, you're looking at a combined 16-hour battery life; listen to your favourite tunes from the moment you wake up to just before bed, no sweat.
Echo Buds, by Amazon (approximately SGD180 each)
Available for pre-order now is thew newly announced Echo Buds by Amazon. As it is an Amazon product, the Echo Buds are powered by the Alexa smart assistant. But it also works seamlessly with Siri or Google Assistant. What makes the Echo Buds especially interesting, is the inclusion of an active noise reducing capability that helps to shut out any unnecessary background noises.
AirPods with wireless charging case, by Apple (SGD199 each)
Wireless is the way to go. The latest iteration of the Apple AirPods comes with a charging case that can be charged both wirelessly as well as with the standard Lightning cable. And that incredibly easy pairing with any Apple device is always a winner.
Google Pixel Buds, by Google (SGD238 each)
The Google Pixel Buds are not truly wireless, but they're too cool to not include in this list. The main feature that sets the Google Pixel Buds from the rest is in their ability to allow for on-the-spot translations of speech, making this an investment that connects as opposed to one that encourages asocial behaviour.
Beoplay E8 2.0, by Bang & Olufsen (SGD550 each)
Bang & Olufsen is one of the masters in audio technology. So the SGD550 is justifiable given the superior quality that the brand constantly produces. There are no extra flourishes in-built; just incredible sound quality that's packaged in a small, luxurious design.
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