Got your heart set on a pair of Apple’s AirPods 2, but can’t quite stomach the price? At $159, or $199 with the wireless charging case, these Bluetooth earbuds are expensive (although they’re currently discounted to $145 and $180, respectively, at Amazon). You might even be able to find them a little cheaper on Prime Day. But the wireless earbuds have a unique design and might not fit well in some people’s ears. What if you could get most of what the AirPods offer, maybe with a better fit, for cheap? There are many cheap AirPods alternatives out there, but the most highly rated option and a CNET favorite is the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air. After using both for several weeks, I found out that (spoiler alert) paying half the price for wireless earbuds doesn’t mean you get half the earbuds. Find my detailed thoughts and experiences in the video above. Note: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See AirPods at Amazon ($145) See Liberty Air at Amazon ($80) It’s an open-and-shut case Because AirPods don’t have a seal and have more of an open design, they let in a lot more external noise. This is great in some situations, like if you want to hear your surroundings (think personal safety), but it’s not so great if you want to be immersed in your tunes or podcasts without cranking up the volume. Anker’s wireless earbuds have interchangeable tips included… [Read full story]
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