Truly wireless earphones – the kind where the buds themselves hold all the power, rather than a neckband – are popping up all over . The JBL Free are looking like ones to watch, especially in terms of battery life.
Slipping into your ears without a wire in sight, they offer 24 hours of playback. However, it’s worth explaining how that 24 hours breaks down – while the earbuds are good for 4 hours of continuous playback, it’s the accompanying charging case that provides that extra 20 hours for the combined total.
It remains a slick package however, as the earbuds only need to sit in the charging case for 15 minutes before they’re recharged enough to get another hour’s worth of playback.
Connecting to your audio device over Bluetooth 4.1, the earbuds can be used for hands-free calling (even as a mono single bud) as well as stereo music playback thanks to a built in microphone and touch controls.
Three comfort-fit ear tip sizes are also provided, as well as two more secure silicone sleeves. Available in black and white color variants, they’re looking like a tidy alternative to Apple’s goofy AirPods.
Available from October, they’ll be priced at £119.99 (around $155 / AU $195), making them, in the UK at least, considerably cheaper than Apple’s offering, too.
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