Apple’s AirPods are one of the most popular wireless earbuds available, but they're also expensive — some are priced up to $249 a pair! Good news, then, that Amazon's early Black Friday deals include plenty of alternatives that are no less capable. One of those options is the JBL Tune 225TWS, which are currently priced at just $50, down from $100. They're quality buds that make fabulous holiday gifts...or even a nice treat-your-self indulgence!
Out of their carrying case, the JBL Tune 225TWS earbuds last about five hours. Add the charging case and they can last about 20 more. That’s a whopping total of 25 hours! Despite their now-ridonculous price, they offers plenty of bass and balanced sound. Plus, you can opt to wear just one of them to make calls or listen to music. That's a useful feature when you need to take a call on your landline or be aware of noises in your surroundings. Another perk: They're available in some fun colors — red! gold! pink! — instead of Apple's standard white.
“I love these earbuds,” says one five-star reviewer. “I’ve tried at least 20 different brands and styles, and these are good for the following reasons: 1) They are very comfortable. It sounds like it’s a silly reason to rate earbuds but if you have them in your ears all day it’s important. 2) They sound great for the price, [with] decent bass, good separation and loud enough. 3) They connect well and don’t drop out. 4) They have a very long battery life. 5) They are built really well.” That's a lot of reasons!
This guy's pretty impressed, too: “The sound quality of these is really nice. I've had so many Bluetooth headphones in the past, and the audio always fell short. These have good fidelity, and if you adjust your equalizer right, it'll be like there's no difference between these and a wired headset.”
“I could’ve coughed up the near $200 for some wireless AirPods, but couldn’t justify it,” said a new convert. “In comes JBL for the save...They’re very similar in design to Apple. I wear them on mountain bike rides, running, cleaning house, meetings and don’t have any issues to report. All in all, great value, especially for people like me that felt forever tied to Apple products because of fit.”
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.