8 of the best wireless earbuds in the UK squib

8 of the best wireless earbuds in the UK

Do the cords of your headphones look like some sort of impossible puzzle after spending just a few minutes inside a pocket or purse? Turns out there's a scientific explanation for that.

In 2007, two researchers at the University of California decided to study the likelihood of knot formation by tumbling a piece of string inside a plastic box. They performed no fewer than 3,415 trials of this experiment and analysed the resulting knots using mathematical knot theory. Yep, seriously.

The pair published their findings in a paper, titled "Spontaneous knotting of an agitated string," concluding that one end of a string has to cross another part of the string just twice for a spontaneous knot to begin forming. That means as soon as you stash away your headphones, they can be well on their way to Tangle City in a matter of seconds. Read more...

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BEST FOR COMFORT

Jabra Elite Active 65t

They may not enjoy the same mainstream brand recognition as AirPods or Galaxy Buds, but Jabra's long-lasting earbuds are excellent.

  • Playtime: 5 hours (+10 hours with charging case)
  • Style: True wireless
  • Built-in mic: Yes
  • Charging case included: Yes
£155.80 from Amazon

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BEST FOR NOISE-CANCELLATION

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple's in-ear buds are now even better with the addition of active noise-cancellation technology.

  • Playtime: 4.5 hours of listening time and 3.5 hours of talk time (+24 and +18 hours, respectively, with charging case)
  • Style: True wireless
  • Built-in mic: Yes
  • Charging case included: Yes
£249 from Amazon

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BEST FOR TIGHT BUDGETS

Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo

Offering decent sound for the money, Anker's buds are a worthy upgrade from the junky earbuds you impulse-bought at the airport.

  • Playtime: 3.5 hours (+9 hours with charging case)
  • Style: True wireless
  • Built-in mic: Yes
  • Charging case included: Yes
£83.63 from Amazon

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BEST FOR CLARITY

Sennheiser Momentum

If you can justify the high price tag, you'll be the proud owner of the best-sounding buds on your block.

  • Playtime: 4 hours (+12 with charging case)
  • Style: True wireless
  • Built-in mic: Yes
  • Charging case included: Yes
£196 from Amazon

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BEST FOR DEEP BASS

Bose SoundSport Free

These bulbous little buds offer some serious oomph — just don't expect much from them when it comes to video syncing.

  • Playtime: 5 hours (+10 hours with charging case)
  • Style: True wireless
  • Built-in mic: Yes
  • Charging case included: Yes
£179.95 from Amazon

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BEST FOR FLEXIBILITY

Samsung Galaxy Buds

These durable and highly customisable earbuds offer the sort of convenient functionality that even Apple devotees can get behind.

  • Playtime: 6 hours (+7 hours with charging case)
  • Style: True wireless
  • Built-in mic: Yes
  • Charging case included: Yes
£109.80 from Amazon

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BEST FOR WORKING OUT

Vi Lifebeam

These AI-enabled earbuds have the potential to replace your Fitbit and your personal trainer.

  • Playtime: 8 hours
  • Style: Wireless
  • Built-in mic: Yes
  • Charging case included: No
£94.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR ALL-DAY WEAR

Powerbeats Pro

Love Apple, but hate AirPods? The Beats Powerbeats Pro are a sporty alternative comfy enough for all-day wear with an all-day battery life to match.

  • Playtime: 9 hours (+24 hours with charging case)
  • Style: True wireless with earhooks
  • Built-in mic: Yes
  • Charging case included: Yes
£219.95 from Amazon

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