These Bluetooth headphones sound good and won’t kill your wallet

We’re living in an age where it’s beneficial to go wireless. Be it your mouse, keyboard, or even displays. This sudden move to wireless could be traced back to when Apple decided that a headphone jack is not for the cool kids and offered you an absurdly priced wireless earphones.

Of course, other phone brands decided to follow the footsteps of Apple, and they too decided headphone jacks are not cool anymore.

Suddenly, you find yourself using more Bluetooth audio devices. When this movement started, I found that wired audio devices were still superior. But wireless technology has caught up significantly to the point where you don’t need to splurge US$300 to get good sounding wireless headphones.

One such device is the Edifier W820BT, affordable wireless earphones that will not force you to eat uncooked rice for a month.

It’s a simple and professional-looking headphone.

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Well, simple is always better right? There’s really nothing to shout about when it comes to the headphone’s design. You’re not going to stand out like a weeb (no hate to my fellow weebs) with cat ears sticking at the top of your head.

It’s a simple and professional-looking headphones. My only complain? I feel that the ear cups section sticks out slightly too much for my taste, but generally, people don’t take notice.

And the fact that you’ll never see it anyway, unless you have good vision like pigeons do then you might hate it.

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On the right side, you’ll find the volume rocker, power button, and MicroUSB port for charging. I wished they could slot in Type-C port instead, but the general industry excuse with Type-C and MicroUSB ports is pricing. MicroUSB is cheaper, which is fair seeing as these headphones are only US$50.

On the left side, you’ll find the headphone jack which can be used with any device that still has this ‘primitive’ technology.

While the whole build is made from plastic, it uses PU leather for both the headband and ear cups. It’s quite soft and so far doesn’t hurt my ears after a long period of usage. But I do believe once you stretch out the headband after a week, you’ll find it fits your head much better.

Sounds better than dodgy Bluetooth headphones you’ll find online.

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Being as it’s only US$50, you’ll need to adjust your expectations. But for its price range, I think it does sound rather good.

It’s bass heavy, but the mids and treble do have some substance. If you’re going to listen to electronic music, it might just overpower a lot of the other sounds. But it does sound decent when it comes to rock and loft music.

You’re not going to get the ‘oomph’ from other more expensive headphones, but if you’re not an over-the-top audiophile and need something wireless, I think it will suit your everyday usage.

Fantastic battery life.

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The W820BT has been phenomenal in the battery department. It has managed to last at least a week. I can’t give you an exact gauge because during my one week of usage I have yet to charge it.

The only issue is that it’s hard to know the battery life. You’ll only know once you’ve connected it to a phone or a Windows computer that can read the battery life of Bluetooth devices.

As I mentioned before, it charges through a MicroUSB wire, and I’m not sure how long it’s going to take for a full charge.

Nonetheless, I’m absolutely impressed with the battery life.

It’s a simple headphone that only focuses on decent sound.

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If you’re willing to drop a couple of extra dollars, you could find yourself a headphone that has noise-cancellation and maybe something that sounds better.

Another aspect that the headphone lacks in performance is its microphone: It’s bad.

Voices sound garbled, and it picks up too much ambient noise. I would not recommend you answer calls or play games with it.

Pick it up if you’re looking for budget wireless headphones.

That said, I think Edifier has produced a high-value product. Sure it might lack in certain parts like noise-cancellation and the microphone, but what it does offer is an easy entry into the world of wireless audio experience.

If you’re looking for a Bluetooth headphone and you can live without the fancy tech and fluff, the Edifier W820BT is a pair of headphones that is worth looking into.

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