14 of the best earbuds on Amazon, according to customer reviews

14 of the best earbuds on Amazon, according to customer reviews

Sure, they’re small, but that doesn’t mean earbuds are a purchase to be taken lightly.

You’ve probably been listening to music on the go for most of your life. So you know that finding a good pair of earbuds is actually pretty tricky. (I’ve gone through more in my lifetime than I can count.) 

And while picking up a $5 pair in the checkout line is easy enough, you know you’ll just be back again next month (or sooner) for a new pair because they stopped working.

SEE ALSO: Best AirPods cases: 50 cute, practical, and downright fun covers

Does that mean all earbuds are crap? No way. It’s simply not true that bass, noise cancellation, and crisp sound can only be found in fancy over-ear headphones. Some of us prefer our headphones to be a little more inconspicuous and portable. Read more…

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MOST AFFORDABLE

Panasonic RP-HJE120-PPK In-Ear Stereo Earphones

If you’re not looking for over-the-top sound features and just need a pair to get the job done, these are for you.

    $8.99 from Amazon

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    BEST VALUE FOR WIRED HEADPHONES

    Symphonized NRG 3.0 Wooden Headphones

    These are just as functional as they are classy, handcrafted from genuine wood that offers up insane natural acoustics.

      $19.99 from Amazon

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      BEST WIRED EARBUDS FOR AUDIOPHILES

      Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass Earbud Headset

      Bass this bumpin’ is pretty hard to find in earbuds under $100, so these are a good pick.

        $49.99 from Amazon

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        BEST NOISE-CANCELING WIRED EARBUDS

        TaoTronics active noise canceling wired earbuds

        At this price point, TaoTronics’ active noise cancellation is impressive.

          $45.99 from Amazon

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          BEST IF YOU’RE HESITANT TO GO COMPLETELY WIRE-FREE

          Bose SoundSport wireless headphones

          Get the mobility of wireless without the anxiety that comes with untethered earbuds.

            $129 from Amazon

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            BEST DEAL ON WIRELESS EARBUDS

            Otium Wireless Sport Headphones

            Sweatproof and equipped with a comfortable ear hook, these little guys are perfect for vigorous workouts.

              $18.89 from Amazon

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              BEST FIT

              SoundPEATS Magnetic Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones

              These earbuds combine a comfortable fit with nice sound quality.

                $14.99 from Amazon

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                BEST NOISE-CANCELING EARBUDS

                AirPods Pro

                With excellent sound quality and active noise cancellation, AirPods Pro are a top pick.

                  $249 from Amazon

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                  BEST DEAL ON WIRE-FREE EARBUDS

                  FOCUSPOWER F10 Mini Bluetooth Earbuds

                  This borderline invisible pair of earbuds gives you truly wire-free earbuds at a really affordable price.

                    $25.99 from Amazon

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                    MOST STYLISH WIRE-FREE OPTION

                    TREBLAB X2 Bluetooth Earbuds with Beryllium Speakers

                    The ultra-futuristic look of these earbuds is sure to get you some compliments.

                      $25.28 from Amazon

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                      BEST FOR WORKING OUT

                      Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Sport Headphones

                      With the SoundSport Free, Bose focuses on improved sound and maximum Bluetooth signal.

                        $199 from Amazon

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                        BEST EARBUDS FOR COMMUTERS

                        Samsung Galaxy Buds Bluetooth earbuds

                        Quick Ambient Mode will alert you to important sounds such as oncoming traffic and ambulance sirens.

                          $104.99 from Amazon

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                          MOST SECURE FIT

                          Power Beats Pro totally wireless earbuds

                          These earbuds combine Beats quality sound with connivence and comfort.

                            $249.95 from Amazon

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                            BEST BATTERY LIFE

                            ENACFIRE wireless earbuds

                            Keep your music going for nearly a month before these need to be charged.

                              $49.99 from Amazon

                              John Oliver episode about PM Modi not available in India on local Disney platform

                              John Oliver episode about PM Modi not available in India on local Disney platform

                              John Oliver’s revealing (and scathing) look at India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the latest Last Week Tonight is now a bit harder to watch if you’re in India, thanks to — in an unexpected twist — Disney.

                              Hotstar, the Disney-owned streaming platform that carries HBO programming in India, didn’t make the latest episode of John Oliver’s weekly series available, according to a report from Bloomberg. The company’s local representatives didn’t respond to a request for comment. (Mashable reached out to Disney in the U.S., but no response there yet, either.)

                              In the latest episode, which aired on Sunday evening in the U.S. and should have arrived on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 25 in India, Oliver devoted the main segment of the 30-minute program to an up-close look at Modi’s tenure as prime minister. It’s strongly critical of Modi’s record, making (admittedly apt) comparisons between the Indian prime minister’s nativist policies and those of Donald Trump. Read more…

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                              Study of Lyft and Uber confirms we need to carpool way more

                              Study of Lyft and Uber confirms we need to carpool way more

                              With on-demand rides available at the click of a button, it’s all too easy to get into a carbon-spewing vehicle without batting an eye.

                              But as a Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) study released Tuesday shows, all those rides are catching up to us. Instead of walking, biking, scooting, catching the bus, and even carpooling, too many of us are calling up our own private Uber and Lyft vehicles (and taxis, even though there are fewer of those compared to ride-hailing app options). The environmental advocacy group discovered this alarming number: Ride-hailing generates 47 percent more emissions than a private car trip. Then there’s this: Ride-hailing trips are 69 percent more polluting as the trips they displace.  Read more…

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                              Google searches for ‘face mask’ hit an all-time high amid coronavirus fears

                              Google searches for 'face mask' hit an all-time high amid coronavirus fears

                              The images streaming out of China as the country struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak depict  masses donning protective medical face masks. As Wired has pointed out, these masks have become a symbol of the pandemic. And Americans are taking notice.

                              As the disease spreads around the world and experts warn that the virus, known as Covid-19, will likely come to U.S. shores soon, Americans have apparently been wondering how to protect themselves — and whether they should take a cue from Chinese citizens’ facial attire.

                              That worry is reflected in our Google searches. According to Google Trends, searches for “face mask” reached an all-time high in February. Read more…

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                              7 of the best camping hammocks you can buy on Amazon

                              7 of the best camping hammocks you can buy on Amazon

                              Why should you opt for a camping hammock? Is it really better than sleeping on the ground in a tent? The short answer is an unequivocal yes. A hammock slashes the amount of bedding-related space you need to lug with you when compared to an air mattress, and it also allows for much less time spent trying to pump up and maintain firmness throughout the night. (Because let’s be honest, most entry level air mattresses aren’t exactly the most reliable.)

                              The term “hammock” can be traced back nearly 1,000 years to an Arawak word that translates into “fish net.” These early hammocks were not designed for leisure but for serving as protection from dangerous Caribbean creatures and insects. Read more…

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                              BEST CAMPING HAMMOCK OVERALL

                              MalloMe Hammock

                              Super comfortable and extra roomy, plus it’s a breeze to set up.

                                $22.09 from Amazon

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                                BEST BUDGET-FRIENDLY HAMMOCK

                                Honest Outfitters camping hammock

                                Comfortable, lightweight, and about the same price as a few cases of campsite beers.

                                  $29.99 from Amazon

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                                  BEST HAMMOCK FOR TWO PEOPLE

                                  Wise Owl Outfitters camping hammock

                                  Super lightweight but strong, it packs down to about the size of a grapefruit.

                                    $37.95 from Amazon

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                                    BEST HAMMOCK FOR MOSQUITO-HEAVY AREAS

                                    Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro

                                    If the only thing holding you back from experiencing the wilderness is the idea of bugs, get this.

                                      $49.99 from Amazon

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                                      EASIEST TO SET UP

                                      Gold Armour Camping Hammock

                                      Ideal for novice users, its assembly kit is extremely straightforward and intuitive.

                                        $26.99 from Amazon

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                                        BEST HAMMOCK FOR HIKING

                                        Bear Butt Camping Hammock

                                        It’s soft, lightweight, and packs down to a super small size.

                                          $69.99 from Amazon

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                                          BEST HAMMOCK FOR COLD TEMPERATURES

                                          Snugpak Hammock Cocoon

                                          This ultra warm (and super heavy) hammock is ideally suited for colder climates.

                                            $79 from Amazon

                                            Video of a wild javelina sprinting down an Arizona street is perfect meme fuel

                                            Video of a wild javelina sprinting down an Arizona street is perfect meme fuel

                                            It’s not every day a person captures footage of a javelina sprinting down a civilian street, so when someone does it rightfully creates quite the stir online.

                                            A video recently shared to Facebook by Damion Alexander shows a javelina running at high speeds in Tucson, Arizona, and it’s the perfect combination of mesmerizing, hilarious, and utterly terrifying.

                                            For those who aren’t familiar with javelina, though the beasts resemble pigs and boars they’re technically neither. Per the Arizona Game and Fish Department, javelina are collared peccary and reside in Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico. 

                                            The javelina in the video can be heard grunting and seen absolutely darting along the side of the road, jumping and dodging obstacles like he’s a character in a video game. The footage is so unreal that it’s going viral and getting quite the meme treatment. Read more…

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                                            You might get $30 from the government if you were the victim of a tech support scam

                                            You might get $30 from the government if you were the victim of a tech support scam

                                            Being taken for a ride by scammers isn’t fun, but getting money from the government is.

                                            The FTC announced its latest refund program for scam victims on Tuesday. Anyone who got swindled by an outfit best known as Click4Support should get a check from the government as part of a $1.7 million settlement. The refunds will average about $30 and go out to a little less than 58,000 people.

                                            Click4Support’s scam operation was devious, but not especially complicated. The original FTC lawsuit from 2015 accused the group of running pop-up ads that looked like they were from established tech brands designed to make credulous viewers call them for tech support. Anyone who called was routed to a call center controlled by the scammers.  Read more…

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                                            Security experts warn that ‘high tech’ voting and elections don’t mix

                                            Security experts warn that 'high tech' voting and elections don't mix

                                            When it comes to securing the vote, officials keep pushing for the latest and supposedly greatest in election technology. According to cryptography experts at the annual RSA conference in San Francisco, that approach might just do more harm than good. 

                                            In fact, one warned, when it comes to elections, depending on technology can be “dangerous.” Thankfully, ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, we already have a good (if not perfect) toolset to secure the vote — we just have to choose to use it.  

                                            Speaking to a crowd of security industry professionals in the main hall of San Francisco’s Moscone Center Tuesday morning, RSA Data Security founder and current MIT professor Ronald Rivest criticized voting tech like the now infamous Iowa Caucus app.  Read more…

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