Top 10 wireless headphones and earbuds for under $50
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Photo credit: TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones, Wireless 4.1 / Amazon

Photo credit: TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones, Wireless 4.1 / Amazon

If you’re looking for a last minute holiday gift, one of these could be a good call

It’s the end of the holiday season, and that means it’s time to shop fast. Wireless headphones and earbuds are always useful for the person in your life who’s working on the computer (or playing DoTA!). Here are our top picks for wireless headphones and earbuds for under $50.

1. Mpow Jaws Bluetooth Headphones V4.1. $29.69

Photo credit: Mpow / Amazon

Photo credit: Mpow / Amazon

With a toggle on/off button and angled earbuds, these headphones are definitely appropriate for the less experienced headphone user. It vibrates in response to an incoming call rather than directly interrupting music (a common pet peeve for many Bluetooth users). It’s also extremely light for the market at 1.2 ounces, especially since it can pair well even with Galaxy technology.

The “shark” magnetic design lends more stability than the more traditional necklace setup for when you’re taking a break from listening. Also, they have a microphone and noise cancellation! These are easily the best bang for your buck out of all the headphones on this list.

2. [email protected] Bluetooth Wireless Headphones Headset, $22.99

Photo credit: Beyution / Amazon

Photo credit: Beyution / Amazon

These headphones’s claim to fame is their passive sound reduction capability (viable up to 15dB). Microphone capabilities allow for these headphones to work as a headset, despite no external add-on (even when connected with iPads). Their light and compact structure contains intuitive controls, perfect for a long listening session. Special features with this particular model include a collapsed mode for travel.

3. AYL Bluetooth Headphones V4.1, $29.99

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Photo credit: AYL / Amazon

These affordable headphones are built and function much like earbuds, but with added stability that will make them approachable for those skeptical of the stability of headphones. The Bluetooth syncing is absolutely seamless, and much quicker to implement than most models. Their design is also sweat proof, so you can take them straight from the computer to the gym. This model’s claim to fame is the ease of use with removing the headphones. No “ear ripping” sensation takes place with these.

4. TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones, Wireless 4.1, $44.79

Photo credit: TaoTronics

Photo credit: TaoTronics

Despite their earbud design, these headphones are expressly built for a non-slipping fit. This will definitely be the choice of bass fans, or for those who want to be immersed in their music for as long as possible. Three different size options exist for the outside loop.

The magnetic clip in these mid-budget headphones that combines them into a necklace will come in handy for those stopping and starting their music throughout the day (as will the 175 hours of possible standby time with this battery). The syncing up with Bluetooth 4.1 technology ensures an easy transition from the very beginning.

5. Bluedio T3 (Turbine 3rd) Extra Bass Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Stereo Headphones, $39.99

Photo credit: Bludio / Amazon

Photo credit: Bluedio / Amazon

Are you all about the bass? The Bluedio headphones will indulge your bass obsession like nothing else, and are built especially for responding to quick changes in music. They’re also notable for their incredibly stable Bluetooth synchronization abilities. The snug fit and 20 hours of battery life make these a particularly great choice for gamers, especially with the 3D sound mode (which is completely optional). Add in the specialized ear ventilation, and you have a pair of on-ear headphones that are well suited to long periods of use.

6. TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones Wireless In-Ear Earbuds Sports Sweatproof Earphones, $29.99

Photo credit: TaoTronics / Amazon

Photo credit: TaoTronics / Amazon

These earbuds are great for sports but can also be used for gaming or casual listening (particularly with fans of deep bass). The unusual design lends to seamless microphone use and a stay-put experience. They’re a great pick for anyone looking for some solid workout headphones without spending too much, particularly since they include noise cancellation technology.

There’s significantly less irritation with the band on the neck, and the earbuds stay put with their moldable features. One notable spec: The buttons are far enough apart so that the “big finger” problem with adjusting volume or skipping tracks on wireless headphones is largely avoided.

7. AELEC BTE268 Bluetooth Headphones Sweatproof Waterproof V 4.1, $45.99

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Photo credit: AELEC / Amazon

The perfect wireless headphones for the runner in your life, or for whoever likes their electronics to be bright! These ultra-minimalistic headphones are designed to stay put, with an adjustable cord and Active Lock ear stabilizers. The magnets on the back of the headphones also seem especially suited to not getting tangled with use. They may look light and flimsy, but they absolutely are not. Also with noise cancellation, they’re more like the perfect minimalistic headphones for those who just want a quick charge and not a lot of fuss. Perhaps because there’s not a lot of extra add-ons, these headphones have an exceptionally strong signal that even lasts through walls when walking between rooms.

Special note: The customer service team associated with this model are notably thorough and eager to help in answering questions about these headphones.

8. Atill Bluetooth Earbud Headphones, $24.99

Photo credit: Atill / Amazon

Photo credit: Atill / Amazon

These headphones support two devices simultaneously, and definitely is one of the more straightforward pairs of headphones on this list. It loops over the ear, and has an extremely responsive headset for music handling and call responses alike. The bendy gel design will definitely be a favorite among runners and people who despise the stereotypical “cold plastic” headphones.

These headphones are especially notable for their usefulness and strong grip even when practicing yoga. The vibration feature on this pair of headphones serves for alerting users as to when their phone is out of range, as opposed to when you receive an incoming call. They also include noise cancellation.

9. IKOPO Bluetooth headphones Wireless V4.1, $35.99

Photo credit: IKOPO / Amazon

Photo credit: IKOPO / Amazon

The main advantage to these earbuds is their design geared toward stability. These are popular with runners and anyone who wants the comfort and security of in-ear headphones with significantly less bulk. They also include noise cancellation technology and a built-in mic.

One special feature: The charging on these headphones is amazingly straightforward. It’s just a matter of charging until a certain light changes color. These aren’t the headphones for someone seeking a perfect bass conveyance, but the generalist will find a lot to like with these earbuds.

10. Aumet Wireless V4.1 Earbuds, $29.99

Photo credit: Aumet / Amazon

Photo credit: Aumet / Amazon

Who’s for an unconventional design? The “hatchet” design of these earbuds is perfect for those who don’t care for a traditional over-ear structure. Tablets, Androids and iPhones alike are all able to sync with these headphones, and it includes noise cancellation tech and a built-in microphone. With a 15-meter range for wireless transmission, this is definitely the choice for people seeking headphones that are different from the typical fare but still work well.

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