What Are Some Affordable Wireless Headphones

True wireless in-ear headphones put to the test

These are the best true wireless in-ear headphones

Frederik Niemeyer

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In-ear headphones with a true wireless design, such as Apple's Airpods, are extremely compact and ideal for commuting and exercising. Since there is no longer a connection cable between the right and left earbuds, you will hardly notice good models after a short time. We tested numerous true wireless headphones in the CHIP comparison test. Here you can read about the basic strengths and weaknesses of the products and what you should pay attention to when buying. In our in-ear headphones test, the excellent Huawei FreeBuds Pro for around 150 euros did the best. You can get a much cheaper true wireless headphone with useful performance for just 30 euros.

These are the best true wireless in-ear headphones we tested

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True wireless in-ear headphones put to the test

Test winnerPrice tipTop alternativeThe entry-level modelFor Apple fans

product

product

Huawei FreeBuds Pro

Panasonic RZ-S300W

Sony WF-1000XM3

QCY T1

Apple Airpods Pro

Overall rating

Overall rating

very good (1.1)

very good (1.6)

very good (1.2)

good (2.5)

very good (1.2)

Sound quality

Sound quality

very good (1.3)

very good (1.4)

very good (1.1)

good (2.3)

very good (1.3)

Total running time

Total running time

38:15 hours

30:42 hours

37:40 hours

15:40 hours

27:15 hours

Active noise canceling

Active noise canceling

very good (1.3)

No

very good (1.1)

No

very good (1.4)

Bluetooth range

Bluetooth range

very good (1.4)

good (1.7)

good (1.9)

good (2.0)

satisfactory (3.5)

Wireless charging of the case

Wireless charging of the case

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Case size

Case size

small

small

quite big

small

small

Most popular shop

Most popular shop

from € 129

TO THE SHOP (Media Markt)

from € 75

TO THE SHOP (Amazon)

from € 169

TO THE SHOP (Amazon)

from € 28

TO THE SHOP (Amazon)

from € 204

TO THE SHOP (Amazon)

Cheapest shop

Cheapest shop

from € 129

TO THE SHOP (Saturn)

from € 75

TO THE SHOP (Amazon)

from 150 €

TO THE SHOP (Mindfactory)

from € 28

TO THE SHOP (Amazon)

from 193 €

TO THE SHOP (Büromarkt Böttcher AG)

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Our true wireless headphones recommendations

Test winner: Huawei FreeBuds Pro

  • Huawei FreeBuds Pro

    Overall grade: very good (1.1): The Huawei FreeBuds Pro achieved an excellent rating in all categories in the test. The sound is fun and the wearing comfort is great. With a total running time of over 38 hours, they are also very durable.

advantages
Excellent sound
Long battery life
Comfortable seat
disadvantage
Some functions only for Android or Huawei smartphones
Not waterproof
We gave the Huawei FreeBuds Pro, which were presented in autumn 2020, a top rating of "very good" in all categories in the test. All in all, you get a full sound that is particularly impressive with natural voice reproduction. At times the bass is a bit intense. For better shielding from loud ambient noise, the headphones have active noise canceling. The ANC's performance is not perfect, but it is very good. To make the environment easier to understand, the manufacturer has even given the FreeBuds Pro an ambient mode.
The Huawei headphones also do a lot right when it comes to comfort: They sit comfortably and do not generate any pressure in the ear. In addition, sensors detect when you put the earbuds on or off. Due to the smooth surface, removing it from the small charging case is a bit fiddly. Incidentally, you can conveniently charge the latter wirelessly on a Qi-Pad. The battery of the in-ears is empty after almost 8.5 hours - together with the charging box, we achieved a runtime of over 38 hours in the test.
You have to accept some restrictions if you do not have an Android or Huawei smartphone. The manufacturer app is not available for iOS and some functions require a Huawei device or certain OS versions.

Panasonic RZ-S300W

  • Price tip: Panasonic RZ-S300W

    Overall grade: very good (1.5): Our test shows that you get a lot for your money with the Panasonic RZ-S300W. A very good sound quality and a total battery life of 30:42 hours cost just 80 euros.

advantages
Good sound
Impressive battery life
best price performance ratio
disadvantage
Slightly exaggerated heights
Lack of power at higher volume
The Panasonic RZ-S300W also gives you very good in-ear headphones, but you have to make compromises in some areas. The overall sound quality is very good and clear, the battery with 30:42 hours felt tireless. However, the highs are a bit sharp and the sound appears too flat in the standard setting. With the "bass optimization" the music comes to life and gets more volume. At a higher volume, other in-ears, such as the Sony WF-1000XM3, sound a bit more secure and convincing.
When it comes to comfort, the Panasonic headphones leave something to be desired. Despite the magnetic holder, the earbuds don't jump into the small case really well. Practice is required here. The touch controls are also not very elegant. Tapping two or three times for quieter and louder is a bit painful in the ears. On the other hand, the RZ-S300W only costs just under 85 euros, which results in a first-class price-performance ratio.