Truly wireless stereo earphones (TWS) gained a lot of traction in recent times. Apple was the first brand to introduce the TWS Apple AirPods back in 2016. Apple AirPods swayed the audibles market as it was compact, and most importantly, you don't need to untangle those messy wires every time. On the flip side, they were priced too high, and they were not as good as wired headphones due to latency issues. Fast forward to 2020, the wireless audio market has evolved a lot, and users can get a decent quality TWS without shelling a lot of money. If you are looking for a good TWS under Rs.5,000, then you have landed at the right place. Here we have listed our top 3 TWS to consider under Rs.5,000.
Mi True Wireless Earphones 2
Xiaomi ventured into the Indian TWS market with Mi True Wireless Earphone 2. Mi TWS comes with a 14.2 mm large dynamic driver and LHSC Hi-res codec support and has a semi in-ear design. Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 has a balanced sound profile with good sound separation between low, mid, and high ends. Each earbud comes with a 30 mAh battery and has 4 hours of playback time whereas, the charging case has 250 mAh battery, and it can give an additional 14 hours of battery life. The case also supports type C fast charging to top up the earbuds pretty quickly. The earbud comes with touch controls to play/pause music, attend/reject calls, and to trigger Google assistant or Siri. Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 also comes with wear detection to pause music automatically when you take the earbuds off and resumes when you put them back on. Xiaomi has also thrown in a one-step easy pairing feature for MIUI 11 based devices. Mi TWS has Bluetooth 5.0 and has environmental noise cancellation feature for enhanced call quality. The earbuds are available in white color option, and it is priced at Rs. 4,499.
Realme Buds Air
Realme stirred the TWS segment by launching affordable Realme Buds Air, back in January 2020. The earbuds are bit bass-heavy, and if you are a fan of thumping bass, then you will surely love Realme Buds Air. The earbuds have a 12 mm driver and come with an R1 chipset and AAC codec with Bluetooth 5.0 for superior audio and call quality. Realme Buds Air sports semi in-ear design similar to Apple AirPods. The earbuds have Dual-channel Transmission with Super Low-latency mode, and this feature can be triggered by long-pressing on both sides of the earbuds. Other gestures include double click to answer a call; play or pause music, triple-click to skip to next track, and long-press on one side to trigger voice assistant; end/decline call. The earbuds come with 3 hours of music playback time, and along with the carrying case, it can provide up to 17 hours of playback on a single charge, and the case can be fully charged in under 1.5 hours. The carrying case supports both type C fast charging and wireless charging, making it the only TWS in this list to come with wireless charging support. The earbud comes with Environmental Noise cancellation and easy pair features for better all quality and seamless connectivity. Realme Buds Air is available in black, yellow, and white color options, and it is priced at Rs.3,999.
JBL C100 TWS
If you are looking for an in-ear styled TWS from a tier 1 brand, then JBL C100 TWS is a perfect pick for you. JBL C100 boasts a 5.8 mm driver, which is the smallest of all the three in our list. Like Realme Buds Air, JBL C100 TWS also emphasizes on bass and has JBL's Pure Bass Sound technology for a better audio experience. The earbud comes with up to 5 hours of battery life, and the case can provide an additional 12 hours of battery life. The case takes around 2 hours to charge from 0 to 100% and supports quick top-up where 15 mins of charging can provide up to 1 hour of music playback. The earbuds have a multifunction button (MFB) to attend/reject calls, change tracks, increase/decrease volume, and the MFB can also invoke Google assistant or Siri. JBL C100 comes with Bluetooth 5.0 support and auto-pairing functionality. The earbuds are available in Black and white color options, and it is priced at Rs.3,999.
These are our top 3 TWS under Rs.5,000, and all these TWS can withstand sweat and slight water splashes without any issues. If you are looking for an even more budget-friendly TWS, stay tuned, we will be back with our top TWS under Rs.2,500 very soon.