Seven top Bluetooth earphones: great for travel, runs and workouts

Longer-lasting batteries and improved technology for instant pairing with phones mean Bluetooth headphones can finally compete with wired models

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 December, 2015, 5:47am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 December, 2015, 4:05pm

Plantronics BackBeat Fit

With a tangle-free, lightweight and sweat-proof design, these sport-orientated earphones (HK$619) bounce back into shape. Designed for the gym (though also including an integrated microphone), they’re comfortable, and the battery lasts up to eight hours. Available at expansys.com.hk

JBL J46BT

Small and uncomplicated, the J46BT (HK$545) offers only 2½ hours of battery life, but a microphone and a three-button remote control on the cable makes them easy to use. On sale at expansys.com.hk

Jabra Eclipse

If you’re after something discreet for making calls and listening to audiobooks or podcasts, this mono earpiece (HK$1,099) is a marvel of minimalism. Sound quality is excellent and the battery lasts for three hours, with an included charging case adding another seven hours. Great for travel. Available at foresoon.com.hk

Sony SBH-80

Superbly designed and highly wearable, the SBH-80 (HK$569) has a small housing that sits on the neck. Inside is a six-hour battery, while the sound quality benefits from aptX and SBC. Sold by expansys.com.hk

Jaybird BlueBuds X2

These versatile earphones are made for sport. Able to be worn either under or over the ear, the sweat-proof X2 (HK$1,100) has an eight-hour battery life and SBC sound quality. Available from Concept Digital, Wan Chai Computer City, tel: 2574 8806

Beats Powerbeats 2

Decent sound quality and a wide choice of colours, but the pricey Powerbeats 2 (HK$1,798) are strictly for brand-loyal types or those susceptible to mass marketing. The battery lasts six hours. Available at foresoon.com.hk

Samsung Galaxy Gear Circle

APT-X means great quality audio, but what makes the Gear Circle (HK$888) a standout is the design; a metal clasp transforms these earphones into a wearable necklace. Expect nine hours of music. Available from foresoon.com.hk