The title of this post might seem hard to believe but yes, there are actually Bluetooth wireless sports earbuds for under $20 out there. They might not be able to compete with a thousand dollar pair but you do get what you pay for after all, right? We’ll be taking a closer look at the Lanbailan Wireless Sports Earbuds.
LanBaiLan Wireless Headphones
These earbuds are made by a company called LanBaiLan. They’re usually available for under $20 on Amazon, that price is hard to beat, especially being that they’re wireless.
Some Benefits To Consider
Would I suggest that these are going to sound like a pair of over-ear V-Modas? No, definitely not. Is this a pair of headphones that you could feel comfortable carrying with you and not have to worry too much about if you lose/break them? YES.
That seems to be one of the high points of these earbuds. At the low cost they are being offered at, it allows you to feel a little bit less stressed out about losing on the subway or at a concert.
If you purchased a $200 pair of Oakley sunglasses, you’d wanna guard those more carefully, right? The only exception I can think of would be if you have tons of disposable income stashed somewhere for a rainy day. Most of us don’t have that luxury.
Pros and Cons of the Price
On one hand, cheaper headphones are nice because they’re cheap but on the other side of that coin you do end up sacrificing the performance.
For the Casual Listener
Let’s say that you’re a casual listener who just needs a way to transmit music from your smartphone into your ears and that’s all that matters. If that’s your only goal then by all means a Bluetooth set of buds that’s this affordable is your ticket home.
For the Audiophile
If you care more about sound quality and durability, it’s usually a safer bet to spend the extra money on a more expensive pair.
For Exercise Junkies
This particular headset is built to be sweat-proof, exercise-proof and the design of the actual earpiece makes this easy to believe.
They have the common earbud/sleeve combination but also come with ear hooks to hold them in place while doing rigorous activity like exercise. A lot of people sometimes have the issue of earbuds falling out during excessive movement. This should not be the case due to the ear hooks.
They should fit snugly and stay securely in place.
IPX Level 4
These have an IPX (Ingress Protection) Level of 4 which means that they will hold up even if exposed to dripping sweat during your run or weight lifting. An IPX Level basically measures how a piece of gear will hold up under stress caused by water or dust. The higher the IPX Level, the more durable they will be
Another feature included with this set is a hands-free calling capability. All you have to do is say either “yes” or “no” to answer or deny a call. This especially comes in handy when you’re listening on the go and don’t want to interrupt your movement to pull out your phone and tap the screen.
Bluetooth Transmission Distance
The bluetooth signal is powerful enough to transmit while approximately 30 feet away from whatever device your streaming from. Let’s say you’re busy cooking your favorite meal in the kitchen and want to keep your iPhone safe from any food debris or unexpected spills. You can set your phone down in another room, pair your new earbuds and get to work on that special dish.
No Tangled Cord Falling All Over the Place
This is one of my favorite features of having wireless as opposed to wired. Not to mention that these have a behind the neck wire that won’t get tangled or fall into the soup you’re whipping up or exercise you’re doing.
There’s nothing worse than having the left earbud fall out mid-stride. Okay, maybe there are worse things in life but you get what I’m saying.
The battery life on these seems pretty standard, lasting up to 6 hours on a single charge. They come with a built in rechargeable battery and a micro USB cable to do the charging. It’s amazing how much technology you can fit into such a small device isn’t it?
Audio Performance Expectations
Now, keep in mind that you shouldn’t expect to hear ultra pristine sound reproduction and that if you do you’ll just be setting yourself up to be let down.
They DO PERFORM WELL for a pair of earbuds that’s under $20 so keep that in mind too. The performance comparison between a cheaper pair and something that’s more expensive ranges pretty widely, which is to be expected.
As you can see in the picture below, your headphones come equipped with a mic, volume control buttons, and an LED light notification system.
The main strength of these headphones is the Bluetooth feature being paired with a low-cost but wireless nonetheless, set of buds for you to enjoy. That and the sweat/dust resistant IPX score.
I would rate the main downside as being a lower sound resolution and less precise representation of a song that begs you to enjoy through a more hi-res speaker or headphone.
Once again, if that doesn’t bother you and you just want to be able to plug in wirelessly and enjoy a movie in the same room as someone reading a book or going for a run and not having to worry about tangled cords or earbuds that fall out, that’s fine too.
Out of 824 customer ratings on Amazon they score a pretty decent 3.5 out of 5 stars.
What Are You Looking For?
It all really depends on what you’re looking to get out of them. What works for some might not work for others. My recommendation would be that if you’re in the market for a less expensive pair of wireless earbuds, I would go for it. If you’re looking for something a little more pricey here’s a link to a review I did of the Beats Studio Wireless headphones.
More customer reviews or other additional information on the Lanbailan Wireless Headphones can be found here.
I want to personally thank you for taking the time to read through this review, I hope it answered most if not all of the questions you may have had. If not, feel free to comment or ask below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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