Price: $ 79.99
Here's what we want
- Great budget AirPods alternative
- Audio quality at eye level with AirPods
- The noise isolation of the wireless earplugs is great  And what we do not
- You lose the proprietary comfort of AirPods
- . Touch Commands Are Too Challenging
- Slightly less battery life than AirPods
While you can afford the hefty price of Apple's AirPods, you still want a truly wireless experience, Anker's Soundcore Liberty Air Heads offer some solid Wireless experience on a limited budget.
The market does not want AirPod alternatives, but what you'll notice when you look at our summary of AirPod alternatives that are worth considering is that they are so expensive even more expensive than the AirPods themselves
This is where the Liberty Air headphones stand out: they offer an AirPod-like appearance and functionality, but at half the price.
Let's take a closer look and reflect on our time, see how they compare to the AirPods, and if saving $ 80 versus AirPod costs is ultimately a good value.
General Design: Not quite AirPods, but close
When it comes to size, the Charging Case for Liberty Air is slightly larger and thicker than the AirPods Case, what to expect, before I even received it – Apple has really knocked it out of the park on the overall design and quality of the AirPods case, making the Liberty Air case feel rather cheap in comparison.
However, in a vacuum the Liberty Air case is frankly fine, and it is still very much pluggable and easy to handle. It also opens just like the AirPods case, and each earphone sits just like the AirPods in its own cavity held there by magnets.
The Liberty Air case has the AirPods case Not a series of small LEDs indicates the battery level of the case. That's really nice to have. Unfortunately, the case is charged via the micro USB port on the bottom. We understand that we do not have to pay the premium to install a Lightning port, but not using USB-C at this time seems like a strange choice.
Speaking When charging, the headphones can be used for up to five hours of music playback, and the case offers a total charge of 20 hours, which is not quite the 24 hours of the AirPod, but still a considerable number of play / charge hours.
The headphones themselves are much smaller than most other wireless headphones I've ever seen. The Liberty Airs are not just a big round earplug, but have a much smaller footprint, thanks to the stems that are reminiscent of the AirPods, which offer more space for various internal components.
Finally, it's worth noting that the version I took for a spin is random, but black You can get a white bud / white case design – see above – for the same price if you really want to preserve Apple's white-on-white aesthetic.
Dat Tight Seal (or: They have noise isolation)
A big difference between the Liberty Airs and the AirPods The former offers a more traditional earplug with rubber tips that form a good seal in your ear canal for noise isolation.
This is my biggest complaint with the AirPods. I understand well that some people do not want noise isolation so they can still hear the environment, but that means I can not use them in airplanes and car trips, which is about 80% of the headphone load. The other 20% is for the time I have to concentrate and drown everything else around me for which AirPods just can not cut it. In light of that, I absolutely love the noise isolation design of the Liberty Air earphones.
That is, there is a disadvantage of the good seal. If you use the Liberty Airs for phone calls (as is the case with the AirPods), this tight seal is not really ideal. I've found that my voice echoes through my ears every time I speak – it's very similar when you clog your ears and start talking. Her voice is ten times louder at the end. This is where AirPods get the upper hand, if that's a problem for you.
Using the Headphones: Pretty Good But Intrusive Touch Controls
When you open your headphones and connect them to your phone for the first time, this is definitely not as easy as pairing AirPods. Instead, you must use traditional methods of Bluetooth pairing. This means that you go to the settings in the Bluetooth menu and select the headphones to pair them. You must also first remove the earphones from the case before they can be connected to your phone.
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The headphones fit well in my ears and have various S / M / L rubber tips. So everyone will find a size that works well for him. And if you want to get started with noise isolation, you can buy a few premium foam tips that look almost like earplugs – they are awesome.
As for the operation of the headphone when listening to music or just for everyday use, it can be a bit confusing and uncomfortable at times. For starters, the headphones do not have proximity sensors, so the music continues to play even if you remove both earbuds – you need to manually stop the music.
Second, earbud has its own touchpad, which you can tap to perform various actions. This is great, but there are some commands that may be hard to remember:
- Double-tapping the right earphone will play / pause music and answer / end a call.
- Double-tapping the left earphone activates the voice assistant on your phone and rejects incoming calls.
- If you press and hold the right earphone for two seconds, the next song will be connected.
- Tapping and holding the left earphone for two seconds moves to the previous song.
These commands can not be customized, unlike the AirPods.
The Liberty Airs sound pretty decent and they are on par with the AirPods. Granted, you do not pay the high price of the AirPods for excellent audio quality, but it's nice to know that the Liberty Airs at least sound no worse than the AirPods.
The Bottom Line: They're great For "Bargain AirPods"
I'll say it now: If you want to save money and also want noise reduction, Anker's Soundcore Liberty Airs are undoubtedly a fantastic buy.
You pay 50% the cost of a pair of AirPods and 75% of the value. It's up to you to decide whether it's worth paying 50% more for the AirPod experience.
The Liberty Airs are half the cost of an AirPod pair and show some of the design options (such as the micro USB port) instead of the lightning or lack of adequate connectivity). All that is missing in the end are some of the convenience factors that are not a big deal anyway – especially if you're shopping on a small budget.
Rating: 8/10  Price: $ 79.99
Here is what we like
- Great AirPods alternative
- Audio quality at eye level with AirPods
- The noise isolation from wireless earbuds is fantastic