When you make the decision to leave the wired world behind for good you’ll likely breathe a big sigh of relief – no more getting tangled in wires or worrying about the limitations of the cord attached to your smartphone or tablet. You can join the wireless world without splashing out a lot of cash, but I wouldn’t recommend purchasing Bluetooth wireless headphones for under $20, as there isn’t a lot of quality to be found at that price point. If you want a pair that you’re actually going to enjoy listening to, be prepared to pay in excess of $50 and possibly a lot more.

There are a lot of features you should be paying close attention to when looking for the perfect wireless headphones, headset, or earbuds. First of all, are you looking for a device just for listening to music or do you want to be able to make hands-free calls as well? How good is the sound quality and how comfortable are they on your head? These are a couple of things you should be thinking about before you set out to make your purchase, and in this buying guide we look at all the major features you should be looking for. You can also follow the links for more in-depth articles on each individual feature.

Choosing between Headphones, Earbuds, and Headsets

There are some very real differences between headphones, earbuds, and headsets. That doesn’t mean that one device is better than the other as it really depends on what you plan on using it for. If you’re looking for the best device to use while working out you may have very different needs from someone that’s looking for something that will allow them to make hands-free calls while driving. In this article we look at the different types of wireless Bluetooth headgear available and which ones may be best under various circumstances.

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Noise Cancellation

The great thing about headphones or earbuds are that they let you block out the world around you so you can enjoy listening to music or talking on your phone without worrying about the distractions around you. No matter what you’re using your Bluetooth wireless device for, you’ll want to consider how well it cancels out the noise around you. The best devices on the market include active noise-cancellation engineering; this article explains the difference between passive and active noise-cancellation technologies.

Bluetooth Technology Used

Most of us aren’t too concerned about the type of Bluetooth technology our devices use – we just know it works and it allows us to connect two devices together without wires. You should be concerned, though, as the Bluetooth technology your devices use can seriously affect how well they maintain their connection. It’s best to look for devices that use the latest Bluetooth standard and this article explains why.

Battery Life

Bluetooth wireless headphones, earbuds, and headsets rely on lithium-ion batteries to keep them going; you might think that they’d all be about equal in this department, but they’re not. If you want to truly experience the freedom that comes with owning a quality wireless listening device, you have to play close attention to the battery life. Here we outline what you should expect from your battery.

Wired Vs. Wireless

As you might have guessed, I’m a firm believer that wireless is better than wired technology – at least potentially. It is the direction that the world is heading in, but not everyone agrees. There are some benefits that wired technology has over its wireless cousins and we explain this here. It might not convince you to give up your migration to wireless technology, but it’s still food for thought.

Smartphone and Tablet Compatibility

One thing that many people don’t pay a lot of attention to is whether or not a set of headphones will actually pair with their device or not. Almost all wireless Bluetooth headphone manufacturers claim that their devices are compatible with any kind of smartphone or tablet, but if you take a look at the reviews of these products you may find a very different story. In this article we take a closer look at this issue.

Comfort, Fit, and Convenience

How a device fits is another important consideration. You want to look for something that fits snugly on your head so it doesn’t fall off, but you don’t want something that will pinch or cause discomfort. It’s also important to consider the convenience factor of the device you’re considering purchasing. Something that sounds great but is big and bulky will probably not be appropriate for the gym. In this article we take a look at how comfort, fit, and convenience should affect your purchase decision.

The Extras

The primary purpose of wireless Bluetooth headphones, earbuds, or a headset are for listening to music or making hands-free calls, but many of the better devices also come with other cool features. In this article we take a peek at the extras a device may come with and whether or not they should affect your purchase decision.