Cheap alternative to AirPods is ‘incredible’. A tech reviewer who thought Apple AirPods “were the best money could buy” was blown away by a pair of cheap $45 ear buds. Source 9e
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There are a lot of known brands who have released their own True Wireless Stereo headsets. Unfortunately, brand loyalty is a very real thing. Also, the major manufacturers (Apple and Samsung) has features which will only work with devices within their own ecosystem.