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What are wireless headphones?

Find out everything you need to know about wireless headphones with this handy guide.

Breaking news - you don’t have to waste the first five minutes of your commute untangling your headphone wires. Give thanks and praise to wireless headphones for making your mornings that bit easier. In this guide we’ll break down the top things you need to know about wireless headphones, including headphone types, sound quality and battery life.

Cut the cord

Most wireless headphones use Bluetooth technology, making it really simple to connect to compatible phones, tablets, laptops and more. The typical range is around 10m, giving you the freedom to tap your toes to your favourite beat from room to room. Yes, the wires have been ditched, but that doesn’t mean the sound quality has been cut. Over-ear wireless headphones in particular are designed to recreate rich, deep sounds with no strings attached.

Wireless headphones

Battery life

When it comes to going wireless, one of the most common questions we get is around battery life. It’s true, without being charged, wireless headphones aren’t that convenient. But, there are a number of models that come with a portable charging case or a detachable cable, so you can keep listening even when you’re out of power. We reckon that charging your headphones every now and again is still less of a faff than getting tangled up in a bunch of wires and spending time fiddling around with them.

Wireless and wired

In-ear, on-ear or over-ear

Now let’s compare the three types of wireless headphones and find the perfect pair for you - in-ear, on-ear or over-ear.

In-ear

  • Snug fit to minimise sound leakage
  • Lightweight, portable design
  • Perfect exercise partner
  • Won't re-create the same levels of bass as headphones

On-ear

Over-ear