The Benefits and Drawbacks Of True Wireless Earbuds

Written by: Justine Liew

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Gone were the days of struggling to untangle wired earphones from your pockets or your bag to listen to music, watch a recorded lecture, or just listen to audiobooks. With technological advancements and key design changes, wireless earbuds or wireless earphones, however you wish to call them, have become the future of earphones. 

Earphones go way back to the late 1800s when Thomas Edison first attached stethoscope-like listening tubes to a phonograph. It wasn’t until the year 2004 when the first stereo wireless Bluetooth headphones hit the market, although it only became viable in 2010. Since then, a variety of earphones, headphones, and true wireless (TWS) earbuds have developed. Some examples are Beats by Dr Dre Studio, Samsung Galaxy Buds, Apple Airpods, Google Pixel Buds, and much more. 

In this article, we will be weighing the benefits and drawbacks of true wireless earbuds for all you tech-savvy people out there. Let’s go!

The Benefits Of True Wireless Earbuds


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The first thing you’d think of when you hear the term ‘wireless’ is that it is tangle-free and ideal for moving around. You can put the buds in your ears and won’t have to deal with wires tangling everywhere anymore! These are perfect for gym-goers who need the flexibility to move around when exercising. You can also complete chores around the house and make the time pass by listening to a podcast or music.


In terms of comfort, the TWS earbuds are second to none. They are so small and snug that you might forget they were placed in your ears. You don’t have to worry about the fit, though, as they all come in a standard size that should easily fit everyone. They are also designed to be firmly attached to your ears without being pulled on by accident.

Superb Sound Quality

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With advanced technology, these TWS earbuds are now capable of transmitting high definition audio and sound quality without any distortions. Additionally, Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is still a pretty new feature for the TWS field. Although the TWS earbuds with this feature tend to be more expensive, they are still undeniably more affordable than the top-notch noise-cancelling headphones.


One of the factors to take into consideration is that these TWS earbuds are more durable than wired earphones. Wired earphones are prone to wire damage caused by frequent uses but going wireless solves this problem by avoiding having to replace the spoiled ones. The earbuds are small but tough which makes them last longer than wired ones. The usual wear and tear do not affect them as much as they just sit on your ears the entire time.

On-Ear Touch Controls

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Another benefit to these TWS earbuds is that they have touch controls that let you pause music, skip tracks, or even summon voice assistants like Siri and Google. Some TWS earbuds use actual buttons to control playback, call management, and volume. Whereas others include touch panels, for instance, double-tapping the left earpiece will skip a track. Hence, on-ear control panels have become more creative and user-friendly, and in the long run, it becomes intuitive.

The Drawbacks Of True Wireless Earbuds

Expensive In Price

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Just like any high-end technology gadgets, TWS earbuds are certainly on the pricier side of the spectrum. They are designed to accommodate a battery, a microphone in each earbud, high sound quality, and Bluetooth connectivity all into one small and compact size. The base price for most TWS earbuds ranges from $100 to $200, sometimes even more. Taking the Apple AirPods Pro, for example, priced at nearly $400 for one pair. But over the years, the prices for TWS earbuds have started to slowly come down, making them more affordable for the mass market.

Frequent Charging

TWS earbuds require regular charging as they are powered by batteries. This can be a drawback if you are the type of person who loves listening to music or podcasts for long periods. On average, TWS earbuds get three to five hours of battery life on a single charge. If you find the buds running low on battery, you might need to wait a while for them to recharge after placing them back into their charging cases. 

Otherwise, certain TWS earbuds come with a charging case, which can either be charged via micro-USB, USB Type-C, or even wireless charging. Some charging cases even support a quick charge feature, so you can quickly pop the earbuds back into the case and get it going again in no time.

Easily Misplaced Or Lost

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It can be daunting to find one of these when they go missing, which is why you would need to place them back in their case after every use. TWS earbuds are designed to be small, portable, and lightweight which makes it easier to lose them if you’re not careful. Moreover, the lack of wires connecting one earbud to the other can increase the risk of misplacing them or losing them.


At the end of the day, choosing between true wireless earbuds or wired earphones all comes down to personal preference. If you’re someone who loves to have a pair that works on a wider variety of devices, such as video game consoles, then a wired pair would be the preferred choice. On the other hand, if you like having the freedom to roam about without wires and cables in the way, then a wireless option would be better. 

In my opinion, I prefer to have both options to choose from. Especially when commuting or exercising, going wireless is what I would choose because it provides the freedom of moving around.

Nevertheless, I hope this post has given you some insight into the benefits and drawbacks of investing in true wireless earbuds. Till our next article.