Aukey’s earbuds are a good option for working out, sports, and other rigorous, fitness-related activities because they’re designed to stay in the ears and also offer water resistance.
Design wise, the B80 earbuds feature soft tips that go in your ears along with a wraparound earhook that keeps them in place while you’re active. Aukey provides a variety of different ear tips, with three sizes of memory foam and soft silicone to meet all preferences.
These headphones aren’t wire-free like AirPods or more expensive earbuds from other companies, but the wire stays out of the way and the $70 price point makes them much more affordable than an alternative like AirPods.
Aukey has designed the B80 earbuds with sound in mind. Features include dual drivers that Aukey says have been “precisely tuned” to generate rich, pure sound with a 10Hz to 22kHz frequency range and aptX-Low Latency. Aukey promises “full, warm lows and mids” combined with “clear and natural highs.”
The B80 earbuds ship with a soft silicone case for storage purposes, and they’re designed to charge using USB-C, which is convenient if you have other USB-C devices. A 10 minute charge will give you 80 minutes of playback, and when fully charged, the B80 earbuds will last for up to 8 hours.
Three colors are available, including gray, red, and dark gray, all of which have gold accents. There is an included remote for turning the earbuds on, adjusting volume, switching tracks, and phone calls. IPX6 water resistance is included, so these can hold up to sweat or rain, though you won’t want to submerge them.
For those who prefer not to have earhooks, Aukey also makes the $50 B60 earbuds, which are similar in design but have a different fit.
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Introduced late last year, the BoseSmart range of speakers support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and Alexa voice activation. Models in the range that now support AirPlay 2 include the Bose Home Speaker 500 ($399), the Soundbar 500 ($549), and the Soundbar 700 ($799). Bose says the feature support is being delivered to eligible speakers as an over-the-air firmware update, via the Bose Music app.
As noted by HomeKit Hero, the company’s announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Bose had previously given no indication that AirPlay 2 support was coming to its speakers, and the brand didn’t appear on Apple’s own third-party AirPlay 2 speakers list, which includes both available and upcoming products.
In its forum post, Bose mentioned it is still working on bringing AirPlay 2 compatibility to its SoundTouch speakers, which start at $199 and also include Alexa support, but offered no timeline for its introduction.