The audio jack is disappearing. The iPhone 7 was the ﬁrst to do it, and rumours abound that Android phones are going to follow suit. Embrace the wireless future with one of these top Bluetooth offerings.
If you’re a frequent flyer, get the...
Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2
Noise-cancelling headphones are a musthave if you travel a lot. They make flights so much more bearable as they block out the din around you – from the sounds of babies crying to the droning engine of a plane. Our pick is the Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2. This pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones pumps out powerful sound, lasts up to 24 hours on a single charge, and handily pauses your music when they’re removed from your ears. They also feel like a pair of soft pillows – a really important feature to have when you’re on a long-haul flight.
Available for $319 at major electronic stores including Challenger.
If you’re less-than-tech-savvy, get the..
Next to the plug-andplay simplicity of wired headphones, Bluetooth ones can be a hassle to set up, what with all the menu-diving and button-pushing. The Apple AirPods are different. Simply open the case and an interface slides up on screen. Tap “Connect”, and that’s it! That they boast 24 hours of juice (thanks to the case, which charges them when they’re not in use) make them all the more impressive.
Available for $238 at apple.com/sg.
If you’re a gym bunny, get the...
When you’re working out, you need a durable pair of headphones that don’t just sound great, but also stay in your ears. The Jaybirds X3 fits the bill: they’re sweat-proof, come with rubber fins that fit super snugly into your ears, and have an inline remote and microphone, so you can skip tunes and pick up calls mid-workout. They also have a sealed design that blocks out unwanted noise – like the screams from that annoying gym bro at the free weights section.
Computer Says No While just about every modern smartphone and laptop will have Bluetooth built in, some desktop computers don’t. If, say, your old computer at the office doesn’t have it, don’t fret – you can easily add it by getting a USB Bluetooth dongle for super cheap.