The best AirPods alternatives

A man uses one of the best AirPods alternatives, the Sony WH-1000XM4
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The best AirPods alternatives are worth considering for a few reasons. Apple's AirPods are great headphones, offering superb audio performance and features, but they're not for everyone. For starters, Apple's earphones are hardly cheap – especially its over-ear options, the AirPods Max. 

But price might not be the only reason that you're looking for alternatives to AirPods. While Apple has options that offer water resistance and active noise cancellation along with seamless Siri integration, there are more specialist options out there. Other than that, you might not be a fan of Apple in general, or you might find its options less attractive if you're not using them with Apple products.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.

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