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RS Recommends: These $39 Earbuds May Just Be the Best AirPods Alternative Online

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When it comes to wireless earbuds, Apple’s AirPods are still the gold standard (they’re on sale for $149 right now). But if you’re looking for a solid pair of earbuds that won’t break the bank, you’ll want to check out the OnePlus Buds Z, which deliver the same great sound, comfortable fit and extra-long battery life for less than one-third the price of AirPods.

The OnePlus Buds Z are discounted to just $39.99 right now on Amazon — $10 off their already-low price of $49.99. The surprise deal gets you a pair of these top-rated AirPod alternatives at its cheapest price yet.

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Buy: OnePlus Budz Z Wireless Earbuds $39.99

The Amazon deal gets you the OnePlus Buds Z True Wireless Earbuds in the same all-white colorway as the AirPods, with a matching white charging case. Get up to five hours of listening time on a single charge; get up to 20 hours with the included charging case. A quick ten-minute charge, meantime, gets you up to three hours of playtime.

The OnePlus Buds Z deliver surprisingly detailed sound for a pair of earbuds at its price point. The 10mm driver helps to pull out crisper highs and richer vocals, while the “Bass Boost” feature brings deep, pounding bass (if anything, these are a bit bass-heavy). The Buds Z are one of the best-sounding earbuds for their price point and we’ve always found the audio to be clean and clear. The buds are great for taking calls too — they’ve got two built-in mics to pick up your voice more accurately.

One of the best features of the OnePlus Buds Z is the IPX55 rating, which protects your buds from heavy rain and sweat. The water-resistance makes these earbuds great for taking on a workout or run. The ergonomic fit helps the buds stay in place even while you move, and they’re lodged into your ears comfortably rather than “dangling” precariously.

Pairing to your phone or laptop is super easy, and the touch-sensitive controls on the side of each bud put music and settings — literally — at your fingertips. The OnePlus Buds Z boast a 4.4-star rating out of 5, from more than 2500 reviews online. Regularly $49.99, get these popular AirPods alternatives on sale for just $39.99 here.

Looking for the next step up? OnePlus also has their OnePlus Buds Z2 on sale for just $79 here. The Buds Z2 have bigger drivers for bigger sound, plus the addition of active noise cancellation technology to help reduce wind, traffic and ambient noise. See the OnePlus Buds Z2 deal here.

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