Best Smart Earbuds for Travel: AirPods, Pixel Buds, Erato Verse
Super portability and easy access to AI assistants make these wireless headphones must-haves on your next trip.
1. Apple AirPods
Like most Apple headphones, audio quality is adequate. And the design is kooky. But you won’t find better Bluetooth chops. The W1 wireless chip maintains a rock-solid connection to minimize dropouts, and the battery delivers five hours of listening before you have to pop them into the case for a charge. Want to hear some SZA? Double-tap either bud and ask Siri to cue it up.
2. Google Pixel Buds
The thin cable forms an ear-gripping loop for a super-comfy fit. Sound quality is aces, and you get five hours between pit stops in the charging case. Android users can tap and hold the right earpiece to summon Google Assistant and get travel updates. On Pixel phones, Assistant also does real-time translation—handy for that fast-talking Italian waiter.
3. Erato Verse
Teeny buds mean teeny batteries, going only three hours between charges. But the compact design lets you slide them way into your ears for a tight seal that boosts sound quality and blocks the racket of trains, planes, and fussy babies. Press the button on either earpiece to ask Siri or Assistant for directions when you get lost in the 11th arrondissement.
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