Best Bluetooth Earbud headphones Under $50 for 2019

Top 5 Best Bluetooth Earbuds for 2019 Under $50 that are also


If you’re looking for some new Bluetooth earbud style headphones that cost less than $50 and you can wear in the gym or running? Here’s the top 5 I’ve found for the best Bluetooth earbud headphones.  There’s a bunch out there so I only looked at the ones with good reviews that weren’t fake.  There’s a lot of fake reviews so those that didn’t pass the test of at least a B were eliminated right away.  These are all the type that are wired in between the earbuds so these aren’t the true wireless style.  I’ll be doing those next so check back soon.

In looking for the best Bluetooth Earbuds I also eliminated any with older technology.  So these will all be at least Bluetooth 4.1 or better.  Bluetooth 4.0 was a big step for this wireless technology making the devices much lower in power consumption.  This was enhanced with 4.1 making the connection smarter with interference and connectivity.  4.2 didn’t add much to headphones, but the new 5.0 makes the connections faster, longer range and can handle more data (not that it helps headphones) You can find more differences here

I could have named this under $40 since that’s the most expensive one at the time of this writing, but will leave the title in case one comes out that is around that price I can just modify this page.  If I’ve missed one that you think should be on this list let me know and I’ll put it through my test against these.  If you’re looking for the true wireless variety check out my Best True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds under $100.


Model and Links for Easy Purchase

BlitzWolf Bluetooth 5.0 True Wireless

Anker Soundcore Spirit X Sports

SENSO Sweatproof Earbuds

Bitzen Sport Headphones

Edelin Noise Cancelling IPX7

Connectivity Bluetooth V5.0 provides the reliable and strong 33ft bluetooth range connection

Protocols: HFP1.7, HSP1.2, HD Voice, Voice Prompts, A2DP1.3, AVRCP1.6, Voice reporting, Multipoint

Bluetooth 5.0 BLUETOOTH V4.1 WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY WITH CVC 6.0 NOISE SUPPRESSION TECHNOLOGY – Connect seamlessly with all Bluetooth enabled devices up to 30 feet away. With Noise Suppression technology focus on your favorite music and answer calls without skips or missed words. Advanced Bluetooth 4.1 CSR integration BLUETOOTH v4.1 + EDR Technology – Our in ear headphones are compatible with any Bluetooth device, and can be connected to two different devices simultaneously, the quality of connection will amaze you within the distance of up to 30 feet
Battery Life Earbuds last for over 2.5 hours to 3 hours’ music playtime on a single charge. While on the go charging case, it can last up to 12 hours.

Battery Capacity: Each earbud: 50mAh/ 3.7V

Charging Box: 700mAh/ 3.7V

12-Hour Playtime: Get sublime bass-driven sound for well over a week of workouts from a single charge.  5 min charge = 1 hr use. 1.5-2 hr total charge time. The new and improved lithium polymer battery 85mAh allows seamless enjoyment of music for up to 8 hours and 240 hours stand-by with a quick charge of only 1.5 hours. These powerful bluetooth in-ear headphones can work for 9 hours straight!

Lithium Polymer.

up to 8 hours of music play or 240 hours of standby with a charge time of only 1.5 hour.  100mAH
High Fidelity Audio 3D Stereo Audio BassUp technology and a 10mm driver ensure Spirit X’s thumping low-end is balanced by lush mids and crystal-clear treble.  Supports AAC. TRUE HD HIGH FIDELITY SOUND Featuring latest Bluetooth 4.1 CSR technology and state of the art acoustic components that produce incredible sound quality with deep bass and crystal clear treble. In-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones STEREO SOUND + DEEP BASS – Will enable you to enjoy high fidelity audio with incredible bass and crystal clear treble, CVC 6.0 noise isolating technology gets rid of distractions and prevents interference of noises and sounds
Sweat or Weather Proof IPX4 Waterproof Better than IPX Even the highest IPX-ratings are simply not enough to defend against the corrosive power of sweat.  SweatGuard: Truly sweatproof technology specially designed to resist the corrosive properties of sweat. IPX-7 WATERPROOF RATING – ActivBuds feature Ergonomically designed flexible ear hooks with gel flex silicone earbuds to ensure your headphones stay comfortably firm in place to guarantee fatigue free ears and tangle free comfort. Bitzen’s patented waterproof earbuds make unique & thoughtful gift ideas for fitness-minded people, including bodybuilders & trainers. GREAT FOR SPORT + WATERPROOF IPx7 RATED – Edelin2 cordless headset is perfect for run, jogging, yoga, fitness, crossfit, riding, exercise. It is hard to loose, stays in ears and it will not interfere with your actions.
In the Box 1 * [Bluetooth 5.0] BW-FYE1 TWS True Wireless Earphone

1 * Micro USB Charging Cable

3 * pairs of eartips (two pairs of M-size eartips and one pair of S-size)

1 * User Manual(English, Germany, French, Spanish, Italy, Japanese)

1 * Card

Soundcore Spirit X, XS/S/M/L/XL EarTips, S/M/L EarWings, 2 x Cable Clips, Shirt Clip, Micro USB Cable, Travel Pouch, Carabiner, our worry-free 18-month warranty, and friendly customer service.
  • Bluetooth Headhpone
  • Carrying Case
  • Short Charging Cable
  • 3 Sets of Ear Tips – Small, Medium, Large
  • 1 Set of Memory Foam Ear Tips
  • Cable Management Clip
  • User Manual

Bonus Items: Air vent Magnetic Car Mount Cellphone Holder

  • Mobile Phone Wallet / Card Holder

1 YEAR WARRANTY and 30 days no-questions-asked return policy. Value for money guaranteed, Buy the Senso ActiveBuds worry free today.

1 x Bitzen Bluetooth 4.1 Earbuds

1 x USB Charging Cable

6 x Earbuds (2 equipped on the earphones)

2 x equipped Ear hooks

1 x Carrying case

1 x User Guide

  • Edelin Headphones
  • S, M, L Ear Tips
  • Micro USB Charging Cable
  • Carry Case
  • User Manual
  • Cord Management Clip
Weight 4.4 ounces 5.4 ounces .16 ounces 6.4 ounces .48 ounces
Rating 4.0 with 96 Customer Reviews 4.3 with 77 Customer Reviews 4.3 with 233 Customer Reviews 4.7 with 755 Customer Reviews 4.5 with 143 Customer Reviews
Model and Links for Easy Purchase

BlitzWolf Bluetooth 5.0 True Wireless

Anker Soundcore Spirit X Sports

SENSO Sweatproof Earbuds

Bitzen Sport Headphones

Edelin Noise Cancelling IPX7

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Best Mesh Wireless Networks for Home 2018

5 Best Mesh Wireless (WiFi )

Does your wireless network need a boost?  The new craze in wireless networking is mesh wireless network topology and there’s a pretty good reason why.  They use multiple nodes (wireless devices) that work together to figure out the best path for your device and are smarter then traditional router/access point setups.

So what is a mesh wireless network?

According to Wikipedia a mesh network is local network topology in which the infrastructure nodes (i.e. bridges, switches and other infrastructure devices) connect directly, dynamically and non-hierarchically to as many other nodes as possible and cooperate with one another to efficiently route data from/to clients. This lack of dependency on one node allows

Mesh Wi-Fi Networking

for every node to participate in the relay of information. Mesh networks dynamically self-organize and self-configure, which can reduce installation overhead. The ability to self-configure enables dynamic distribution of workloads, particularly in the event that a few nodes should fail. This in turn contributes to fault-tolerance and reduced maintenance costs. For a full explanation visit

I picked the top 5 mesh wireless networks currently in 2018.  These are all packaged and all have additional configurations. I tried to keep these close to the same type of setup for this comparison.  Most have 3 devices in this roundup except for the Netgear since the 2 are a little more powerful then most of the 3’s.  There are also some new options that can turn your current wireless setup to a mesh network with an add-on, but I stayed away from those for now.


All of these have a mobile app that you can manage your network so gone are the days of logging into a web based solution to configure your network.  The big advantage to that is you can login remotely from anywhere you have internet access.  So if you’re out with friends and have a teenager at home not doing what they’re told you can shut down their connection.  Yes I’ve done that before and keeps you in control along with your sanity.  That might sound lazy or cruel to some, but internet access is such a big deal today for these kids that sometimes they need to be disconnected so they can use their brain again.  When it comes to the parental controls part some offer an upgraded version with even more control if the basics don’t meet your needs.

These 5 are not listed in any particular order since they all have different strengths that will differ for your own individual needs/wants.  Mesh wireless networks should improve just about every home and business networks over the traditional type.


Coverage Area Up to 5,000 sq. ft. (2) 1,500-3,000 sq. ft.

(3) 3,000 – 4,500 sq. ft.

2-4 bedroom home (no sq. ft. given) Up to 5,400 sq. ft. Up to 5,500 sq. ft.
Speed Up to 3 Gbps (AC3000) Up to 1,200 Mbps (AC1200) Up to 1,200 Mbps (AC1200) Up to 1,750 Mb per second (AC1750) Up to 1,300 Mbps
GB Ethernet Ports 8 (4+4) 2 per device 2 per device 2 per device 2 per device
Parental Controls Disney Circle.

Limit daily Internet time for websites, apps, and more. Set individual filter levels for family members to match their age and interests.

Family Wi-Fi controls.
Google Wifi allows you to pause the Wi-Fi on kids’ devices, like during bedtime or dinnertime.
Pause the internet
In a few taps, create profiles to set schedules and pause the internet on your kids’ devices.
AiProtection Classic Parental Controls.

You can group devices that belong to your children to  apply scheduled block times and content filters with just a few taps.

Reserve valuable family time or help your children develop responsible behavior by selecting scheduled time periods to block internet access on specific devices.

Block specific websites, and apply these settings to all devices belonging to individual family members.

Keep the internet safe and fun for your kids. Create profiles for each person and use existing filters or set your own to automatically block websites. Plus, see which sites they’re using, set time limits and even pause the internet with the Deco app.
Bands Tri-Band

802.11 a/g/n/ac

Simultaneous dual-band Wifi (2.4GHz / 5GHz)
Supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac.

eero: Tri-band WiFi radios, simultaneous 2.4GHz, 5.2GHz and 5.8GHz wireless.

eero Beacon: Dual-band WiFi radios, simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless.

Both: 2×2 MU-MIMO, Beamforming, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Thread 1.1 Border Router, Bluetooth LE 4.2.

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.  AC1750

Lyra Trio has a 3×3 MIMO antenna design that provides an additional spatial stream compared to 2×2 mesh Wi-Fi systems, meaning it can handle more simultaneous network traffic for fast, reliable performance even when many devices are connected to the network.

5 GHz Radio Frequency, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency
Security Features You’ll rest easy knowing that your information is safe from security breaches, viruses, malware, and network worms. Industry-leading security features such as wireless encryption, verified boot, and auto updates to keep your network safe and secure. World-class security
eero adheres to the best standards in network security by issuing one-time passwords for eero app access and only allowing WPA2-compatible devices onto your network.
1 year free antivirus on 4 devices from Trend Micro Deco M5 guards your Wi-Fi and personal information against incoming cyber threats. Deco M5 also protects every device, including Wi-Fi cameras and smart locks, from viruses and malware. (free 3-year subscription)
Extra These do work with OnHub units.

Network Assist technology keeps your connection fast by always selecting the clearest channel and fastest band for your devices

Networking services
DHCP, NAT, VPN Passthrough, UPnP, Static IP, Port Forwarding.
Smart-home ready with Amazon alexa compatibility Works with Amazon Alexa.  Cannot open individual ports at the moment.

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Gaming Headphones Comparison CORSAIR HS60 vs HyperX Cloud Stinger

Gaming Headphones

Here’s a quick comparison of these mid-range gaming headphones that we have used with our systems.  These both are multi-platform so if you have more than 1 system they are great.

These have both performed admirably and are lightweight with soft ear cups so gaming for hours is doable.  The Corsair is slightly heavier, but not too noticeable.  If you check out other gaming headphones you’ll notice these are on the lighter side of most so long term use is achievable.

The swivel to mute feature of the HyperX Cloud Stinger worked very well at first, but after around 9 months of use it started to cause some sound distortion.  The Stinger does have a wider range of microphone sensitivity however so should be a little more accurate.  It’s possible we were just too rough with the Mic or used it more than normal.

Compatibility Use on PC, Xbox One*, PS4, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.

*May require Microsoft adapter sold separately. *7.1 surround sound only available on PC.

PC, Xbox One¹, PS4, Wii U and mobile devices² and has a single 3.5mm stereo plug (4 pole) and PC extension cable with dual 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs

¹May require controller adapter (adapter sold separately).

²Compatible with devices with CTIA standard connectors.

Headphone Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz 18-23,000 Hz
Headphone Sensitivity 111 dB (+/- 3 dB) 102 ± 3dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
Impedance 32 Ohms @ 1 kHz 30 Ohms
Connector 3.5 mm analog Single 3.5mm analog + extension cable – 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs
Headphone Driver 50 mm 50 mm directional drivers for audio precision
Microphone Impedance 2.2k Ohms N/A
Microphone Type Uni-directional Noise Canceling Swivel Uni-directional, Noise Canceling
Microphone Frequency Response 100 Hz – 10 kHz 50Hz~18,000Hz
Microphone Sensitivity (+/- 3 dB) -40 dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
Weight 11.2 oz 275 grams (9.7 oz)
More info and to purchase

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Top 15″ Laptops in the $600-$700 Range June 2018

Top 15″ Laptops in the $600-$700-ish Range June 2018

Looking for a new 15″ laptop that has good power, but won’t break the bank?  This is kind of the sweet spot for 15″ Laptops in this price range to value in my opinion.  I will be adding more ranges to meet more needs so check back often.  15″ Laptops are not too big and not too small, but are still fairly portable.

Prices will fluctuate with these, but these are the 15″ Laptops I believe are the best in this price range.  I did highlight in green the areas that one system shines over all the others.  Some are too close to call so those areas I did not highlight.

I used to be very critical of the Acer name-brand. I started using them again a couple years ago and have been impressed with the cost/value ratio compared to other brands.  They have been holding up well and have only needed to contact them once about a failed system so far.  Support was responsive and the matter did get resolved even if it wasn’t the best solution that I was looking for.  I’ve been a big fan of Lenovo laptops as well, but they made a huge mistake on several of their models.  The up arrow key was basically in the spot the right shift key would normally be so typing was very frustrating.  They have now resolved that with their newer models so they are back on my radar again.

The Dell and HP line have been solid brands, but usually a little higher priced.  The Inspiron line I used to stay away from cause they were poor quality compared to their Latitude business line.  That has gotten better however so feel those can be looked at again.  I couldn’t find a HP laptop in this price range that would beat or even tie any of these so will be doing another comparison with a higher range next to get one of those in cause they are nice.

CPU 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz) 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz) AMD Quad-Core FX-9800P(2.7 / 3.6GHz, 2MB) 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U Processor 1.6GHz(4 Cores, 6M Cache, up to 3.40GHz) 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (Up to 3.5GHz)
RAM 8GB Dual Channel Memory 8GB DDR4 Memory 8GB DDR4 8GB DDR4L 2400 MHz can add up to 16GB 12GB DDR4 Memory
Screen 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-lit IPS Display 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) Comfy View widescreen LED-backlit display 15.6″ Full HD(1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare Display 15.6″ Touch screen for hands-on control; 1920 x 1080 IPS HD display; Energy-efficient LED backlight 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) Multi-touch(10-finger) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display
Storage 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD
Optical 8X DVD Double-Layer Drive RW (M-DISC enabled) No DVD-RW No No
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM Dual Graphics, 2GB AMD Radeon R7 + R8 M535DX Intel HD Graphics 620 Nvidia GeForce 940MX with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
WiFi and Bluetooth 802.11ac WiFi featuring MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1 802.11ac Wi-Fi (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1 Next-Gen Intel Wireless-AC, Bluetooth 4.2 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring 2×2 MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0
Webcam HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR) HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR) 720p HD Webcam 1280 x 720 HD webcam w/ Facial recognition HD Webcam (1280 x 720)
Fingerprint Reader No No No No Acer Fingerprint Reader supporting Windows Hello
Backlit Keyboard Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Battery 6-cell Li-Ion Battery (2800 mAh), Up to 15-hours Battery Life 4-cell Li-Ion Battery (3220 mAh), Up to 7-hours of battery life 2-cell lithium ion, Up to 4.5 Hours Battery Life 3-cell Lithium-ion 4-cell Li-Ion Battery (3220 mAh), Up to 9-hours Battery Life
OS Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home
Ports 1 – USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port (up to 5 Gbps), 2 – USB 3.0 ports (one with power-off charging), 1 – USB 2.0 port, 1 – HDMI Port with HDCP support, SD Card 1 – USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port (up to 5 Gbps), 1 – USB 3.0 port (with power-off charging), 2 – USB 2.0 ports, 1 – HDMI Port with HDCP support, SD Card 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB-C, 1 x HDMI, 1 x LAN, 1 x Headphone/microphone combo jack, 1 x 4 in 1 (SD Card, MultiMediaCard, SDHC Card, SDXC Card) 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 3 x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone output/Microphone input combo, SD Card 1 – USB 3.1 (Type C) port (Gen 1 up to 5 Gbps), 2 – USB 3.0 Ports (One with Power-off Charging), 1 – USB 2.0 port, 1 – HDMI port with HDCP support, SD Card
Weight 5.27 lbs 4.41 lbs 4.85 lbs 5.07lbs 4.74 lbs
Dimensions L x W x H 15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches 15 x 10.3 x 0.8 inches 14.9″ x 10.2″ x 0.90″ 14.2 x 9.6 x 0.7 inches 14.6 x 10.1 x 0.8 inches
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