Wyze, maker of $ 20 smartwatches and $ 30 video doorbells, has announced a new pair of wireless earbuds including active noise cancellation and a Qi wireless charging case for just $ 60 (through Phandroid). Called the Wyze Buds Pro, they come at an incredibly low price compared to the competition: you could buy four pairs of these for the price of Apple’s AirPods Pro, which have similar features.
For comparison: Anker’s $ 60 earbuds come without ANC or wireless charging (via micro USB instead, where the Wyze earbuds also have a USB-C port).
Wyze’s announcement video has a decidedly self-conscious tendency, but while it mentions the sweat resistance, transparency mode, and wind noise cancellation, it doesn’t mention one of the funniest things about the product’s name: it’s called ‘Pro’, but there are no Wyze Buds-not- pros to compare them to (although Wyze does say there are some coming).
I may poke fun at it, but, at least on paper, these earbuds compete well above their price. The SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Pro (what a name) from Anker and Echo Buds second generation from Amazon are both considered budget choices for truly wireless earbuds with ANC, and they’re in the $ 100 + price range. Amazon charges an additional $ 20 for a wireless charging case for the Echo Buds, something that includes Wyze. To make Amazon worse, the Wyze Buds Pro also have Alexa built in.
Some of the main functions of earbuds are, of course, how they sound and whether the ANC is really good. Since we haven’t actually heard them yet, these earbuds haven’t proven themselves in either category. But if they’re good or even reasonable in the end, they’re going to be a solid deal for those who want all the fancy features without having to shell out a big dollar.
The Wyze Buds Pro are currently available for pre-order, and Wyze says they will ship in July.