Ayush Das

After smartphone and smartwatch, neckband makes it to the list of smart devices. These are wireless and save you from the hassle of untangling an earphone, with smart play features, etc. Neckband and True Wireless Stereo (TWS) have become a common sight today. Neckband is useful for people who constantly use an audio device for 5-10 hours a day. Users won’t have the fear of an earpiece falling out somewhere now.

There’s plethora of options out in the market and it might seem difficult to choose the right one. So here’s a list of value-for-money neckbands to help you with your purchase:

1. ONEPLUS BULLETS WIRELESS Z2: An essential for lists like these. It is largely identical to its predecessor Z bass. The left column has volume and media playback buttons. The middle button is multifunctional - for example, press it twice to skip to the next song and thrice to go back to the previous one. Press and hold the button to initiate pairing. Also used to play/pause or 2.4mm drivers answer/end calls. It also has magnetic controls. They have 12.4mm drivers which is huge. It produces balanced audio. It is priced at Rs 1999.

2. OPPO ENCO M32: Oppo might be a major smartphone company now but they started off as audio manufacturers. They have an old connection with the audio industry and that reflects in this product. It doesn’t carry a compact design like its predecessor but the built quality has improved. Oppo Enco M32 has 10mm dynamic drivers. The sound is energetic and lively. The company promises 20hrs of listening from 10 minutes of charging. The headset is IP55 rated. It is available for Rs 1,799 on Amazon.

3. BOAT ROCKER 333: A rubber neckband with metallic control board and magnetic earbuds. On the right side are the power button and the volume control button. There’s USB type-c on the right side for charging. It has 10mm driver. The earphones deliver a bass-heavy sound and have an amazing impact when songs that are rich in bass are played. It is IPX5 rated. It is good with battery. It is available in multiple colors like Active Black, Ocean Blue, Navy Blue, Teal Green, Blazing Yellow and Raging Red. It costs Rs 1299.

4. MIVI COLLAR FLASH PRO: The final one in the list and this one sits comfortably on your neck as it's thin but sturdy. It can be bent into any shape and can easily slip into your pockets. These earphones feature a dual-battery design. It has matte texture and includes 3 buttons on the control panel i.e Multi-function button , Volume up , and Volume down. These earphones come with 13mm dynamic drivers, largest in this list. It offers upto 72 hours of music playtime and supports fast charging. It is available for Rs 1399 on Amazon.

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