5 Best USB-C Headphones
These days technology changes faster than the weather, and while you’re trying to keep up with one trend or another, a new gadget drops on the market. Likewise, headphones have seen many new innovations, designs, and technological refinements but sometimes those wireless earbuds or neckband headphones just don’t cut it. Neither does the conventional 3.5 mm headphone jack, and if you’re not willing to adapt to new USB-C headphones but would still like a pair that could be plugged into any device like the good old days, then you’re looking for a wired USB-C headphone. The majority of devices still have a USB-C port and tech companies don’t plan on removing it any time soon.
In fact, there have been rumors that Apple is planning to integrate the USB-C port in their flagship phones as well. But whether or not you care for such news, having a wired USB type-C headphone isn’t old school and definitely doesn’t diminish sound quality. Either way, whether you’re an early adapter or resistant to change if you’ve been on the lookout for some of the best USB-C headphones that you can get in 2020, then keep on reading.
The first USB-C headphone on our list is by Google, which is not only priced right but works well as well. Usually the Pixel ear buds come bundled with the Google Pixel 3 phone, however you can purchase it separately as well. With USB-C ports becoming more and more common in devices, these earphones are the equivalent of those 3.5mm headphones that were (and still are) used with every single device.
But let’s focus on the Pixel earbuds, they’re compatible with almost all devices, are light weight and pretty affordable, however that is not the only thing that makes them one of the best USB-C headphones, below are more reasons.
- Built-in three button control with mic to attend or make calls.
- Compatible with Google Assistant.
- Adjustable cable loop with stabilizer.
- Clear and crisp sound even at maximum volume.
- Extremely affordable compared to other USB type C headphones.
- Not the best seal in the ear.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Bass may seem weak.
- Annoying in-ear cable loop for some people.
- Only available in white.
Next on our list is the Libratone USB-C headphone which technically was part of the “Made for Google” program that launched with the Pixel 2 but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them with any other device. In fact this Danish company has managed to make one kick ass headphone that doesn’t come cheap but delivers on the design and audio quality.
These however should not be confused with the Over-the-ear headphones that need to be charged.
Now, let’s move onto the good and the bad of these USB-C headphones.
- The bass is pretty awesome and would satisfy any Electronic music lover.
- Active noise cancellation works well with these headphones.
- Deep soundstage with every high and low note well distinguished.
- They fit snugly in your ear.
- Built in control to pause, play, and take calls in between.
- Comes with a free app to control sound and adjust ANC settings according to your liking.
- Sleek black design.
- A pricy option for a pair of USB-C headphones.
- The Inline control can feel a bit heavy.
- Doesn’t work will every USB-C phone.
Another pair of affordable USB-C headphone is these by Acessorz which gives you good quality for how much they value. They’re good to go with many smart devices including iPads, Huawei phones, Google Pixel, and the Chromebook, however it is good to check whether they’re compatible with your device or not.
These inexpensive USB-C headphones have a sonic profile that crisp and impactful, and too good to be true for the price they’re sold at, but there is more down below.
- High fidelity sound at every frequency with a clear bass.
- Magnetic tips built in the ear buds to avoid tangling.
- Equipped with an inline mic to take calls, play or pause music.
- Simple, functional design with black finishing.
- Comfortable ear buds with memory foam ear-tips.
- Passive noise cancellation which lets you focus on the music.
- 6 months guarantee.
- Light weight and durable build.
- Not compatible with all USB-C smart devices.
- For some devices the mic doesn’t work to receive or make calls.
Getting affordable USB-C headphones is a good idea but sometimes they’re lacking on one feature or another which makes sense for the price they’re sold at, however the RAZER hammerhead headphones may be a bit pricy but they’re a well rounded earphone that delivers on all fronts.
This USB-C Headphone is better than the non-ANC version of the Hammerhead earphone – although that one is a lot cheaper, but lacks active noise cancellation. So, if you’ve been looking for the perfect noise cancellation headphone then this is the one. The cool design with the green RAZER logo definitely is eye catching but that isn’t the only reason we included it in our list of the best USB-C headphones.
- Includes four ear buds tips for you to find the perfect seal.
- Comply foam ear tips that fit snugly in your ears.
- Amazing Active Noise Cancellation that lets you zone out to your music.
- Effective noise isolation even with ANC turned off.
- Well rounded sonic profile on all sound frequencies with a more tamer bass.
- Equipped with a DAC (digital audio converter) for a clearer and uncompressed audio quality.
- Compatible with the Macbook Pro, iPad Pro, Alienware laptop, Windows 10 laptop, Pixel phones and One Plus phones as well.
- Simple black design with an eye catching green logo on the earbuds.
- Not compatible with every single USB C port device.
- Cable gets easily tangled.
- You can’t turn the green logo off if it annoys you.
For the last USB-C headphone on our list is this one by Xiaomi that is another Active Noise Cancellation earphone. This is the first time we’re showcasing Xiaomi on our website because the hybrid USB-C headphone caught our eye with the reasonable price and many other features.
It is a good headphone to get if you’re not a huge fan of bass, and get overwhelmed by a heavy bass and thumping. The quality is great for the price, but wait! There is more.
- Simple design with multiple ear-tips to choose from for the perfect seal.
- Amazing sound quality at both mid and high range frequencies without any muffled or over amplified sound.
- Built in, in-line control box to adjust ANC as well volume.
- Solid Active noise cancellation even if you’re not listening to music.
- Cuts out most of the ambient noises.
- Weaker bass.
- The earphones don’t seem durable despite having titanium chambers.
- Not compatible with all devices.
USB-C headphones are great to have if you don’t want to be stuck with having to deal with a dongle in order to use them with your phone or other devices. All these headphones mentioned today offer great sound quality and are mostly compatible with the popular devices available on the market.
Before you go purchase any USB-C headphone it is wise to go check beforehand whether or not your phone or tablet is compatible with the earphone or not, as mostly these issues arise from the device manufacturer’s side rather than the headphone manufacturer.
We hope you enjoyed reading about these headphones and we’ll be back soon with another great post.