It was the same problem every time – one or both of the buds would stop working because the wires had frayed or become worn.
There had to be a better way.
A quick internet search pointed me towards Swedish start-up Earin and their first product – the M-1.
It seemed that Apple’s AirPods are not the only wireless in-ear earphones around. Earin’s offering immediately caught my attention, because they are far more subtle than Apple’s product.
Earin’s crowd-funded earbuds are finally available to buy in Europe, and they can be yours for £199.00.
Picking up the earbuds for the first time, you can’t help but feel that you’re holding something from the future.
The Bluetooth earbuds are incredibly lightweight and come with an aluminium charging capsule. The case connects via micro USB and can recharge the buds around three times before the capsule needs recharging itself. A full charge takes around 70 minutes.
The sound quality is good and the bundled Comply foam earbuds help to give a very secure fit and block out background noise.
Considering that this is Earin’s first offering, it is a very solid product, especially given the numerous technical hurdles they needed to overcome. Bundling all of the necessary receivers and transmitters into each earbud but still keeping the product so lightweight and small is no mean feat.
The M-1s also make the perfect accompaniment in the gym and the fact they are so lightweight makes it very unlikely they will fall out.
My only slight disappointments were the battery life (around three hours from each charge) and the occasional loss of sound in the right earbud. The latter is somewhat understandable, given that it is the left unit which connects directly via Bluetooth, with the right-hand signal then sent to the other earbud from its counterpart.
The freedom you feel when you put them on for the first time is genuinely brilliant – and it lasts. The days of getting my scarf of bag strap tangled in my earphone cables are officially over. There will undoubtedly be improvements to come, but this is a step into the future and will be looked at as a product ahead of its time.
Visit earin.com to find out more.
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