Samsung’s Gear IconX aren’t the best earbuds in the truly wireless earbuds game — but for today, at least, they might be the best value. Samsung has the original version of the IconX on sale for $49.99 right now. It’s apparently a “closeout sale,” which means that Samsung is trying to get rid of every unit it’s got left. That makes enough sense, since a new model of the IconX is coming out later this fall.
The IconX were announced in June 2016 and originally sold for $200. They were fine enough earbuds, but they weren’t worth the price. Their sound and Bluetooth performance were okay, but battery life was really weak: the IconX are only supposed to be able to stream music for about an hour and a half at a time. So while $50 might not be a bad deal if you want a pair of wireless earbuds for occasional use, their overall use is really limited.
Samsung’s new model of the IconX, the IconX 2018, is entirely designed to address its battery shortcomings. Nothing has changed on the 2018 model except the battery life, which has been extended to an estimated five hours of streaming music playback. That’s a much better number and rivals what Apple estimates its AirPods can offer.
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