i’m looking at one lots of youtube. Whether I’m busy with my hobbies or wasting time seeing people build tunnels under their housesGoogle’s video service is always streaming somewhere.
If you’ve spent any time on YouTube in the past, you’re probably aware of Raycon’s Everyday Earbuds, which have been promoted by all the influencers currently out on planet Earth. As WIRED’s regular headphone reviewer, they seemed like the schwag that content creators get in exchange for sponsorships to help pay for cameras and editing. Those sticky buds can’t be good, can they?
At the behest of colleagues, and with a dose of genuine curiosity, I decided to buy myself a pair of the $80 earbuds on Amazon and give them a shot. They’re not the best I’ve ever used, but my experience shows that we shouldn’t necessarily judge a book by its cover. Color me in awe of these buds.
They’re small and have a long battery life, a compact charging case and an IPX6 rating for sweat and water resistance, making them extremely usable, er… every day. If you’re looking for a pair with a small box that you don’t have to worry too much about during exercise, I’d probably still opt for some cheaper JLab earbuds. But if you see someone wearing these around town, or if you’ve already bought one, know that they’re still better than standard AirPods.
Raycon is a brand obsessed with being seen. It has an entire section on his website dedicated to celebrities who have worn some version of the earbuds. It could just be an attempt to prove to potential buyers that those people didn’t throw them up for a quick photo before putting their AirPods Pro back in place. Again, who knows? Some of these celebs might like the earbuds as much as I do.
Especially coming from Raycon’s older, clunkier earbuds (the company routinely updates these without… actually telling anyone, but this is the late 2022 model), the Everyday Earbuds are perfectly decent. They come in a compact, egg-shaped charging case that fits easily in my pocket and supports wireless charging. You’ll get around 24 hours of charging time out of the case, with the earbuds themselves holding around eight hours (depending on what volume you’re listening at). The passive noise isolation is similar to light noise reduction, but there is no active noise reduction here.