Top 10 Best Earbuds in Malaysia 2023 From RM57 (Wireless)
Are you looking for decent earbuds? Like other gadgets and electronics, they come in a variety of options to suit different lifestyles. So here we review the top 10 Best Earbuds in Malaysia for the year 2023, all available for purchase on Shopee & Lazada.
Unlike other sound devices, earbuds are True Wireless Stereo, meaning they run purely on battery. So for home use, you may want to get a soundbar or speaker instead. For PCs, a good wired alternative is a PC speaker.
How We Pick
For more information on these buying factors, scroll down below to our Earbuds Buying Guide.
Half-Ear vs In-Ear
Some prefer half-ear earbuds while others in-ear. Half-ear (or semi-ear) earbuds are those that do not go deep in your ear and as such are harder and without the silicone/rubber ear tip. A familiar example of half-ear earbuds is the first generation Apple AirPods.
In this list we’ve chosen both types but focused primarily on the in-ear type.
Most earbuds launched in 2023 come with touch control, at least on a basic level. Still there are some cheap ones without touch control still selling on the market. After using earbuds for a while, we think touch control is an absolute must (at least the play & pause control). So here we selected only those with decent touch control.
Noise Canceling & Waterproof
Noise cancellation can add to the clarity of the sound and is better to have than not to have since in many models, you can switch it on and off. So here we picked some with noise cancellation but other cheaper options may not have it.
Earbuds that are waterproof are also great for when you bring them outside or to the gym, given the climate in Malaysia. Again, most of our models are waterproof except in some of the budget options.
Most of the buds we picked can last up to 4.5 – 6 hours at full charge. The higher end ones can go longer but 5-6 hours we think is the sweet spot for value. Plus, 5-6 hours of playback time is quite standard.
A note about battery durability: some budget earbuds may claim to last long hours, but it may be due to having lower volume output, thus increasing its battery duration. This may not be common, but when it comes to budget earbuds, take battery durability with a grain of salt.
Cost & Budget Options
Many earbuds in our list here are between RM150 to RM300, with some exceptions. The higher end ones will be more than RM400 but we also included in this list budget earbuds under RM100.
Best Earbuds in Malaysia 2023
Bose QuietComfort® Earbuds II
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Realme Buds Q2
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Edifier NeoBuds Pro
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Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds
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Oppo Enco Air3 Earbuds
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Tronsmart Onyx Ace Earbuds
Tranya T20 True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
Edifier X3S X3 S Wireless Earbuds
Apple AirPods 2 with Charging Case
Vinnfier Momento 2 True Wireless Earbuds
Haylou Earbuds GT7 TWS Earphones
Frequently Bought Together
Hoco CW33 3-in-1 Wireless Charger
Baseus Portable Earphones Earbuds Case
Amgras Magnetic 10000mAh Wireless Powerbank
Aukey 100W USB C to C Power Delivery Cable
What are the best earbuds in Malaysia you should consider? Here are our top picks:
- Bose QuietComfort® Earbuds II
- Realme Buds Q2
- Edifier NeoBuds Pro
- Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds
- Oppo Enco Air3 Earbuds
- Tronsmart Onyx Ace Earbuds
- Tranya T20 True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
- Edifier X3S X3 S Wireless Earbuds
- Apple AirPods 2 with Charging Case
- Vinnfier Momento 2 True Wireless Earbuds
Finally, for amazing sound and features, go for Bose QuietComfort® Earbuds II, Sony WF-1000XM4, Edifier NeoBuds Pro or Apple AirPods 2nd gen (or 3rd gen or AirPods Pro if you feel like spending more).
What Are Earbuds?
Earbuds are a pair of little portable listening devices that rest in your ear without any wire attached either between them or to another device, unlike earphones of the past. As such they are true wireless stereo devices (TWS) that connect to a media player such as your smartphone or laptop via Bluetooth connection.
A pair of earbuds mainly consists of 3 components: speakers, a Bluetooth module and a microphone.
Earbuds Buying Guide
It seems like there’s a new earbuds model out every week nowadays. Here are some things to look for so you’ll know which ones are the best ones for you.
Typical Earbuds Specifications
- Half-ear or in-ear
- Sound quality
- Bluetooth version
- Touch Control
- Battery durability
Half-ear or In-ear
The in-ear type typically produces more bass, less ambient noise and feels firmer in your ear whereas its half-ear counterpart produces less bass, more ambient sound but is looser and hence, more comfortable after very long use.
With Bluetooth 5.0, you can get decent connections even with cheap earbuds. But the more expensive options like the Edifier NeoBuds Pro will deliver great, detailed crisp sound. Typically the sound quality gets better when brands add high definition audio codec and some kind of bass booster and noise cancellation. So those may indicate higher quality sound output.
The latest Bluetooth version at the time of this writing (August 2022) is the Bluetooth 5.2. Most recent earbuds out there should have V5.1 at least.
A simple touch control will allow you to take calls, play & pause as well as skip or replay. Any pair of earbuds without these controls will not be worth it, no matter how cheap they are. If possible, look for better touch control like volume control, mute and more.
Waterproof & Dustproof Standards
Many earbuds are waterproof since your inner and outer ear will sweat quite frequently while using them, let alone when you use them while working out or outside.
Here’s a basic explanation of waterproof and dustproof standards: waterproof and dustproof standards are often denoted by the code IPXX, where IP stands for “Ingress Protection”, the first X denotes strength against solid material, and the second X, resistance to water. The higher the number (X), the stronger its resistance.
- IPX0: no resistance
- IPX4: resistant to water splashes
- IPX7: can be submerged up to 1m for 30 mins
Decent earbuds should last at minimum, as long as 4.5 to 5 hours at full charge. Meanwhile, charging should take no more than 1.5 hours. Fast charging is nice to have but not super necessary because as long as you have a powerbank with you, you can charge the case while you use the earbuds, unless the earbuds themselves can be quick-charged.
Latency refers to the delay between the action you perform with the device and the response you get. For most users, this is not something you need to think about that much but generally, those buds with low latency are great for gaming.
Price is perhaps the biggest factor for most buyers. In Malaysia, good earbuds typically go for between RM150 to RM300. Higher end earbuds can go as high as RM800+ and lower ends as cheap as RM60.
With the exception of some really well designed earbuds, typically those cheaper ones are not worth the money at all. But hey, no one’s stopping you from trying out those. You may have a different experience than the one we had.
Also, needless to say, NEVER EVER buy fake or counterfeit earbuds. You’d be throwing money away.
How To Properly Clean Earbuds
After some time, you’ll notice some buildup of earwax and debris that can be detrimental to the sound quality. Here are some tips to properly clean your earbuds without causing damage:
- Get some microfiber cloth or cotton swab and make sure they are completely dry.
- Carefully and cautiously, break apart the debris in the speaker grills, keeping the angle downward as you do so as to make use of gravity.
- If this doesn’t work or clean out the speakers completely, try using firmer tools like a toothpick or wooden skewer, but nothing metallic as this may cause scratches & damages.
- You may also want to use canned air to blow smaller or softer debris.