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Cheap Apple Airpods Alternatives!

Apple Airpods - http://geni.us/y8Ov
Bragi The Dash - http://geni.us/KuYOM
Jaybird Freedom - http://geni.us/a4FE9N
Axgio (Rowkin) Atom - http://geni.us/fwnG
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TWS Dacom - http://geni.us/wFSnU
Axgio Dash - http://geni.us/Wrl9
Aukey EP-B4 - http://geni.us/wWgBb43

 

Apple Airpods are expensive. But are they REALLY overpriced when you consider the other available options??

 

 

 

 

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I don't think they are overpriced if you have an iPhone 7, the phone covers that part :b

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First? Nah, not first for anything. Great video though!

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Buys a $1000 phone. Still need a cheap Airpod to go with because budget smh

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Nice job linus...bringing the Apple vs PC fight to the forum. Nah im just kidding, its all gud ma man. But the Airpods are a bit overpriced..IMO...HOWEVER if you have an iPhone 7 its "worth it"

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The issue is that those companies are not looking to not be overpriced, they instead see this as a market segment where they can price gouge more than other marker segments.

 

For example, look at fitness trackers. http://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/8074/teardown-fitbit-charge-2

http://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/5623/teardown-what-is-inside-the-fitbit-surge-fb501

 

For the most overpriced smartphones (apple ones with a 400-450% profit margin, while with fitness trackers, you see a 600%+ profit margin at the factory level).

Outside of that, you also see massive overpricing with Bluetooth speakers. http://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/5806/teardown-jbl-flip-2

 

 

Overall, most market segments where items are overpriced, are not overpriced because they require a lot of work to make a product. hey are overpriced because one company manages to sell something insanely overpriced, and other people come in with the intention of making similar profit margins. Even for cheaper items, you will still see high margins.

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No Beast X? That would've been a better buy than the AirPods and it's still made by Apple. 

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5 minutes ago, hey_yo_ said:

No Beast X? That would've been a better buy than the AirPods and it's still made by Apple. 

not cheap

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I think I'm going to stick with my TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones (you got your amazon affiliation), I prefer having a wire connecting them. Nice vid though.

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44 minutes ago, deXxterlab97 said:

not cheap

Linus included Bragi the Dash which is more expensive than the AirPods. In fact, Beats X is slightly cheaper ($149.95) than the AirPods ($159).

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4 hours ago, LinusTech said:

Apple Airpods - http://geni.us/y8Ov
Bragi The Dash - http://geni.us/KuYOM
Jaybird Freedom - http://geni.us/a4FE9N
Axgio (Rowkin) Atom - http://geni.us/fwnG
Smartomi Boots - http://geni.us/W0Ljzu
TWS Dacom - http://geni.us/wFSnU
Axgio Dash - http://geni.us/Wrl9
Aukey EP-B4 - http://geni.us/wWgBb43

 

Apple Airpods are expensive. But are they REALLY overpriced when you consider the other available options??

 

 

How do they compare against the trekz titanium? Fyi they come in pink. ;)

 

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9 hours ago, Abyss Gaming said:

I don't think they are overpriced if you have an iPhone 7, the phone covers that part :b

But if your on a budget? And most contract users never buy the iPhone at full price. 

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You can't even, but can you odd?

 

And I really like these videos of things I can actually afford and something others can get. The last couple of holy shits where fun like always tho. 

 

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Anyone else think the shade being thrown at Colton at the end was hilarious? That's one way to make sure everyone is doing their job! 

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Agree on the TaoTronics comments. I am surprised that it was not included in the test. I would have liked to hear their "expert" view...

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Can anyone recommend a headset with a good microphone? I tried the TaoTronics 16 and Aukey EP-B4, however, they both have bad mic quality.

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@LinusTech 

Hey Linus 

Does iPod Touch 5th generation support wireless Bluetooth speaker, why Apple AirPods doesn't support iPod touch 5th generation? Why they restricted iOS 10 or later version? Where is the problem if apple just support/enable only listening music feature sacrificeing other features? Can you explain!!!!!

 

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11 minutes ago, K.M.H Sumit said:

@LinusTech 

Hey Linus 

Does iPod Touch 5th generation support wireless Bluetooth speaker, why Apple AirPods doesn't support iPod touch 5th generation? Why they restricted iOS 10 or later version? Where is the problem if apple just support/enable only listening music feature sacrificeing other features? Can you explain!!!!!

 

It has been a year since this was posted, please just make your own post, or google it, also this question is probably better for an Apple forums question..

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  • 8 months later...

Hey Linus and crew,

 

I watched your video "CHEAP Apple Airpods Alternatives - Do they suck??" dated 25th Feb 2017. I have a loss of hearing so I don't see the value in $189.00 JayBird earphones. I'm a Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s user (I love Xiaomi). I only use them during exercise. I was hoping now we are two years down the line and technology is flying past, maybe it's time to do another video for budget wireless earbuds.  

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On 5/25/2018 at 10:30 AM, K.M.H Sumit said:

@LinusTech 

Hey Linus 

Does iPod Touch 5th generation support wireless Bluetooth speaker, why Apple AirPods doesn't support iPod touch 5th generation? Why they restricted iOS 10 or later version? Where is the problem if apple just support/enable only listening music feature sacrificeing other features? Can you explain!!!!!

 

AirPods can be used in any Bluetooth compatible device, however this is limited to Audio and battery information. iOS 10 brings a comparability layer for AirPods that allowed the use of the in-built AirPods processor.

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On 2/25/2017 at 12:34 PM, Razor512 said:

(apple ones with a 400-450% profit margin, while with fitness trackers, you see a 600%+ profit margin at the factory level).

i really dont know were you saw this, but their phones actually tend to be priced decently for what they are.

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On 5/6/2020 at 1:15 PM, scuff gang said:

i really dont know were you saw this, but their phones actually tend to be priced decently for what they are.

While an old thread, at the time, I provided some examples.

 

The overall issue with apple is they love their sky high profit margins.

 

https://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/14978/teardown-apple-airpods-pro-with-charging-case

 

(about a 500% markup over BOM + Manufacturing cost)

 

 

Compare that to a product that has a relatively smaller target market, as well a costs associated with ongoing driver updates (monthly updates for years).

https://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/14780/teardown-nvidia-geforce-rtx-2080-super

 

Or another "mass market" device

 

https://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/13866/teardown-microsoft-surface-go

$308.05 BOM + Manufacturing, but a MSRP of $399

The product also gets a few years of driver and bios updates.

 

When it comes to massive multi hundred percent margins, that is usually an apple thing, with exceptions for mid range and up Bluetooth speakers across all brands, and photography equipment.

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