Technology is constantly evolving, and it often feels that no sooner have you invested in the coolest and most advanced new tech that something newer, fancier, shinier, and more powerful comes along almost immediately. For years, we’ve all enjoyed the tried and tested headphone jack to enjoy our tunes at the gym, listen to podcasts, and take calls while on the go (and subsequently look like we’re talking to ourselves). All that has changed though. The slow but assured removal of the headphone jack from the iPhone and other devices has led to the rise of a replacement. Introducing to you the best USB C earphones.
No one ever likes change, but just like there was only so long we could go without embracing the touchscreen phone and similar evolutions, it seems the USB C headphone is here to stay, at least for now. So we may as well embrace it, because while change may feel a little strange at first, rolling with it and thinking positively is a much better way of going about things than being that guy who grumbles every time it’s brought up. Do you want to be that guy? No, nobody does.
The Best USB C Earphone
The Razer Hammerhead ANC is our pick for the best USB C earphones currently available. These sleek and stylish black headphones won’t attract too much attention like the classic white iPhone headphones do but still look great when you’re on the move. They connect seamlessly with your USB C device including (but not limited to) the Pixel 2, and the foam tips are comfortable enough you can wear them all day long without your ears hurting just as your favorite chorus kicks in.
At less than an ounce, they’re some of the lightest headphones you’ll find on the market, which does even more work to ensure all-day comfort. The inline control is simple and allows you to skip songs, and the overall construction feels durable enough to last through every day wear, travels, and any other time you feel like plugging in and tuning out.
Active noise cancellation
Dual driver technology
Comply foam tips
Digital to analog converter
Inline control and mic
- Weight0.8 ounces
Durable and lightweight
Easy set up
Less bass than we’d like
Not satisfied with cornering what feels like every other market in the tech industry, the Google Wired Digital Earbud is a low-cost audio solution for the fanboys who love the sophisticated white sheen of everyone’s favorite search engine turned societal behemoth.
At less than $25, you’ll feel you’re getting quite the bargain, and they can easily stand up against more expensive options with only an eagle-eared few realizing the difference. The 24-bit digital audio helps deliver rich bass and clear mids, and the inline media control gives you excellent control over your smartphone without even taking it out of your pocket. From there, you can activate your Google Assistant along with playing music, answering calls and checking notifications.
24-bit digital audio
Rich bass and clear mids
Quick access to Google Assistant
Easy to use
Inline media control
- Weight0.48 ounces
Compatible with other smartphones
Wide frequency range
Not as comfortable as other options
The Razer Hammerhead USB-C are a slightly lesser (and therefore cheaper) version of our best choice and by that measure boast many similar features to what we’ve already discussed. The main difference between the 2 is that these earphones don’t come with active noise cancellation (ANC), but instead rely on a passive system.
If you’re not yet sure of the difference, passive noise cancellation refers to how the build of the earphones blocks out exterior noise such as through the fit and other designs. While this won’t offer as substantial noise blocking as ANC earphones do, it’s still suitable enough to keep the noise of the city and other distractions out of your head while you’re trying to focus.
10mm dynamic drivers
Durable aluminum chassis
Inline mic and volume control
Passive noise isolation
- Weight5.6 ounces
Easy to use and setup
Ideal for both gaming and music
Inline unit is a little too bulky
If you’re looking for quality headphones that also come at a great price, the Acessorz Wired In-Ear Magnetic Earbuds are an excellent pick for music-lovers on a budget. The stereo sound is much more crisp than you’d expect from a $20 pair of headphones, meaning you can hear every crash of cymbal or grumbling utterance when on the bus. The magnetic features prevent them from twisting and tangling in your pocket, and we can all agree that whoever had that breakthrough deserves a Nobel Prize at the least.
It’s compatible with most USB-C devices, but we’d advise checking that it’ll work with yours before buying it. If it is compatible, you’ll find yourself with a highly durable and reliable pair of headphones that will last you through many journeys to come.
High resolution DAC
Passive noise canceling
Calling and music functionality
Quality stereo sound
- Weight0.8 ounces
Compatible with most USB-C smartphones and devices
Main cable could be a little thicker
Only ever so slightly more expensive are the TriL USB Type C Earbuds, which deliver expected high resolution audio and a consistently brilliant sound to give you a superb musical experience wherever you go. They feel sturdy, but they’re also lightweight and delicate so they don’t give you any discomfort when wearing them. For those who like to switch off the world around you on long commutes or exercise sessions, this is excellent news, and means you need not keep readjusting the earphones to find the perfect fit.
This allows them to stay in your ears with ease, which is more than you can say for even more expensive earphones, and should anything go wrong, the 12 month warranty will have you covered. It’s not all rosy though, and while they are compatible with most USB C smartphones, some functions won’t work on older models. While you can still control music on all devices, you won’t have as much control over calls, meaning you must do the dreaded thing of reaching into your pocket and answering the phone like a darn Flintstone. We jest but for those looking for what is essentially hands-free operation, this could put you off. If not though, here are a reliable pair of headphones that look good and won’t set you back too much. Be sure to also check out our list of the best running earphones for more great items like this.
High resolution audio
Multifunctional inline control
Custom ear tips
Maximum noise isolation
Digital and analog input support
- Weight2.08 ounces
Compatible with a variety of devices
12 month warranty
Sleek and stylish design
Doesn’t offer call function on some smartphones
If you love the glitz and the glamor of the highest range of headphones around, the Libratone Q Adapt are the perfect choice for you. If you’ve got any of the Google Pixel line, these are the best USB C earphones you can invest in, and while they’re pricier than our other choices, this indicates the quality you expect.
The CityMix noise cancellation design is perfect for – you guessed it – walking through city streets without the hustle and bustle grinding through your skull. It’s so good, in fact, that we feel obligated to remind you to keep an eye out for oncoming traffic.
CityMix noise cancellation
Sports and standard earbuds
Inline media control
2 colors available
Long cord length
- Weight0.7 oz (19.8 g)
Braided protective fabric
Variety of audio customization options
Only compatible with Google Pixel
Our final pick for the top USB C earphones are the OnePlus Type-C Bullets, which come with high resolution audio that’s both realistic and immediate to give you some of the clearest and crispest sound around. The flat wire design prevents tangling (although we’ll see about that), and the inline remote control ensures a consistently immersive experience that works with an internal DAC to give you the best results.
They’re cheap, but still reliable, and they look fantastic, to ensure they blend in perfectly with whatever look you’re going for. The wide frequency range is ideal for taking calls and keeping the quality to a high standard, while they construction makes them durable and temperature resistant. If you’re thinking of taking them to sunny spots around the world this summer, this is essential for getting the best from them.
High resolution audio
Realistic and immediate audio
Inline remote control
Durable and temperature resistant
Wide frequency range
Not compatible with all Android smartphones
USB C Earphone Buying Guide
How We Chose Our Selection Of USB C Earphones
We never pass up the opportunity to try out the coolest and latest tech for you to enjoy, but we can’t do it all in such a small space of time. To make up for this, we look at 3 key factors that both us and you should always consider before making a new purchase to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible.
Reviews - Reviews can be a double-edged sword, and it’s easy to look at the average rating of a product and see it not be not exactly what you’d hope. The problem with this is that there is a shockingly large number of the population who will take to the internet and complain about literally anything they feel like.
So yeah, you can’t always trust reviews, but when you’ve been doing this as long as we have, you get a knack for figuring out which reviews are worth reading. And these reviews are just a few of our favorite things. They give us information on the long-term effectiveness of product, the comfort, and the performance with different applications. Without reviews, we’d feel like we wouldn’t know half as much as we do.
Brand - We never like showing a bias to any one brand with our selection, and while there may be a couple of repeats here and there, we’d like to think we present a broad choice of options for you to choose from. This ties in directly to the price, but also allows those with less common devices find something that’s suitable for them.
Not everyone has an iPhone or a Pixel, so it’s good to look for brands of headphones that offer versatile compatibility with as many smartphones, tablets, and laptops as possible.
Price - You may have been convinced by marketers, friends, and randoms on social media sites you need to spend big, big bucks to find headphones worth your time. We don’t believe this is at all true. Instead, we think as long as you’re satisfied with the sound quality and additional features then it doesn’t matter what you buy.
Knowing this, we looked for a wide range of prices so that no matter what your budget or preference is, you’ll find the perfect pair of USB C headphones for you, or whoever you’re shopping for, lucky them, hey?
Features To Look For In USB C Earphones
Hold up, dude, before you take that leap into the relatively unknown and make your final decision we thought you ought to check out these key features to think about before making your final decision. You never know, they might unlock the secrets to what you really want and need and may have you reconsider everything, we hope that’s all right.
Inline Buttons - The inline buttons are found on that little unit halfway through the cable. From here, you can play, pause, and scroll between tunes, answer calls, and with some compatibilities, you can check your notifications, and even activate Google Assistant.
It needs to be easy to access and large enough to easily press the buttons you need to, but not too bulky that it weight the earphones down so much they fall out.
Mic - If you like to have a chat while on the move, having an excellent microphone is essential. With over ear headphones, the mic is typically found built into one of the ear pads, but with earbuds, it is on the inline unit.
Unless you’re holding it close, it can bed a little too far away from your mouth to deliver a good quality half of your conversation across the phone line, so the mic must have a good range even when it’s far from your mouth.
A good quality mic will save you spending a whole conversation repeating yourself and will make your friends want to call you instead of leaving you in the dark about potential plans, because they wouldn’t even be able to hear you agree to go out, anyway.
Comfort - Comfort is essential for anything you wear, and this isn’t restricted to clothes. The comfort of your earphones can dictate how much you wear them, and if you’re planning on spending big bucks, you don’t want to feel discomfort when listening to music.
The design determines comfort. They need to fit in your ear snugly, but not too snugly. At the same the time, though, if they’re too loose, they’ll fall out too often, and that’s just annoying, so who wants that?
ANC - ANC, or active noise cancellation is the next step in ensuring you never have to hear the blare of a car horn or the whine of a crying child again. Unlike passive noise, it generates something considered an ‘antinoise’ signal which mirrors external noise to block it out and ensure you only hear the dulcet tones of your favorite crooners.
It might feel a little weird at first, but once you get used to it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without the wonders of ANC before, and from there, you’ll never look back.
Sound Quality - Of course, no earphone guide would be complete without considering the sound quality. If you can’t hear the lyrics to songs or the words of your favorite podcast, there’s little point in having earphones.
Also, think about the depth of sound. Can you hear the bass? Is the bass too much? Do you need to frequently adjust the volume so you’re not deafened? Is the sound too tinny? These are all important factors to consider when looking for the right earphones for you.