Happy Plugs’ $80 Hope earbuds are AirPods for fashionistas

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For those who prefer Apple’s iconic white AirPods but want something more tailored to their personal style, Swedish audio brand Happy Plugs may have the answer: its Hope True Wireless Earbuds Come in eight different colors and patterns, and they cost $80. You can order them today from the Happy Plugs website, with deliveries scheduled for September 18-21.

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The Hope earbuds resemble Apple’s AirPods, including the instantly recognizable drop-stem and semi-open design of the part that sits in your ear. Some people find that this size, paired with the glossy plastic finish of the AirPods, doesn’t sit securely enough. Happy Plugs attempts to solve this with color-matched silicone sleeves that wrap around the body of the Hope earbuds, giving them a better gripping surface.

Woman wearing Happy Plugs Hope earbuds.
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Those silicone sleeves come in two sizes to help more people find a good fit, and the entire earbud has been treated with BioMaster Antimicrobial Shielding, which Happy Plugs claims prevents the growth of harmful bacteria by up to 99.99% can stop.

The Happy Plugs Hope earbuds are shown in a variety of colors.
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Beyond the variety of colors – leopard, turquoise, rose gold, gold, white, white marble, silver and black – hops are otherwise quite traditional. They don’t have active noise cancellation (ANC) or transparency mode, and no in-ear detection to automatically pause playback. They’ll let you listen to music for up to six hours on a single charge, and the charging case will give you 24 hours of extra listening time.

happy plugs says that the Hope’s four microphones have been optimized for making calls. “With a software algorithm, the Hope’s microphone picks up speech and suppresses ambient noise for the clearest possible calls of all of our true wireless earphones,” it said in a press release.

The Happy Plugs Hope earbuds are shown in a variety of colors.
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At $80, the Hope is significantly less expensive than Apple’s AirPods, which start at $149 for the wired charging model. However, they’re still quite expensive, lacking the features we’ve come to expect from the best true wireless earbuds under $100, like customizable controls and EQ adjustments.

Want something even more wild? Tiger & Rose has created a line of true wireless earbuds that look like Panthers and also come in a wide array of colors.




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