Altec Lansing cuts the cord with Freedom earbuds
Altec Lansing has unveiled a new set of earphones that are "truly wireless," meaning there are no cables in sight – not even between the two earbuds themselves. The Freedom earbuds, which have a lengthy battery life and waterproof design, are on show at CES this week in Las Vegas.
This isn't the first time we've seen trulywireless earbuds. Just last month, Gizmag reviewed the Earin Bluetooth wireless earphones, which are designed to provide a similarexperience to Altec Lansing's latest. The Freedom earbuds are a little different though, notleast in how they look, with a bulkier, more rugged-looking build.
The extra size appears to have beenput to good use, with the company rating the embedded lithium-ionbatteries for six hours of use – twice that of the Earin earphones.There's also a charging carrying case included in the box,which can be used to juice up the earbuds when away from a wallsocket, providing an extra three hours of charge.
The Freedoms have a 100-ft (30-m)Bluetooth range and feature built-in buttons for navigating songs andphone calls. They're IPX7 waterproof and include aBluetooth-based GPS tracking feature, which is accessed through acompanion app. The feature is designed to help users locate theearbuds when they've been misplaced, which could be useful consideringtheir small size and complete lack of wires.
The Freedom earbuds will be availablein a choice of nine different colors, going on sale in Q22016 for US$150. They're on show at CES 2016, where Gizmag is on theground.
Source: Altec Lansing