Apple AirPods vs. Knock off AirPods: Which is the Better Buy

Caden Olson

Rio Norte students like to listen to music with many varieties of headphones. Out of all of these, the biggest group, are AirPods. However, some people have knock offs. These students want to buy Bluetooth headphones that aren’t as expensive as their counterparts. In researching and talking to fellow students, there are definitely pros and cons to both types of headphones.

The Amazon number one bestseller in headphones and earbuds are Apple AirPods. The reason why AirPods are so popular is because of their strengths which include faster and more stable wireless connection and hands free Siri access. Another advantage is quality noise cancellation and strong audio quality. They also are pretty sturdy. Sadly everything that has an advantage has a disadvantage. The main disadvantage to Apple AirPods is the cost. Apple AirPods can range from $129 to $4,141.99 (depending on the type and buying platform). You also can have any color you want, as long as it’s white.

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As they say, “Imitation is the highest form of flattery,” there is a growing market of knockoff air pods. There is a reason why this market is growing so much. One reason is the price. You can find knock offs that range from $5.34 to $39.99! Some cases can have additional features. This case on the right shows the battery of the earbuds. Other cases and earbuds can be different shapes and sizes and colors. Knock offs also don’t have the same Bluetooth technology as genuine AirPods, so they won’t provide you with the same performance.

In talking with fellow students on what they thought about Apple AirPods and knock off air-pods, 7th grader Saksham Shrivasta stated, “Real, the reason is because when you listen to the music, it gives that good quality feeling.” Dillon Torres-May said, “I’ve had both but I prefer the real ones. I had high quality knock offs but they were extremely easy to lose. The real ones you can track down and have better quality overall, so I think that regular is better.” Kassidy Olson shared, “For a teenager, I feel real air pods are sturdier.”

From what it seems, Apple AirPods are the overall preference of the students, but knockoffs are a great option if you are on a budget. Apple AirPods give better quality but knock off air pods are a better value for money.

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