When everyone first got Apple AirPods, I thought they were super snobs, unnecessary, and smug.
But it wasn’t until I joined the gym and launched a podcast that I saw the appeal of completely wireless Bluetooth headphones. They are much more convenient, with portability and practical features.
Being an Apple user, I ended up treating myself to a pair, which cost me £119.
And while I’m a total convert now and couldn’t ever be physically tethered to my phone or laptop again, there’s simply no denying that AirPods are an expensive, luxury purchase.
So when I saw that budget retailer Aldi was stocking a duplicate, I had to see if their version lived up to the AirPods’ superiority, and I must say I was impressed.
The ‘Maginon’ Bik-3 Bluetooth in-ear headphones launched on Aldi’s website as an online exclusive on January 30, and my pair arrived four days later.
They cost £24.99, less than a quarter of the price of Apple’s AirPods, which are also available on Aldi’s website for £119.99.
Inside the box is the charging case with a pair of wireless earbuds, as well as a USB charging cable and an instruction booklet.
At first glance, the charging case is bulkier than the AirPod case, but similar in terms of shape, look, and feel.
I charged them for just under four hours as recommended, before seeing if they would connect to my iPhone 11.
The instruction booklet was easy to follow, with lots of diagrams to explain what the buttons do and what the different lights mean.
All I had to do was open the case and search for the BIK-3 device in my phone’s Bluetooth settings. It didn’t take long for my phone to pair with the headphones and they chimed to suggest they were ready to go.
To test them out, I put my Apple Music playlist on shuffle mode and found the acoustics to be of surprisingly good quality.
They offer stereo sound, and it didn’t sound tinny or distorted when I turned up the volume. That said, a more comfortable listening volume can be found just below the midpoint, as they are quite loud.
In terms of how they felt in my ear, the Aldi earbuds are slightly larger than the AirPods, both in length and on the ‘inside’.
I only have small ear canals, so the AirPods are the perfect size for me, while the Aldi version was potentially a bit too big.
That said, they were still very comfortable, fit well in the ear, and would be ideal for most adults.
The headphones are great for listening to music, podcasts, and audiobooks on the go, and the lack of a cord makes them safer to use at the gym, and you’ll never have to untangle a dozen knots of cord just to listen to a TikTok video. , either.
The Aldi earphones have a playback time of 3.5 hours and four hours of “talk time” if you use them to make calls, while the Apple version offers five hours of playback (listening to music) and three hours of standby time. conversation.
Not only that, but they have a multifunctional button that can be used to accept and end phone calls without taking the phone out of your pocket.
The button can be held down to reject a call, while a double tap will activate the voice assistant so you can ask Siri, Google, or your device’s particular AI assistant to complete a task.
The only advantage Apple has is its feature, which means that when you remove an AirPod, it automatically pauses the audio you were listening to, whereas with Aldi’s trick, you have to tap the button on the earbud.
Overall, the Aldi headsets were easy to set up and use, comfortable, and worked well. The audio was of great quality and for the price they are a great alternative to the Apple AirPods.
But if you’re desperate to maintain a collection of Apple products, Aldi also has the second-generation Apple AirPods in stock, but they’ll set you back £119.99.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.