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What makes Earin's new M-2 wireless earphones better than Apple's AirPods?

Earin hopes a "fashionable" design and a stable connection will give its new cord-free Bluetooth buds a leg up on Apple's AirPods.

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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable reviewer of mobile accessories and portable audio products, including headphones and speakers. He's also an e-reader and e-publishing expert as well as the author of the novels Knife Music, The Big Exit and Lucidity. All the titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, Nook e-books and audiobooks.

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The Earin M-2 is scheduled to ship in late March.

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Before Apple's AirPods showed up, a handful of companies, including Sweden-based Earin, were making truly wireless earphones. Its M-1 was decent but pricey and lacked a built-in microphone for making calls.

Now Earin's introduced its new M-2 at CES 2017, claiming the wireless earbuds will be "the smallest and lightest available on the market." Like the M-1, the new model will come with a docking capsule that both charges and stores the earbuds. The M-2, which has built-in microphones for making calls, is scheduled to ship in late March, but Earin hasn't said how much it'll cost (the M-1 is now $200).

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Earin claims these are lighter than Apple's Airpods.

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I'm supposed to get some hands-on time with the M-2 in the coming days and will add my impressions once I do. But for now here's a look at its key features, according to Earin:

  • Unique shape, with noise-isolating design
  • Smallest and lightest truly wireless earbuds available to date
  • Dual antenna and near-field magnetic induction (NFMI) powered by NXP Semiconductors delivers a reliable and stable connection
  • Touch interface on the tip of the earbud for answering calls, playing/pausing music, and skipping to the next song
  • 3 hours battery life for music
  • Charging case delivers 3 extra charges for 12 hours total music playback
  • Expected to ship in late Q1
  • No pricing available yet
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