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8 Wireless Earbuds to Buy Instead of the OnePlus Buds under Rs. 5,000

by Abhijeeth Shetty August 20, 2020

8 Wireless Earbuds to Buy Instead of the OnePlus Buds under Rs. 5,000

OnePlus Buds have been creating a lot of buzz in the true wireless earbuds segment. Some even went on to see it as a budget alternative to Apple AirPods. OnePlus buds are quite popular and have a lot to offer right from its features to its budget-friendly price-which is way less than the price of Apple AirPods but all things said and done, OnePlus buds are catering specifically to OnePlus smartphone owners. Yes, they are compatible with other smartphones as well but to get the best of it you need to own an OnePlus smartphone but if we say there are more brands offering a better deal, that too, around a similar price point?

From major brands like JBL, Skullcandy, SoundMAGIC, JAYS and more There is a pool of alternative true wireless earbuds which not only competes with the OnePlus buds but some even seem to outperform OnePlus Buds. So if you are someone who has been wanting to buy OnePlus Buds, we suggest you take a pause and go through our list of alternatives to OnePlus Buds. You might even end up getting a better deal. So why confine yourself to an earbud when you can get a better deal around a similar price point? No harm in exploring. So without further ado, let's begin with our handpicked list of 8 Alternatives to the OnePlus Buds under Rs. 5,000.


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JAYS m-Five True Wireless

For the athlete in you, for music on the go!

8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - JAYS m-Five True Wireless

8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - JAYS m-Five True Wireless 8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - JAYS m-Five True Wireless

Part of the JAYS motion (m) series, the m-Five true wireless earbuds are engineered for an active lifestyle. With an IPX5 rating, these earbuds are designed to resist water and sweat allowing you to focus at your workouts while still enjoying music. These earbuds give a total battery time of around 18 hours with 4.5 hours of playtime in a one time charge. The m-Five has enough battery to get you through the day. If you like minimalistic design, this is what makes this one of the best wireless earbuds under 5000.

To make music listening more convenient, the m-Five comes with intuitive touch controls that allow you to skip songs, change volume levels, answer and discard calls with just a touch. To add to the convenience, you also get the option to activate voice assistants right through these earbuds. The m-Five has a lightweight and ergonomic design to offer you optimum comfort even during extended hours of listening. Moreover, you get three sizes of silicone eartips giving you the opportunity to pick the right earphone for personalised fit and best listening experience.

What we like

  • A solid 18 hours of battery life
  • Protection against sweat with an IPX5 rating
  • Integrated intuitive touch controls
  • Ergonomically designed for utmost comfort
  • Elegant Swedish minimalist design

Why you should buy it

All-round true wireless earbuds with detailed sound, amazing battery life, convenient controls, Swedish minimalistic design and ergonomic design.


MEE Audio X10

The tough one!

8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - MEE Audio X10

8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - MEE Audio X10 8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - MEE Audio X10

MEE audio X10 is designed to be sports-friendly earbuds. It holds a 5mm micro driver which delivers a clear and natural sound. The earbuds have a standby time of 4.5 hours which could be extended to up to 22.5 hours with the help of the case. It smartly connects to your device as soon as you take them out.

Additionally, you can use a single earbud to answer calls. The earbuds are designed to be sweat resistant with an IPX5 rating. So you can wear it during workouts, jogging, without worry. You get three pairs of silicone ear tips with these headphones so that you get the best fit. This results in superior noise isolation.

What we like

  • Clear and detailed sound output
  • Jogging-friendly with an IPX5 rating
  • 4.5 hours of battery life (Total 22.5 hours with case)
  • Lightweight and sleek design

Why you should buy it

If you are looking for truly wireless earbuds with detailed sound output, sweat resistance and an overall of 22 hours of battery life with the case.


Skullcandy Sesh

Truly wireless. Perfectly simple!

8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - Skullcandy Sesh Image via ThePhoneTalks
8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - Skullcandy Sesh Image via ThePhoneTalks 8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - Skullcandy Sesh Image via ThePhoneTalks

These are small earbuds with a compact design and a bass-heavy sound. They are lightweight and can be carried anywhere easily. The battery of these earbuds alone lasts for three hours and they get an additional 7 hours through the charging case. It resists dust and water thanks to its IP55 rating.

The Skullcandy Sesh has the latest Bluetooth 5.0 giving you a seamless and strong connection for hours. You can control the music from the backside of the earbuds. Even picking up the calls is just a tap away. Just triple press either of your earbuds and your voice assistant is activated and there to get your job done.

What we like

  • Pure and powerful bass output
  • Minimalistic and lightweight design
  • Decent 10 hours of battery life overall (3 hours in earbuds and 7 in the charging case)
  • IP55 rating for sweat, water, and dust resistant

Why you should buy it

If you are looking for bass-heavy headphones with minimalistic design, decent battery and sweat, and dust resistant.




With bass and noise isolation!

8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - JBL T100 TWS
Image by Geekyranjit via Youtube

8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - JBL T100 TWS 8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - JBL T100 TWS

Imagine the legendary JBL sound as you've heard it in concert halls, arenas and recording studios packed in a pair of tiny 0.58 cm Driver Units. The T100 does just that. The 5-hour battery life on these truly wireless earbuds is enough to get you going through your daily commute. You can add more life to your battery with the charging case which gives an overall 12 hours of playtime. Ensure strong and seamless connectivity with the latest Bluetooth 5.0.

These earbuds offer effective noise isolation which cuts out the external noise so that you can pay more heed to your music. JBL has ensured that you don’t lose on your voice assistants, you just have to tap to activate them. The JBL T100 has stereo hands-free call support which enables you to pick your calls with just a tap on your earbuds. The integrated microphone helps you to get stable voice calls and superior audio clarity.

What we like

  • Lightweight and portable design
  • JBL Pure Bass Sound
  • Latest Bluetooth 5.0
  • Effective noise isolation
  • Easy music controls
  • Overall 12 hours of battery (5 hrs in earbuds)
  • With voice assistant support
  • Stereo hands-free call support

Why you should buy it

Enjoy the best of true wireless earbuds with JBL T100 that offers JBL pure bass sound, effective noise isolation, convenient music controls and strong battery life.



HiFiMAN entering the TWS market with a bang!

8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - HiFiMAN TWS400

8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - HiFiMAN TWS400 8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - HiFiMAN TWS400

HiFiMAN debuts in the True Wireless Earbuds market with the promising TWS400. This earbud features a Topology Diaphragm which is a unique nanoparticle coating on the surface of the earphones that allows the earbud to deliver the most detailed and natural sound. It comes with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 for more advanced and seamless wireless connectivity. You can wear the TWS400 while working out, as these true wireless earbuds come with an IPX4 rating which resists sweat and dirt. The earbuds offer 5.5 hours of playback time with an additional 13.5 hours of battery life using the charging case. Overall, TWS400 gives you around 18 hours of music time.

The earbuds host direct control buttons that facilitate efficient music controlling. Additionally, you can easily access voice assistants by clicking and holding for two seconds. The TWS400 has a single-channel option and microphone so that you have telephonic conversations. These earbuds are ideal for streaming videos and playing video games as they have a very low latency rate. This means that there will be no lag between the audio and video while streaming your favourite show online or while playing games. This is one of the most elegantly designed earbuds in our list of best wireless earbuds under 5000.

What we like

  • Featuring HiFiMAN Topology Diaphragm
  • Detailed and natural sound output
  • With the latest Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
  • Resistant to water and dirt with an IPX4 rating
  • A total of around 18 hours of playback time
  • Mono earbud and single button music control
  • Quick access to the voice assistant
  • Low latency for a seamless audio-visual experience

Why you should buy it

Featured-packed true wireless earbuds from the house of HiFiMAN with amazing sound, strong battery life, water-resistance and low latency. TWS400 is an ideal pick for enjoying audio while mobile gaming and video streaming.


Shanling MTW100

The underdog overachiever

8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - Shanling MTW100

Best Wireless Earbuds under 6000 - Shanling MTW100 Best Wireless Earbuds under 6000 - Shanling MTW100

We were quite amazed by the overwhelming response we received from our customers regarding the product. It surely outperformed our expectations. Shanling MTW100 is the most feature-packed earbud in the mid-range price segment. Available in two options - the balanced armature variant (₹6,999) in black and red, and the dynamic armature variant (₹5,999) in white. The first option hosts a balanced armature driver that offers a balanced sound. The dynamic armature driver option has deep bass for a wider appeal. Both models deliver a wide and open soundstage that makes for admirable listening sessions.

The balanced armature variant gives a battery backup of 7 hours extending up to 17 hours with the charging case. The dynamic armature model offers 6 hours of standby time with an additional 15 hours via the case. Notably, wireless charging is only available with the balanced variant.

Both options feature an ergonomic design so you can listen to your music all you want and not worry about them falling off. These also features mono and stereo option. While Bluetooth 5.0 ensures strong connectivity, AAC and SBC wireless codec makes them compatible with all devices.

The MTW100 feature advanced DSP Technology. This enhances mic quality while giving a natural tone to the audio. This also benefits your gaming experience when the game's ending announces "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner." With an IPX7 rating, damage from sweat or water will be the last of your concerns.

What we like

  • Dust and water-resisting with an IPX7 rating
  • Great Battery life
  • Audiophile-grade sound
  • The balance variant supports wireless charging
  • Mono and stereo operations

Why you should buy it

While this product is slightly above the 5k price point, its feature-rich earbuds still feature in this list of best true wireless earbuds under 5000 because the extra 1-2k spent gives you better sound features. You should buy the Shanling MTW100 if you are an audiophile who would not want to miss on impressive features.



In it for a long haul!

8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - SoundMAGIC TWS50

8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - SoundMAGIC TWS50 8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - SoundMAGIC TWS50

Battery life has always been a major point of concern for wireless earbuds but with the TWS50, SoundMAGIC has put that concern to rest. This headphone is a long-runner that boasts a battery life of up to 30 hours with the case. It comes with a unique circular case that also displays battery percentage. These earbuds are ergonomically designed ensuring a great fit. It can even charm the discerning audiophile with a balanced sound signature that delivers a worthy performance.

What’s more, you can use these earbuds in mono mode as well, meaning you can even use one earbud at a time. Controlling your music is a breeze with the touch-sensitive controls on each earbud. An IPX7 rating makes it an ideal pick for athletes. The TWS50 is quite feature-rich indeed.

What we like

  • Gesture control for music and calls
  • The earbuds are waterproof with an IPX7 rating
  • 7 hours of battery life, extending up to 30 hours with the charging case
  • Mono and stereo operations

Why you should buy it

You should buy the SoundMAGIC TWS50 if you are a SoundMAGIC fan, enjoy earbuds with hosts of useful features along with strong battery life. Please note that these earbuds are priced a little over the 5000 price point, but their features are worth the extra bucks.


Philips TAUT102

True wireless convenience in your budget

8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - Philips TAUT102

8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - Philips TAUT102 8 Alternatives to OnePlus Buds - Philips TAUT102

The Philips TAUT102 true wireless earbuds give you around 3 hours of battery life on earbuds alone. You can get an additional 9 hours of battery life through the charging case with multiple charges. The earbuds take up to 2 hours to get a full charge. The charging case sports a portable friendly design and it easily slips into pockets and bags making it easy to carry around. These true wireless earbuds are impressively lightweight and have a compact design. They offer you a snug-fit and a comfortable wearing experience. Controlling music is uber easy with easy controls on these true wireless earbuds. You can also activate your favourite voice assistant like the Google Assistant or Siri, with a double-tap. Enjoy powerful sound output with Philips TAUT102.

It sports a flawlessly tuned 6 MM neodymium acoustic driver that helps these earbuds to deliver rich bass and precise midrange frequencies. oval-shaped acoustic tubes enable passive noise isolation for immersive music listening experience. You also get the mono mode which gives you the freedom to use only one earbud. With acoustic echo cancellation, you can eliminate annoying echoes while you are on the call. The moment you take these Philips TAUT102 out of the charging case they are ready to get paired. There is a smart pairing feature as well wherein once you pair these earbuds with your media devices, it will remember the last connected device and will instantly connect to the device the next time you turn on Bluetooth. The TAUT102 comes with 3 sizes of interchangeable rubber ear-tip for a perfect and secure fit.

What we like

  • Up to 12 hours of battery life along with fast charging
  • Featuring 6mm drivers for powerful sound and rich bass
  • Easy control buttons for better music and call control
  • With smart-pairing and voice assistant access
  • Three sizes of eartips for a perfect fit
  • With compact and portable charging case
  • In-built echo cancellation mic

Why you should buy it

Experience true wireless freedom, perfect fit and comfortable design with the Philips TAUT102 true wireless earbuds. With around 12 hours of battery life, convenient control buttons and powerful sound, these earbuds are designed for comfortable music listening experience.



That's all folks for our list of 8 Alternatives to the OnePlus Buds under Rs. 5,000. Hope you had a good read and that this list helped you pick an alternative to OnePlus Buds. If you have got queries regarding these earbuds or other headphones in general, feel free to get in touch with one of our in-house experts - Our Headphone Gurus. See you around in the blog space.

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