Ally Earbuds: Comfort, Noise Cancellation, Good Battery Life, More

I found Cleer's over-ear headphones to be comfortable, so when the company sent me its Ally ($149) earbuds, I was expecting the same. Fortunately, in addition to three sizes of silicone ear tips, they also include three ear wing tips, dubbed Freebit wings, to heep the earbuds in place, regardless of your ear size and type, and they do a good job. The solid fit, combined with noise cancellation, helps block out sounds as well. They also look good and are sold in black or red.

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The Ally also do a good job as it relates to battery life, with ten hours for the Ally earbuds and another twenty hours via the charging case. Still, I was hoping that they would keep up with the latest from Apple and Qi-based wireless charging or at least use USB-C or Lightning instead of microUSB. The earbuds support IPX5 water and offer sweat resistance, making them good for working out including running in the rain. And you can access Siri easily with a two second hold of the button.

Pros

  • Assorted ear tips and Freebit wings for a custom fit
  • Stylish blue lighting
  • Answer phone calls with left or right earbud
  • Control for Siri access
  • Ten hours of use, additional twenty with charging case
  • IPX5 water and sweat resistance
  • Noise cancellation

Cons

  • Uses microUSB to charge the device
  • No wireless charging

Final Verdict

The Ally from Cleer Audio are a comfortable set of noise-cancelling earbuds with good battery life.

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