Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Wireless Earbuds here.

The Bluetooth Tags from Outdoor Technology offer great sound and fit solidly into your ears. They have optional plastic hooks that wrap around your ear. You may not even need the extra hooks as they are so lightweight, and fit so snuggly, that it takes extremely vigorous activity to pull them loose. The sound is clear and immediately impressive.

Audio Performance
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Via the Bluetooth wireless signal, you can navigate your music library on your phone or other playback device. The sound may not be quite as clear as a really good set of wired earbuds, but the OT Bluetooth Tags are likely to impress you.

As with any Bluetooth-powered audio device, you only get unidirectional audio signals from the source, but unless you are an audiophile, or a sound engineer, you probably won't notice. Bass and high tones sound good when you have them set at high volumes.

Comfort Features
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The Bluetooth Tags are designed and Outdoor Tech states that they extend up to 32 feet from the device they're rooted to. However, during testing we found that inference came through as early as 15 feet but this is likely to never matter to you if you’re using them from your pocket or armband.

You are also able to pair the tags with two devices at once with the push of a button. The button you use to pair the headset to a source is a multifunction button; you also use it to answer or reject a call and to pause or play music. You use the volume buttons to adjust the level and to skip songs.

Durability Features
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You get a carrying case for the OT Bluetooth Tags, which fit nicely since the cord isn't made of hard plastic. The set of earbuds also comes with extra sets of rubber cushions in several sizes so that you can find the perfect fit for your ears.

The design is simple and these wireless earbuds are meant to stay in your ears. And when you aren't using them, there is a little strap to tighten them and let them hang around your neck. The battery will last up to 6 hours of talk time, and 7 hours for listening to music. Charging the device takes about 2 hours and requires plugging a USB cable into the back of one of the earbuds.

Help & Support
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9.4
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Outdoor Technology is a smaller company compared to many other products we have tested and are lacking a couple support options that the Big Boys manage easily. Namely there’s no downloadable manual or option to chat with a support rep. You can always call or email them. The Tags come with a user manual and the earbuds come with a one-year warranty.

Outdoor Technology Tags Summary:
/10

We recommend these earbuds to those who appreciate convenience and simplicity, and care less about music sound quality. These wireless earbuds have some of the easiest music controls we have seen, and you can pair them with multiple devices via Bluetooth. The sound quality is slightly poorer than some of our higher-ranked products, and you will find it difficult to get help from Outdoor Technology, but these issues shouldn't deter you from making the switch to wireless earbuds.

 
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Outdoor Technology Tags

Pros
The OT Bluetooth Tags are painless to pair, are kept easily around your neck when they’re not in use, extremely lightweight and have great sound.

Cons
Outdoor Technology lacks some help and support options and loses connection well before the 30 feet.

The Verdict
: /10

The OT Bluetooth tags are one of the best wireless earbud options available. Thanks to great sound and even better portability it’s easy to look over its weaknesses.