So here’s the deal: I love technology designed in the colour of white. On the contrary, by no means am I an Apple fan boy; the only Apple product I’ve reduced myself to is the Macbook Pro that I’m typing on right now. This affinity for cool white accessories has less to do with aggressive devotion to Apple products, and more to do with minimalism, elegance, and modern design. A fantastic contrast when you also own a lot of black gadgets.
In line with this seemingly-vain interest, let’s discuss wireless products. The majority of smartphone users are still dependent on wired connections, whether it’s earbuds, headphones, keyboards, and mice. Bluetooth is still the primary technology for supporting wireless connections, but what baffles me, is how so many of us traded up our landline phones for mobile phones, or desktop computers for laptops and iPads, yet are still connecting wires to a wireless device.
Today I’ll provide you with a few unique options to help you live completely and truly wireless, while maintaining a stylish appeal.
Also, it’s important to note that just having a white accessory doesn’t mean it’s suddenly the best accessory you can find. There’s a lot of unfortunate junk out there, especially on Amazon or AliExpress, that are either poorly designed or function as I’m hoping with this list to provide you with white wireless accessories that meet both Form and Function.
For Wireless Charging: Airwatts Wireless Chargers
Combining style with the latest battery technology, Airwatts’ latest wireless device looks like a solid option in the wireless charging market. Its built with glass and metal, and being just under 6.2 mm thin, the circular device provides some of the highest powered charging for up to 15 watts for Qi-compatible compatible phones and wireless earbuds. It’s currently my favourite desk piece.
For Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones: Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
For noise cancelling headphones, Bose has always been top of market. Although it’s typically seen on the airplane cabins and offices in its black form, the Bose 700’s strike a great balance between noise-cancelling quality in a white and copper finish. From a comfort stand point, it has a slight edge over its primary rival, the Sony WH-1000XM3. It’s also known for very high quality calls, having four microphones built into it, and personally I can’t get into an airplane without noise cancelling headphones anymore.
For Wireless Noise-Cancelling Earbuds: Sony WF-1000XM3
You’ve probably seen Airpods worn by at least 30 people on your daily commute. I’m hoping to skip over the popular stuff and head straight to one of the best (and slightly more expensive) noise cancelling earbuds on the market: the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds. If you’re lucky, you’ll stumble upon their hard-to-find white/cream version. Consistently regarded as one of the top benchmark noise-cancelling earbuds on the market to-date for their noise cancelling technology, battery life, and audio/call quality.
For Wireless Speakers: Linn Series 3 Bluetooth speaker
You may have never heard of the Linn Series 3 Bluetooth speaker, but I found the Linn Series 3 to have the absolutely best merger or quality and design. Lin is best known for producing exceptional turntables, and has since pivoted to designing elegant wireless speakers built in a wine glass-inspired shape, and a silk dome tweeter with aluminum meshing. It supports all popular wireless technologies: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Airplay; and connects to Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and on Google Music.
For Battery Cases: White iPhone XR battery case
It’s a bit difficult to find a battery case that works with all phones, so I’m basing this recommendation on the most popular cell phone in the market. The iPhone XR is the is currently holds a 3% market share, so I specifically stuck to looking for a battery case that works for it. The best that I could find is actually easily available at the Apple Store, and I’ll be honest with you, I’m not that excited about the design. It transforms your phone into the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Functionally, it is built with a soft microfiber lining solid protection, and has a soft-touch finish with a silicone exterior. It’s also not super bulky. Compatible with Qi-certified chargers so you can charge your device with the Airwatts wireless charger mentioned above, it juices your phone up to an increased talk time of 39 hours or internet use of up to 22 hours. But again, not crazy about the design.
- Price: $129.00 USD / $179.00 CAD
- Buy: Apple.com
For Wireless Keyboards: Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID + Apple Magic Keyboard
Okay, so finding a white keyboard that doesn’t look like it was made for a five-year old is a bit tricky. For both PC and Mac users, I had to default back to Microsoft Fingerprint Keyboard and the Apple Magic Keyboard. You just can’t beat ’em. Both are solid choices, with both an aluminum frame and numerous months of charge. Bonus points to Microsoft for the biometric sensor.
For Wireless Mice: Apple Magic Mouse 2 + Microsoft Arc Mouse
Unfortunately, most of my research for a white wireless mic led me back to Apple and Microsoft. The Apple Magic Mouse 2 has dominated the white mouse space since its introduction into the market. The Microsoft Arc Mouse isn’t exactly pure white, but I’m including it here since it has a very bold design that I find more interesting to look at than use. Both are rechargeable and can be used with almost any Bluetooth device.
For Meditation: Muse
For desk-side meditation, the Muse provides you with quantified and much-needed break from your work or play activities. The app allows you to listen to an interactive and guided meditation, while the headband measures your brain wave signals, providing you post-session with a chart of your results. If you love charts or quantified feedback, this may be one of the most unique and peace-making technology pieces you’ll own.
Update: the version I purchased a few years back is available in white, however it looks like Muse has begun designing their latest versions in black only.
For Non-Medical Masks (since we’re still neck-deep in the COVID-19 pandemic): O2 Curve Mask
Because it’s hard right now not to mention the effects of COVD-19, I did stumble upon a really cool white mask called the O2 curve mask. Since most (sane) people right now are habitually wearing masks to public, this mask offers superior protection and breathability, and a medical grade silicone seal that provides great protection compared to N95 masks. It’s not really technology, but I thought I’d mention it here since it covers both style and function.
- Price: $96.00 CAD
- Buy: o2canada.com