The JayBird BlueBuds X are ideal for runners or gym goers who want some audio motivation to boost their productivity – minus the annoying cables.
The BlueBuds X are sweat-resistant, dual-fit, and they are one of the best pairs of wireless earphones I’ve ever had the pleasure of using.
JayBird BlueBuds X Review
Excellent sound, great battery life and an awesome microUSB port nicely tucked away from sight make the JayBird BlueBuds X an athlete’s perfect pair of headphones.
Yet, they are super awkwardly positioned, kinda annoying and time wasting to set up, and they’re quite expensive for what they offer.
JayBird BlueBuds X specifications:
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
- Can be paired with up to 8 devices;
- 8 hours of battery life;
- Both under and over ear fit;
- Passive noise isolation.
JayBird BlueBuds X Design
The very first thing you’ll notice about the JayBird BlueBuds is that they don’t look like your average pair of earphones. The earbuds are connected to each-other via a single cord, which rests behind the neck.
There’s also a built-in remote control that can be found on the left side of the earphones. There, you’ll notice three slightly raised buttons, which give the user control over music playback or manage phone calls without interrupting workout.
A single push controls the volume, while a longer one second push gives the order to skip a track and a four second press will turn off the earphones. It looks great on paper, but in real-life, when you’re in the middle of a run, it’s far too difficult to distinguish how long you’ve pressed a button.
More than I care to admit, I’ve skipped tracks rather than controlling the volume.
Like I’ve mentioned earlier, the microUSB port is nicely hidden behind one of the earphones, just inside the plastic exterior, which helps it maintain that nice, slender figure.
The earphone-manufacturer uses Liquipel nano coating to make the pair water and sweat resistant – the company claims that it’s even rain resistant, and runners don’t have to worry about destroying their earphones while jogging during a short Summer’s shower.
Inside the box, you’ll find 3 sets of honeycomb-style ear tips, 3 ear cushions: small, medium and large; one microUSB charging cable, and a small, sturdy case box.
To be frank, when I first got my hands on the BlueBuds X I had to read the manual to get an idea on how to actually put them on.
They are quite complicated, and after having a small lecture with the manual, I realize that they also come with two fit-management clips to tighten the cord.
JayBird BlueBuds X Sound
I was quite shocked to see that even though they are wireless, they provide an absorbing and powerful sound quality. They don’t drown sounds with a heavy dose of bass, nor do they make you run in agony because of a massive amount of high pitched screeches.
They reside in the middle of the spectrum, and overall, they sound excellent.
Treble is crisp and clean, mid produces warm, rich audio, and distortion is barely noticeable.
Instead of your everyday Queens of the Stone Age playlist, I’ve tried to listen to a couple of audio books, and I found the JayBird BlueBuds X to perform rather nicely. There’s enough detail to immerse yourself in whatever story you’re listening to, and noise isolation kicks in and doesn’t leak anything that will ruin your experience.
They’re not just sport headphones, they are one of the best earphones I’ve had the pleasure of laying my hands on. Whether you go to the gym and get your high-score boosted by music, or you listen to Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens on your morning subway commute to work, the JayBird BlueBuds X are awesome.
JayBird BlueBuds X Bluetooth
The pair uses Bluetooth 2.1 HDR. It’s not as great as Bluetooth 4.0, which offers even better battery efficiency, but it does its job exquisitely.
JayBird built them with Shift Premium Bluetooth Audio, which is basically a SBC Bluetooth codec, that compresses audio in order to maintain the highest quality of sounds. This technology, allegedly, removes any white noise or artefacts to increase clarity, but I’m not sure it does anything that the average Joe will actually notice.
I, for one, didn’t, so I’m not sure how it really works considering that there’s no comprehensible difference with, or without it on.
Pressing on the central button will meet the user with Jenna – a simple voice prompt that tells you when the power is on. Press and hold down the button so you know if you’re connected or not.
Jenna isn’t a virtual assistant – and don’t you go thinking that she’s a stripper, even though Jenna screams bad life decisions. The voice prompt will tell you when the battery is going to die – 20 minutes prior to it going nappy nap.
JayBird BlueBuds X Battery
The company claims that it lasts about 8 hours or so on a single charge, which is quite impressive. For me, they lasted slightly over a week. Considering that I’ve used them on and off throughout the day, it puts them at one hour and a few minutes on average.
Also, they didn’t suck all the battery out of my smartphone. I’ve paired the JayBird BlueBuds X with my iPhone 6, and I’ve noticed a drop of 5%. Not bad at all, really not bad at all.
JayBird BlueBuds X Verdict
Are the Jaybird BlueBuds X earphones worth it?
At $170, they are quite expensive, but they are totally worth it. They have an impressive battery life, but it’s annoying to handle because of its cables, cushions and sizes – it took me a ton of tests to find the perfect combination that fits my ears.
I used them at the gym when pulling weights, in the park while jogging, on my way to work, and at home while playing Star Wars Battlefront and listening to the epic Star Wars saga OST via my smartphone.
I say go for it. Price to value ratio isn’t that bad, and in the end, you’ll get a scrumptious pair of earphones.