JayBird BlueBuds X
Comfort; battery life; sound
May not fit everyone well
When it comes to wireless headphones for when you’re exercising, fit and comfort are critical. The JayBird BlueBuds X fit the bill and deliver excellent sound as well.
Like many earbuds, the BlueBuds X come with several different silicon tips, so you can play with them to find the best fit for your ears. They’re also extremely light, so they’re unlikely to bother you on a run. However, while they were confortable for us, another tester couldn’t achieve the same level of comfort.
The sound quality was excellent. The thing about transmitting music over Bluetooth is that some compression is applied to the audio to ensure a steady audio stream. JayBird uses a custom implementation of the native Bluetooth SBC codec, which JayBird calls Shift. The end result is clear sound, although a big part of the sound quality will depend on how well the earbuds fit as a seal that blocks ambient sound is important.
Controls are reasonably easy to use with the play/pause button also used for answering calls and redialling the last number depending on how many times you press it. The integrated volume control also lets you skip back and forth between tracks if you hold it.
As with all the other headsets we tested, charging relied on a micro-USB connection with the socket hidden under a small cover. Once fully charged, the BlueBuds X could deliver eight hours of life – enough to get most exercisers through a week of workouts. As the battery life drops, a pleasant voice lets you know so the music doesn’t cut out without warning.
While priced as a premium product, the JayBird BlueBuds X are a great option – as long as they fit you well.