If you are an early adopter and have been using Bluetooth headphones to workout with for a while, you know it can be a hit or miss experience. The better sounding models out there tend to be big and bulky, not to mention that if they cover the whole ear, it can be a sweaty mess. Unfortunately, the more sporty designs can be uncomfortable and tinny sounding. Enter, the JayBird BlueBuds X.
The JayBird BlueBuds X boasts sound quality that is close to or at least on par with wired ear buds, thanks to their “Shift” and “Puresound” technology. Not only that, but they also have a proprietary technology called “Signal Plus” which keeps them more firmly connected to your device, reducing skipping which interrupts your flow while you run or do any other exercise that puts you in a rhythm. On top of that, you get the soothing voice of “Jenna”, who lets you know when you are ready for pairing, connected or dialing a phone number.
Coming in at 5×2.1×7.2 inches and weighing 8 ounces, the BlueBuds are small enough to not interfere with your workout. And not to worry, unlike many ear buds which are annoying to run with, dropping out of your ear when you are really jostling around, the BlueBuds have a wing flap that helps keep them in your ear far better than those plain old buds that came with your phone. Also, unlike a couple of popular workout headphones, they won’t get destroyed by all the sweat from a truly hardcore workout.
Of course, there is a drawback. The price of the JayBird BlueBud X is a bit on the high side. Coming in at closer to $200 than $100, these might not be the best choice for the casual athlete who doesn’t need high sound quality and the aforementioned in ear stability. Also, despite the wing clips, many people simply feel uncomfortable running with buds, expecting them to fall out if they are really doing intense exercise.
However, if you’ve tried a few other types of Bluetooth headphones, you’ve probably bought two or three cheaper models, which you are likely not thrilled with. The JayBird BlueBud X might be the best pair of workout headphones that you need to buy for quite a while, making them a worthwhile investment. They also have a better range than other Bluetooth headsets, so if you are at the gym, you can just set down your device and move about freely while staying connected.