These are the Jabra Elite Sport headphones. By Jabra’s own admission, these are “The most technically advanced true wireless sports earbuds” A pair of Bluetooth headphones packed with technology, that promise great sound quality, excellent battery life and real ease of use.
What’s in the Box?
In the box you get:
- USB Cable
- Charging box
- Ear pieces which enable them to fit in your ear as snugly as possible.
Before you use them you gotta make sure they fit snugly into your ear otherwise they’re useless, so make sure you spend a decent amount of time making sure that you’ve fitted the right size earpiece otherwise the fit won’t be good and you’ll be fiddling with them in your ears non-stop during your workout, run, or whatever activity you choose to do.
I took them to the park just to see how well they stay in your ears. I did a quick little workout that would make the earbuds jiggle a bit, just to see how much movement it would take for them to shift. The left side fell out of my ears twice and during a jog, the right side fell out of my ear and onto the grass which took a while for me to find.
Don’t Lose These Earbuds!
It got me thinking, if you lose one of them, which could happen, you’re pretty much screwed. It would make sense if they had a little cord to connect them both which went around the back of the head.
Considering the price of these being £229, the thought of losing one of them is a worry. Now imagine losing one of these. You would be left with one £115 earbud and I am pretty sure Jabra are not going to send you out a replacement for free.
The charging case is really good though, it works sort of like a power bank battery and a carry case. Really handy because you don’t see many earphones come with carrying cases these days, it’s really innovative.
The Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds fit into the box in the allotted spaces and once you close it, the box begins charging them. If you need to recharge the box you just plug the USB into the side of the box and the little light on the side will tell you when the battery is full
The charging case/box is really good though, it works sort of like a power bank battery and a carry case. Really handy because you don’t see many earphones come with carrying cases these days, it’s really innovative. You just put the earbuds in the box in the allotted spaces and close it, the box begins charging them. If you need to recharge the box you just plug the USB into the side of the box and the little light on the side will tell you when the battery is full
The sound quality on these was really good too. No complaints whatsoever. They did a very good job of drowning out the sound around me, so do be careful if you use these to jog on a near busy road because you won’t be aware of your surroundings.
The ‘Jabra Elite Sport’ earbud, of course, come with an app, that opens up the full functionality of the earbuds. The great thing about the app is that you’re not restricted to only doing say, running, swimming or cycling.with the ‘just track me’ function it’ll track whatever you’re doing. Very useful.
After every use of the app, it gives you a very comprehensive rundown of all of your data. Even giving some data I didn’t know existed! A very well thought out app for me, and the heart rate monitoring is a very good addition that works really well. It continuously tracks your heart rate during your workout without any problems.
In conclusion, a great piece of kit, the features worked really well and it literally does do everything it sets out to do, my only two concerns however are:
- The price. For £229, I could get a Fitbit that would do all of my heart rate tracking and step counting and so on AND an awesome pair of Bluetooth headphones (like the AKG Y50 BTs reviewed here) and possibly even have change left.
- They’re earbuds. This concern as mentioned before in my review is a real concern for me. I’m not a fan of earbuds because they’re two individual pieces and if you were to lose one it would render the whole system useless. Jabra should have given the option of a little band or a string accessory that attaches the earbuds together that maybe goes around the back of the head, because practically if you’re doing sports your body is likely to be moving quite rigorously, so why have a pair of earphones that given the right amount of movement could easily fall out of your ears?
The JABRA ELITE SPORT EARBUDS get 3 STARS out of a possible 5 –
Love the functionality, but the price and the practicality let them down.
So there you have it, that was my review of the Jabra Elite Sport headphones – are you thinking about buying a pair? Or do you own a pair? Let me know what you think in the comments below…