Published on March 4th, 2017 | by Greg0
Jabra Elite Sport: Waterproof, Wireless Earbuds
It’s still early- the first generation in fact- for one of the fastest-growing categories of personal electronics. Truly wireless earbuds rely on the common Bluetooth protocol, enabling them to be used with just about anything out there- laptops, smartphones, tablets- without worrying about any cables getting in the way. And where some sets still have a small cable connecting each bud, wrapping around your neck, today’s pair goes full cordless and adds in a feature that makes them perfect for exercise: they’re water- and sweat-proof.
The Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Earbuds are some of the most sophisticated on the market, even if their competition has grown past Apple and Samsung offerings. Built-in noise canceling is a classic Jabra feature, thanks to not one but two microphones in each bud, working together to filter out background sounds. But that’s just the beginning, as they also included an in-ear heart rate monitor and offer an integrated app for fitness analysis and training. As with some others, these also come with a special battery-charging case, and you’ll want to keep it close for quick charging when an outlet isn’t handy.
As with other Jabra gear that we’ve seen in the past, from Bluetooth headsets to portable speakers, connectivity is a strong suit- it was easy to pair and we rarely faced any issues with re-connecting between sessions or when moving around. Speaking of which, these also managed to stay put in our ears even when running, something that many other pairs haven’t been able to do. They aren’t small, so you’ll notice them when in, but won’t lose them easily and once you’ve found the right size tip (and wings) they are pretty comfortable. Three different sizes are included in foam or gel, and it can take a few tries and little work to get them fitted but it’s important to have a good, tight seal.
There is some good news and some bad news- wireless still requires some compromises. The best part is that you no longer need to worry too much about audio quality with wireless tech- these sound great, with comparable bass to other recent Bluetooth gear and solid acoustics for a wide range of music from rock to pop. Deep rap tracks might sound a little thin, but everything else will sound full and with good stereo separation and imaging and plenty of volume. The flip side is that battery life is an issue for truly wireless earbuds; these last about three hours on a charge before needing to be popped into the case for a top-up (it offers another couple of full charges, so nine hours total). Available now for around $249, online and in stores, the Jabra Elite Sport work great rain or shine, and are compatible with a wide range of training and fitness apps- perfect for getting back out jogging as Spring approaches.