Jaybird RUN XT hands-on: Improved water resistance, customizable buttons, and video playback failure



Music motivates me to run sooner and additional so I not often run with out one thing taking part in from a related smartphone or music-enabled watch. Jaybird was one of many first fitness-focused audio manufacturers I examined 9 years in the past. Since then, I’ve examined a number of Jaybird merchandise and been happy with the efficiency of the model, till now.

Jaybird launched its first absolutely wi-fi earbuds with the Jaybird RUN in late 2017. The Jaybird Tarah Professional was launched in late 2018 and because the final step in making certain all of its merchandise meet the IPX7 stage of water resistance Jaybird not too long ago launched the Jaybird RUN XT. I’ve spent the previous couple of weeks with a pair of those new earbuds and they don’t seem to be going to exchange my favorites, the Jabra Elite Energetic 65t.

In comparison with the Jaybird RUN, the RUN XT improves with a better stage of water resistance, new coloration choices, and refined design. The 2 out there colours are black/flash and storm/grey. Storm is gentle blue and the storm/grey coloration is the mannequin despatched to me for analysis.

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  • Microphone: Omni-directional MEMS on the suitable earbud
  • Water resistance: IPX7 ranking
  • Battery life: 80 mAh for every earbud for as much as 4 hours of battery life. The charging case offers one other eight hours of run time.
  • Wi-fi connectivity: Bluetooth four.1
  • Earbud dimensions: 14.three x 19.5 x 19mm and about 7 grams (relies on your chosen fin and tip)

For $180, wi-fi headsets right now ought to have the newest know-how and meaning Bluetooth 5.zero, or at least four.2 Low Vitality, with a charging case incorporating a USB-C port and never the outdated microUSB commonplace. aptX assist would even be good to see at this worth.

One cause I found Jaybird a few years in the past was its capacity to create headsets with sweat resistance and a guaranty to match my utilization. I solely run outdoors so am usually operating in rain and different inclement climate situations. The brand new Jaybird RUN XT has an IPX7 water resistant ranking, which implies it could actually deal with submersion down to 1 meter for as much as 30 minutes. There’s additionally double hydrophobic nano coating to guard the headset. In different phrases, you’ll be able to put on these in nearly any climate situation

Match has at all times been one thing you possibly can customise with a Jaybird headset by way of using totally different suggestions and fins. The brand new Jaybird RUN XT mannequin consists of 4 pairs of fins and silicone suggestions. The fins are built-in with a silicone rectangular piece that matches across the earbud. A gap within the fin piece with labeling for the dimensions ensures correct set up on the earbud. There are additionally 4 sizes of silicone suggestions that can assist you discover simply the suitable match. We usually see three sizes of suggestions with most headsets.

Jaybird advertises 4 hours of playback time and to date that’s about what I’m seeing. It states you can rise up to an hour of playback with simply 5 minutes of charging. Callers confirmed that I sound good on my finish by way of the Jaybird RUN XT, with the omni-directional mic situated on the suitable earbud. All calls are dealt with by way of simply the suitable earbud and you should use this earbud in mono configuration too if you need one ear open for security.

There’s a one button on every earbud, situated in the direction of the underside of the Jaybird emblem and in the direction of your face when inserted. There are additionally indicator lights on the high of every earbud so you understand if an earbud is turned on or not. By default, the button on the left is used to activate your chosen assistant whereas the suitable aspect is used to play/pause music and reply a name with a single press. A double press of both earbud skips ahead or declines a name whereas an extended press on both (greater than three seconds) activates or off every earbud.

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I desire to make use of wi-fi headsets the place I can management quantity so at first I did not suppose the Jaybird RUN XT would match my utilization habits. I then launched the Jaybird smartphone app and found you can change the one button press to an alternate set of controls. I now have the suitable bud growing quantity whereas the left bud lowers quantity. A double press of both nonetheless jumps forward one music.

A charging case, coloured to match the earbuds, is supplied with two fashioned compartments to retailer and cost the RUN XT. Indicator lights are current on the entrance, one for every earbud so you’ll be able to view the charging state after inserting the earbuds. Sadly, the outdated microUSB commonplace is used for charging up the battery case. It is time to transfer to the USB-C commonplace people.

Smartphone software program

Whereas you do not want the Jaybird iOS/Android app to make use of the earbuds, I extremely suggest you put in it for an optimum expertise. With the app put in, you’ll be able to change the performance of the buttons, as I detailed above.

The app permits you to customise your equalizer settings, handle the headphones, and even select and share playlists. Spotify integration is current, which is ideal since I’m a Spotify subscriber and have been on the lookout for extra playlists for operating. Jaybird additionally not too long ago added some beneficial podcasts so it’s one other option to uncover podcasts associated to train.

How-to guides, match guides, and assist can be supplied by way of the app. You additionally want the app to make use of the discover my buds perform, which can present the final identified location of your related Jaybird RUN XTs.

Worth and competitors

Excessive finish wi-fi earbuds at present vary in worth from $150 to $180 so the Jaybird RUN XT is priced about proper, if among the specs had been a bit greater. It’s the identical worth as the primary model of the Jaybird RUN as nicely.

The 2018 Samsung Gear IconX has a MSRP of $179.99. Nevertheless, the Samsung web site at present has a $30 discount in worth so you’ll be able to decide up a pair for $149.99.

RHA not too long ago launched the TrueConnect earbuds with a worth of $169.95. The Jabra Elite Energetic 65t headset, certainly one of my faves, is priced at $179. Bose additionally has the SoundSport wi-fi headphones for $149.95.

Every day utilization experiences and conclusion

The Jaybird headphones I’ve used through the years have at all times sounded nice since sound high quality is without doubt one of the 4 pillars of the corporate’s design philosophy. Music performs loud and clear with the RUN XT and I truly can not pump them as much as the very best quantity stage or my ears get blown out.

I additionally haven’t skilled any connectivity points with the RUN XTs. I’ve examined them with a number of telephones and watches with seamless playback. Regardless of utilizing an older model of Bluetooth with no aptX assist, the earbuds have carried out nicely for music and podcasts.

Calls are dealt with simply by way of the suitable earbud with audio restricted to simply the suitable aspect. The left earbud truly permits in ambient sound when a name is available in that can assist you hear your personal voice so you do not have to take it out to have an honest name. Callers sounded good in the suitable earbud they usually informed me I sounded nice as nicely.

Nevertheless, there may be one deadly flaw which will stop you from eager to spend $180 on this headset. On my every day Sounder prepare commute, I see about half the individuals watching video content material on their smartphones with headsets and I can usually been seen streaming the newest Netflix or HBO present. You’ll not need to use the Jaybird RUN XT for streaming the audio from a video. If you happen to do, you’ll discover there’s a constant lag between the mouth motion of characters and the audio playback on the RUN XT. I examined a number of video streaming, and offline, companies with the Jaybird RUN XT and the Jabra Elite Energetic 65t and there was lag on the RUN XT with none current within the Jabra headset. We should always not see such poor efficiency from a $180 headset. It might be nice if Jaybird may repair this with an replace, however I learn by way of the boards and this was additionally an issue with the earlier Jaybird RUN headset so I am not optimistic for a repair right here both.

The Jaybird RUN XT by no means slipped out of my ears and had been snug for hours of wear and tear. The audio sounded glorious and the power to customise the equalizer is one thing we do not see in lots of of those wi-fi earbuds. I do know that video isn’t actually the main focus of wi-fi sport headphones, however given the truth that cellular gadgets right now require wi-fi earbuds, different earbuds do not have this challenge, and the RUN XT is priced at $180 this performance ought to work completely.

The excessive stage of water resistance is nice and these earbuds ought to final you for years together with your exercises in varied situations. If an replace can repair the video downside then possibly I am going to strive them once more, however till then it is again to the Jabra Elite Energetic 65t headset.