Product Review: JayBird BlueBuds X - Bluetooth in-ear headphones.
I’ve been looking and looking for an amazing pair of bluetooth headphones for running. The latest copy of my Triathlon magazine came, touting a significant discount off the JayBird BlueBuds X, their latest model. With their seal of approval from USAT as well. So I decided to give them a try, without doing much research into any others really and purchased them. I have the white model, but only the control portion, and in-ear pieces are white, the rest is still black.
I’ve been running with them now two days. First time for a six miler. I installed the largest plug and hook for my big ears, although it does come with a small and medium as well. It paired quick and painlessly with my iPhone 5, and off I went. The large earbud fell out slightly from my ear the entire run. They never fell off at all, but felt like they may, so I pushed them back in snug a few times.
Second time out with them, I swapped the medium plugs onto the end. They fit much better, so maybe my ears aren’t as big as I think after all. The disappointing part comes from me being a channel changer. Unless I’m doing an official race, I don’t have a set playlist, and prefer to stay on shuffle. To mix things up and have variety. With the iPhone 5 wired headphones, I just double tap the mic button, and onto the next song I go. With JayBird BlueBuds X, I have to hold the volume up button down for a moment. No big deal right? Except when your running. With the medium plugs on, the right ear kept falling out while I switched songs. Sometimes it takes three or four changes to find the next perfect song too.
Bottom line overall: I enjoy them, and would recommend them. Good sound, but not too closed off that you can’t hear traffic around you. If you’re not a channel changer, I think they will work great! And the sweat and what not does not affect them at all.
I am going to give different plugs and hook combinations a few attempts, to see if I can find the perfect combo for my ears, and perhaps try the cord winding option too that they show in the manual, that could solve my channel switching habit issue.