Jaybird X3 Earbuds Review
Jaybird stepped it up a little with the X3 wireless earbuds. Making some much-needed improvements of the predecessor to give customers a better experience. The sports headphones feature a great battery life so you can keep your music playing for the long haul. They are sweat resistant, so you won’t have to worry about the moisture damaging them when you are going hard at the gym. Some customers have durability problems with the headphones, stating that they don’t last as long as they would have liked. You can generally find them for an affordable and reasonable price, which makes them a decent value even if they don’t last forever.
All and all they seem to be a pretty good pair of wireless Bluetooth sports headphones that a majority of customers appreciate. Yes, they have their downfalls, but the pros seem to outweigh the cons, and most people are left satisfied.
Long battery life
Affordable price point
Carrying case included
Proprietary charging cable
Of course, you can use the earbuds for more than just use your workouts. Many customers choose to use them for their everyday use as well. Whether you have a long commute, or you're planning on traveling and want something to wear to keep you distracted. Consumers will wear these for their everyday needs with no problems.
These headphones come equipped with an inline microphone so you can even use them when you need to make or receive hands-free phone calls. It's fantastic for those who like to multi-task, making their phone calls when they are running errands or people who have to take calls for work, giving them the option to pop in the earbuds instead of holding your phone.
As long as you get the earbud tip that gives you a pleasant and secure fit, you can also take advantage of some noise isolation. They don't feature actual noise canceling circuitry, but if you get a snug fitting pair that sits inside of your ears, it will help shield out some of the sounds of the outside world so you can focus on your workout without distraction.
As mentioned above, they are sweat and splash proof so you can head out for your workout with fear of them getting ruined by the moisture. You can clean them easily enough as well, as the minimal amounts of water will not do too much to damage them, keeping them in good working order for quite a while.
If you pair the headphones with the MySound app on your smartphone, you can customize the sound so you can have a more personalized experience. You can even save your favorite settings, so you don't have to adjust them each time that you use them, also if you connect to a different device the next time you listen.
You will also get some of the basic features that you would find on many products like this. They come with an inline remote and microphone. This is going to let you adjust your volume and skip tracks right from your earbuds without having to take your device out of your pocket. This makes your workouts much easier since you won't have to stop what you're doing to fiddle with your music. The same goes for taking phone calls. You can answer a call with the press of a button on the remote and the mic lets you talk to the person on the other line with ease.
The drivers got an upgrade so they can provide you with better sound and more powerful bass, which many athletes can appreciate as it will get them pumped for their workouts, helping them go hard. You will want to ensure that you choose the ear tips that give you a tight seal and secure fit, however, because if not it will decrease your overall listening experience.
If you want to tweak the sound a little bit, you can do so easily through the MySound app on your smartphone. It will let you choose from some pre-set sound profiles, or you can customize one so you can get the best experience possible. The great part about this app is it will let you save your preferences, so when you connect to a different device you don't have to set them all over again.
For most customers don't have any problems getting the headphones to connect. It is a pretty easy and standard procedure to get them to connect. You press and hold the power button until you hear the voice prompt through the earbud then find the headphones in your phones Bluetooth menu. Once you get the initial connection, the earphones will remember your device to make future links even more accessible.
The problem that some consumers have, though, is that they will randomly lose connection. It usually re-connects itself, but it can be frustrating, especially when at the gym or out for a jog, to have your music cut in and out on you. It also doesn't have a very good range so you're going to want to make sure that you keep your media player close by and don't stray too far from your headphones or you will lose your music.
The best part and the most prominent contributor to the comfort level is the way they fit. As long as you choose the correct tip and get a good fit, you can ensure that they are going to stay in place while you are out and about — no need to keep fiddling with the earbuds because they just keep falling out while you are active. Since you won't have to deal with worry about them falling out, you will have a more pleasant experience throughout the day.
There are a couple of different color options that you can choose from you so can get a simple and primary color, or you can opt for something bright and fun to give yourself a little flair while you are at the gym. You can choose from road rash red, gray, white, alpha green, army green, blackout, or Sparta white.
Jaybird upgraded the overall aesthetics of the earbuds, giving you a better look than the predecessor. They're plastic, but they have a smoother look than the previous iteration. They feel a bit bulky, but they are actually a little thinner this time around, giving them a sleeker look to them.
Overall, they look pretty good and just like what you would expect from a pair of wireless sports headphones.
Most of the problems come with one or both of the buds not working after a couple of months to a year, making them useless. Another gripe about them is that after a while the battery will stop holding a charge, the battery life will start to decrease gradually until the battery no longer works. That is common with products with a rechargeable battery, but these ones tend to wear just a little faster than expected.
The X3's did upgrade their battery from their previous iteration, moving on to the use of a lithium-ion for extended battery life and more reliable charge. When listening to your music at moderate volumes, you should be able to get about 8 hours of play on a full charge. If you find yourself with a low battery and need a little juice in a pinch, you plug it in for about 15 minutes to get about an hour of playback.