Earbuds are convenient, and an acceptable way of listening to music privately, but they do have their downsides. One of them is the cables, which have always been a nuisance.
That’s why the relatively recent invention of wireless earbuds has been a big help. Until recently, they’ve suffered from various problems, including short battery life and being easily damaged, along with so-so sound quality.
The Jabra Elite Sport wireless earbuds address some of these problems pretty well, giving you the opportunity to workout or work while wearing them. They have four microphones, which will allow you to be understood if you happen to be making a phone call while wearing them.
As earbuds that are designed for sport, the Jabra Elite Sport are more or less waterproof. They’re also “sweat proof,” in that the company will warrant them against damage from perspiration for 3 years from the date of purchase.
They also have extended battery life. The Jabra Elite Sport Website says up to 13.5 hours, though that’s a bit of an exaggeration. They actually have a continuous battery life of 4.5 hours. The case has a built-in recharging station, and that recharging station gives them two additional charges of 4.5 hours each. That means that there’s a combined battery life of 13.5 hours, but you’ll have to recharge them twice to get that battery life.
The Jabra Elite Sport promise sound reproduction from 20hz to 20Khz, and they feature passive noise cancellation so that you can keep unwanted sounds out.
They work with Bluetooth and they’re compatible with both Android and iOS. You can also use it with Siri and Google Now.
For sports use, the Jabra Elite Sport also offer performance tracking, and it can keep track of time, speed, distance, pace, steps, cadence, calories, heart rate and more by using the included app.
They’re waterproof to the extent that they can allegedly withstand immersion in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. I’m not sure that there’s any reason to test that, but that’s the claim on the Jabra Elite Sport Website.
As for colors, the Jabra Elite Sport earbuds are available in a total of two – black, and a combination of bright green and gray.
They’re said to be quite comfortable for extended wear, and 4.5 hours of continuous battery life is likely to be more than enough for most users. There was no mention on the Website about recharging time, so I’m not sure how much downtime you’ll have once you run out of battery power, even if you happen to have the charging case with you. You’ll have to experiment with that.
The Jabra Elite Sport also comes with three sizes of EarWings, three sizes of silicone EarGels and three sizes of FoamTips. This ensures that pretty much anyone will be able to adjust them to fit their ears. This will make them more comfortable, but it will also help with noise cancellation and give you better overall performance.
If you’re looking for a nice set of sports earbuds that are tough enough to last and which work pretty well, you should consider that Jabra Elite Sport. They sell for $249 list.