In 2017, Jabra entered the wireless earbud niche with their uniquely-designed Elite Sport wireless earphones. Like other truly wireless earbuds that have graced the tech space within the last 2 years, Jabra ditched the wires completely for this earphones – each bud is essentially an independent unit just without the cables interconnecting them.
That being said, Jabra also added a first-of-its-kind HRM (Heart Rate Monitor) to the wireless buds as a buyer’s incentive. Nonetheless, we have recently seen major players such as Samsung, Motorola, Bragi release their own versions of the same. But Jabra still retains the title of having the first truly wireless earbuds fitted with Heart Rate Monitors ( HRMs )
In 2014 the company released their smart Bluetooth earbuds with fitness tracking features like HRM, the Sport Pulse. The headset received mixed reviewed for its sound quality and fitting as well as the accuracy of fitness measurements.
This year at IFA Jabra shows off their first pair of totally wireless earbuds, the Jabra Elite Sport. Engineered with features for sports, they can track heart rate and give voice coaching. The Elite Sports will be available at Best Buy on October 30th.
Totally wireless earbuds don’t have long battery life, most of them have from two to three hours of playback, due to this a portable charging case is included for charging earbuds on the go, and the Elite Sport are not an exception with play time around 3 hours.
As sports wireless earbuds Jabra Elite fit well and are lightweight. They are large enough to fit extremely securely around your ears. And this is thanks to the convenient combination of memory foam ear and wing tips that the earbuds employ.
The earbuds are also water resistant with IPX score of 6,7, allowing them to be submerged in up to 1 meter for 30 minutes without being damaged. The transparency feature is very helpful when you want to hear outside world.
To have accurate HR measurement, make sure you have a proper fit, which the Jabra promises the result is up to 90 percent accuracy. With real-time audio coaching and heart rate tracking feature, the Jabra Sport Life app can monitor your performance and give feedback. For instance, it can tell you should you speed up or just slow down.
For sound quality, the company promised that the earbuds will sound good, and have great call quality. Being earbuds – before they are wireless – don’t expect the same rich bass and distinct trebles you get with mainstream headphones. Just as its name suggest, the Jabra are designed specifically for outdoor and gym use and not the sole purpose of reproducing sound perfectly.
But given their sheer size, the earbuds have a way of adding an impressive warmth and richness to anything you play through them. The 2 microphones on each earbud not only pick up user’s voice, but also measure the ambient noise to filter out. When you have an incoming call, you can pick up the call by voice command.
In-Ear Fitness Tracking
The built-in battery, which can last for over 3 hours, is resilient enough to see you through your gym sessions or short morning runs. Considering that the earbud’s inbuilt HRMs can be seamlessly integrated with Jabra’s Sport Life app ( a fitness companion app), this is undoubtedly one of the best investment a fitness enthusiast can have.
Fully wireless earbuds have some drawn backs like audio performance, battery and Bluetooth stability, we are expected big names like Samsung, Apple will soon solve this and have better products in the future.
Updated on 04/27/2018