Jabra’s Bluetooth Fitness Buddy
The Wireless Plus features FM radio, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity for lower power consumption that will also allow you to wirelessly connect to your smartphone or MP3 player.
Jabra are also offering a 3 months free subscription to Endomondo premium. The software will track exercise statistics such as distance, speed, and time, to compute calories burned based on the type of activity.
Design and comfort
Jabra have continued with the same behind the ear design and have placed the volume rocker and FM radio button on the arch of the earphone with the play/pause button sitting on the ear hook. There’s also an omni-directional microphone which filters out background noise if you receive a call whilst working out.
A tangle free cable connects the two earphones and comes with a fit clip that can be used to clip the excess cable behind your neck to stop it flapping around when exercising. I found this quite useful as it also secures the earphones making the cable taut for a more comfortable and secure feel around the back of the head/neck.
Jabra supply seven different pairs of ear gels catering for literally every different size and shape of ear allowing you to ultimately get that ideal fit. Some ear gels are designed sheerly for ease of use, some for comfort and others for sound; best for those that perhaps go out running in built up areas where there’s a lot of noise.
Personally I struggled with the ear gels, that could be down to the fact that I have rather small ears; although I can see the purpose behind them, runners would require a different kind of ear gel to that of a cyclist for instance as their movement differs somewhat.
A velcro arm band also features and can pocket most smartphones although anything above 5-inches will be a bit of a struggle. I found that my HTC One fitted almost perfectly which was pleasing and the quality and feel of the arm band is of a premium standard.
The all round build quality is good, the earphones feel robust and are water, shock and dust resistant meaning you can go out in those wintry conditions.
Syncing your smartphone or Mp3 player via Bluetooth is a simple process. Holding down the play/pause button on the Jabra Sport Wireless Plus will activate a voice guide that will talk you through the process to help you get started. I experienced a really strong connection, I didn’t have one signal drop throughout my whole time spent with the Jabra Sport Wireless Plus.
They are extremely light to wear although quite troublesome to apply. Once you’ve played around for a bit the ear gels actually sit quite comfortably in the ear with differing sizes available to cater for everyone’s needs.
When I tested them in the gym I was actually really impressed, I used the treadmill, rowing machine and also used some free weights and they didn’t budge at all. It was quite refreshing to actually lie down on a bench and not have to worry about your earphones falling out every time you planted your head down.
Jabra have stated that the battery should offer its user up to 4 hours of talk time which is pleasing. I used the earphones mainly for listening to music and only got prompted to charge once over a 2-3 day period with some fairly heavy usage. All in all the battery life certainly lived up to the bill.
Now to the pressing issue, Sound quality..
Personally I found the sound quite tinny and the bass to be none existent; then I realised that changing the ear gels effects the way the sound is produced. I tried various different ear gels and found the noise isolating ones to offer the crispest sound. The bass was of poor quality in my opinion and I really struggled when listening to hight tempo music especially when working out. Certain genres were better than others, slower folky type music or soft indie is fine however when you change to the likes of rock or hip-hop then you’re really going to struggle to get that rich sound.
Jabra’s Sport Wireless Plus earphones offer a pleasant wireless experience, having different sized ear gels that offer different qualities for different environments and conditions is certainly a welcome move.
The inclusion of the sports arm band is also an added plus along with the 3 month free subscription with Endomondo.
Although the sound quality could be a little better, you really have to take into account that these Jabra earphones offer great value at just £70-£80 especially when you consider that they are indeed wireless; have a long lasting battery life not forgetting that they are indeed water, dust and shock resistant.