Pros Good sound, good blue tooth, light weight
Cons Dependability. Lousy warranty policy! $169 for disposable earphones
Summary I truly loved these when I got them. Best blue tooth earphones I had seen. Then they completely died on me in month three. Jaybird replaced them and I was happy again - until 4 months later the new set died. Jaybird policy says the warranty on the replaced earphones is only 3 months! I had two sets die inside the original warranty and they refuse to replace the second pair. I can only assume they know that their product only lasts 3 months at a time. These turned out to be the most expensive disposable earphones ever.
Pros Sound quality, durability
Cons Fit, comfort, price
Summary I have been looking for a bluetooth headset that I could wear on long runs and during weightlifting, but would also allow me to answer occasional calls while working out. I use a separate headset (LG Tone+) for other usage (office, car, airplane).
I read numerous reviews, from both professionals and end-users, from this site and others prior to purchasing the BlueBuds X. Based on those reviews, I knew that my satisfaction with this product would depend almost entirely on my ability to get a good fit. That prediction proved true.
After 3 weeks of using the BlueBuds X daily for running and lifting, I never could get a good fit. I only tried the under-ear mode, because I need to use the microphone occassionally. The BlueBuds did not completely fall out of my ears, but they never had a tight fit and kept getting looser during exercise. I was constantly pushing them back in my ears. The loose fit allowed too much noise, which was especially annoying at the fitness center. My cheap SkullCandy wired earbuds provide a much tighter fit, but wired earbuds are a pain to use with my Lifeproof case. Since I went past the 15-day return period from the retailer, I'm stuck with Bluebuds, which I will try to sell.
Considering the BlueBuds to be a sunk cost, I then purchased the Motorola S11-Flex HD headset. After using the S11 for a week of daily workouts, I am completely satisfied with the S11.
If you can get a good fit, you will likely be very pleased. If you do not get a good fit, you will be dissatisfied and have an expensive, useless headset on your hands. Unfortunately, there's no way to test the fit without buying the headset.
Pros They deliver sound to your ears.
Cons They fall out of your ears, thus stopping the sound. There is no hook to hold ear buds in place. So if you move, around a lot, (which is the whole point of having wireless anything) you will have to constantly pop these back in your ear.
Summary These are the WORST Bluetooth headphones I have ever bought. I had the previous version of Jaybird's stereo Bluetooth headphones, (with the ear hooks) and they were Excellent. But these new "Bluebuds" SUCK! Why? Because they have no hooks that hold the earbuds in place. And without a snug connection, deep inside your ear, not only do they not deliver good quality sound, THEY WILL NOT STAY IN YOUR EAR IF: A) You move. B) You have hair that is long enough to cover your ears or neck, thus jostling the wire and pulling the earbuds out of your ears. C)You sweat. At all. For as soon as they become slippery, they will pop out of your ear(s). D. Your ears are "non-standard" ear shapes, according to the design of their earbuds. I am very sad to say that I wish I could return these, but I spend so much money on them (over $170) that there is nothing at the store where I bought them that is comparable in price. The Jaybird Bludbuds would be "ok" if they did not consistently (literally, every 2 or 3 minutes of gym time, or every 5-8 minutes of walk or drive time) pop out of my ear(s). Even if you spend 30 minutes trying every size ear bud and every size ear holder thing, there is no ear hook to hold them in place. Absolutely, positively, frustrating!!! FAIL!
Pros Great sound. Works well when they work.
Cons Go to summary.
Summary I purchased these headphones for athletics from running to weight lifting. They have had nothing but problems. My first pair broke after 2 months of use and the replacement pair broke around 2 months as well. The green light when fully charged would come on stating that the earphones were fully charged and they would not have a charge at all after 5 minutes of use. Sometimes they would not turn off after use and they only way to turn them off would be to let them wait to the batteries were dead even after a hard reset attempt. I wouldn't buy these if you intend on using them for anything athletic related - they state they are sweat resistant but my $9 pair of thunderbird earphones have lasted over 3 years compared to replacing this head phones every 2 months at your fed ex cost and the hassle of dealing with customer service (2 month turn around to get the headphones replaced). Dont waste your money on them!
Pros Light, sound fantastic, easy to use, they fit good, very stylish.
Cons Fragile like their previous model the JF3. Some are defective, issues with sound quality. Battery may not last 8 hrs. Battery depletion anxiety syndrome, BDAS, or badass. I feel pretty badass wearing these.
Summary I don't like these harsh harsh reviews. Yes, they had defective units. I had the jf3s and one earpiece turned off exactly one year when the warranty ended. I got half my money back in store credit. My first pair of bluebuds the charge would last 5 hours, maybe less, and after repeated testing, I exchanged it to best buy. But what I'm getting at is that the makers of this headset did something no Bluetooth headset has ever done, and that was to get perfect audio quality AND be light weight AND have an extremely long battery life, as well as being affordable and stylish. The battery life is something of science fiction. This battery must be tiny! It charges in < 2 hrs, and lasts 7-8 hours. The problem with all battles though is they have a life expectancy. I can't be sure. I have little hope ill still want to use these 2 years from now because the battery may dry up. Maybe not. But even then the tech is only going to get better, and right now, for what it is, this is the future.
The sound is crisp rich, the bass is just right. The negative is on the highs, I hear a high pitch shrill sorta that not really noticeable on bass heavy music, but with girls singing, or electric guitars, I get fatigued and have to take them off for a bit. This is totally subjective as I might have sensitive hearing. I have never heard this complaint before. I think they are doing something like simulating those sounds in some sort of battery preserving octave that rattles in your ear canal because they earphones are sealed in your ear.
They are easy to pair, intuitive to use, quick to charge, the white version looks classy. I am worried every time I charge these, they will decrease in charge, even though that didn't happen with my one year with the jf3s. I am afraid I'm going to break them, because they have a high failure rate.
These are the best in the market. Jaybird isn't making money making defective items, so eventually the technology will get better, and I could only imagine how small the could make these. I really love these headphones. I'll be sure to report back when they fail, in like 3 months from now. Lol