Pros Love sound, decent bass, comfortable, really is sweat resistant
Cons Does it come in white?
Summary I've had my JayBird JB-200i for 2 months now. I use it at the gym almost every day. The fit is AMAZING and the sound beats my old S9 that broke after 2 weeks from sweat. If you don't hear good bass from the JayBird then it's because you're not putting the headset on correctly. Fiddle around a bit with the fit and discover how amazing this product is! It took me a day to get it right. Not sure if the CNet reviewer took the trouble. Besides fit and sound, the JayBird isn't phased by sweat at all. I love the little case it comes with, it's so portable. I bought a spare charger so I can charge at work and home. Would be nice to have the buttons less firm but I guess that's what makes the headset so water proof - the rubberized buttons. I'm getting the JayBird armband for my nano when it comes out this week! Ria
Pros Fit (once your get used to them)
Great feature set and functionality
Excellent customer service
Cons Plastic on wire behind neck sometimes grabs and wants to pull headphone out of ear
Lack of a dedicated volume switch
Summary I bought these headphones to use for workouts, and to generally listen to music when doing activities around the house. So far I have been very happy with them. I use the headphones with an Insignia Sport bluetooth MP3 player, and also on rare occasion with my Samsung Juke cell phone.
This is my second set of Jaybird 200i headphones. The initial set developed a crack in the arm of one of the phones and subsequently developed shorts and various other electronic gremlins. I had to wait for a warranty replacement as they were on backorder. Approximately 20 or so days after sending my pair out, I received a new pair in the mail. Overall I was extremely happy with customer support. My queries were answered within 24 hours, and staff were very helpful and informative. As a side note...after using the set for awhile I think that I may have been partially responsible for the failure of my first set, as I used to torque the headset to get it around my ear, instead of bending my ear under the headset. Just a possible guess.
One of the complaints by the CNET staff dealt with the fit of the unit(s). The fitting is fairly intuitive. It does feel ..uh..different... at first, but I've quickly become quite used to the fit and feel of the headset. It doesn't isolate exterior sounds, as a typical pair of earbuds would but for me that has been a plus, as I can still hear my music/audiobooks clearly and be aware of what is going on around me. If someone calls to me, I?m likely to hear them even while enjoying my music?.and that much less likely to walk in front of a truck when out in public. The fit is absolutely great for sports and active wear. I hardly notice that I'm wearing them, and they are unshakeable no matter what my activity. They are EXTREMELY sweat resistant. I sweat a LOT when I work out, and have not had one problem with my second headset even though I often shake the sweat off them when I?m done, (I know?yuck). One con I referenced above is that the wire which connects the two units, and which runs along the back of my neck has a tendency to grab the skin and want to pull out one of the headphones when I turn my head sharply. Not a problem once I get a good sweat up, but a minor inconvenience worth noting. The buttons do take some effort to press, and can be slippery when covered with sweat, but overall this hasn't been much of a problem.
The bluetooth is fair. I find that I have to keep my MP3 player in either a top shirt/jacket pocket, or an armband to insure steady connectivity. This is likely as much a function of the limited range of bluetooth and my player, as it is an issue with the headset.
Performance - I'm very happy with the sound quality. If fitted properly I'm satisfied with bass response and overall happy with my music playback. I wish that there was a separate volume only rocker, as I have accidentally skipped tracks on a number of occasions while trying to lower or raise the volume, (long hold on upper button to raise volume, short press to advance track). Like the previous reviewer I only get 5 - 6 hours of use on a single charge. This is also about all I get from my MP3 player, so it seems reasonable...after all....that's 5-6 hrs of continuous wireless operation from a VERY small headset. The few cell hone calls that I?ve made with the unit have gone well, and callers reported that I sounded loud enough with acceptable levels of background noise.
I would unhesitatingly recommend this headset for someone looking for a wireless MP3 solution that also functions well no matter what your sporting activity.
Pros good audio quality, snug fit behind ears even with glasses
Cons pairing with PDA tedious, non sealing earbuds
Summary The JayBird 200s are really nice to use whilst physically active. They stay in place no matter what, and are even comfortable to use when wearing glasses at the same time. They truly are sweat and water resistant. Bluetooth connection is very stable. Phone audio is good on both sides. Stereo audio quality is good for such a small headset when compared to similar ear buds that rest just outside the auditory duct, but it's not comparable to in-ear buds that seal off noise from outside and provide higher sound quality. A plus is that you don't have to take them off for a conversation. And for those who are not fond of in-ear buds, this set is perfect. The buttons are easily found on the touch, but a bit too stiff, I really need to hold the unit and my ear to press them. Pairing with my PDA (e-ten glofiish) works, but it doesn't automatically reconnect after it's been turned off, this has to be done manually.
Pros No wires, Great sound, easy pairing, comfortable fit, stays on ears even when trying to get rid of them.
Cons semi-short battery life(at least for my needs/desires)
Summary I initially had some issues with pairing the Jaybird 200 to my mac desktop, the sound would cut in and out, but i quickly figured out I was overloading my bluetooth card, with a BT keyboard, mouse, and a couple other hardware... so I ordered the Jaybird mp3 adapter, plugged it in to my headphone jack and had a flawless connection. The sound is crystal clear, I use it my office and easily drown out ambient noises.
I love these earphones, they fit perfectly the first time i tried them on, easy to use charger for adapter and earphones (on the same charger, so no clutter)
The only somewhat bad thing i can say is that it only has a battery life of 5-6 hrs and takes about 2 hrs to fully charge. Which is really good but for an 8 hour work day I wish the battery would go a little longer. I just take a longer lunch break and let it charge.
If you are looking to clear the clutter up and get rid of wires in your office or at home these are AMAZING. I even walk around my office and can still listen to my iTunes while I clean/organize or go get something from the printer. Its GREAT!!!!!!
Cons Too quiet, don't fit, earbuds are not ergonomic
Summary Beware of some of the glowing customer reviews - they are probably written by employees. Stay away from this product, it's lousy.
The earbuds are square shouldered and don't fit in your ears. Sound volume is 1/2 what it should be. phone audio only comes out one ear - and not configurable. Should come out both ears.
You are wasting your money if you buy these.