Getting to Know the JayBird BlueBuds X Product
Everything that is wireless and portable would surely pique anyone’s interest, and needless to say, that is the trend right now. In this case, Bluetooth products are fill the market, be it speakers or earbuds or headphones, and consumers are eating it up. JayBird produce yet another Bluetooth earbuds called the BlueBuds X, which is also competing against those well-known companies that create it such as Sony’s Smart Wireless Headset Pro.
When you buy the JayBird BlueBuds X, you will find the following items in your box: your earbuds; a protective case; a flat microUSB cable; 3 pairs of ear tips that are of different sizes (small, medium, and large); 3 ear cushions that are also small, medium, and large; and 2 X-Fit cord management clips.
Here are other things to know about the JayBird BlueBuds X:
- It is available in white and black variants and you can buy it for $169.99
- The earbuds are portable and compact – it has two buds that are connected through a 21-inch wire.
- There is a built-in microphone on the three-button remote.
- In terms of audio, it has an impedance of 16 Ohm and a speaker sensitivity of 103 +- 2dB at 1KHz. The audio format is 16-bit stereo and it has an output of 12mW RMS.
- The Bluetooth version of the JayBird BlueBuds X is Class .21 + EDR with a frequency band of 2.4 GHz.
- The device weighs 13.8 grams with a cord length of 540 mm. It is 22 mm wide, 29 mm high, and 13 mm in depth.
- JayBird BlueBuds X has a high-quality build. Even when accidentally dropped, the device does not easily get damaged. Thumbs up!
- The microUSB cord that comes with the JayBird BlueBuds X is flat, making it look very elegant. But around cord would have still been better because it creates less friction on your skin.
- You can also shorten the cord to improve the fit. This is a very cool feature.
- The fit can be regular or upside down.
- Jaybird provide the bud sizes that actually great.
- …But it lacks proper seal despite the three sizes available. Despite the Secure Fit ear cushions, the buds still slowly leave the ears after a while, especially when you’re doing some physical activities like jogging. Also, another downside is that you cannot use the buds comfortably when you are trying to rest your head somewhere – take for example if you want to nap – because the buds are too bulky.
- Also, it’s too bad that the BBX does not have a shirt clip on the cable. It would have been very useful in preventing unevenness.
- Volume gets notably loud.
- The JayBird BlueBuds X has great sound isolation, even in a noisy environment.
- It has a strong bass and good mids and highs.
- The JayBird BlueBuds X can support up to 8 device pairings. This is amazing because most Bluetooth headphones can support only up to 2 devices. You may also pair by briefly holding the volume up and down buttons at the same time or by holding the power button. Pin codes are not needed when you start pairing, so that’s a plus.
- Sadly, the device has no simultaneous connection. So when you are already connected to one and you try to pair it to another, a voice would inform you that the device has been switch the connection to the newly pairing device.
Timeout and reconnection
- JayBird BBX has a power-off timeout, but you can instantly reconnect by simply pressing the power button. This will automatically reconnect the BBX to the last used device. JayBird has been master the reconnecting feature.
Bluetooth, microUSB charging, and battery life
- The device has good Bluetooth reception. JayBird claims that this is because of SignalPlus, a technology that prevents the signal from dropping. Despite this, though, there are still interruptions that are a characteristic of Bluetooth.
- In terms of call quality, Bluetooth goes on both ends of the spectrum – sometimes it’s great, but sometimes it’s awful. This may vary depending on the phone you’re using (that is yet to be tested).
- It has microUSB charging that you can use with any microUSB cable.
- The rate of JayBird BlueBuds X battery life with a playtime of 8 hours. In reality, however, that is highly overstated. It can have 6 hours of playtime when used at average volume before the “battery low” warning pops up. Once this message shows up, you have 20 minutes more before the device’s battery fully drains. It’s great to note that the device does not give you warning beeps every few seconds once your battery is running low.
- The BBX has a standby time of 250 hours.
- It is not possible to know your remaining charge on Android, and there’s no Android app to go with it. You’ll only be able to make a rough estimate of your battery life by looking at the LED status light when you are pressing the volume buttons – the battery is low if it flashes red, and the battery is still okay if it turns green. iOS, meanwhile, has a built-in support for you to know your battery status.
- Recharging takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.
- The device communicates with you. The voice is called Jenna, and she announces certain things like headphones connected, connection switched, power on, power off, searching for your music device, and battery low.
- The three-button remote is great. You can use the multifunction button to power on and off, play or pause, pick up or hang up, redial, switch calls, or voice dial. Moreover, you can use the volume up button as “next”, and the volume down button as “previous” by simply holding it.
- There are no fast forward or rewind capabilities. Pressing the volume up and down at the same time serve to mute and unmute the device.
- You can not update the firmware because the BBX has no screen.
- A great feature is the lifetime warranty that goes with your device.
JayBird BlueBuds X is a high-quality device in terms of sound quality, design and build quality, and functionality. It is also very portable, so you’d have no trouble bringing it wherever you go. The buds are very comfortable to use – it is ideal to use for studying, for walking around, or for simply lounging around. However, when you start doing physical activities such as jogging, running, or other kinds of sports, expect the JayBird BlueBuds X to slowly (but surely) fit out of your ears. The Secure Fit cushion helps it to stay in place a bit longer, but it does not really do its job of making the BBX stay in place no matter what you are doing.
Also, the buds are a bit too bulky and slippery, so in those physical activities, it becomes easier for it to slip out of its place especially when you start sweating.
The asking price of $169.99 for the JayBird BlueBuds X is a bit too high. It would have been preferable if this was reduced by $30. But being a premium device, JayBird could still justify the expensiveness of the device. It is one of the best in the market right now, especially if you are a fan of the wireless life.
Have you tried using the JayBird BlueBuds X? What do you think of it?