Mar 31, 2017
Now, if truth be told, the truly wireless headphones thing probably has, well, that company to thank. Even still, if any company can be expected to do it well based on reputation alone, Jabra is probably it.
Yep, the Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Earbuds are truly, really wireless, and arrive with high hopes.
So, the review package we got reflects the unit in its retail presentation; inside the familiarly colored box, we get the two individual ear pieces, a matching charging case, ear gels and hooks plus a micro-USB charging cable.
The earbuds themselves are quite small — each is hardly bigger than a bottle top. Both are black, and the relative heft of each piece somewhat betray their functionality.
The charging case is compact enough to be a great carrying utility, and is just big enough to fit both pieces securely. It’s easy to miss the micro-USB charging port at first glance; the whole system easily fits in the palm of the hand.
Upon closer inspection of the individual buds, the controls become a bit more apparent. The right piece serves as master, with power and pairing buttons; the left has the volume toggles.
Simple and to the point, and pairing was a cinch.
Now, at the heart, these are sport/fitness accessories, and the companion application Jabra Sport underscores this. This app providers a conduit to review gathered information, as also provides coaching and other goodies, like a built-in Cooper Test.
Using it was a blast. It took a while to tweak the fit, but then, for audio, it was great. I was also able to use it as a speaker phone, and a great surprise was the ability to use the right piece singly, as the left piece daisy-chains to the right.
Most of my concerns had to do with the mechanical: proper fit and such. It took a bit of experimentation to get a comfortable fit initially, after which it was smooth sailing. I was surprised with how securely it fit; I wasn’t able to dislodge it “naturally” doing regular use, but the ability to use the one without the other, while great, left me a bit nervous.
All in all, I loved it. It does a lot of things very well, and looks good doing them. It isn’t a cheap solution, but hopefully the eye sweat warranty assuages the price somewhat.