JayBird Gear BlueBuds X
Manufacturer: JayBird Gear Part number: BlueBuds X
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as of 06/19/2013
CNET editors' review
price range: $169.95
- Reviewed by: David Carnoy
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 12/11/2012
- Released on: 11/30/2012
The good: The JayBird Gear BlueBuds X Bluetooth wireless earphones have a compact, lightweight design, fit securely, and sound very good for Bluetooth headphones. They're also sweat-resistant and have an inline remote and microphone for making calls.
The bad: They're expensive and their cord management system is a little kludgy. Also, they may not fit everyone equally well -- and a tight seal is imperative for getting better sound quality.
The bottom line: The Jaybird BlueBuds X are impressively small wireless sports earphones that offer a secure fit -- but the $170 price just feels too high.
Solid build, long life, good sound: could be better
by Beeasty on June 14, 2013
Pros: Solidly built,
Cons: a lengthy wire, the bass
Summary: The headphones are overall great!! I love the sound quality, the connectivity, and when paired with my nokia lumia 920, the voice commands and such are awesome! This is my ...
Summary: The headphones are overall great!! I love the sound quality, the connectivity, and when paired with my nokia lumia 920, the voice commands and such are awesome! This is my first pair of wireless headphones, so I have very minimal to compare to. These are actually one of the few earbuds (wireless or not) that stay in my ear.
The biggest issue I have is the lengthy wire getting caught on stuff, but they have little clips to fix that. I also had issues when heavy bass intensive songs come on, but whatever, I have other headphones with good sub-woofers.
Overall I enjoy using them for travel, leisure, and running! They are a pleasant set of wireless earbuds.
Worst Bluetooth ever if you move, sweat, or have hair.
by Stormzeye on May 27, 2013
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 ...
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!
Jaybird does NOT stand behind their product!
by natejulson on March 27, 2013
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 ...
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.
Finally a proper blue tooth headphone.
by smy168 on March 17, 2013
Pros: Fit, depending on ear size, mine fits snug and securely.
Sound, good bass and treble provided you're sealed in properly
Size, compact and easy to store with carrying case.
Cons: Price for some but worth the value for me.
Summary: If you're an audiophile and looking at blue tooth, you're already barking up the wrong tree. As far as blue tooth headphones go, this is by far the ...
Summary: If you're an audiophile and looking at blue tooth, you're already barking up the wrong tree. As far as blue tooth headphones go, this is by far the best I've used. I've used Sony, Motorola and Plantronics and by far from the sound quality to the fit, these have been perfect.
My average day is 1.5 hours at the gym in the morning, 1 hour commute to and from work and as the Summer comes along I'll be using this even more. No problems yet.
The issues with ear buds have always been "fit". I like yhe wings that they created because it helps me find a complete sealed fit for true bass and treble.
I recommend these...I really do.
Experience will depend on ability to get a good fit.
by jimwardjr on March 9, 2013
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. ...
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.
Great training partner!
by MNRLrunner on December 7, 2012
Pros: I train 5 days a week and have been using these almost 2 weeks at the gym and on a few runs. They have done basically everything jaybird claims they would. The fit is good and the bluetooth signal and sound quality is awesome. Battery life is great.
Cons: I have yet to run the battery fully out and do a complete recharge to really see what they will do. I did however go 3 days this week with out a charge and spend about 2 hours with each training session. The dual fit took a little bit to dial in.
Summary: I am an avid outdoors and fitness participant and have been using wired earphones for years until the past few months. I have tried a few other wireless brands, but ...
Summary: I am an avid outdoors and fitness participant and have been using wired earphones for years until the past few months. I have tried a few other wireless brands, but have not been satisfied thus far. With that said, in the 2 weeks I have had these they are the best I have owned and I am not planning on trying anything else. So far, so good!
- Manufacturer: JayBird Gear
- Part number: BlueBuds X
- Bottom Line: The Jaybird BlueBuds X are impressively small wireless sports earphones that offer a secure fit -- but the $170 price just feels too high.
- Impedance 16 Ohm