Review: The Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Sports Ear Buds

Marketed as “blurring the lines between sport and fashion”, the Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds – the fifth generation of the Jaybird Freedom devices – are billed as being Jaybird’s most advanced, secure-fit wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

An active lifestyle consumer electronics brand that is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the States, Jaybird markets premium sport tech products to inspire people to be active and to improve their lives by working out. They pride themselves on delivering “insanely great sound that goes with you throughout your day.”

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FREEDOM IS JAYBIRD’S SMALLEST SIZED EARBUDS TO DATE

And according to Jaybird, the new earbuds – which are also Jaybird’s smallness sized ones to date – can “fit perfectly in the smallest of ears, delivering a hands-free experience that never misses the beat.”

The buds are multi-faceted and thus, they can be the single solution for those looking for a wireless headphone that is both functional and refined, packing premium features into a bite-sized package.

LIBERATES OUR LIVES LIKE NEVER BEFORE

Said Judd Armstrong, founder and CEO of Jaybird, “This latest generation of Freedom liberates our lives like never before. These micro-sized tapered buds deliver our best-ever sound while featuring a reduced size that fits all ears, all in a low profile that resonates with everyone.”

He added “The over-ear fit and elegant metal accents of Freedom bring a fashionable element while also being more rugged than ever, offering the freedom to bring your music anywhere, from mountain to motorcycle, thanks to the buds’ helmet friendly breakthrough form.”

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FOUR COLOURS TO PICK FROM

Jaybird recently provided me with a pair of the Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds for a review. I had a choice of three colours – Blaze (red), Ocean (blue) and Gold, and I had opted for the gold coloured one.

Besides the three colours mentioned, there is also another Carbon (Black) colour available too, for those who prefer more neutral colour combinations.

LOOKS CLASSY AND FASHIONABLE YET RUGGED

The colour of the “Gold” buds that I had received is actually white with gold trimmings, and in my opinion it really does look quite classy and fashionable. Though they are primarily a pair of sports earbuds, I think they would also not look out of place on the city streets or the office.

But despite the fashionable element, the elegant metal accents in the earbuds also bring out a rugged element, so the earbuds will also work quite well for adventure junkies such as perhaps mountaineers or desert runners who often frequent harsh environments.

EASY TO CHARGE AND SYNC TO SMARTPHONE

Prior to using the earbuds, I had charged it till full – this is quite simple to do. You just need to match the prongs on the charging cable to the holes on the control panel of the earbuds.

It is also not too difficult to sync the earbuds to my smartphone. I did this as soon as the earbuds were fully charged. Upon turning on the earbuds, my iPhone 6 did not have much problems detecting the Jaybird Freedom and a connection was soon made.

Switching on the earbuds is also easy – you simply press and hold the centre button on the control panel till the red light becomes green.

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LIGHTWEIGHT AND COMFORTABLE

The moment I wore the earbuds, I was quite amazed by how light they really are. This means that after hours of running, my ears will not get weighed down by them.

I also thought that the earbuds are quite comfortable to run with – until my ears had started to perspire during a hard run in Singapore’s humid weather, and so the grip started to get a little slippery.

After running with the earbuds for two and a half hours recently, I was still feeling relatively comfortable, apart from the occasional re-adjusting of the earbuds due to the sweat and stickiness accumulating in my ears.

But otherwise, thanks to the ComplyTM memory foam tip and the enhanced comfort ear fins as part of the design of the earbuds, the earbuds would not really fall out of the ears. Perhaps I should try them out for a run next time in cooler weather – if I get the opportunity – to see whether there is actually a difference though.

But I must point out though, that it’s important to choose the right size of ear tips though for your ear size in order for the fit to be good – otherwise your run will be a very uncomfortable experience with the earbuds constantly dropping out.

I also discovered that the earbuds are pretty resistant to rain as well in addition to being sweat-proof. On one occasion when I was running and wearing the Freedom earbuds, I found myself caught in the rain halfway during my run.

I had been scared the earbuds would get spoilt due to the wet weather. But fortunately though, they were able to last the distance in the pouring rain. So I had been really relieved and glad to find this out.

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MUSIC QUALITY IS STRONG

The music quality was good – I thought that the sound and tonation of the music coming from it is quite strong for a pair of Bluetooth earbuds, though the base was unfortunately a little weak though. But the music still met my expectations.

Besides the actual playing of music, the earbuds are also great for talking on the phone and taking voice calls hands-free… as well as hands-free charging, thanks to the special lightweight charging clip that comes together with the earbuds.

CONNECTIVITY IS GOOD

In terms of the Bluetooth connectivity throughout my running, this is quite impressive – not once did the earbuds lose connection – even throughout a two and a half hour run, the sound had remained strong and consistent throughout the entire distance.

This in fact is one of Jaybird’s strengths – to provide drop-free music while at the same time offering incredibly small products. So this means that continuous movement like running will not trip up the signal between the phone and the earbuds.

PROVIDES EIGHT HOURS OF PLAYTIME

Together with the charging clip, the earbuds can provide up to eight hours of playtime – this is more than enough for marathon runners like me when it comes to training and racing.

Just the earbuds alone, can provide about four hours of playtime.

As well with the charging clip plugged in, it is also possible to work out when the Freedom is charging – and you can get an extra hour of playtime in just 20 minutes, too.

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OVERALL THOUGHTS

Overall I think that the Jaybird Freedom earbuds are a decent quality pair of earbuds and that they will suit sports enthusiasts and adventure junkies who wish to look fashionable at the same time.

WHERE TO GET THE EARBUDS

The Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds will be available at all Jaybird authorised resellers across Singapore, for $259.00 – from 9 September onwards.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/JaybirdSG/?fref=ts


Thanks Jaybird for the Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds.

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