Bring your music anywhere with these JLab Audio JBuds Air true wireless earbuds. Dynamic neodymium speakers deliver sharp high-fidelity audio, and a built-in microphone lets you make hands-free calls and activate virtual assistants. These JLab Audio JBuds Air true wireless earbuds include a pocket-sized charging case that provides up to 10 hours of listening time.
Let you listen to your favorite tracks, so you won't be held back by wires.
Offers up to 6 hours of use on a charge; the included case provides 18 extra hours.
Provides protection from sweat, so you can easily wear headphones while working out.
Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.
Bluetooth 5.0 interface
Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device.
Fits securely and directs music into your ears for full, uninterrupted audio.
Include volume, play/pause and next/previous track.
Deliver powerful sound.
Delivers crisp tones.
2 gel ear tips, charging case (500 mAh), 2 sizes Cush Fins
JLab Audio JBuds Air True Wireless Earbud Headphones
I own many pairs of earbuds in different styles, with rigid wires that go behind your neck, loose wires that hang behind your neck, and true wireless like these. I also own another pair of JLab FitSport earbuds. Considering the total package these fall in the top of the pack, but audio wise they fit just above average.
The presentation in the box for these is nice, and inside the box is a quickstart guide, a pair of earbuds, several "gel" cushion tips, a pair of "Cush Fins", and the charging case. The earbuds fit in the charging case with or without the optional Cush Fins on them, and it closes up into a nice package that is pretty easy to take with you. The attached Micro-USB cable fits into a spot at the bottom of the case made just for it, making it easy to charge these wherever you go. The case is designed nice and fairly compact, making it just small enough that it fits in your pocket, but bordering on the max size to be comfortable without a huge, awkward bulge in your pocket. In a backpack, laptop bag, purse, etc... these would fit really well, and still be protected. 3 LEDs at the front of the case indicate when the earbuds inside are charging via blue lights, and when the case is open, they turn white to indicate the case charge level. When you pull the earbuds out, they power on and connect, with a voice greeting you, and reporting the battery level once paired.
Speaking of design, the earbuds follow the same design approach of the case, with a smooth, sleek exterior that fits in the ear fairly comfortably, again bordering that line of just big enough without being bulky and awkward. Smaller ears might find them to be a bit snug, but I would bet the average person will fit them just fine. You an use them without the silicone Cush Fins over them, but I prefer them with them installed, creating a better seal in my ear, blocking out more ambient noise. Compared to my FitSport earbuds, these are much easier to get comfortable, and consistently place in my ear. Actually, compared to my other pairs, these probably rate at the top for fitting into my ear consistently. They are light enough that I forget they are there after a couple minutes, and they don't have some weighty control box hanging on them like the FitSports do.
Overall, for the price these come in at, the design of the case and the earbuds themselves remind me of some of the more expensive options that are available, and in some ways, I like the case and approach to these better than ones that are double the price. Powering them on and using them, though, brought up the areas for improvement that remind me why those pairs that are double the cost exist.
The first thing that irritates me about these is the messaging on the packaging. It's marketing, I get it, but things like this annoy me about products. Right on the front of the box iis a black rectangle that reads "14 hours of playtime*" Note the asterisk. Flip to the bottom or the back of the box and it breaks it down that 14+ hours total, 3.5 per earbud at Medium volume, with 10.5+ in charging case. I am sure the others do it as well, but that doesn't make me like it more. Honestly, this battery life is about par for the course when compared to similar items. While the JLab FitSports gave me over 6.5 hours of battery on a single charge, most true-wireless earbuds average the 3-4 hours per charge mark. And you're not getting instant charge when you put them in the case, so it's 14hours of life between the case and earbuds, but the reality is, your music listening is 3.5 hours, then a break for charging over an hour or so, then they work again.
That nuisance aside, I did test the time for them, and at 9:06am I synced them up with my laptop, streamed some music to them at a moderate volume, and let them go uninterrupted. I managed 3h40m of playtime before they shut off. I also tested them with streaming video from the laptop, and managed 4 hours on the dot.
The next issue is the audio, and that's the primary reason you use earbuds, right? As I mentioned, these are just above average in my collection. The built-in equalizer offers three modes, like the other JLab sets: JLab Signature, which is supposed to be ideally tuned, balanced, and bass boost. On the bass boost, the bass was too heavy and prioritized, with high and mid range vocals sounding more muffled and difficult to hear. The balanced setting was too tinny, again missing some major marks in the mid range, but also losing decent bass. Vocals on video were pretty clear and worthwhile, but music suffered. The JLab Signature mode is my preferred on these. It sounds the most rounded, but the audio is still muffled a bit from the bass, while the high tones are clear up to a certain point. Calls on these use the right ear, and they were pretty clear, but still had a bit more bass and slightly muffled sound occasionally. On most music they sound acceptable, and given their pricepoint that is good as they sound better than most options at this same price, but they miss the mark when compared to those more expensive offerings.
The other flaw for me is the control method. Thankfully, unlike the FitSports, these do not have the awkwardly heavy control box dangling from them, instead opting for single buttons on each earbud, masked a bit by the logo circle. The right and left earbuds have different roles for controls, so you need to use both, ideally, though you can use just the right one for phone calls since it contains the mic. The control scheme takes some getting used to, as much of it centers around clicking the buttons X times, or holding them for X number of seconds. For instance, click the right earbud once to increase volume, twice for smart assistant access on a phone, or 3 times to set the equalizer, but hold the button down for 1 second to fast forward. This is manageable with some training though.
The difficulty in the controls scheme comes with the resistance of the buttons; they are tough. I don't recommend pressing them into your ears directly when pushing because it takes considerable pressure, and can make them uncomfortable. Instead, it's easier to push the earbud up and against the top of your ear with your thumb first, and then push the button. I found this to be much more comfortable and practical, though not truly ideal. I think this is an area they could greatly improve, using either a softer button, or a capacitive touch button.
Overall this package is pretty solid, with a nicely designed case and earbud that is pretty darn compact and portable, with everything you need right in or onboard the case. The audio still needs improvement, however, if they want to compete with the more expensive units. That said, they are acceptable for what you get for the price, and they are probably my preferred outdoor, working in the lawn earbuds due to the fit and cost.
If you know what to expect, I think these are a perfectly viable option for someone who doesn't need audiophile, hifi quality sound.
First let me say these sound amazing for the 49.99 they cost.
The included magnetic charging case, and underside attached charging cable is a very nice touch. Bluetooth pairing to my phone was painless and quick. I have smaller ears, and these feel to be overly lage in my ears. The added rubber ring help, but not much.
I can see using these to cut the grass, lr while playing my drums. But more than a hour would be uncomfortable in my opinion. These need to be more contoured the inside of your ear. Subtracted a star for this.
These have 3 different eq settings. Pressing the left btoon 1x turn volume down, 1x on the right side button volume up. You can answer phone calls, skip/pause songs. Very nice features on these lower budget earbuds.
Battery life was great, charing is fast, around a hour and a half when dead. I reccommend these, but for shorter use
So here I am. Since Aug-2019, I am trying good earbuds under $50. I don’t wanna spend a fortune for apple earpods. I have used like 10-12 earbuds ( JBL 120, Free, those Chinese ones, even Jabra), but hands down, this is I found best so far that too under 50 bucks. I got it at $30 in BF sale.
Cons I did not find so far, Pros
1- Fits good if not perfect. You need to change the tip, large fits me
2- Sound-wise, select the JLAB signature. It's best. You can change the setting by clicking 3 times on any earbuds. The bass mode in JBL is still best though
3- Though buds are a bit hard to press, but it works every time unline somewhere you don’t even know what you are doing
4- Battery, woohoo, what I tell about it – I am using it for 1 month and the battery still says “high”. Use time – 10-20 mins per day average
5- Every time it says, ‘connected’, battery status unlike big brand
I can go on and on. In short, BEST among a lot
also, Download manual from the JBL site. the best buy has outdated
At first, I thought I would have issues with these earbuds staying in my ears, I was very surprised by how securely they fit! I previously have steered clear of true wireless earbuds that did have ear loops to secure them to my head, out of fear and experience with the earbuds falling out when running, biking, or just walking around the house. The fit on these earbuds, and the 3 included tips for your ear canal, really pair up nicely to give you a solid, secure, and comfortable fit! The sound quality is good, JLAB offers 3 different equalizer settings that allow you to adjust the sound in the earbuds, the size of the case is absolutely fantastic! The carrying case is small enough to fit in pants pockets but big enough where it won't get lost in a backpack or purse, the earbuds are also held in by magnets to ensure they won't fall out of the case if it happens to open up. Extremely quick and easy setup (including instructions right on the packaging so you don't have to dig out the manual)!
So I've had these for quite awhile and they work splendidly. I have a long commute to and from work and these hold up.
Based on my experience the case can charge them up to 2-3 times, before the case needs to be charged.
Once the earbuds are fully charged, they do last about 5-6 hours and can recharge in about an hour and a half. 30 minutes to get them to medium power if you really need to use them.
I charge the case about twice a week when I use them heavily. About once a week for light use.
The earbuds are also water resistant, so if they accidentally fall into a puddle or a sink with running water, they will still work. Just make sure they are fully dry. Please note, the case itself is not waterproof.
Some downsides: the buttons for the control can be a bit hard to press.
Sometimes the earbuds aren't fully pressed in, so if i tilt my head or any sudden movement they are prone to pop out.
Still would highly recommend! Bought them on sale so they were about 30 dollars.
I’ve had these for about two months and I haven’t had a single problem with these.
The only thing that I would point out is that after a few hours of wearing them, they can begin to become kind of uncomfortable. But this problem happens across virtually all earbuds so I wouldn’t worry about it much.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about bass quality, reliability, size and price. Editors are less positive about noise isolation and have mixed opinions about design. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 86/100 = Very good quality.
TechRadarRating, 2.5 out of 52.5Gerald Lynch on February 20, 2019
A:AnswerYou can set up which ear bud you want as the primary earbud.
By factory the right ear bud will be the one to connect to your phone.
Let's say you loose the Right earbud like me. And think the whole thing is now useless. BUT BEHOLD!!!!
Get the left earbud and hold down the power button for about 6 seconds till it blinks blue and white.
Go to Bluetooth on your phone and WALLLAAA!!!
YOUR LEFT EARBUD IS NOW PRIMARY.
DOWNFALL:/ NO VOLUME UP:/