When it released its X2 wireless sports headphone in 2015, Jaybird drew some criticism from some users because — despite some improvements — it didn’t seem to be like a lot of an upgrade over its predecessor. Well, now the business finally includes a headphone with a completely new design: The Jaybird Freedom.

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Originally showcased at the CES show back January, the Freedom finally shipped per month after Logitech acquired Jaybird for $50 million. It carries list price of $200 in america, with international pricing yet to be announced (it converts to around £155 or AU$265).

A few of Jaybird’s earlier models were also named Freedom, but this new 2016 model doesn’t look anything like them and includes a handful of distinguishing design features. To begin with, the buds have a proprietary “tapered step­down” design, that is a fancy method of saying they are trimmed down and today fit better in your ears. You may also wear a helmet over them with out a problem.

The Jaybird Freedom Wireless headphones have a lot of accessories.

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Jaybird has built all of the electronics in to the inline remote, and the business says that the buds and inline remote are constructed with metal, not plastic, which is mainly true (there is some plastic that’s area of the design). The headphones are sweat­proof, though not waterproof, and Jaybird expects persons to use these not merely as a sports headphone but a day to day headphone.

Battery life is rated at 8 hours, which is wonderful for this sort of headphone — but it’s somewhat misleading because you get 4 hours from the buds and yet another 4 hours with an included charging clip which has a second rechargeable battery within it. You can continue wearing the headphones with the clip attached, however the package does look just a little funny dangling down near your cheek.

You charge the headphones’ internal battery and the external battery clip concurrently with a Micro-USB port in the clip. It’s a cool concept to really have the extra juice available when it’s needed, however the battery clip does seem to be a little simple to lose and is sort of a nuisance. The big problem is if you misplace it, you can’t charge the headphone.

An external battery attaches to the inline remote and adds 4 hours of battery life.

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Luckily, the headphones — which can be purchased in five color options — have a nice little carrying pouch, where one can store the battery clip and any extra tips and ear fins that include the headphones. A couple of cord shorteners can be include, nevertheless they aren’t the most elegant solution. Jaybird must discover a way to integrate a cord adjustment design factor into the product, not need you attach something to it.

I came across the headphones fit much better than 2015’s X2 and I could get yourself a tight seal and secure fit using the included ear fins. With a good seal this is one of the better sounding wireless in-ear sports headphones you can purchase, with clean, well-balanced sound that’s near what you’d expect from an excellent in-ear wired headphone. By that After all it sounds pretty natural, at least in its default mode. The brand new Jaybird MySound software allows Apple iOS and Android users to tweak the sound profile with their liking.

On a far more critical note, the inline remote is somewhat too heavy, the cost of Freedom is high, and all of the little accessories that include the merchandise might overwhelm some persons (it’s similar to opening a Lego package).

I went for a few runs on Randall’s Island in NEW YORK and had no issue with the left earbud however the inline remote on the proper side tugs just a little on the cord as you’re running; you can feel its presence. There’s ways to wrap the cord around the very best of your ear and also have the remote sit more snuggly against the trunk of your neck but I’m not really a fan of experiencing headphone cords wrapped around the most notable of my ears.

Monster’s Adidas Adistar Sport in-ear wireless headphones have an identical design, however the Micro-USB port is made in to the inline remote, that i preferred. The Freedom sounds much better than the Monster Adidas headphone, however the Monster costs half the purchase price.

I also compared the Freedom to the Bose SoundSport Wireless, which costs $50 less. I came across the Bose convenient to wear and it sounds as effective as the Jaybird (both headphones sound very best for Bluetooth sports headphones). The Bose protrudes more from your own ears, but when compared to Freedom, that’s its only disadvantage.

The Freedom in black.

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For additional features, the Freedom has Bluetooth 4.0 that may pair with up to eight devices, and its own inline remote offers you complete control over your wireless music with volume buttons, and permits phone calls using its built-­in microphone. You possess the volume buttons right down to advance tracks forward or back and contain the pause/play button to activate Siri on iPhones.

The brand new Jaybird MySound iphone app ­­for Android and iOS ­­allows you to customize the equalizer settings for both Freedom and X3, an updated and slightly smaller version of the X2 which will also arrive this spring and cost $150.

Overall, I liked the Freedom and apart from the issues I had running with it and the overabundance of accessories, I believe it makes for an excellent in-ear wireless headphone that’s best for everyday and gym use. But it surely needs to drop in price to complement the Bose at $150.