JLab Open Sport earbuds review


Over the past few years, the way brands design headphones have changed a lot—especially when it comes to exercise. It is no longer about keeping people in the zone while isolating them from the outside world, but about providing them with audio options that allow for better safety and awareness without sacrificing sound quality.

Now JLab has entered the mix with its design-forward Open Sport Open-Ear Wireless Earbuds, For a reasonable $80, these headphones combine the brand’s best open-ear technology with great sound quality. They are designed for exercise — an . with IPX4 Rating Which makes them water- and sweat-resistant, and up to 17 hours of battery life—but won’t look out of place at the office while working from home or in any other scenario where you want to be. At least half tuned.

The JLab Open Sport earbuds are what I felt good after working out and what I thought needed some work.

A unique pair of 2-in-1 earbuds

The JLab Open Sport is a unique, affordable, and worthwhile pair of open-ear earbuds that make it easy to stay alert while exercising. They’re great for light workouts and everyday use, though we wouldn’t recommend them for hardcore athletes,

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JLab’s Open Sport open-ear wireless earbuds are unique from other open-ear or bone conduction audio products in that you get two styles for the price of one. You can wear them as traditional over-the-ear wireless headphones or attach them to a pair of glasses or sunglasses by swapping out the ear hooks for clips stored on the back of the charging case (similar to the brand JBeads Frames) As someone who regularly works out in hats and sunglasses, the option of removing anything that’s adding extra bulk around my ears is incredibly tempting, especially since I always want to. I can still use ear hooks.


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For $80 open-ear headphones, the JLab Open Sport delivers seriously impressive sound quality. It’s not as crisp as in-ears airpods pro either Sony Linkbuds S, but the pounding bass of my favorite workout songs came through loud and clear. Plus, the JLab’s buds lacked the smaller quality like Bone Conduction headphones Shockz OpenRun Pro, Each earbud includes a 14.2mm driver, which is more than twice the diameter of a traditional earbud. And you can shift between two different equalizer modes: Signature, which delivers amplified vocals and bass, and Balanced, which delivers the same sound across all curves. They come out of the box set to Signature, and I found that mode to be better for workouts; The brand recommends Balanced Mode for podcasts, audiobooks and classical music.


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While the 2-in-1 design is a major selling point, the fit for both options could use some finesse. The ear hooks are bendable, which in theory allows for a super-customized fit, but no matter how much I rotated them, I couldn’t get them to sit on my ear in a way that was great Put. Even when I found a fit that didn’t budge during a run, the bulk base (which houses the speaker) rubbed discreetly against the outer parts of my ear canal. And at 14 grams each, they’re heavier than the transparency-able Jabra Elite 7 Active Earbuds and open ears JVC Nearphonesand comparable Shockz OpenRun Pro Bone conduction headphones.

was fit excess More comfortable when I removed the ear hooks and put the speaker on a pair of sunglasses. The two clips can adjust to three different widths, but I found that using them with thick sunglasses seriously compromised safety; At one point, a speaker turned right off when I went to put on the glasses. One time I found sunglasses with thin arms, however, they remained solid enough to last an hour. (They also worked fine with my daily prescription glasses.)


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Like the pricey Sony LinkBuds S and the more affordable JVC Nearphone, JLab’s Open Sport open-ear wireless earbuds come equipped with touch controls that allow you to change the volume, skip tracks, and answer calls, or use a voice assistant. Each action requires a series of taps at the top of the base (one tap to change the volume, two taps to play/pause music, press and hold to decline all, etc.). Getting the headphones to respond to my touch was trial-and-error; Sometimes it worked, sometimes it needed more swipes. The key is tapping the “button”—which isn’t an actual button, but a small bump—at the base, which was difficult to do while walking (it was absolutely impossible to switch between sound modes even while sitting down).


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It’s always fun when a brand sets something apart from all its competitors, and JLab’s unique dual design is what no one else is offering in the market. The fact that they are available at a reasonable price is just the icing on the cake. In fact, they’re a great option for the same price. JVC Nearphones – except you can’t attach them to your colors.

However, JLab still has some work to do on fit and touch capabilities, so I wouldn’t recommend these to the most intense athletes; When you’re trying to focus, the risk of losing them mid-workout and wandering around to change songs or volume is too great. For others, however, the novelty may be enough to outweigh the areas that still need some improvement.


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