My primary form of exercise and relaxation runs outside and music is a big part of that experience. I have tested a number of headphones over the years, and Jaybird was one of the first brands I tested nine years ago.
Jaybird continues to pump high quality products and in recent weeks I have tested the Jaybird X4 while driving, commuting and traveling around the country. Compared to X3, X4 improves with higher water resistance, improved silicone fins and included Comply Ultra foam tips and a cool new Speed Cinch wire management system.
One reason I usually chose Jaybird for my headsets was announced sweat resistance since I tend to sweat a lot when I exercise. But I also run outside, so I often drive in rain and other bad weather conditions. The new Jaybird X4 has an IPX7 water resistant rating, which means it can handle immersion down to a meter for up to 30 minutes. There is also dual hydrophobic nano coating to protect the headset. In other words, you can use these places other than swimming.
Fit has always been something you could customize with a Jaybird headset using various tips, fonts and orientation of the headphones. The new X4 model contains soft silicone fins and tips, but I've personally found the Comply Ultra foam tips best for my ears. I also prefer to use the headphones under the ear with the cord placed around the back of my head.
Earlier, Jaybird gave a clip where you had to snake the wire around to properly adjust the loose cord. I was extremely pleased with the new Speed Cinch design that lets you just slide the little piece along the length for simple, perfect adjustments.
The Jaybird headphones always sound amazing since sound quality is one of the four arrows in the company's design philosophy. The music plays loudly with X4, and I have used the headset without hitting the highest sound level. Jaybird improves the music experience through the Jaybird app on iOS and Android. The app lets you customize the settings for equalizer, manage the headphones, and even select and share playlists. Spotify integration is present, which is perfect since I'm a Spotify subscriber and have been looking for more playlists to run.
Jaybird announces eight hours of playback time and so far it's about what I see. It says that you can get up to one hour of playback with just 1
It's a three-button controller on the X4 so you can control the volume, jump forward or backward, play / pause your music, accept / reject / dodge calls, and redial. Single tap, double-click, and hold actions used on the three buttons. The buttons are well placed and raised so that they are easy to activate when the controller is behind the head. The microphone also supports speech assistants.
A slim profile review with magnetic closure is included. It's great to wear the headphones and the little dock / USB cable you need to charge your headphones.
In the past, I have used beads and completely wireless earplugs to run, but it's something to be said long battery life headsets as well. The Jaybird X4 is also a very affordable option with high water resistance and comfort. I was able to use X4 for hours in full comfort and look forward to more races with these headphones.
Jaybird X4 Wireless Sport Headphones will be available for ordering at jaybirdsport.com today with shipping scheduled September 17th. X4 is priced at a suggested retail price of $ 129.99. The Jaybird X4 will be available in three colors: black metallic / flash, alpha metallic / jade and storm metallic / ice breaking only through Best Buy and jaybirdsport.com. I was sent the alpha metallic / jade couple to evaluate.