Jaybird Sportsband Headphones hands-on
There’s no denying it whatsoever, but the Jaybird Sportsband Headphones simply has a stylish look with its design. Nowadays, we tend to see Bluetooth headphones that wrap around the back of our heads, but with this, it pays homage to the old-school style look of yesterday’s headphone style. Available in a wide array of color options, our luscious red model simply shines brightly under the sun thanks to its glossy plastic materials – though, it’s prone to the usual set of smudges and fingerprints. Luckily, it’s also adjustable to fit just about any head size, but then again, we worry that it might not be enough to accommodate extraordinarily large heads. Nevertheless, anyone flaunting this will surely attract a lot of attention.
All of its navigational controls are found on one side of the headphones, which provide us functions for pause/play/call, track forward, track reverse, volume up, and volume down. Additionally, there’s a concealed microphone nearby as well to enable the wearer to seamlessly transition to a phone call from listening to music. However, it requires a proprietary port to charge its internal battery via any USB port. Still, we’re comforted by the punchy tones emitted by its two speakers – as it never sounds shrill or irritating. Moreover, the cushions that are placed over the speakers ensure that it never feels too loose to use.
Honestly, $99.99 for the Jaybird Sportsband Headphones isn’t a bad deal, especially when it’s a fashionable looking thing that’s also solid with its construction. At its heart, it’s also able to deliver a robust audio listening experience that’s sure to keep those using it motivated to exercise and work out.
1. deacz (Posts: 148; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
question, can you actually run with those on? or will they fall off?
2. trayes77 (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 May 2012)
Yes, they are made to run in. Jaybirds website advertises that, and I have put it to the test. They're great headphones. A little uncomfortable after a while but not a big deal. You can get them for $89 at best buy online or Jaybirds website.
3. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
I do like the look of these. Sadly the "a little uncomfortable after a while" is a big deal and a deal breaker for me. I wear eyeglasses and wear 1/2" plugs in my ears, so headphones that are slightly uncomfortable to others become unwearable for me.
4. SF_Steven (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)
I'd be interested to know what the call quality is like; I understand that these are primarily meant to listen to music/podcasts/etc. while exercising but the biggest draw (for me) is the ability to also take the occasional phone call without screaming (at myself, it would appear to those around me) so the person on the other end can hear.
6. trayes77 (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 May 2012)
Call quality indoors has been good. Haven't made a call outside with them. I use them for my PS3 and cell phone, have not had anyone complain of the voice quality yet.