JLab JBuds Air Pro review

JLab JBuds Air Pro review

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The JLab JBuds Air Pro are an excellent value for exercise enthusiasts who desire powerful sound and long battery life.

Quick Summary

The JLab JBuds Air Pro are the replacement for the JBuds Air, which is one of our favorite inexpensive wireless earbuds. The original’s bass-focused sound, robust design, rapid auto-connect functionality, and small charging case with integrated USB cable are still present in large part in these copies. Additionally, this version has certain improvements like multipoint technology, a longer battery life, and an ambient listening mode (pair to two devices simultaneously).

It’s a tempting package for only $60, but the low MSRP comes with trade-offs, the most of which are leftovers from previous brand releases (JLab, it’s time to modernize the charging system). Despite their flaws, the JBuds Air Pro are a reliable gym companion that costs almost half as much as some of the best exercise headphones.

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JLab JBuds Air Pro Price and availability

The JBuds Air Pro is only available on the JLab website(opens in new tab) and costs $60. They are only available in black. A charging case, three sets of various-sized gel tips, a user guide, and a two-year warranty are all included in the box.

Every other month, new entry-level sports buds appear on the market. The Skullcandy Dime ($26) and the hardy Tribit MoveBuds H1 ($89) are two more recent products that are worth taking a look at. There are significant alternatives from JLab, like the Go Air Pop ($20) and Go Air Sport ($30).

JLab JBuds Air Pro Design and comfort

These buds have the same appearance as its predecessor and every other JLab model with an oval shape. Also little has changed in terms of aesthetics. The entire frame is made of durable black plastic and has an IP55 rating for protection from perspiration, dust, and water. In other words, the JBuds Air Pro can endure a lot of harm, including heavy spills on concrete or severe wetness.

The small charging case has the recognizable built-in USB cord tucked down at the bottom. Although the lid is somewhat weak, the case feels sturdy and keeps the buds docked. However, if the case is dropped at an awkward angle, the buds run the chance of pouring across the floor.

This thick of buds is comfortable. I wore them for segments of an hour and a half all day; between breaks, I experienced little pain around the concha. Working exercise shouldn’t cause your ears to grow tired. Additionally, at 0.18 ounces, which is far less than popular competitors like the Beats Powerbeats Pro, the buds won’t weigh down your ears (0.7 ounces).

The JBuds Air Pro will provide you with a stable fit as well. The shape conformed to my ears, and the gel tips’ tight seal kept the buds in place. They never needed adjusting while I was running, and slippage never became an issue.

JLab JBuds Air Pro Controls and digital assistant

JLab’s willingness to program each set of buds with a complete set of media controls is something I’ve always valued. Not only do you have the essentials (playback, call management, digital help), but also more complex ones that are deftly placed on both buds (EQ selection, listening mode activation, and volume). The various input techniques include single, double, triple, and lengthy taps.

Even more, JLab implemented motion detection to automatically pause material when you remove the earbuds and resume it when you put them back in your ears. Both this function and the touch controls were flawless.

JLab’s mic array captured vocals well and accurately carried out Siri and Bixby voice commands. Google Assistant wasn’t as logical as it should have been and would often translate simple requests like “what is my next event” as “what is molecular.” Although most of the time this wasn’t the case and Google’s AI bot correctly carried out the majority of requests, I would be negligent if I didn’t mention that particular error.

JLab JBuds Air Pro Sound quality

The JBuds Air Pro feature the three-EQ proprietary EQ3 Sound mode found on all JLab wireless earbuds and have a pleasant sound profile. Depending on the music you choose, each mode—Balanced, Bass Boost, and JLab Signature—can be instantly enabled on the earbuds and modifies sound for better or worse.

The 6mm driver generated snappy bass on workout favorites like Jamiroquai’s “Shake It On,” which heightened in Bass Boost mode and gave me the impression that bass drumsticks were hitting my eardrums. In essence, you want to absorb that strong low end before beginning a run. The mids and highs were muted at the same time by all that bass. By switching to Balanced, the mids were highlighted and the airily spoken chorus was given more life over the joyful production.

But I liked Balanced more since it brought more clarity to the midrange while smoothing off the low end and keeping it impactful.

When getting close to the finish line, Sebastien Tellier’s “La Ritournelle” was the go-to song. To clearly hear each sound ingredient, the frequency range was balanced and neutralized. Although they impacted harder in the other modes, the drums were powerful and the string arrangements sounded captivating.

The soundstage was given an airy quality by Signature, which brought out the highs (the violins sounded so pure), but the lows remained too aggressive and masked the mids. Bass Boost lowered the instrument clarity and overemphasized the menacing lows.

The two audio codecs allowed are AAC and SBC, but I was able to stream audio in high quality via my Google Pixel 6 Pro and MacBook Pro using the former. I just listened to Apple Music and Spotify for the songs I played throughout testing.

You can get JLab’s audio burn-in utility from Google Play or iOS. For those who are unfamiliar, the burn-in process is playing music or static for several hours to break in your earbuds or headphones in an effort to improve audio quality. Whether it works or not is still up for debate. Just be aware that it’s available if you’re interested in giving it a try.

Good noise isolation made it possible to listen quietly in locations with little outside noise. Conversations on the speakerphone and talk in the living room were muffled. My focus was frequently broken by high-frequency noises, such as my son’s wailing and his new whistle toy.

JLab JBuds Air Pro Special Features

I advise searching elsewhere if you’re looking for wireless earbuds that offer a more mobile, feature-rich experience. JLab offers two apps, one of which is the burn-in tool stated above and the other of which is reserved just for the Epic Air Sport ANC.

The buds have all other functions pre-programmed. Fortunately, they offer a few usable ones, including EQ3 Sound, Movie Mode, and digital help. Additionally, the JBuds Air Pro gains multipoint technology and ambient listening.

JLab’s version of transparency mode, called Be Aware Mode, is excellent for raising your sense of awareness of your surroundings. I could hear a lot of sounds around me, notably the loud and clear voices. This gave me the chance to speak with the wife briefly before going for a run. Once on the road, I could hear chatty runners and bicyclists on the same trail, as well as approaching cars and construction on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Since Bluetooth multipoint is uncommon on inexpensive wireless earbuds, JLab’s decision to present owners with this feature is significant. It works perfectly. The JBuds Air Pro allows you to simultaneously pair with two devices and manage the audio on both without interfering with the connections. Being able to utilize my Samsung Galaxy Note S22 Ultra during workouts and immediately switch to my MacBook Pro afterward without having to unpair was a relief.

The effectiveness of Bluetooth Multipoint’s communication and performance with devices was influenced by Bluetooth 5.1. The wireless range was consistent and reached up to 60 feet.

JLab JBuds Air Pro Battery life and charging case

For affordable wireless earbuds with a long battery life, JLab continues to be the industry leader. The JBuds Air Pro has a 9-hour battery life and a 36-hour charging case capacity. Do the arithmetic, and you’ll find that four additional charges will last you for around two weeks before you need to recharge.

This is longer than some of JLab’s other buds, such the Go Air Sport (8 hours), but still falls short of the Epic Air Sport ANC, which leads the category (11 to 15 hours). I suppose what counts most is that you get longer than the industry standard time, which was set by the AirPods Pro at 4.5 to 5 hours.

Even though this sounds fantastic, there is still a significant problem with charging. When it was first introduced a few years ago, the built-in USB cable was a great feature, but it’s now out of date and requires users to locate a USB port to power the case. Wireless charging or charging via Lightning/USB-C are more efficient charging options for all other models.

Excellent call quality. Although JLab claims that the MEMs microphone in each bud makes clear calls, it isn’t totally true. People on the receiving end of voice and video calls complained about the tinniness and low volume. Although there were heavy background noises and wind, they could still hear me and understand the majority of my words.

There was no dropout. While my phone charged in the bedroom, Bluetooth 5.1 kept calls active for me as I moved about the house.

JLab JBuds Air Pro Review Final Verdict

The majority of JLab’s inexpensive wireless earbuds are frequently more of the same. While the JBuds Air Pro does follow in the footsteps of its siblings, the addition of Bluetooth Multipoint and Be Aware Mode gives it enough of a unique edge to stand out as one of the best products the brand has to offer. It is a compelling purchase for brand aficionados and thrifty exercisers because to its powerful sound, responsive controls, reliable connectivity, and extended playtime in a water-resistant design.

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