Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:23

Review – Jaybird X3 wireless sport headphones


Whether your phone has an audio jack or not, the Jaybird X3 wireless sport headphones provide quality sound even for the most active people. 

Apple's decision to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 posed a problem for me. I enjoyed a quality set of cabled earbuds with an over-the-ear loop, which I used since 2008. I never had to charge them, I didn't have to repeatedly ask if people could hear me.

Come the iPhone 7 and Apple's not having any of that. Sure, you can use a lightning to 3.5mm adapter, but nobody really wants to carry an adapter around. Thus, it was time for another solution (or to commit to no future iPhone upgrades.)

I'm not alone; I know many others have been looking out for quality audio solutions, and not only for the iPhone 7 but which works across a range of devices including Android smartphones and tablets as well as Apple devices. Further, those with active lives seek the additional quality refinements that a dedicated sports headset demands.

The Jaybird X3 sport headphones set is a next-gen, sweat proof, wireless set with in-ear buds, a microphone, secure sports fit, and improved sound and audio options.

“While the world has recently been talking about the disappearing headphone jack, Jaybird has been focused on designing superior wireless experiences for more than a decade,” said Rory Dooley, general manager for audio wearables, Jaybird. “The new X3 headphones deliver supreme audio quality and secure sport fit, so you have the ultimate wireless accessory to your active life.”

I gave the X3 headphones a good workout thanks to Jaybird and found it extremely easy to pair, with very clear and crisp audio quality, even while being as energetic as I could.

Jaybird tells me there are good reasons for this; it supports Bluetooth 4.1 for easy pairing and strong Bluetooth audio. In fact, the X3 can even be paired with two devices simultaneously.

It says the X3 has superior audio due to an enhanced 6mm driver and also has a smaller size making it the first in Jaybird's X-series to be helmet compatible. The redesigned enhanced-comfort ear fins and selection of ear tips provide a universal secure sport fit no matter how tough your workout. I particularly appreciate this; I hadn't previously been a fan of Apple's in-ear earbuds and the fins really make a difference for comfort as well as fit.

The X3 verbally indicates when it powers on and off, as well as delivering verbal battery information. It is very easy to charge with a simple USB adapter. Jaybird has worked to improve its battery and the X3 comes with an eight-hour battery life.

Other features including an in-line remote to more easily control calls and music and a partner MySound app allows you to customise your own audio profile to listen to music the way you want. This is saved to the X3 headphones themselves so no matter what device or audio service you are using your music sounds just how you like.

The Jaybird X3 is available from JB Hi-Fi and Apple stores for $199.95, in black and white known as Blackout and Sparta respectively.

More information is available from JaybirdSport.com, but whether you are looking for a sport solution or just quality wireless headphones in general, the Jaybird X3 really has you covered.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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