Jaybird X4 Wireless Headphones

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Jaybird X4 Wireless Headphones Review Facts
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Jaybird’s X4 wireless sport headset is the successor to their X3 model. Buyers are happy to know that it includes the same eight-hour battery life, as well as the same sweat-proof design. It’s clear that the brand kept a lot of the set’s most well-liked features and did their best to modify the others.

This newer set utilizes Bluetooth v4.1 connectivity to be fully functional, and reviews and listings show how easy it is to set up. Like the brand’s other headsets, buyers have access to a customizable EQ which will allow them to program and set their ideal sound quality. Also plenty of access to playlists and podcasts that will make workouts even better.

The Jaybird X4 comes with a simple design, a comfortable wear, and three different color options,  you can truly take anywhere.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

-Comfortable wear

-Waterproof and sweatproof

-Impressive battery life

-Great sound quality

-Bluetooth connectivity

-Very lightweight

Cons

-Inconsistant durability

-Not noise-canceling

-Loses its charge after a few months

Activities
Activities

Activities

As shown on all of its listings, one of the X4's greatest qualities is its rugged versatility. It's meant to be durable enough to withstand multiple intense workouts and runs while still being simple and sleek enough to easily fit into everyday work and casual environments. And its lack of a connecting cord, along with the 33 foot wireless range, means that buyers won't have to feel tied down to their mobile device.

This set's lightweight build makes it the perfect selection for intense workouts and long-distance runs through rugged terrains. Its IPX7 rating means that it can easily hold up against sweat, dust, and sudden rain or snow. And the sleek and relatively simple design means that it can also be used at work or in multiple casual settings.

Buyers also seem to be highly impressed with this set's eight-hour battery life. Not only does this make it fit for travel, but it also means that it can be used during multiple workouts without the need to constantly check on its power levels.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

The X4 has almost all of the same basic features as both its predecessor, the X3, and Jaybird's Tarah headset. A connecting wire holds both of the set's earbuds, each one already fitted with a silicone ear tip and a stabilizing ear fin. A remote is fixed to the left side and includes both volume controls and an on/off button, as well as a built-in microphone.

A speed cinch is already attached to the wire, allowing the buyer to tighten its fit behind their head. Those who don't want to use this feature can easily remove it and use the detachable shirt clip that's also included instead.

Aside from another pair of silicone ear tips, this set also includes two sizes of complying ultra foam tips for those who prefer their wear and feel. Two extra sizes of ear fins are also included, as is a USB charging cradle and a small carry pouch for easier and more efficient storage.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

One of the X4's most notable advanced features is its IPX7 rating against sweat and water. While this does not mean that it's fit for use while swimming or showering, it does mean that it can hold up to multiple intense workouts and will safely continue to function if the runner is caught in sudden rain or snow. Buyers also stated that it's resistant to mud and dust, so it can definitely be taken with them as they go out on trail runs.

This headset utilizes Bluetooth v4.1 in order to stay fully functional. It can easily be set up by pressing the remote's middle button for a voice prompt and then accessing the mobile device's Bluetooth settings to activate it.

Customizable EQ settings are also available, allowing buyers to set their ideal sound quality and program it into the headset by using the Jaybird mobile app. This also gives them access to multiple playlists, and even podcasts, to help them better focus on their workouts and runs. And along with music and calls, buyers are also able to utilize voice command apps such as Siri or Google Assist.
Sound Quality
Sound Quality

Sound Quality

The X4 has been given multiple high marks for its overall sound quality. The in-ear design provides sharper and clearer sound for those who need it in their headsets. And its frequency range is listed at 20Hz - 20kHz, which is standard for a headset yet still very good.

What truly makes this set, as well as other Jaybird models, stand out is its customizable EQ. By utilizing the Jaybird app, buyers can easily change up the sound quality by modifying its pitch or bass to their liking and program it into their headset so they can always have the same sound quality that they prefer.

The only true downside to this model is that it does not provide noise-cancellation. While not all buyers mind this, as it could be considered a great safety feature when running in high-traffic areas, those who look for it in their headphones will be quite disappointed.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

Just like all wireless headsets, the X4 relies on Bluetooth connectivity to be fully functional. All listings show that it uses version 4.1, and it's compatible with almost all IOS or Android mobile devices. In addition, it has the standard wireless range of up to 33 feet to ensure that buyers don't feel as if they're tied down to their smartphones or tablets.

It's this connectivity that enables calls and voice commands and allows buyers to set up and save their custom EQ. It also gives the buyer access to Spotify playlists and podcasts for enhanced workouts.

With all of this said, connectivity issues are known to happen after some time. Buyers have complained that it loses connection to their device or that its charger doesn't perform as well after only a few weeks.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Although several of the X4's features have been given mixed reviews, it's still widely praised for its comfortable wear. The set comes with both regular silicone ear tips and complying ultra foam tips, as well as three different sizes of the brand's stabilizing ear fins. Furthermore, its design allows being comfortably worn over or under the ears, depending on the buyer's chosen preference.

Even greater convenience is offered via the attached speed cinch, which enables a better fit behind the head, as well as a detachable shirt clip. Both prevent accidental removal and possible damage for greater peace of mind during workouts.

The only downside is that both versions of its ear tips come in just two sizes, while most in-ear headsets come with three. Although there's no indication that this is a problem for buyers, it's still something to keep in mind while making a purchase.
Style
Style

Style

Buyers immediately notice that the XA looks almost identical to Jaybird's Tarah headset. It has the same overall design, the same materials, and almost the same dimensions. The only notable difference is its ear tips, which come in two different materials and separate fins in three different sizes.

And just like the Tarah, this set is available in three different color options. While both are offered in Black Metallic/Flash, this set is also sold in Storm Metallic/Glacier and Alpha Metallic/Jade. All three are subtle enough to fit into both everyday and fitness environments yet still appealing enough to draw buyers in.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Reviews seem to be quite mixed when it comes to the X4's overall level of durability. All listings clearly showcase its rugged versatility, and its IPX7 rating means that it can easily resist sweat, dust, and sudden rain or snow. Plenty of reviewers have had positive experiences with this feature, saying that it's held up against multiple workouts and even runs through rough terrains.

On the other hand, plenty of other reviewers are disappointed with this set's lasting power. They've experienced connectivity issues or claimed that it loses its charge, after only a few months. While it's possible that this was due to improper usage, and the buyer's misunderstanding it's waterproof rating, that's not entirely clear.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Just like other headsets sold by Jaybird, the X4 is surprisingly easy to set up and use. It can be programmed by pressing the middle button on the remote, following a voice prompt to download the Jaybird app, and going into the mobile devices Bluetooth setting to connect the earphones.

Buyers can also easily navigate the brand's app to create their own playlists and personalized sound profiles. And storing is made much simpler thanks to the carry pouch that this set comes with.

Any difficulty that may occur later on is mostly due to its inconsistent levels of durability. This, of course, makes proper care and usage even more important.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

The X4 comes with a USB charging cradle that attached to the set's remote/microphone and connects to either the buyer's laptop or a portable charger. The small size makes it easier to power up the headset while traveling, and its minimal cord prevents tangles and possible internal damage. A full charge takes around two hours, although buyers could also charge for ten minutes to get one hour of battery life.

Compared to the Tarah, buyers seem to be more satisfied with this set's battery life. This version offers them eight hours, which is plenty of time for a full day of work or travel or for multiple intense training sessions.

Unfortunately, a large number of reviewers have complained that it loses its charge after they've had it for only a few months. Whether this is due to not enough testing and engineering or improper usage on the buyer's end isn't completely clear.
Price
Price

Price

Although the X4 costs more than the Tarah, it's still let than the Tarah Pro and the Run XT. It can be found on the Jaybird website, and at other retailers such as JackRabbit and Best Buy, for $130. Even lower prices can be found via several eBay listings and some reputable discount sites.

Reviews and ratings show that most buyers can easily justify this headset's price tag. Not only is it lightweight, comfortable, and highly versatile, but buyers also find it both easy to set up and surprisingly durable when worn during an intense workout and sudden rain or snow.

On the other hand, there are some reviewers who have claimed that it doesn't hold up as well as advertised. To ensure that they truly get their money's worth, buyers are instructed to keep this set properly stored away when not in use and to not wear them in the pool, shower, or salt-water.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Compatible with the Jaybird app
-Bluetooth v4.1 connectivity
-20Hz-20kHz response bandwidth
-Omni-directional microphone
-IPX7 rating against sweat and water
-Custom EQ for enhanced sound
-Two sizes of silicone tips
-Two sizes of Comply Ultra Foam tip
-Three sizes of stabilizing ear fins
-Speed cinch and a shirt clip
-8-hour battery life
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Jaybird X4 has the potential to be one of the brand's most highly-rated wireless headphones. It provides a lightweight and comfortable wear that doesn't impede at all on the buyer's workouts, and its well-promoted rugged versatility allows being just as useful on the trail as it is at the gym or while traveling. And its customizable EQ allows buyers to find and set their ideal sound quality for an optimal listening experience.

Those who are fans of the X3 are also happy that this set has the same eight-hour battery life for long-term usage. And with help from its Bluetooth connectivity and the Jaybird app, they'll also have access to easy set up as well as playlists and podcasts that can make their workout or travel experiences even better.

However, this set's inconsistent durability and tendency to lose its connection over time do disappoint a large number of buyers. While most are still happy with this model, it's clear that both of these qualities could use a great deal of improvement. Jaybird will have to take these critiques seriously and do a great deal of tweaking and engineering if they want the next model in this line to be even better received.