JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless Sport Headset
The JBL Endurance Sprint wireless sport headphones are designed to be the ideal workout accessory for an active lifestyle. It’s lightweight build, touch-sensitive controls, and use of Bluetooth connectivity make this set easy to wear during both indoor and outdoor workouts. The connecting wire is short enough to be non-intrusive, and its IPX7 rating ensures that it holds up against sweat, dust, and water.
Other features are included to make this set more comfortable and convenient, such as a micro USB cable and three different sizes of ear tips. It also offers an eight-hour battery life, which is perfect for travel time, multiple workouts, or even a full day at work. In addition, it comes in a range of five different colors to ensure that more buyers can find a set that works for them and their particular style.
-Comfortable in-ear fit
-Affordable price tag
-Water and sweat-proof
-Easy to store away
-Hypersensitive control buttons
-Inconsistent volume quality
-Not for swimming
This set's IPX7 rating against sweat, dust, and water only adds to its level of versatility. It can easily hold up against intense workouts, runs through rain or snow, hot weather, and even the occasional shower. However, professional reviewers have advised that it's not meant to be used while swimming or diving.
There is also one other downside, as least according to this set's listing on the JBL website. While it works for phone calls and music, it's not designed to be compatible with voice command features such as Siri or Google assist. Therefore, those who use these apps frequently might want to find another pair of headphones.
This set also does away with standard buttons and, instead, utilizes touch-sensitive controls for everything from adjusting the volume and answering calls to starting, stopping, and skipping songs. A visual guide to using this particular feature is readily available on this set’s JBL website listing, and several video tutorials can also be found online. While it is convenient for some, several buyers have actually complained that this one is too sensitive for their liking.
Other features are also included for even greater convenience and more satisfying wear. Its silicone ear tips provide a comfortable and non-irritating in-ear fit, and three different sizes are offered to ensure the best wear possible for all buyers. Its connecting wire is short enough that it won’t get caught on passing objects and interfere with the buyer’s workout, and a USB charging cable enables easy power-ups.
Buyers are also relatively satisfied with this set’s IPX7 rating, which means that it can resist sweat, dust, and water. This makes it a useful accessory even during hot days, sudden storms, or very intense workouts. While some buyers have been known to wear it in the shower or during a light swim, it’s actually not meant to be submerged underwater for too long.
In addition, they’re also given a decent amount of battery life. On a two-hour charge, this set provides up to eight hours of playing time. Buyers can also charge for ten minutes in order to get a full hour of use.
This set’s frequency response range is listed at 20Hz - 20kHz, which is standard for an everyday headset. Each side features a 10mm driver with a sensitivity rating of -20dB, which many audio enthusiasts consider to be good for a set like this. Reviewers have also complemented its bass and mids, which were quite strong for a pair of sports headphones.
Unfortunately, a large number of buyers have complained about this set’s inconsistent volume. They’ve stated that it’s never as loud as they want it to be, even with the sound turned all the way up. It should be mentioned, however, that these are not noise-canceling headphones, so it’s possible that these buyers were expecting this particular quality.
Buyers can use the touch controls to activate a connection and then go to their device’s Bluetooth settings to select this headset and switch it on. From there, buyers can easily make phone calls, listen to music or podcasts, and even watch videos while wearing it.
Unfortunately, this set’s overall lack of durability does mean that its connectivity will diminish over time. This means that not only will calls and music suddenly get interrupted or drop completely, but some have also claimed that it loses its ability to hold a charge.
Of course, it's the use of silicone for the ear tips that truly ensures a comfortable fit and non-irritating wear. As is standard with all in-ear headphones, this set comes with three different sizes of ear tips to ensure that all buyers can find their ideal fit. As a result, buyers feel perfectly fine with wearing this set for hours while training, at work, or even out traveling.
While its use of touch-sensitive controls might make this set look bulky in photographs, it's still lightweight and minimal enough that it won't interfere at all with the buyer's activities. Furthermore, the connecting wire that runs between each bud ensures that this set is easier to store away without running the risk of it becoming lost or damaged.
As an added bonus, buyers are happy to know that this set comes in five different color options when purchasing this set. While plain black seems to be the most popular selection, they can also choose between black/yellow, red, blue, and even teal.
However, this set's long-lasting wear depends entirely on how well the buyer takes care of it. This means storing it way properly to avoid possible tangles and keeping the earbuds clean after each use. In addition, further research should be performed on which environments might be harmful to this particular model.
Some buyers also seem to have misinterpreted this set's water resistance rating. While it is able to hold up against constant sweat and surprise rain or snowstorms, it's not intended to be used while swimming. In fact, several reviewers have noted that it automatically shuts off as soon as it comes into contact with water.
Ease of Use
Unfortunately, a number of reviewers have complained that this isn't the case at all. They've stated that its touch controls are either hypersensitive or that they have to repeatedly tap them to get the desired response. Furthermore, its inconsistent volume and overall sound quality can ruin phone calls and make music listening difficult.
The eight-hour battery life is acceptable to most buyers. While it might not be quite as long as what is offered by some of JBL's other wireless models, it's still enough for several workouts or even a full day at work. And when they are in need of a quick charge, they can simply plug it in for ten minutes to get a full hour of battery life.
While some buyers would consider this set to be an incredible bargain, its extremely mixed reviews show that this might not be the case at all. Many reviewers have expressed frustration over its hypersensitive touch controls and inconsistent volume levels, with some even saying that they had to return it after only a few weeks. Others wish that its durability levels were higher and that this set could be better used while swimming.
-TwistLock and SoftFlex
-Eight-hour battery life
-Silicone ear tips
-Five color options
-$50 price tag
Unfortunately, reviewers claim that there are several factors that work against this particular set. They've complained about its lack of durability and wish that it was truly water-resistant. Furthermore, many would have preferred a set that's truly noise-canceling.
Despite the negative feedback, hope isn't completely lost for the fan of this brand. There is still a chance that JBL will take all of these critiques into consideration and work a little harder to make the next set in the Endurance line something that buyers will truly love.