Recently, i was given the opportunity to test and review the new J4 Freedom Sprint Bluetooth Headsets by Jaybird. I have been a fan of working out wirelessly for a few months now, upgrading from a pair of wired expensive ear buds from Bose that broke after a few months. I went to get a new pair from the local electronics store and ended up buying the previous model of Jaybird, the JF3.
I was able to write a review to the company and as s result i was asked to test a new pair of which i happily obliged. Below are my 2 reviews, and no I am not being paid for this review. I believe in the power of music during exercise and have written a few articles here and here and here.
I have 2 pairs of your goods, I have the Freedom and the set from xxxxx. As far as the Freedom goes, I use them in the gym mostly, with an Iphone 4. I am a member of USA Triathlon and that’s the first place I heard about your products. I had been using the BOSE beforehand (not wireless) and I bought them at xxxx xxx. I was using a very very expensive pair of the BOSE that indeed did fail to a point that I need a whole new set to make them work. I was not happy about a $200 pair needing fix though it lead me to your product.
I went to xxxx xxx to compare new sets, whereas the person working there said they used all of the headsets (as provided by xxxx xxx I assume, to try out) and that the quality of the Jaybird was the best comparatively. I bought them for use in and out of the gym.
I am not able to use them outside without them breaking connection, I can never get a whole song to play through, and so they are relegated to indoor use only. I have tried while exercising and yard work and always have to go to a wired pair. That being said, indoors they are the best headsets I have ever owned.
Not heavy, no huge pieces around my neck like some.
Sound is awesome
Fit is good, though 1 ear has a little cauliflower that will not allow any headset seat appropriately.
It plays all media (Pandora, ITunes, Music, web videos, you tube etc)
Phone calls are clear, I have no complaints while using them for phone calls.
Small pieces that can fall off
Carrying case too small (have to snugly fit the headset in and it normally takes quite a bit of time when in a hurry)
If I leave them paired for too long, I get a lot of skips. Repairing usually fixes it temporarily.
Since I cannot fit them in the case that often, I end up knocking an ear cup off.
The large pair I use for general use, not sports. No problems currently
End of the JF3 review.
J4 Sprint review:
Packaging is nice, easier to open
Charging started 10:33 am via USB, light went off at 11:35 1:02:05, plugged back in and light went on for 5 min.
Charging Light is hard to see
Cable is short (not a drawback, but a longer cord adapter may work better.
Ear adapters work really well. I am able to use 2 different sizes of the ear buds and ear piece to get a custom fit.
Pairing was almost instantaneous no code needed.
Some volume adjustment on the Freedom was necessary
First workout was a little under an hour, had a few skips/breaks in play, wore my IPhone on my hip (as normal since I don’t like an armband)
Sound was crystal clear, they fit a little more snug than the older model
2nd workout was about 45 min, I placed the phone on the gym floor and worked out in the same room only leaving for drinks of water. I had intermittent skips when outside the gym in the hallway to the water fountain, though it did not lose signal all the way.
Still have not had to recharge the battery yet.
Many thanks to Dennis at Jaybird for allowing me to review these products. If you listen to music during your training and you have a Bluetooth capable device, i suggest you check out a pair of these headsets. Some other pairs have a bigger and heavier cable that holds the earbuds around the neck but i found those cumbersome to use while hitting the bag during boxing or Muay Thai.
As for training indoors, these work perfectly for what i do. I can leave my phone down somewhere while utilizing the timer on it as well as looking at my workout program at the same time; you won’t have to keep the playback device on you at all times which makes you a little lighter so you don’t have to worry about it jostling around even though the company says an armband works best. I usually have a belt clip for my phone.
All in all, great devices which have also been given a lot of kudos and questions on where to get a pair. You can buy them here, or just about any electronics store online and in store.