- Durable, lightweight design
- Good battery life
- 3 free months of Endomondo Premium
- Disappointing sound quality
- Some ear gels not as secure as others
- FM radio quality not improved
Review Price £79.99
What are the Jabra Sport Wireless Plus?
The follow-up to the Jabra Sport Wireless, there's a built-in FM radio once again, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity to hook up to a smartphone or MP3 player and they come with 3 months free subscription to Endomondo Premium.
Jabra's first effort suffered from poor radio reception, disappointing battery life and average sound quality. Jabra has managed to address one out of the three issues and most disappointingly lacks in the audio department.
Jabra Sport Wireless Plus - Design and comfortThe Wireless Plus look identical to the previous headphones, using the same behind-the-ear design with controls built into the arches and ends of the ear hooks. There’s a tangle-free cord that rests on the back of your neck and Jabra has introduced a ‘fit clip’, which is essentially a small piece of plastic to raise the cord away and prevent it from being a nuisance.
In the box you’ll get seven different pairs of ear gels including the ones already squeezed onto the ends of the headphones. They all offer varying levels of comfort and use. Ones with more pronounced hooks help to add security while others produce better noise isolation or help let some ambient noise in if you are running out in busy, built up areas.
You also get a velcro arm band with a pouch leaving enough room to fit an iPod Touch or an iPhone-sized smartphone comfortably. Anything bigger will simply be a struggle. There’s no way to view the phone screen through the arm band either, so if you like to check your progress you need to take it out of the pouch. Putting on the arm bad in the first place can be a bit of a faff as well.
Like the previous model, the Sport Wireless Plus are durable and feel built to last. Apparently they offer military grade resistance against rain, shock and dust. It was easier to put its rain-proof credentials to the test and we can safely say they do survive a soaking.
Jabra Sport Wireless Plus - Performance
They are extremely light to wear and the cord around the back is barely noticeable. Using the fit clip to adjust the cord length is easy to attach and a nice adition. It's fine without it and the cord is far from irritating. The soft, rubber ear gels also sit snug and with small, medium and large options, should offer a fit for most.
Putting them to the test in the gym and out for a few runs, the Wireless Plus earphones generally do not budge and offer a secure comfortable fit. When things get a little sweatier though, some of the ear gels particularly ones without the hooks can move around and affect the potency of the sound quality.
One of the biggest criticisms of the first Jabra Sport was the battery life. Jabra claims a 7 hours music playback off a single charge improving on the previous 3 hours. Using over a couple of weeks, the battery does live up to its billing and goes a long way before telling us ‘the battery is low’.
Jabra Sport Wireless Plus - Sound quality
If you like to zone out to music, the noise isolating ear gels at least do a good job of keeping out noise, however with some of the other ear gels, sound does tend to leak. You really need to make sure you've got the right ones fixed on to make anything of the distinctly average sound.
Should I buy the Jabra Sport Wireless Plus?
No manufacturer has really been able to nail the perfect pair of wireless sports headphones, so Jabra is not alone. If you can overlook Bluetooth connectivity, the Sennheiser/Adidas PX685i are worth trying instead. At £40 they are £30 cheaper and have a lightweight, durable design and crucially offer much more impressive sound.
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