Hey everyone, Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom. Jaybird just released their newest pair of earbuds. These are the Jaybird Runs, and they’re Truly Wireless earphones. The Jaybird’s are going for $179 at the time of this video, and indeed, Jaybird is slightly late to the game considering I have reviewed the Samsung Gear Icon X, Jabra Elite Sport, and the Apple Airpods. All excellent competitors, but Jaybird does beat them out in price. As always being transparent with you guys, Jaybird did send these over for review. My assessment was not altered in any way. Please watch the entire video for both pros and cons. Last, I’ve placed my affiliate links in the video description below, click on my links and they’ll give you the most updated prices… in real time.
I’m Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom, and I’m here to help YOU make that purchase decision. Welcome everyone, to another review.
Going over the physical features, these are hard plastics with a lovely matte finish around it’s logo. With three different size eartips and earfins, Jaybird has redesgined the accesories hoping to offer a more secure fit over the last few products being released. I did have slight trouble in the past with the Jaybird X2 and X3’s staying in… with the Jaybird Run’s, I still had slight trouble. More on that later.
But before getting into comfort, let’s go over all of the features and let’s see what’s unique. Very similar to other Truly Wireless earphones, a charging case comes included. When you’re not using the earbuds, stow them away and the case will recharge your earphones upto 2 times from a dead battery. When you stow them away, they automatically turn off. Once you take them out, they automatically turn on and the right earphone automatically goes into pairing mode. You don’t have to manually do it yourself which is highly convenient , very handy. Once you take both out, they pair with each other and you’re good to go.
Going on runs, and this is clearly subjective as every one’s ears are different, but the Samsung Icon X and Jabra Elite Sport that I had reviewed previously stays on more secure. It is recommended to try different fin and ear tip sizes which I have done, nonetheless, during testing and even during our filming as you can see, the earbuds simply fall out. Moderate runs were ok, walking was perfectly fine. I would pay close attention to this to make sure they stay in your ear while running. Moving on, each side of the earbud, there’s a single button.
Very tactile, very good feedback. Because it’s a single button on each side, there is a limit of functionality. In order to increase or decrease volume, you have to go into the app and select Alternative Controls, but you lose Google Assistant, pause and play. This was possibly the biggest letdown for me that I don’t have all of my features readily available on the earbuds, while most others offers it.
Moving on, Jaybird are known for making water and sweat resistant earphones, and the Jaybird Run’s are no different I drenched these things in water and they’re still functioning perfectly fine. Unfortunately they’re not IPX rated, but for those who have owned Jaybird products before, the Freedom’s, the X2 and X3’s, let me know in the comment section below how long you had them for and if they’re still working today after getting rain or sweat on them. Mine after after being caught in the rain on occasion.
Jumping in battery life, on a full charge, they last upto 4hrs. More than my Jabra Elites, way more than the Icon X in real-world testing. I know, it sounds low, but same with the apple Airpods, same with other competitors, you definitely have enough for a workout or a run. Most average consumers go to the gym for 45minutes to an hour anyways, but when you have your earbuds stowed while driving to your place, they’re charging. I never found myself running out of batteries. Also, I confirmed a 5 minute charge in the case does give about 1hr of playback. Testing the battery performance, with all of my audio products, I left it on at 50% volume from a full battery to dead. The Jaybird Run’s lasted 4hrs and 21 minutes.
Quickly touching base on my other tests, I could not find the Bluetooth specs, they might be available when this video goes up, but testing this with my Samsung S8+, I was able to get 46 linear feet until the Run’s crackled in connection.
The Jaybird Run’s are available to take phone calls as well, but I noticed when the person on the other line speaks, it’s only audible on the right ear. Microphone quality is very good in silent environments as my voice comes across very clear. It does pick up background noise and if you’re running, there is some slight wind noise being picked up as well.
So right before talking about audio performance, after testing these for some time, I realized Jaybird is aiming towards sport earbuds with simplicity. You want music while running, that’s what you get. Keep in mind, the Run’s retail for $179, it does undercut many out there, with the trade off of no heart or health tracking, No on-board music storage which would have been great. And although the Jaybird Run’s provide very good passive noise isolation when wearing, there are no ambient aware features as an alternative.
Alright folks, to the moment you’ve been waiting for, my audio test. With the Jaybird products, I implore you download the Jaybird My Sound app. These are one of the easiest tunable apps available for the Jaybird earphones. Even extending them all the way up to see if there’s any distortion, there’s none. At it’s default FLAT setting, they sounded ok, but once you start tweaking them, wow, they sound amazing. You want bass like the Powerbeats 3, slide it to the max and you get it. I prefer a bright mid-range, punchy bass and with the tuning, I’m able to achieve it. Whatever sound profile I’m feeling at the moment, I’m always impressed on how much these can change without sounding altered or pieced together that some other equalizer can do. There is ever so slight listening fatigue at higher volumes and extended play, but it’s very minute, lowering the volume a smidge, or at least turning down the higher frequencies do help. The sound stage is once again very good for a pair of sport earphones, with a wide sense of instruments, presence and spatial direction too. I loved my Samsung Icon X, gave it great reviews on it’s audio quality, but the fact I can tune these and they tune well makes the Jaybird Run’s sound better. Audio is clear, crisp, vocals stands out, the snapping of fingers to snare drums are very distinct, the drums have authority when you have bass up. Overall, every genre I through at this, and with tuning, they sounded great.
So in the end, if you look at the price point, they’re not flagships, they’re not the most high-tech pair of truly wireless earphones. Which is fine, but as a pair of earphones you can pick up and go, and you simply value good music with no wires, the Run’s come highly recommended. I would through some caution about fit once again, see how they work out for you. And if I were to critique, I really wished there was a way to store music on these, and I wished the earbuds didn’t have limited control. I was hoping for volume up and down and all of the other functions to be available. So guys, be sure to comment down below, let me know what you think of these. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already and follow me on facebook, twitter and/or Instagram. You guys take care. I’ll see you on the next one. Bye.