Earbuds are the easiest way to listen to music while being active or engaged in exercise, but not every pair has all the right technologies built inside. A “sports” earbud must fulfill a number of requirements if it is to be not just used, but useful. So why has Jabra hit the “sweet spot” with their Sport Pace Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds? Here’s why.
Start with design. The Pace is wireless via Bluetooth, which is a simple and efficient technology to use. Also it’s one that doesn’t need too much power, so the battery in the earbuds can last longer. With that out of the way, the person wearing the Pace can concentrate on what he/she wants to do while knowing that the sound won’t be cutting out just because the person isn’t sitting still.
The Pace also takes into account the “laziness” factor when it comes to recharging the earbuds (i.e., “I’ll charge them up later”) and builds in a rapid recharge that takes 15 minutes and turns it into an hour of listening time. Those who exercise know that warming up and limbering up is vital anyway, so just do that while the Pace gets a power leg up. And remember to fully charge it the next time.
Ears are different, but so is the physical shape of the Pace. It takes this factor into account so that the design of the earbuds match up with the ear in a superior fashion — rather than just a circular cup holding the driver, it’s a rectangular shape that hugs the ear so as to keep it in place (i.e., it takes the fact that the person wearing it will be engaged in strenuous activities, or at least moving around in a non-sedentary fashion). As an adjunct to this, the earbuds themselves are IP54 rated. What that means is that sweat won’t bother them, or dirt or even sand. Being built with the U.S. military in mind doesn’t mean you should jump up and down on them and expect nothing to happen, but in “normal” use the shock of them being whipped around on your head isn’t going to cause any problems. And by “normal” it’s meant an active use, not just walking around the home wearing them.
Jabra also takes into account that the person wearing them might be out and about when the light is dim or even dark, and so adds reflective striping to the cabling connecting the two earbuds to one another. There’s also a choice of colors and so you don’t have to be sedate and go with black like so many pairs out there, and instead hit on blue or red or yellow, among others.
Now to get to what the Pace does best, which is control what you are hearing from the smartphone. Controls are on the cabling and easy to reach and use. They provide the usual functions expected when listening to music (play, pause, etc.), but don’t forget that these are sports earbuds that want to help you improve your health through exercise. So there’s a free iOS/Android training app to provide inspiration, but mostly it provides the needed guidelines and training tips to get your through a workout. The app has a multitude of other functions (it’s free), including being able to monitor and record your performance based on such factors as calories burned, distance covered and others (it uses GPS taken from the phone). It covers fitness testing and works with many 3rd party apps as well. It doesn’t take the place of being serious about exercising, but it does aid in the process.
Jabra’s Sport Pace Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds is lightweight enough to make you forget it’s there, although the rich sound coming out of it will only be a positive factor in being active. Staying fit, exercising and being active is a good way to stay healthy and keep a positive mood. For $99 retail, these are the earbuds that will aid you in doing all of that.