Jaybird's new RUN XT earbuds add waterproofing

Wireless and sweatproof!

by Andy Bassett Jan 30, 2019 at 8:07 AM

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    Jaybird's new RUN XT earbuds add waterproofing
    Bought by Logitech in 2016, Jaybird has always had an eye on fashionable sports earphones - their latest is an update to 2017’s truly wireless RUN earbuds.
    Essentially a waterproofed update of 2017’s RUN earphones, these truly wireless earbuds from Jaybird remain unchanged from their predecessor except in the weatherproofing department. They have now been certified IPX7 - officially able to withstand immersion to 1m for 30 minutes, though no-one is seriously going to suggest swimming in them - these are for running in the rain and through puddles and dealing with the accompanying sweat, protected as they are by a double hydrophobic nano-coating.

    The original RUN earbuds were initially plagued by Bluetooth connection issues and if, as it seems, the latest XT iteration uses exactly the same internal communication method between the buds (i.e. a second Bluetooth arrangement rather than the more popular setup involving Near Field Magnetic Induction) then the assumption would have to be that those early niggles have been sorted out for this XT version.

    Supplied with plenty of eartips and fins for secure and comfortable fitting, Jaybird is keen to stress the workout friendly credentials of the RUN XT earbuds.

    In operation the Run XT buds are more or less unchanged from the original, you can manage music, calls and your phone’s Siri or Google Assistant at the push of a button, and the ability to use the right bud individually in ‘Mono Mode’ means you can stay aware of your surroundings while listening to music as you workout - useful if you are running on a busy road.

    Battery life is quoted as four hours from a charge, with two additional full charges from the case, for a total of 12 hours. According to the company, a five-minutes quick charge provides a full hour of playtime. Note that the charging case only sports a microUSB port rather than Type-C.

    With the accompanying Jaybird App available for both iOS and Android, you can adjust the EQ with your own settings or choose from those that others have shared. There’s Spotify integration and the app also features a Find My Buds feature to help you locate them in case they go missing. Sadly, the new RUNs still don't support any low-latency codecs like AAC or aptX, so you’re stuck with SBC’s 100-150 ms lag.

    We’re excited to build on the success of RUN by making RUN XT even better with full IPX7 waterproofness, increasing its durability in all conditions,” said Jeremy Saxton, head of industrial design at Jaybird. “Now the entire lineup of Jaybird headphones are waterproof and sweatproof. At the same time, we took the opportunity to update the colours and finishing to create a more rugged yet sophisticated design.

    The Jaybird RUN XT will go on sale in February for $179.99. You'll be able to get them from Jaybird directly as well as Amazon.

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