Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds Review

The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds is retailing in Singapore for S$298. It is a Bluetooth 4.0 wireless in-ear earphones with a built-in in-ear heart rate monitor. According to the specifications, the heart rate monitor has a 99.2% accuracy when compared to a medical electrocardiogram (ECG) machine. I can’t really verify it since I don’t have other heart rate monitor to test with.

Packaging

Jabra Sport Pulse - Box Front
Jabra Sport Pulse – Box Front

Jabra Sport Pulse - Box Back
Jabra Sport Pulse – Box Back

Jabra Sport Pulse - Box
Jabra Sport Pulse – Box

Jabra Sport Pulse - Box Open
Jabra Sport Pulse – Box Open

Jabra Sport Pulse - Box Side
Jabra Sport Pulse – Box Side

Jabra Sport Pulse - Box Contents
Jabra Sport Pulse – Box Contents

Jabra Sport Pulse - Case
Jabra Sport Pulse – Case

Jabra Sport Pulse - Case
Jabra Sport Pulse – Case

Specifications

  • Headset Type: Bluetooth in-ear stereo earbuds
  • Noise Reduction: Passive Noise Reduction (15 dB)
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 (Headset profile v1.2 , Hands free profile v1.6, A2DP v1.2, AVRCP v1.4)
  • Bluetooth Range: Up to 10 meters
  • Bluetooth Paired devices: Up to 8, connected to two at the same time (Multiuse)
  • Talk/Music Time: Up to 4.5 hours
  • Idle Time: Up to 10 days
  • Charging Time: Approximately 2.5 hours
  • Wearing Style: In-ear
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 18 x 21 x 32 mm
  • Cable Length: 60cm
  • Weight: 16g
  • Speaker Size: 6mm dynamic speaker
  • Speaker Sensitivity 94 dB SPL at 1 mW /1 kHz
  • Speaker Impedance: 16 Ω
  • Speaker Max Input Power: 5 mW
  • Speaker Frequency Range: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Microphone Type: MEMS microphone solution
  • Microphone Frequency: 100 Hz – 8 kHz
  • Microphone Sensitivity: 14 dB +/- 3 dB (SWR)
  • Reliability Testing: IP55 Certified, drop, strength, dirt, temperature & humidity tested
  • General Features: NFC for easy pairing, answer/end call, reject call, voice dialling, last number redial, volume control, track control, play/pause music, + Voice guidance, Dolby sound enhancement via application
  • Work-out Features: Activity based training, Pre-defined Training programs, Interval training, Zone training, Target pace training, Measuring time, Consumed calories, Distance, Speed, Pace, Heart Rate, Heart Rate Zone, Work-out start/end time, Goal Achievement notification

Instructions

Jabra Sport Pulse - Instructions
Jabra Sport Pulse – Instructions

Jabra Sport Pulse - Instructions
Jabra Sport Pulse – Instructions

Jabra Sport Pulse - Instructions
Jabra Sport Pulse – Instructions

Left/Right Side
The remote is located on the right side of the earphones and so is the Micro USB charging port. According to the specifications, it takes about 2.5 hours to fully charge the earphones and each full charge can last for 4.5 hours.

Jabra Sport Pulse - Remote
Jabra Sport Pulse – Remote

Jabra Sport Pulse - Remote
Jabra Sport Pulse – Remote

Jabra Sport Pulse - Right
Jabra Sport Pulse – Right

Jabra Sport Pulse - Right (Micro USB Port For Charging)
Jabra Sport Pulse – Right (Micro USB Port For Charging)

The LED light is also located on the right side of the earphones and it toggles between three colors. Green means it is being switched on, blue means it is ready for pairing and red means it is being switched off.

Jabra Sport Pulse - Charging
Jabra Sport Pulse – Charging

The hear rate monitor is located on the left side of the earphones.

Jabra Sport Pulse - Left (Heart Rate Monitor)
Jabra Sport Pulse – Left (Heart Rate Monitor)

With regards to sound quality, I am not that impressed. The bass is weak and the quality of the audio seems muffled (not as clear as my other earphones like the Bose MIE2i Mobile Headset). But I guess if you are using it for sports, the audio quality should not matter because your mind will probably be exhausted.

Jabra Sport Pulse - Earphones
Jabra Sport Pulse – Earphones

Because it is an in-ear earphones, it blocks out noises pretty well, on-par with Klipsch Reference R6i and better than the Bose MIE2i. The default packaging comes with four different set of eartips (Large, Medium, Small and Extra Small).

Jabra Sport Pulse - Earphones
Jabra Sport Pulse – Earphones

When it comes to comfortability under normal usage, I find it is not that comfortable because it is heavy and after long usage, your ears will feel the warmness because of the earwings and eartips that is blocking all the airflow around your ears.

Jabra Sport Pulse - Earwings
Jabra Sport Pulse – Earwings

Jabra Sport Pulse - Eartips
Jabra Sport Pulse – Eartips

Again, for sports use, I don’t think this will be an issue because your mind will probably be exhausted from the exercise rather than thinking about it being uncomfortable. After all, this earphone is designed for sports usage.

It’s companion app, Jabra Sport Life (iOS | Android) provides a all-in-one training solution. It supports activity based training, pre-defined training programs, interval training, zone training and target pace training. It measures your heart rate as you exercise together with your calories burned like all fitness apps.

Jabra Sport Pulse - iOS App - Fitting GuideJabra Sport Pulse - iOS App - Change Wearing Style
Jabra Sport Pulse – iOS App

Jabra Sport Pulse - iOS App - Change Wearing StyleJabra Sport Pulse - iOS App - Calibration Heart Rate
Jabra Sport Pulse – iOS App

Jabra Sport Pulse - iOS App - MainJabra Sport Pulse - iOS App - Settings
Jabra Sport Pulse – iOS App

Summary
Despite it bring pricey, I still find this is a pretty good sports wireless earphones to have if you are not really an audiophile and the built-in in-ear heart rate monitor is a nice addition for those users who doesn’t have a fitness band with a heart rate monitor.

Pros:

  • Rugged
  • In-ear heart rate monitor

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Average audio quality (lacking bass and clarity)
  • Heavy

Jabra Sport Pulse
Jabra Sport Pulse

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