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.
- 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
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.
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.
The hear rate monitor is located on the left side of the earphones.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
- In-ear heart rate monitor
- Average audio quality (lacking bass and clarity)