After my beloved Jaybird X2 earphones broke, Jaybird replaced them under warranty with the new Jaybird Freedom Wireless Earphones. I’ve been using them for a while and wanted to offer my review for anyone who might be considering purchasing them.
Jaybird took a page from Apple with their sleek, quality packaging for their earphones. It definitely sticks out on the shelf and I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away, after opening it. The package includes the earphones, cord management a variety of memory foam buds and ear fins that keep the buds securely in your ear. It includes a charging cable and a little battery pack/charging clip (more on this later). There’s also a nice little carrying pouch, which works better as a coin purse.
Over the years, I’ve tried out numerous Bluetooth earphones and one of the biggest issues I’ve encountered is complicated pairing instructions and difficulty connecting. Jaybird got this perfected. I’ve never used a Bluetooth device that connected so easily and seamlessly. Hold down one button for 4 seconds, it shows up on your phone, tap it and you’re done. That’s it!
It took me a few tries to get a comfortable fit. There are plenty of size options for the earbuds and the cable management clips work well, once you figure out how to set them up. I do find them to be slightly complicated to adjust, but once in place, they stay snug and comfortable. I used them for months, on a wide variety of runs and never had them fall out. Some earphones have caused me ear pain on long runs, not these. I used them on 3+ hour runs with no comfort issues.
Audio settings for the earphones can be controlled through the Jaybird app. There are numerous presets to choose from, or you can configure manually. Sound quality is above average for Bluetooth earphones, but not quite audiophile level.
I found the controls to be intuitive. I didn’t need to read the instructions to figure them out. The buttons just did what I expected them to do.
Jaybird claims an 8-hour battery life for the Freedom earphones. The only catch is that you have to use the charging clip which has a battery in it to get the full 8 hours. Personally I never used that option. I found the actual battery life to be close to 4 hours with continuous use. To charge the battery, you need to connect the charging clip which has a charging port for a USB cable. If you lose the charging clip, you can’t charge the earphones. I lost mine 🙁
The biggest issue I’ve had, by far, with Bluetooth earphones is loss of connectivity. Some of them lose the connection when running too fast, or too hard. Others when used in carrying belts. In all the time I used the Jaybird Freedom earphones, I never lost the connection once.
The Jaybird Freedom earphones provide a comfortable fit, long battery life, good sound quality and ease of use. Definitely a combination that’s hard to find in wireless earphones. There are two issues I have with them. They’re not completely wireless (there is a cord from one earbud to the other). The lack of a built in charging port means that you cannot charge your earphones if you lose the charging clip.
For the price, I found these earphones to be a great value and I would recommend them without reservation.
You can purchase the Jaybird Freedom 2 Earphones on Amazon here.
Note: Jaybird has updated the Freedom earphones to the Freedom 2 Earphones. The only discernable difference is that the new model has the ear fins and earbuds as one piece. It seems that this was in response to complaints that people had the earbuds fall off in their ears.