Jaybird first introduced its now uber-popular BlueBuds X in 2012. While the landscape of wireless headphones has rapidly shifted in the years since, the BlueBuds X held up in a manner that can’t be said about much of their competition. Part of this is due to the BlueBuds’ quality, but it also has to do with the lifetime warranty against sweat-related damage. That said, it was certainly time for a refresh. While Jaybird covered sweat-related damage, some found that general wear and tear was enough to render their headphones unusable. This, combined with advances in terms of sound quality meant that it was a perfect time to introduce the sequel. Ditching the branding for a simpler name, the Jaybird X2 in-ears are instantly recognizable, and could even be confused for the BlueBuds, but there are big changes under the hood.
While the BlueBuds X were available in two colors, the Jaybird X2s bump that up to six options: Midnight Black, Storm White, Alpha, Ice, Fire, and Charge. The overall look is very similar to the BlueBuds X but with more color and less chrome. The design reflects the minimalism popular in 2015 designs, and the X2s definitely look better as a result. The build is plastic but still quite solid. Like the BlueBuds X, the Jaybird X2s come with a one-year limited warranty as well as a lifetime warranty against sweat-related damage. This sweat resistance makes the X2s a good option for bringing to the gym, as do the in-ear “fins” meant to hold them in place.
The original BlueBuds X claimed a battery life of around 8 hours, but often struggled to reach that number. The Jaybird X2s claim 8 hours as well, but they actually reach that number in use. For some reason Jaybird calls this Battery HD, which is puzzling, but this battery life is still impressive given the small size. The price is $150.
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