Jaybird finally released the new Jaybird X3, which is the third generation of the company’s well-known sweat-resistant, highly in demand wireless sports headphone. For us, the Jaybird X3 is undoubtedly the best one among their previous wireless headphones that they have ever produced.
So what’s new with the X3? For starters, this has a smaller build than the Jaybird X2. Aside from that, it has a redesigned inline remote as well as an upgraded battery from NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) to lithium ion, enabling the wireless headphone to perform for up to 8 hours.
Jaybird says that the 6mm drivers of the X3 have been tweaked, but this is a smart move from the company because this makes the wireless sports headphone to sound really great. We would say that the Jaybird X3 is among the best performing and best sounding wireless headphones available in the market today of which you can get at $130 ($50 less than the list price of its predecessor X2).
In terms of other improvements, the fins of the headphone that help in securing the ear buds while in use were also redesigned. Another is an inclusion of a clip which is designed to attach the in-ear Bluetooth headphone to the back of your shirt. The package also comes with plenty of ear tips, in silicone and foam, to allow you for better enjoyment, lesser hassle, and more comfortable seal to maximize sound delivery. Speaking of sealing sound, the Jaybird X3 is a noise-isolating headphone, thus providing an enclosure to your ear and lessening the entrance of ambient noise like traffic sounds.
The Jaybird X3 also includes a charging accessory that connects to a micro-USB cable. This is similar to the charging scheme for the Jaybird Freedom. The purpose why the company has decided to integrate one in the wireless headphone is that because sweat and other dirt coming from people’s hands sometimes end up entering the USB charging port which leads to damage. As the accessory has a little lanyard attached to it, you must take note that this is highly prone to being lost or misplaced and once that happens, you will unfortunately not be able to charge the wireless sports headphone and you have to call Jaybird’s customer support for replacement. This will really be a hassle part for you.
In terms of connection capabilities, the Jaybird X3 is supported with Bluetooth 4.1 which is effective in ensuring smooth pairing with devices like the iPhone 7 and the Samsung Note 7. To make the feature more exciting, the in-ear Bluetooth headphone can pair two sets of the X3 to one audio source or device in a simultaneous manner.
Jaybird has always been consistent when it comes to producing wireless sports headphones with excellent sound quality. In short, Jaybird headphones have always been a great performer. Now, the Jaybird X3 sounds really great for a Bluetooth headphone, delivering balanced, detailed, and strong bass response. Even if set to stream sound at a higher volume level, with more complicated tracks, the wireless sports headphone kept everything together and did not even produced any distortions.
Overall, we think that Jaybird has exceeded the expectation of many audiophiles for a better performing, improved wireless sports headphone. The Jaybird X3 offers many qualities and features thus outperforming its predecessors, in terms of design, quality, price, and performance.