Jabra Sport Pulse earbuds
Bluetooth earbuds with an integrated heart-rate monitor
- Well designed with an excellent fit
- Good sound quality
- Pouch for easy storage
- Built in heart-rate monitor
- Need to carry a smartphone to get the most of out them
- May not suit many athletes
- Needs to be charged
Price$ 249.00 (AUD)
The Jabra Sport Pulse headphones are designed to appeal to those of us who like to walk, run, or hit the gym as part of an exercise program. They use a wireless Bluetooth connection rather than a cord, and they also have a built-in heart-rate monitor that negates the need for an extra strap.
The design and fit of these $249 wireless headphones is quite pleasing, especially when you consider all the technology that’s housed in them. Jabra supplies them with four different ‘ear gel’ cushions that should fit most ear sizes, as well as ‘ear wings’ so that they sit firmly in place. They also come with a handy and sturdy little pouch that even has room for the charging cable. It’s a nice touch.
The headphones fit comfortably in our ears, and they are a big improvement on the standard earplugs that ship with most smartphones, such as the Apple iPhone 6. It took us about two hours to charge them before they were ready for use, but once they were up and running, we found their sound output to be expectedly good.
Jabra Sport Life app
The headphones enable users to sync the Jabra Sport Life app (for Android or iOS), which we found to be useful. The main screen of the app indicates if the earbuds are connected and if the GPS is enabled, If the GPS is on, the app will track activities such as walking, running, cycling, hiking, skating, or skiing.
It’s an app that’s designed to offer plenty of management and evaluation features, and it even includes a ‘voice coach’ to keep you updated as you work out. If you’re already heavily into fitness and have goals you want to achieve, you can use the app to enter metrics such as time, distance, and the number of calories burned.
You can work out while listening to your favourite music, of course. To this end, the app allows for music to be synched from iTunes, and there is support for Dolby sound processing. There’s an option to sync Jabra Sport Life with other lifestyle apps, such as MapMyFitness, but we weren’t able to sync to that particular app to provide additional options.
You must download the Jabra Sport Life app in order to get to heart rate monitor working. We turned the headphones on and selected ‘settings’ to connect via Bluetooth using an Apple iPhone 6 running the iOS8 operating system. We held the button down on the right earplug until the blue light came on and ‘Jabra Pulse a.3.2.0’ appeared twice under ‘My Devices’. We had to connect to both devices for the heart rate monitor to work. The Jabra Sport Life app displayed our heart rate and provided basic information about various training zones, which was useful.
The issue with runningRead more: Marshall Major headphone review
Many of us probably don’t run at a reasonable pace with our phones, particularly given that phones only seem to be getting larger. We certainly would not run with our iPhone 6 for obvious reasons. There are smaller, more practical options available, such as a small Apple iPod Nano, which clips onto your shorts, but this won’t give you the benefit of being able to use the Jabra Sport Life app.
For this reason, the Jabra Sport Pulse fit quite well in the general lifestyle market (for walking inside and outdoors) and even on the treadmill in the gym. But for more high intensity activities, they are not ideally suited.
Overall, we like the Jabra Sport Pulse earbuds. The design is pleasing, the fit seems good and the sound is what you would expect at this price point. Having to charge the earbuds is a little bit annoying, but you have the freedom to be wireless. They are great for the gym or for light exercise where you can bring your phone, but not for more intense activities, such as running outdoors.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 2 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 3 Parrot Mambo Drone review
- 4 Evapolar USB air conditioner review
- 5 Hisense Series 7 ULED 4K UHD TV review
Latest News Articles
- First look: Nuheara IQbuds smart Bluetooth ear buds do more than just music
- Convoy International restructures business focus
- Beats Solo2 headphones go wireless for $399
- Astro A38 review: A staggering price to pay for convenience
- Parrot's Zik 2.0 headphones include an accelerometer and plenty of noise cancelling
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: The new best Android phone
- TV buying guide: What to look for when buying a TV in 2016
- Best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus plans: Optus vs Telstra vs Vodafone vs Virgin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCJava Developers - Federal Government experienceNSW
- CCAgile Business AnalystVIC
- CCSystem & Network EngineerVIC
- CCInformation Security Consultant - RSA ArcherNSW
- FTProject Manager - FinanceNSW
- CCNetwork Capacity PlannerVIC
- FTSolution ArchitectACT
- FTMobile DeveloperAsia
- CCResident Operation Support Engineer (Renewable Contract)Asia
- FTSOE ConsultantACT
- FTDevOps EngineerVIC
- CCSenior Consultant, Enterpreneur in ResidenceVIC
- CCICT Project Reporting Planning CoordinatorNSW
- CCIT Data AnalystACT
- CCSolution DesignerVIC
- CCBuild and Release ManagerNSW
- FTDirector Data AnalyticsACT
- CCSenior Siebel Business AnalystACT
- FTGateway ManagerACT
- CCSenior Security EngineerNSW
- CCSenior Developer - C++/Perl/PythonNSW
- FTSenior .Net Software EngineerVIC
- FTTechnical Support Engineer | Cloud | Automation techsNSW
- CCService Analyst (12-month contract)Asia
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (IT Security) 161018/AP/383Asia