Sport Pulseby Jabra

  • Sport Pulse
  • Sport Pulse
  • Sport Pulse
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
79%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The fit for workout warriors is secure and comfortable.
  • The heart rate and motion-tracking features proved to be effective.
  • The built-in voice prompts are helpful and discreet.

CONS

  • The five-hour advertised battery life is short, compared to other headsets in its class.
  • If you take the earbuds out, the Sport Pulse can't track your heart rate.
  • For the price, you may be disappointed in the sound quality; you might feel that your music lacks warmth and a strong bass presence.
Jabra kills two birds with one stone here: The company combines a pair of sporty stereo earphones with a fitness tracker. A sensor is built into the earpiece, and the monitoring technology measures your heart rate through your inner ear. Jabra's Sport Life app gives you access to three sophisticated heart rate fitness tests including a resting heart rate test. The headphones are sweat-proof and weatherproof, and they're integrated with Dolby sound. The Sport Pulse comes with four sets of ear gels, three sets of EarWings, and a protective pouch. Expect a talk and music time of up to five hours.
NameSport PulseX2XTfreeiSport SuperSlim HeadphonesPowerbeats 2 Wireless
ManufacturerJabraJaybirdSkullcandyMonsterBeats
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The heartrate monitor on the Jabra pulse is also very accurate. I tested this during several runs, and while alternating between walking and…

The heartrate monitor on the Jabra pulse is also very accurate. I tested this during several runs, and while alternating between walking and running, I saw that the heartbeat monitor responded accordingly, and quickly to boot.

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100%

The Pulse's earbud design is among the most stable designs we reviewed...The earbuds are so comfortable that it's easy to forget that you're…

The Pulse's earbud design is among the most stable designs we reviewed...The earbuds are so comfortable that it's easy to forget that you're wearing them, and the fit is so stable that you don't have to worry about them falling out, even during intense workouts.

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90%

At loud volumes, it holds up well and doesn't horribly distort. Overall this is a great performance from any pair of earphones, never mind s…

At loud volumes, it holds up well and doesn't horribly distort. Overall this is a great performance from any pair of earphones, never mind sports earphones. If you like zoning out from everyone and everything else, they offer great noise isolation as well.

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86%

After fiddling around with the gels and wings I found the right combo for my funky ears and much to my surprise, they fit amazingly well...[…

After fiddling around with the gels and wings I found the right combo for my funky ears and much to my surprise, they fit amazingly well...[U]sually earbuds are not my friends but the Sport Pulse buds are now the most comfortable set of earbuds I have ever used.

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85%

Soundstage is surprisingly good here. I actually jumped and looked to see what was behind me while listening to Tortoise’s ‘Seneca’ – a rare…

Soundstage is surprisingly good here. I actually jumped and looked to see what was behind me while listening to Tortoise’s ‘Seneca’ – a rare occurrence for ear buds. The outside world isn’t fully shut out by the Jabra Sport Pulse. Considering [that] people will use these while running...this is probably a good thing.

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80%

On the whole the Sport Pulse buds kicked out decent, rich audio with good volume and full bass, as you’d expect from a company whose heritag…

On the whole the Sport Pulse buds kicked out decent, rich audio with good volume and full bass, as you’d expect from a company whose heritage is audio...A really nice touch is that the Jabra Sound app also adds full-spectrum sound to your streamed YouTube content.

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80%

There were a couple of occasions when one of the earphones would move out of place slightly and therefore momentarily lose the ability to mo…

There were a couple of occasions when one of the earphones would move out of place slightly and therefore momentarily lose the ability to monitor my heart rate, but you'll be subtly alerted if this happens...so you can quickly adjust them rather than get back to find that your workout wasn't recorded properly.

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70%

I wouldn't say these offer fantastic sound. They're a little bright and you do lose quite a bit of bass if you don't get a tight seal. They …

I wouldn't say these offer fantastic sound. They're a little bright and you do lose quite a bit of bass if you don't get a tight seal. They also have trouble handling more complicated songs...(it had a really hard time with Vampire Weekend's "Diane Young" track, for example).

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60%

Battery life is the Sport Pulse Wireless' weakest point; Jabra claims a battery life of only five hours of talk/listening time. The Jabra Sp…

Battery life is the Sport Pulse Wireless' weakest point; Jabra claims a battery life of only five hours of talk/listening time. The Jabra Sport Life app seldom said I had more than four hours of use, even after a fresh charge.

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60%

While the Jabra earbuds were quick to detect my heart rate, they were not always accurate. Measurements were all over the place when I was w…

While the Jabra earbuds were quick to detect my heart rate, they were not always accurate. Measurements were all over the place when I was working out on a Star Trac elliptical machine. Only twice were the earbuds able to match the machine's readings.

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60%

Music was audible and clear for the most part, but we had a difficult time achieving a tight seal...Our biggest problem was with getting dec…

Music was audible and clear for the most part, but we had a difficult time achieving a tight seal...Our biggest problem was with getting decent low end. We jiggled the buds any which way into our ears to see if we could stop the noise bleed, but heard little improvement.

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The Jabra Sport software suite is as innovative as the hardware. It's clearly been made to work specifically with the device and every detai…

The Jabra Sport software suite is as innovative as the hardware. It's clearly been made to work specifically with the device and every detail has been perfected. We’ve tried plenty of software on sports gadgets that feel taped-on as an extra, whereas the Pulse's software experience feels integral.

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[T]he way the Jabra Pulse reads the heart rate — in your ears — was the most comfortable for me compared with other heart-rate monitoring de…

[T]he way the Jabra Pulse reads the heart rate — in your ears — was the most comfortable for me compared with other heart-rate monitoring devices I've tested.

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The design of the Jabra Pulse is also excellent...the range of fits with the little ear 'wings' is excellent, the weight feels just right...…

The design of the Jabra Pulse is also excellent...the range of fits with the little ear 'wings' is excellent, the weight feels just right...The controls on the neckband are also large and easy to find...it's all very easy to do on the go.

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