JBL and Below Armour are at it once more, becoming a member of forces to provide this new wi-fi sports activities headphone, the UA Sport Wi-fi Flex. It’s a neckband design, the place the left and proper earbuds hook up with a neckband that homes all of the electronics and controls.

The headphones include both winged or wingless ear suggestions. The pre-installed winged suggestions are excellent. They stored the headphones securely connected to my ears always. They by no means fell out as soon as throughout my exams. For me, the ear suggestions offered an excellent—however not glorious—seal, which decreased a number of the headphone’s bass response.

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If you happen to don’t like your earbuds to dangle after they’re not in use, JBL has a sensible resolution: The again of every earbud is magnetic. Touching them will lock them collectively. The magnetic maintain isn’t very sturdy, nevertheless, and I discovered that they separated all too simply. I preferred the idea, although, and recommend that JBL embody a stronger magnetic maintain in a future improve.

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The included winged eartips offered a safe match always.

Two bendable areas on the neckband—dubbed flex zones—permit you to modify its match round your neck. You possibly can bend the neckband for a extra cosy match or unfold it again to a impartial place for extra consolation. JBL doesn’t advocate bending the neckband’s flex zone out previous impartial.

Adjusting the neckband tighter is nice for extremely lively events the place you wish to reduce the potential of the neckband sliding off. The flex zones labored effectively in my testing, however I in the end discovered that the neckband was greatest fitted to collarless sports activities shirts or tank tops. If I attempted to put on the UA Sport Wi-fi Flex with a collared costume shirt and coat, the neckband would generally slide backwards or flip to 1 facet. You may discover that these headphones are greatest devoted to your athletic wardrobe versus formal workplace put on.

You can tighten or loosen the neckband thanks to the flex zones. Theo Nicolakis

You possibly can tighten or loosen the neckband due to its flex zones.

If the UA Sport Wi-fi Flex’s batteries run out, there’s no means to make use of them passively like a standard headphone. Fortunately, these headphones will ship an hour’s price of playback with only a five-minute cost. A full cost takes two hours and will provide you with near 12 hours of playback. A standing mild on the neckband’s proper arm alerts you when the battery is low.

The headphones include a free 12-month premium membership to Below Armour’s Map My Run online service. The downloadable iOS or Android cell app, which can be accessible for Apple Watch, helps you monitor, handle, and share your health knowledge.

A free 12-month premium membership to UA Map My Run is included. Below Armour

A free 12-month premium membership to UA Map My Run is included.

The headphones don’t include any lively noise-cancelling or adaptive noise cancelling options.

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