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Jaybird got off to a bumpy start in the world of true wireless -- that's "AirPods-style headphones" -- when it released its Run headphones back in October 2017. That model, updated to the Run XT in 2019, was well designed but had some small performance issues that held it back from being great. But its successor, the Jaybird Vista (cue the Windows Vista jokes), includes design and performance improvements that make it the product I'd hoped the Run would be.
At $180 (£160, AU$280), it's a little more expensive than it should be, but it was one of the better true wireless headphones to hit the market in 2019. It will appeal to those looking for a more discreet set of totally wireless sports headphones that offers full waterproofing.
Here are few things I didn't love:
Overall, as I said, The Jaybird Vista is a nice upgrade over the Run, with improved performance and some design tweaks, both to the case and the buds. That makes this an appealing sports headphone that will stay in your ears during vigorous activity. But in a world where you can get a pair of AirPods for $159, the Jaybird Vista is a tad pricey. Hopefully, we'll see some discounts as we head into the holiday season and more true wireless earphones hit the market.
First published July 31, 2019.