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Jabra Elite Sport: Totally high-tech, totally wireless sports earphonesThough pricey, Jabra's Elite Sport is one of the better entries in the totally wireless headphone arena.
Several totally wireless ear bud headphones have trickled into the market in recent months. And Jabra has entered the zero wire fray with its $250 Elite Sport wireless sports ear buds. What makes the Elite Sport so elite? For starters, the buds are fully sweat and waterproof. There's also an integrated heart rate monitor that provides in-ear feedback Fitness analysis. And, as you'd expect from a Jabra headphone, they work well as a headset for making calls, with built in noise reduction technology. According to Jabra, the ear buds analyze external sounds and automatically switch to the ear bud with the least amount of background noise. What impressed me most about these guys was their ability to maintain a steady, hiccup free connection, and Stay in my ears while I was running. They also sound decent. You'll have to try out a few of the various tips and thins that Jabra provides, before you settle into a fit you're satisfied with. On the downside, they are somewhat beefy. And while they should fit most people's ears Ears pretty well and fairly comfortably. Due to their size and the shape of my ear, I didn't find them super comfortable. Like competing products, battery life isn't great. They're rated at just three hours of music listening. But it's easy to get extra juice by slipping them into their charging case. Which has an integrated battery that gives you two additional charges. You can use the headphones with your favorite iOS and Android running and fitness apps, but Jabra has its own training management app called Jabra Sport Life that's good too and gives you in-ear coaching and feedback. I'm not gonna do a deep dive into all the fitness aspects of this headphone, but I will say this is one of the Stronger early entries in the totally wireless headphone arena. It's not without its small flaws. They could be slightly more comfortable, the battery life could be better, and the price could be lower, but they do work surprisingly well. And hardcore athletes will appreciate that they have a three year warranty against failure due to sweat. And if you lose one bud, Jabra will give you a good deal on a replacement Placement bud or so the folks there told me. I'm David Carnie for cnet.com that's the Jabra Elite Sport. Thanks for watching.