Craig tests five different sets of Bluetooth earphones and tells us his top buy
I run. I run quite a lot, not only for physical fitness but for my mental health too, and when I do I need music. Something to drown out the thoughts of the day and to help take me somewhere else, to lift my mood, motivate and set the pace. I therefore need a good set of head phones.
I need earphones that firstly stay in place, there’s nothing worse than an earbud that continually drops out of your ear while running! They need to be easy to use and pair with my phone, they need to stay connected, and the sound quality needs to be good.
Over the last year I must have spent almost £200 trying to find the perfect set of earphones, and after lots of trials and disappointment I’ve found my perfect set. To stop you from wasting time and money I’ll take you through five sets of Bluetooth earphones and tell you exactly how I got on with them and what didn’t work for me. So here goes.
Jam Transit Micro Sports Buds
First up and most certainly bottom of my list are the Jam Transit Micro Sports Buds. Priced at around £20 they come with a free water bottle. If that wasn’t a sign that this brand needs to give you something for nothing to buy these I don’t know what is. The first set I bought didn’t work at all so I had to return them for a replacement set.
On the plus side the battery life at 10 hours is quite good. They’re sweat resistant and have a reflective cord. They also have something called ‘Safe Surround’ which eliminates volume on one side, allowing you to hear your environment around you. I didn’t like this as I felt like the sound was only coming from one ear phone. I didn’t get the point.
Aside from the battery life I wasn’t impressed by these whatsoever. Firstly the ear grips are very hard plastic and as I ran they rubbed, causing the soreness. The sound quality wasn’t so great either and my music sounded ‘tinny’ and a little distant.
Lastly the cord between the ear buds is way too long at 55cm (whose head is that wide?!) They provide a small plastic item that you can used to twist the cord around to shorten it but all that did was bounce around on the back of my neck and irritated me. Don’t bother.