We tested out the Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earphones in our comprehensive review…

Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless HeadphonesRRP: £199

Package contains: wireless headphones, extra eargels and earwings, Fit Clip, Protective pouch, USB cable, quick start guide.

Feautures:

  • Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
  • NFC (Near Field Communications)
  • in-ear heart-rate monitor
  • Android and iOS app support
  • built-in remote
  • IP55 certified drop
  • dirt and temperature tested
  • 4.5-hour battery life.

Design/fit

These are very well built, solid ear pieces with a secure fit, connected behind the neck by a short cord (which can be clipped). They feel relatively lightweight but the solid construction means they’re noticeable in your ears.  The cord contains a three button remote and inline microphone, which perform standard functions like adjusting volume, skipping tracks and play/pause. Battery life is advertised at 4.5 hours with 2.5 hours charging, although in testing we topped out at around 3.5 hours. This is quite poor and will mean you’ll have to be prepared to charge them daily and limit use to exercise times only. Under a rubber flap on the right ear piece is a micro USB port and on the left ear piece in the same position sits the heart rate monitor. Jabra include 4 different sized eargels (aka ‘eartips’) and also ear wings to ensure a snug fit which the heart rate monitor demands.

Jabra Sport Life App

Downloading this app for Android and iOS is essential for heart rate monitoring, and for accessing the full functionality of the headphones.   The app displays your heart rate and battery usage, and also contains detailed displays on your position via GPS, distance travelled, workout duration, calories burned and pace. This will definitely benefit runners who struggle with pacing, as you’re updated regularly by a voiceover keeping you abreast of your progress. Should you not want to regularly check your phone, the voiceover is more than adequate for providing information. The app will also allow you to use a music service such as Spotify and continue running in the background. Alternatively, the headphones are suitable for apps such as Nike+ and Runkeeper.

Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earphones

Sound

Before assessing the quality here, it’s important to remember you’re paying for the total package of fitness and workout improving features, not just for music-focussed headphones. If you paid £199 for a regular set of headphones to get this sound quality, you’d feel ripped off. Balance and bass can be lost, even with a tight seal from a bigger eartip. It’s worth noting also that should you go with a smaller tip to allow in ambient sounds (eg. traffic for safety reasons) you’ll certainly notice a dip in sound quality. We must clarify that at no stage either indoors or outdoors, did the music sound terrible nor was the sound quality distracting at all, but we were still left feeling underwhelmed at this price point.

Conclusion

We liked the Jabra Sport Pulse headphones and the heart rate monitor is a very welcome feature. Build quality is very high and no other wireless headphones come close in terms of fitness functions and tracking your training progress. Ultimately though, people will be buying headphones to listen to music while they train, and this is where the Jabra Sport Pulse lets itself down. If you consider the bundle of high quality features provided – and the fact you no longer need to buy a separate heart rate monitor – an adequate trade-off for the weaker sound, then these will be a very welcome addition to your training.

3.5/5