Chris Schulz is the deputy head of entertainment for the New Zealand Herald.

Gadget review: Jaybird Freedom Wireless Headphones

Jaybird's range of wireless headphones are a timely reminder there are other options for pairing with your iPhone 7.
Jaybird's wireless headphones are built for exercise.
Jaybird's wireless headphones are built for exercise.

What are they? Only the best wireless headphones you'll ever use. With Apple nabbing headlines with their dinky Air Buds, Jaybird's range of wireless sets are a timely reminder that there are alternative options for portable headphones that sit around the same price mark and have far better sound quality. They're not as easy to lose either.

Jaybird's wireless headphones come with a range of options to fit any ear.
Jaybird's wireless headphones come with a range of options to fit any ear.

What do they do? Jaybird's Freedom Wireless headphones are built for exercise. All of their promotional material shows cyclists, joggers and volleyball stars using these during high intensity activity. So that's what I used them for. The inner-ear fittings are snug, and with options for both the wings and the inner-ear fittings, they'll fit any ear. I used them walking, running and cycling, and they never fell out of my ear, and I never lost connectivity.

How do they work? You'll need to carry a music player with you, but Bluetooth connection was always a breeze with these.

Just push a button on the mini controller attached to the wires and you're connected. There's also a volume controller on the headset, but you can use your phone to control this too. They drape nicely around your neck when you have to take them out too. As for the sound? Simply wonderful.

Any downsides? It's yet another thing in your life that needs charging at night. Each charge lasts around five hours, so it's enough for a couple of exercise sessions a day or plenty of walking.

Jaybird headphones come with a charger and mini-controller attached to the wires.
Jaybird headphones come with a charger and mini-controller attached to the wires.

Okay, so how much are they?I've used many different sets of wireless headphones over the past few years, but when it comes to comfort and sound, Jaybird's are the best. I'd happily pay the $299 for a set of these.

- NZ Herald

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