With Jabra, like with Bose, you get a heart rate monitor in the package. It’s handy if you don’t have one already, and this gives the headset an edge over the other models in the same price range. However, common to both is also a poorer battery life, as the heart rate monitor is good at draining the battery. The reason that Jabra calls this a special edition is that in relation to the previous model, this now also has the ability to calculate your optimal air intake using the heart rate monitor. The earbuds are accompanied by an advance app, which may well seem a bit overwhelming with all its setting options.
The fit is incredibly good, thanks to a wide variety of earbuds. Especially the special wings, which are available in three sizes. They fit firmly in both the top and the bottom inside of the ear. Some might find it a little too insulating, but one thing’s for sure — they stay put.
There is not much wrong with the sound, and Jabra provides value for your money if you love an earplug that can play loud and deep. The sound is wonderfully heavy, and the bass has some kick to it. It gets almost a little too heavy, and along with the tight fit, I would have preferred more treble.
With Sport Pulse Special Edition, Jabra has gotten something right. The fit is incredibly good, thanks to specially designed earbuds and wings, and the earbuds play both loud and deep. A snug fit and a heavy sound is an individual taste. If you want to still hear what’s going on around you, and don’t think that a heavy bass is something to strive for, you might want to look for something else.
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Bose SoundSport Pulse
Well playing lumps
Bose provides good sound, but disappoints regarding the battery life.
Panasonic Wings RP-BTS50E
Panasonic gives you wings
It's the inside that counts, and Panasonic is certainly not as stupid as it looks.
AfterShokz Trekz Titanium
Sound in the skull
Trekz Titanium does not enter the ear, but instead pumps sound in through the cheekbones.
Jaybird Freedom F5
Poor fit and flat sound in Jaybird is disappointing.
JBL Reflect Contour
As if glued stuck
Even an avid athlete will have trouble ripping the JBL out of the ears.
Monster iSport Victory
These play really well
One shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
Plantronics Backbeat Fit
Fine Bluetooth hoop
Backbeat Fit is comfortable to wear and plays well.