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Jaybird X4 vs Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Headphones Review
See which wireless earbuds are best in this Powerbeats 3 vs Jaybird X4 comparison
Jaybird and Beats are both regularly mentioned among the most popular audio brands on earth. Both companies produce high-quality headphones that a lot of consumers swear by.
In this post, we compare the Beats PowerBeats3 and the Jaybird X4. While both of these wireless workout headphones do share some similarities, they also have quite a few differences, which will be the primary focus of this review. Let’s dig in a little deeper, first starting with the advantages of the Jaybird X4.
Better Audio Quality
First and foremost, we think the Jaybird X4 have better audio quality than the Powerbeats3. Now sound is obviously subjective to a point but Jeff (who is the audio snob on the RIZKNOWS team) would choose the X4s if pressed.
The Jaybird X4, in our opinion, produce excellent audio. The headphones have solid lows, mids and highs and the bass is good as well. Don’t get me wrong, the Powerbeats3 aren’t bad by any means. They too have good bass and you’ll rarely hear any distortions.
What’s neat about the X4s though is that you can customize the sound within the Jaybird MySound App. The app allows you to literally customize the EQ settings to your exact sound preferences. For example, if you’re a big rap person, feel free to pump up the bass.
Customize the sound in the Jaybird MySound app
Further, once you change the settings within the app, it also changes the firmware of the headphones, meaning your preferred settings will carry over no matter what device you pair the headphones with.
Lastly, if you don’t feel like creating your own sound profile, Jaybird allows you browse the profiles of popular athletes and artists to see what kind of customized settings they use.
If you go by MSRP, the X4s are about $70 less expensive than the Powerbeats3.
However, the Powerbeats3 have been out longer and we regularly see them discounted. In fact, we’ve seen them as low as $100 before. We’d recommend checking the current price on Amazon before you make a decision.
With that said, we expect to see the X4s discounted in the near future as well. Jaybird is usually pretty aggressive when it comes to discounts. They’ll usually start discounting new products about six months after they’re released. Again, it would probably be a smart idea to keep an eye on the current price of the X4s on Amazon.
The Jaybird X4 Are IPX7 Rated
The Jaybird X4 wireless headphones are IPX7 rated, meaning they can be submerged in water down to 1 meter for up to 3 minutes. This is actually something new on the X4s. Previously, the Jaybird X3s were just water and sweat resistant.
Jeff using the exercise bike with the X4s
Like the X3s, the Powerbeats3 are just water and sweat resistant as well. As such, if you work out a ton, run in the rain a lot or just generally want more durable headphones, the Jaybird X4s are the way to go.
More Fit Flexibility
The Jaybird X4s also have a little more flexibility than the Powerbeats 3 in how you can wear the earbuds. You can wear them in an under-ear or over-ear position. Further, the Jaybird X4s come with different size Comply foam ear tips (Jeff’s a big fan) as well as different size ear fins.
Jeff is a big fan of Jaybird’s Comply foam ear tips
The Beats headphones, on the other hand, can only be worn in one position and come with four standard ear tips.
As you can tell above, we think pretty highly of the Jaybird X4s. However, don’t count out the Powerbeats3 just yet. They have several advantages that are worth reading about.
Longer Battery Life
This is perhaps the biggest advantage the Powerbeats3 have to offer. Thanks to Apple’s W1 chip, expect to get around 12 hours of battery life with the PowerBeats3. For comparison purposes, the Jaybird X4 headphones offer around nine hours of playback.
The Powerbeats3 can last through one of Jeff’s 12 hour runs
That’s not it though. The Powerbeats also have a more ideal quick charge feature. If you’re running low on juice, just plug in the Powerbeats3 for five minutes and you’ll get an hour worth of playback. Jaybird is not too far behind though. Plug the X4s in for 10 minutes and you’ll get an hour worth of juice. Hey, that five minute difference may matter to some people.
Further, we like that the Powerbeats3 charge via MicroUSB, which are fairly common cords. The X4s charge via a proprietary cable, which can sometimes be annoying, especially if you travel a lot and have a penchant for forgetting certain items. I know I forget my chargers all the time when I’m traveling.
Not only does Apple’s W1 chip help with battery life, but it also helps in terms of Bluetooth stability. We were able to go almost 150 feet with Powerbeats3 before we encountered any sort of disruption.
With the X4s, we were able to go about 50 feet before we started to notice any sort of disturbance to the connection.
The Powerbeats3 are known for having a super secure fit. The headphones, as you can see in the picture below, have more of an over-ear, wrap around fit compared to the X4s.
Very secure fit with the Powerbeats3
That’s not to say the X4s are not secure. We actually think the X4s are quite comfortable and have a fairly secure fit themselves.
We just think people that get after in the gym might appreciate the wrap-around secure fit that the Powerbeats3 offer.
Convenience For iOS Users
We also think the Powerbeats3 are more convenient for iOS users. Once you pair the PB3 with one of your devices, the headphones will be automatically be recognized by your other devices in which you are signed into your iCloud account. This makes it super easy to switch between devices.
Beats vs Jaybird Review Verdict
Congratulations, you made it to the end of the comparison. We hope it was helpful. By now, you are well versed on the differences between these two wireless headphones. If you’re still stuck between both though, in our eyes, it really comes to down to two primary factors.
First, how important is audio quality? If you’re an audio snob like Jeffrey The Jet Rizzo, you’ll probably want to go with the X4s. They provide slightly better audio quality, plus you have more flexibility within the Jaybird MySound app.
The second is battery life. If you’re going to be using these headphones for a variety of activities (working out, traveling, casual use, etc.) then you might want to go with the Powerbeats3. You’ll get about three more hours of playback, plus they have a better quick charge feature.
We would say price is a big factor as well but honestly, the price of the Powerbeats3 fluctuate so much it’s hard to nail down.