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Jaybird X4 vs Freedom 2 Review – Wireless Sport Headphones
Jaybird makes some of the most popular wireless workout headphones on the market right now. The X4 is their latest model and the Freedom 2 is their sleek and speedy model designed for people that hate bulky headphones.
Before we cover why the X4 are better than the Freedom 2, let’s cover a few areas where they’re equals.
Areas of overlap: Jaybird X4 and Freedom 2
There are six primarily things that the X4 and Freedom have in common.
– Sound Isolation: Both do a great job of naturally tuning out the ambient noise around you.
– Multiple Ear Tips: Both come with multiple ear tips so that you can find the right fit for you.
– Custom EQ: You can manually tune the EQ of both headphones within the Jaybird app.
– Find My Buds: Allows you to locate where you last paired your headphones to your phone.
– Inline Remote & Mic: You get a full remote and mic with both models.
– Bluetooth Range: About 50 feet (indoors and out)
That’s really it. Other than those six things, the X4 and Freedom 2 don’t have a lot in common. If you want all of the details about either product, check out our full reviews:
If you took a survey of the people in our office, I think they’d be split 50/50 in this who X4 or Freedom 2 debate. Having said that, here are the major relative advantages of the X4.
The X4 are IPX7 certified while the Freedom 2 are just “sweat and water resistant”.
Great for people that sweat uncontrollably
To be fair, we haven’t had an issues with the waterproofing of the Freedom 2, but technically the X4 are better here. You can submerge them down to one meter for 30 minutes, not that you’d ever want to do that. It’s still not recommended that you swim with the X4 since Bluetooth doesn’t transmit through water.
If you plan to wear the earbuds in the under-ear position (like Jeff in the image above), you’ll want to get the X4. They include a cinch that allows you to quickly tighten up the cord.
The X4 have battery life of about eight to nine hours on a single charge, which is actually pretty good. The Freedom 2s, however, only get 4 hours, although their charging clip provides another four hours of juice. Still, we’d rather have the X4 if battery life was the number one issue.
We happen to think both the X4 and Freedom 2 sound really good for wireless sport headphones, but if we had to give the edge to one, it would be the X4.
The X4 have solid audio quality for such small earbuds
They just have a deeper, more rich sound than do the Freedom 2. Keep mind that you can adjust the EQ within the Jaybird app, but we’d still give the nod to the X4.
This is pretty simple. With a 10-minute charge, the X4 will get you an hour of playback time. With a 20-minute charge, the Freedom 2 will get you an hour charge. Half the time, same result. Great for people that are perpetually late, like Jeff on our team.
Comply foam ear tips
The X4 come with both silicone and foam ear tips. We are particular fans of the foam ear tips because they isolate sound better and make the X4 more secure in our ear. The Freedom 2 only come with silicone ear tips, albeit really comfortable ones.
Those are some compelling reasons to get the X4, but the Freedom 2 have a few areas where they definitely take the biscuit.
The Freedom 2 have the sleeker, slimmer design. They’re perfect for anyone that wants smaller headphones. As such, they tend to be popular amongst more petite individuals, people that frequently wear hats or helmets, and runners.
The Freedom 2 have a low profile design
As you can see in the image above, the Freedom 2 hardly protrude at all. They’re actually remarkably small for premium workout earbuds.
Freedom 2 are more affordable
They had an original MSRP of $150, however, the Freedom 2s got a permanent price drop and are now sitting at $99. You can check the current price on Amazon. The Jaybird X4 have an MSRP of $130.
If you plan to wear the earbuds in the over-ear format, you’ll want to get the Freedom 2. They have a cord that’s easily adjusted and allows you to string the cable up against your head so that it’s out of the way.
SpeedFit Cord on the Freedom 2
This allows you to go from the over-ear position to the under-ear position quickly. The under-ear position is more traditional and is better for taking calls, but the over-ear position is far more ideal for workouts.
Wearing the Freedom 2 in this orientation means there’s no cord to get in your way or to bounce up and down. You actually hard even notice that the earbuds are on.
You can wear the X4 in this same positions, however, you’ll have a little straggler that bounces around when you run, hence the reason we prefer the Freedom 2 here.