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Jaybird X4 vs Run Review – Wireless Running Earbuds
Should you go with the X4 or the fully wireless Jaybird Run?
One thing thing that I do want to point out is that you can customize the EQ for both the X4 and the Run within the Jaybird app. This actually alters the firmware of the headphones so that they sound however you’d like.
Customize how the they sound
The neat thing here is that if you change the EQ, that sound profile follows the headphones even if you connect them to a different Bluetooth device. The Jaybird X3 and Freedom also have access to the Jaybird app.
The biggest complaint that people have about the Run is in regards to Bluetooth stability and range. A lot of users have had issues with the inter-earbud connection as well as the connection to the Bluetooth device. Their prone to sporadic interruptions, which, understandably, can be aggravating. We didn’t encounter much of this in our tests, but we’ve read a lot of other reviews that report connection issues. The X4, on the other hand, have a strong Bluetooth connection and a stable range of about 50 feet.
The X4 have a full remote complete with everything that you can expect a from a remote. The Run only have a single button and are therefore limited in what they can do for you, which might actually be a good thing since it limits how much you’ll be pushing the earbud further and further into your ear (ouch).
The X4 in all their glory
Comply foam ear tips
The Run only come with silicone ear tips, which isn’t really an issue, but we do like that the X4 come with foam ear tips as well. The foam tips are more comfortable and secure and do a better job with sound isolation.
We don’t see this as a major differentiator, but it’s still worth mentioning. The X4 are IPX7 certified, which mean’s they’re submergible down to one meter for 30 minutes. You can technically swim with the X4, but since Bluetooth doesn’t transmit under water, I’m not sure why you’d do that.
Now, the reason that we say that being IPX7 certified is not a major differentiator is because the Run are sweat/water resistant. They’re not IPX7 certified, but they’re good enough for everyone. We actually jumped in the pool with them and showered with the Run and didn’t encounter any water-related issues.
While there are technically more reasons to get the X4, the Run are the right pick for a subset of people.
No wires (obviously)
If you’ve not yet tried fully wireless headphones, I highly recommend it. It’s an almost liberating experience. If you’re at all sick of the standard wireless headphone options, you might seriously consider a fully wireless alternative.
Use just one earbud
A lot of runners are concerned by the level of sound isolation that you get with the Jaybird headphones. They tune out the sound around you so well that it can actually be a hazard, especially in urban environments. With the Run, you can just use one earbud (the right one) and stay more alert of what’s around you.
You can use just the right earbud
The one earbud can also serve as a smaller version of a Bluetooth headset (remember those things?). The right earbud has all of the brains and the mic so it really can function on its own.
Faster quick charge
I don’t want to make a big deal out of this one because it’s only 5 minutes, but the Run do have a faster quick charge feature. With a 5-minute charge you can get about 1 hour worth of playback time. With the X4 it takes a whopping 10 minutes to achieve the same result.
Charging cradle for the Jaybird Run
I know, I know, this isn’t that big of a deal, but we wanted to mention to exemplify just how convenient the Run are. You just pop them in their charging cradle/case and 5 minutes later they’re ready to use.