- Jaybird Freedom 2 have a sleek, slim design with a secure fit
- Easily adjustable cord length for over-ear and under-ear wearing positions
- Good audio quality with customizable sound settings within Jaybird app
- Full inline remote and microphone
- New softer silicone ear tips and ear fins
- Average Bluetooth range/stability
- No Comply foam ear tips
- Ear tips and ear fins are now one unit (i.e. you cannot just use ear tips)
- Average battery life at 4 hours on a single charge
- Remote is somewhat large and heavy and can get in the way
The Jaybird Freedom 2 Wireless are not a huge change over the original Freedoms, but we think consumers will like the new ones better, all things considered. Among the best running headphones/earphones on the market right now.
The Jaybird Freedom F5 were some of our favorite wireless headphones. Jeff actually used them as his go-to running earphones and office/everyday carry headphones. But they weren’t perfect and neither are the new Freedom 2. Yes, Jaybird has made a few improvements, but those improvement might not be enough to get you to upgrade.
New to Jaybird Freedom 2
One of the most frustrating things about the original Freedoms was that you could not quickly and easily adjust the length of the cord. Typically, you’ll find that people shorten the cord and wear them in the over-ear position for workouts, sports, and running and then in the more traditional under-ear position for calls and office use.
You could do all of that with the original Freedoms, but you could not quickly switch between the two since adjusting the length of the cord was an involved trial and error process. The new SpeedFit system is wonderful and will be universally liked by all consumers. You can shorten the cord length quickly such that you’ll want to use the Freedom 2 even more. Big move there by Jaybird.
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New Ear Fins & Ear Tips
The originals came with 3 sizes of silicone and foam ear tips and 3 sizes of ear fins. The new F2s come with 4 sizes of ear fins/tips since the ear fins and ear tips are now one unit. Previously, Jaybird was using a tougher silicone material that fatigues your ears rather quickly, but with the F2s, now the soft silicone material is a lot more comfortable for extended listening. That is something people will probably all appreciate.
On the downside, however, the F2s don’t give you the option (at least not by default) to use just ear tips and go without the fins. Jeff actually used the original Freedoms without ear fins quite often so this is a bit of a disappointment (for us) to have an ear fin/tip combo. As an FYI, you can use the older Freedom ear tips and fins with the new Freedom 2. You can see here on Amazon a list of ear tips for the Freedoms.
Find My Buds
Within the Jaybird app, you can use GPS to locate your Freedom 2s by seeing where you last paired them with your phone. Not a game-changing feature, but nice to have.
What else should you know about the Freedom 2?
Other than the aforementioned three items, the Freedom 2 are largely the exact same earphones as the original Freedoms. That means, they will have a sleek, small, lightweight design that’s perfect for people with small ears. It also means they’ll be great for running and working out, plus they’re sweatproof and water resistant so you can take them out in the pouring rain worry free.
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Additionally, they work with the Jaybird app so that you can change the sound settings for the earphones. You can add more bass, reduce bass, increase highs, etc. all from the app. That way the music sounds how you want it to sound. And once you make this change, it alters the firmware of the earphones so that when you switch audio devices it will retain your sound preferences.
Battery life with the Freedom 2 is the same as it was on the originals at about 4 hours on a single charge with an extra 4 more in the charging cradle. Bluetooth is the same, once again. Expect to go about 30-50 before you get signal interference.
Jaybird Freedom 2 Wireless Review Conclusion
We didn’t expect a big year over year change with Freedoms, but we do think Jaybird was smart to switch up the ear fins/tips and add a SpeedFit cord. If you’re in the market for new running headphones, these are a really good option. Not perfect by any means, but still very good.