JLab JBuds Work Wireless

JLab JBuds Work Wireless

JLab JBuds Work Wireless

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BEST RATING
Battery Life:
5.0
MUSIC: Fair6.8/10
CALLS: Good7.3/10
GAMING: Very Good8.8/10
TV: Good7.9/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Good7.9/10
EXERCISE: Fair6.2/10
AIR TRAVEL: Very Good8.7/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Poor5.3/10
BUILD QUALITY: Excellent9.0/10
BATTERY: Best in Class10.0/10




Evaluation

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Pros
  • Comfortable over-ear design
  • Excellent mic quality
  • Durable build
  • Intuitive built-in controls
  • Long battery life of 60 hours
Cons
  • No active noise cancellation
  • Heavy at 158 grams
  • Not foldable, less compact
  • Sound quality is good, not exceptional

Ratings by Category

Battery Life:
5.0
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Gaming:
4.7
The JLab JBuds Work Wireless is suitable for gaming due to its excellent microphone quality, ensuring clear in-game communication, and it supports a wired connection which reduces latency for a more immediate and synchronized audio experience.
Air Travel:
4.6
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.
TV & Video:
4.4
The JLab JBuds Work Wireless are good for watching TV and videos because they can be used wired, which reduces latency issues that can cause audio-video sync problems, and their sound quality is rated as good, ensuring clear and satisfying viewing experiences.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.4
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.
Calls:
4.1
This evaluates the product when used solely to make and receive calls. It takes into account how well the products are able to clearly reproduce the human voice, the quality of the integrated microphones and the battery life, when available, to be able to use them for longer sessions or conferences.
Music:
3.9
The JLab JBuds Work Wireless provides a closed enclosure which can create a more intimate listening experience but may limit soundstage, and while their overall sound quality is good, their soundstage and imaging are considered only fair, which might not be ideal for listeners who value a wide and spacious sound.
Exercise:
3.3
This score evaluates the product when used for exercise and physical activity. It mainly takes into account comfort, whether or not the products are sweatproof and how secure are the earbuds or headphones while wearing them. We also consider products with wireless capabilities to be more suitable for this particular scenario

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$70
Brand
JLab
Release Date
October 1, 2021
Form Factor
Headphones
Connectivity
Wired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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6.9/10
Phone Calls Score
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7.3/10
Gaming Score
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8.9/10
TV and Video Score
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8/10
Exercise Score
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6.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
60 Hours
Wireless charging
No
Charging time
3 Hours
Bluetooth version
5

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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5.3/10
Virtual Surround
No
Android App
No
iOS App
No
Mic Quality
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9/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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9/10
Comfort score
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8.4/10
Weight
158 Grams
Microphone style
Boom
Waterproof Rating
0

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Tim Gideon | February 2022
"The JLab JBuds Work is an affordable headset-headphone hybrid that you can use to listen to music in stereo and communicate on video calls thanks to a retractable boom mic, and we particularly like its convenient mono and passive wired modes. You won't find any frills here like you will with the costlier Jabra Evolve2 65 or Plantronics Voyager 4220 UC, but for less than half the price, the JBuds Work is an effective lower-cost alternative."

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