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BlueBuds X retail package
I have been running quite a bit over the last six months, completed my first half marathon in November, and the JayBird Freedom Sprint earbuds have been providing audio with my smartphones and MOTOACTV. JayBird recently released a new version of their wireless Bluetooth earbuds, the BlueBuds X, and I have been running with them over the holidays. The BlueBuds X improve on the Freedom Sprint model with double the battery life, smaller form factor, improved audio quality and signal strength, and an inline controller.
The BlueBuds X come in an attractive and well built green and black retail package. Like the previous models you will find the headset, carrying case, cord clips (I'll explain these later), three pairs of eartips, three pairs of "wings" (aka secure fit ear cushions), and a small, sturdy USB to microUSB cable. The Jaybird Freedom Sprint model brought a microUSB port for charging and this continues with the BlueBuds X. It took me a while to actually find the microUSB port because they now have it hidden underneath the back of the right (controller) earbud. The indicator light is also located adjacent to the microUSB cover that snaps on and is secured with a tether.
The one aspect of the Freedom Sprint model that was a negative from the previous JayBird Freedom headphones was the reduction in battery life (6 hours to 4 hours). I am happy to say that they solved this with the BlueBuds X and even though it is the smallest model yet you get the best battery life, a reported 8 hours. I can confirm that I can now go more than a week, I typically go on three 1+ hour runs in a week, where I could only complete two runs with the Freedom Sprint model.