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Jaybird Introduces The X2, A Slightly Revamped Version Of The Excellent Bluebuds X Wireless Earphones

Here's the thing about modern consumer products. Sometimes you have a piece of merchandise that's just fine the way it is, but you need to come up with something new in order to get people's attention. What's a manufacturer to do?

Jaybird has decided to take the original Bluebuds X Bluetooth earphones that it released back in 2013 and give them a revamp. This year's model is called the X2. The core design is still the same. Specs, on paper, remain unchanged. You're still looking at an estimated 8 hours of battery life.

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What's different? According to Droid Life, this model comes with modern parts such as redesigned ear fins that should be more comfortable.

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[Deal Alert] The Photive PH-BTE50 Bluetooth 4.0 Earbuds With APTX Support Are Down To $30 On Amazon

I have tried more than a dozen Bluetooth earbud form factors, but the one I absolutely love for everyday use is the Jaybird Freedom Sprint / Plantronics Backbeat Go 2 design. Two small earbuds, one wire, and all the freedom you can think of. It's less cumbersome than the dog tag design (à la Jabra Tag) and lighter to carry around than the necklace style (think Samsung's Gear Circle or LG's Tone series). And when you have something like the Freedom Sprint, you simply wrap up the small wire and put it in a pouch, pocket, or purse and you're good to go whenever you need it.

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[Deal Alert] Best Buy Deal Of The Day: JayBird BlueBuds X + Ultimate Ears Mini Boom Bluetooth Speaker For $170 ($100 Off)

If you're looking to flesh out your phone with some high-tech audio, Best Buy has two options at a significant discount today. The JayBird BlueBuds X is a highly-recommended pair of Bluetooth headphones that includes workout-friendly water resistance and an integrated microphone and music controls. The Ultimate Ears Mini Boom is a great little Bluetooth speaker. Right now you can pick them up in a bundle for $169.98, a hundred bucks cheaper than the combined retail price.

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As it happens, Android Police has reviewed both of these products, and each one gets a hearty recommendation. The BlueBuds X are Artem's personal favorite Bluetooth headphones (seriously, he carries them everywhere), justifying their premium $170 price with a solid one-piece design, great battery life, and the ability to charge from any MicroUSB cable.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Gold Box Has The Sweat-Proof Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones For $39.99 ($30 Off)

Looking for some Bluetooth headphones that can survive your workout routine? Then you might want to swing by Amazon's one-day special site, Gold Box. Today's deal is the Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth headphones for $39.99, over 40% off. In addition to A2DP stereo music support and voice calls, these guys have a lifetime warranty against sweat and are designed to stay secure during movement.

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This is the older design for Jaybird's Bluetooth buds, more recently replaced by the Freedom Sprint (which still retail for $100). In his 2011 review, Cameron Summerson said the Freedom headphones were great for listening to music, but their voice calling feature left a lot to be desired, with the other party complaining of poor sound (probably due to microphone placement).

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[Update: Winners!] US/Canadian Giveaway: Win One Of Five Bluebuds X Wireless Earbuds From Jaybird And Android Police

If you're sick of snagging the cable from your earbuds on everything possibly imaginable, then there's but one solution for you: a set of Bluetooth 'buds. Ridding yourself of those pesky cables has been proven to improve one's quality of life by up to 19%, according to a recent study that I just made up.

But seriously, a set of Bluetooth buds/headphones can easily make life less annoying. And while we've reviewed several different sets over the last year (give or take), the Bluebuds X from Jaybird ($170) just may be the "best of" in that realm – Artem definitely loved them.

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JayBird BlueBuds X Deep Dive Review: Ultraportable Perfection Comes At A Price

I have a confession to make: I'm obsessed with wireless portable audio gear. Bluetooth earbuds, headphones, and portable speakers excite me more than they probably should. And I'm OK with that. My wife, however, gives me "the look" every time a new gadget arrives, rolling her eyes so far up her skull she could have easily become a soap opera star or an extra on The Walking Dead. She doesn't get it - she's not a geek who loves to get to the bottom of every feature, spot every miniscule detail, and figure out if we have something special on our hands.

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[Review] Jaybird Freedom Stereo Bluetooth Headset: Awesome... If You Don't Actually Talk On Your Phone

How many times has this happened to you: While listening to music, something snags the chord of your earbuds, forcefully ripping them from your head. Yeah, I know what you're thinking, and I agree -- there are few things in this world that make me that mad almost instantly. Fortunately, there is an easy way to avoid such a catastrophe from ever happening again: a stereo Bluetooth headset.

Today we'll be taking a look at one such headset: the Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth (isn't that sort of redundant?) Buds. I've used this headset nearly everyday for the last few weeks, and I can honestly say that I like it -- but it's not perfect.

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