Plantronics makes some of my personal favorite Bluetooth headphones and headsets. Although I use the BackBeat Fit while running and exercising, and the BackBeat Pro+ when I'm at my desk, the BackBeat GO 2 spends the most time of them all in my ears and around my neck. I wear it and listen to music and podcasts while walking, doing chores around the house, shopping, or performing any repetitive activity that doesn't require my utmost attention.
But the GO 2 headphones aren't perfect. Their size and weight balance could be better, their battery life should be around 4 hours but is now less than 3 hours after a couple of years of constant use, and their charging case is too small and kind of unreliable. Read More
Logitech reached an agreement today to purchase Jaybird LLC for $50 million cash, plus up to another $45 million in earn-out pay if certain growth targets are achieved over the next two years. Jaybird joins Ultimate Ears as another wireless audio innovator brought under the Logitech product portfolio umbrella.
Jaybird's fitness oriented headphones, the BlueBuds X and more recently, the X2 have a very loyal group of followers, including AP's owner and founder, Artem. These fans should be somewhat reassured by the fact that Logitech intends to keep the Jaybird brand intact. The UE brand has continued to thrive and produce excellent speakers after being purchased by Logitech, and I think we can expect to see a similar path forward for Jaybird. Read More
If you're looking for a pair of Bluetooth headphones that are designed specifically for working out and other active pursuits, you couldn't do much better than the BlueBuds X from JayBird. The company has released a second generation of the headphones, but the originals are still quite good, and they're available with respectable discounts. Right now Amazon has them for as low as $89.99, at least if you buy from the right vendor, Amazon's listing (close to the top) on this page. That's the lowest price for the headphones that we've seen yet.
There's a bit of a catch: that particular vendor, which is selling the white version of the Gen 1 BlueBuds X, is out of stock right now. Read More