Jabra Sport Pulse wireless earphones – check your heart-rate on the go

Have you ever wanted a bit of a guiding voice in your ear while you work out?  Perhaps a real-time check on your heart rate so you can train...

Have you ever wanted a bit of a guiding voice in your ear while you work out?  Perhaps a real-time check on your heart rate so you can train at different levels of intensity?  Jabra have a new product called the Sport Pulse wireless earbuds and they can help you do just that.

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Ok, I’ll confess, I did not actually go for a run with these things – sometimes a review is a stretch too far.  However, what I wanted to test was the sound, functionality and fit of these earphones.

Normally out of the box I can wear almost any headphones, the Jabra Sport Pulse wireless earbuds though seem to require a genuine focus on the fit in the ear.  As always three sizes of attachments come with the Sport Pulse, and more than ever you have to get it right.

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Too loose and the heart-rate monitor won’t work, to tight and they are just quite awkward to wear.

Find your fit and they seem to hold quite snug.

Sound wise there’s a decent bass and quite good overall quality, as with all earbuds you have to get the fit right to ensure the audio is being delivered as designed.

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The second big reason for the fit is the core feature of these headphones.  Heart-Rate monitoring.  With a snug fit, these things will actually detect and monitor your heart-rate for you.  This only happens in the Jabra app but that can run alongside your audio, or you can control audio within the app.

It took me a few goes to get the heart-rate detected, and then while mowing the lawns “she” (the app) indicated a few times that my heart-rate was not detected – a bit of a fright to hear someone tell you that.

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The app then guides you through your workout giving you milestones of performance at time and distance intervals.

Conceptually, just amazing. I can’t help but think that the next version might be just that bit better in terms of reliability in detecting heart-rate and general ease of fitting.

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If you’re into hard-core exercise, these seem the ideal companion to drive you through your workout.

At $249 they are on the pricey side for headphones, but when you consider what they are able to do – it’s good value.

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Jabra Sport Pulse wireless earbuds
Date Published: 10/26/2014
Track your heart-rate while you workout and listen to music all at the same time..
3.5 / 5 stars
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