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JLab Jbuds Air Review

The Perfect Gym Buddy

True wireless earbuds have become much more than just a fad in the last few years, especially since the launch of Apple’s Airpods.

It’s easy to see the appeal. Wireless earbuds are convenient, compact, comfortable, and usually less expensive than a big pair of headphones.

But since the launch of the AirPods, a lot of cheaper variations have sprung up, and a lot have disappointed. So, it’s easy to write off the Jlab Jbuds Air as just another pair of cheap disposable earbuds.

But you’d be very, very wrong…

JLab Jbuds Air
Our rating:4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


The first thing your eyes would be drawn to out of the box is the USB cable attached to the charging case.

Yes, you read that right!

The case comes equipped with a built-in USB cable that folds into the bottom of the case. This is a blessing in disguise. Not only do you not have to carry around a charger cable with you when traveling around with your earbuds, but if you’re like us, you also don’t have to worry about losing the cable. Misplacing or forgetting the cable in a hotel room or at work is too easy.

JLab Audio JBuds Air True

The case itself is quite small and fits in your pocket, nice and snug. The case and buds are made of plastic and come in one color only — black. They do feel a little cheap when compared with higher-priced competitors, but that’s definitely a trade-off for the lower price tag.

Pocket sized rockets…

Each earbud only weighs around 6 grams. The earbuds themselves are a little big and can cause some discomfort when worn for a long time, especially if your ears are a bit on the smaller side. For those who felt the Airpods were a little small, you know who you are, these will fit you perfectly.

Considering these earbuds are aiming for the fitness market, most people won’t be wearing them for more than an hour. It’s a choice you have to make. Do you prefer an hour of stability during your session or a more comfortable fit for a few more hours extra?

These earbuds are also IP55 rated, which makes gives them dust- and water resistance. Perfect for any sort of physical activity.

Enough about the design, let’s get around to the one question everyone’s really asking.

How Does The Sound Compare To Its Competitors?

These are budget earbuds and boy do they sound like them.

But, that might not be a bad thing…

Popping these in your ears before you hit the treadmill for a brisk run, you’ll find yourself quite pleased with the sound of these earbuds. The bass is full and gives you a real rush when listening to more bass-heavy EDM/Workout music. You can hear the emphasis is definitely on the lower range, perfect for motivating you to finish that last kilometer or set of reps.

jlab jbuds air

Although the mid- and high range gets a little less love – the mid-range frequencies get lost in all the bass while the highs sound a little thin or tinny.

Again, that might not be a deal-breaker if all you want are some budget earbuds for the gym. But anything more than that, you might want to take a look at some alternatives like the JBL Tune 120 TWS or even the AirPods.

Take control…

The earbuds also have an app on Android and IOS, which lets you choose between three different EQ settings. Signature Bass boost cranks the bass all the way up to 11, balanced is your midway and provides the listening experience catered for all types of music.

The last setting is called signature, and it attempts to boost the low and high frequencies. Unfortunately, there is almost no recognizable difference between balanced and signature.

Prepare for thunderous bottom-end heaven…

These earbuds know which market they are catering to and need not explain their choice to boost the bass.

There’s nothing better than feeling energized listening to some hard-hitting EDM with a pair of earbuds that absolutely tear your ears apart with earthquake size bass sound.

Go on, give it a try!

How Easy Is It To Connect These Earbuds?

The Jlab Jbuds Air use Bluetooth version 5, which means connectivity will be smooth and manageable.

However, they don’t have aptX support, which means a higher latency over Bluetooth when listening to music. They also don’t support LDAC for high fidelity streaming. So, if high-quality audio is important to you, you’d be better of looking elsewhere.

 JLab Audio JBuds Air True Wireless Signature Bluetooth Earbuds

Ring, ring…

Making calls with the earbuds aren’t the best. When making a call, only the right earbud is utilized, which can make it a little difficult to hear the subject sometimes. Quite annoying!

The microphone itself is pretty much unusable and should only be used for emergencies. In fact, you are far better off taking the earbuds out and using your phone’s speaker and microphone for calls.

Battery Life

The small case is fitted with a 500mAh lithium polymer battery that provides 18 hours of battery life. The earbuds themselves last about four hours before they require charging. Charging them up in the case takes about an hour and a half for a full charge.

 JLab Audio JBuds Air True Wireless Signature Bluetooth Earbuds + Charging Case

This means you’d be able to get almost a full week of workouts without a single charge. With a fully charged case, you will be able to get three full charges before you’d need to charge up the case again.

Who Are The Jlab Jbuds Air For?

The budget earbud market is quite saturated at the moment, and it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd in the current climate. The Jlab Jbuds Air do most of the basics right, which makes for a reliable pair of earbuds, especially for the fitness conscious on a budget.

Jlab Jbuds Air Pros & Cons

These buds are quite a mixed bag.


  • Good battery life.
  • Full bass sound.
  • Very affordable.
  • Secure fit.


  • Higher frequencies sound thin.
  • Cheap feeling plastic case.
  • No LDAC or aptX.
  • Discomfort when used for prolonged sessions.

Some Other Superb Options

If you’re a fan of Jlab, it’s also worth taking a look at our review of the Jlab Jbuds Air Sport.

However, if you’re after even more choice on a budget, check out our in-depth reviews of the Best Earbuds under 100 Dollars. Or if you want something a little cheaper, then our Best Earbuds under 50 Dollars review may be of interest?

If you’re looking for something more specific, our reviews of the Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds, the Best Headphones and Earbuds for Sleeping, and the Most Durable Earbuds might be what you’re looking for?


If you’re looking for a reliable pair of budget earbuds to take out on your run, you won’t find better than the Jlab Jbud Air. If it’s audio quality you want and have some extra money to spare, you’d be better off with something a bit more expensive like the AirPods or JBL Tune 120 TWS.

Happy listening.


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About Joseph L. Hollen

Joseph is a session musician, writer, and filmmaker from south Florida. He has recorded a number of albums and made numerous short films, as well as contributing music to shorts and commercials. 

He doesn't get as much time to practice and play as he used to, but still manages (just about!) to fulfill all his session requests. According to Joseph, it just gets harder as you get older; you rely on what you learned decades ago and can play without thinking. Thankfully that's what is what most producers still want from him.

He is a devout gear hear and has been collecting musical instruments all his life. As his wife, Jill, keeps on saying, "You're very good at buying nice instruments, but terrible at selling them!".

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