There's no doubt that the Bluetooth
headset market is slowing down now
that people realize that they just look goofy while talking to thin air
and walking down the street, but that's not to say the market has dried
up altogether. JayBird is a newer, lesser-known brand, but it's
certainly well respected in inner circles of audiophiles. Just before
CES kicks off, the company has launched a new product portal for the
SB1 Sportsband, which is a new type of BT headset that somewhat mirrors
the approach taken by Jabra on their Halo
These simply sit over one's head like a conventional pair of
headphones, requiring no extra wires whatsoever. Jaybird swears up and
down that there's plenty of bass to go around, and there's also a 4-way
adjustable headband, a sleek design, support for handsfree/Skype
calling and a lifetime warranty against damage from sweat. In other
words, feel free to work out while strapping these on.
The internal battery is rated for 8 hours of music playback, 11 hours
of talk time and 250 hours of standby; a USB port is built in for
charging purposes. Users can even sync this to their music player, PC
or Mac, and given the headphone-like design, we suspect many will.
There are integrated buttons for answering an incoming call, playing a
track, pausing a track or advanced to a next/previous track. Best of
all, the $89 price tag is far less than the Halo, and it's about the
cheapest option out there for a device in this category.