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The Jaybird Freedom F5 are excellent sports headphones with a sleeker look than the X2 and X3. They’re stable enough for most workouts, and the sound quality is adequate. They also passively block a lot of ambient noise and barely leak, allowing you to listen to music at higher volumes without disturbing anyone. Unfortunately, the large charging clip is cumbersome and makes the headphones unsuitable for running.
The Jaybird F5 has a more streamlined design than previous Jaybird models. Since a lot of the electronics are redistributed to the inline controller, the earbuds are smaller and lighter than the X3 or X2. Unfortunately, the in-line remote is slightly thicker than the other Jaybird headphones as a result of this. They have an understated look that will appeal for most people, but they also come in lighter colour schemes to fit your tastes.
The Jaybird Freedom are very lightweight in-ear headphones that come with multiple tip sizes to help you find a good fit. They also include foam tips in the box that are a bit more comfortable than the regular silicone tips. However, finding the right fit can take some time and they get a bit tiring after wearing them for a while. If you don’t like the fit of in-ears, then some of the same issues will be present with these ones.
The control scheme of the Jaybird Freedom is simple and efficient. They include the necessary functions, such as call/music, track skipping, and volume adjustments. The inline remote isn’t as large or sensitive as the Jaybird X3, but it’s quick and straightforward to use.
The Jaybird Freedom F5 headphones are one of the most compact Jaybird headphones we’ve tried. Their earbuds are much smaller than the X3 or X2, but their in-line remote is slightly thicker. Unfortunately, using the charging adapter makes them less compact, but you’re unlikely to use the headphones with the charging dongle docked.
These headphones come with a carrying pouch that protects them from slight water exposure and scratches. It isn’t a sturdy case, so it won’t protect your headphones from impacts or drops like the X2. On the plus side, the pouch doesn’t add much bulk to the headphones, making them comfortable to bring around.
The Jaybird Freedom headphones are well-made and reasonably durable. The earbuds are small and compact, and they’re made of a durable plastic that won’t crack easily even after several drops. The inline remote, on the other hand, feels a little cheap, and the cable isn’t as sturdy as the X2 or X3. When the charging clip is attached, some users have had issues with the sweat-resistant design. This means that if they’re used when charging, they’re more likely to be hurt.
These headphones have a lot of sturdiness about them. If you get the right match, they’re light, wireless, and don’t move much once in your ear. This makes them ideal for use at the gym, particularly if the foam and wingtips are used. If necessary, you can also use the cable management units included in the package to make the cable move behind your ears to improve their stability.
The passive isolation offered by the Jaybird F5 is excellent. Similar to the X3, Run, and BeatsX, they reach around 8dB of isolation in the bass range, where the rumble of aeroplane and bus engines can be heard. Even though it’s below average, it’s still very good for a passive in-ear. These in-ears can achieve a good 18dB of isolation in the mid-range, which is critical for isolating expression. They attenuate outside noise by 40dB in the treble range, which is dominated by sharp S and T sounds, which is excellent.
The Jaybird F5 has a battery life of just over 4 hours. They also charge quickly, with 20 minutes of charging providing up to 1 hour of listening time. The charging clip also extends the battery life by 4 hours, making it marginally better than the X3’s battery output as long as you don’t mind the bulky dongle hanging from the inline remote. On the plus side, you can charge them when using them with the charging clip, but they can momentarily turn off for safety reasons. If the charging clip device is a deal-breaker for you, the Anker Soundcore Spirit X or Aukey Latitude, with their longest continuous battery life and simple micro USB port, maybe a better option.
Although these headphones don’t support NFC, they are simple to pair with most Bluetooth devices and feature multi-point pairing, allowing you to easily switch between Bluetooth sources once connected.
When viewing videos, the Jaybird Freedom has a lot of lag, which is obvious. It won’t cost you any more than any other Bluetooth headphones, but it won’t be suitable for gaming or watching movies.
Verdict & Ratings
The Jaybird Freedoms are a good pair of headphones for daily use. Because of their high, passive noise isolation, they have a sleek wireless design that is secure enough for working out and using on your everyday commute. Unfortunately, they’re not as durable as other Jaybird models, and they have a limited battery life due to the fact that charging them with the charging clip makes them a little unstable.
The Jaybird Freedom are excellent sports headphones. They’re designed to be lightweight and compact, making them easy to carry around with you at all times. They’re also stable enough to work out in if the extra foam and wingtips help you get a good fit. You can’t run with them using the charging clip on the in-line remote because they become unstable easily.