Bluetooth Headsets with heart rate monitor [TEST]
Jabra is a company for a long time associating mainly with headset systems for professional use and telecommunications systems. However, the company has been expanding its offer for several years. Headphones dedicated to athletes. The Jabra Sport Pulse – the world’s first wireless headset with built-in heart rate monitor!
The design of the headphones is very simple – they are earbuds with a remote control cable. Fit to the ear provides two erasers – one intrinsic, the other stabilizing the handset inside the turban. In the box we find four sizes of each rubber band, a small clip, which allows you to shorten the cable if needed, a USB charging cable and a practical carrying case. The whole device is resistant to sweat, dust, water – we can run under the harshest conditions, and then the earphones simply wash under the tap. During the test we have done this several times and we have not found any problems with Jabra wetting.
The heart rate monitor was placed on the left earpiece, at the location near the pin. It works in optical technology – a special sensor examines the blood flow in the capillaries just below the skin and through the Bluetooth connection sends data to our smartphone. It is worth emphasizing that the heart rate monitor is not an additional element attached to the headphones, but an integral part thereof.
Measured during the test, the duration of the headset is about 4.5 hours on one battery charge (which takes about 1.5 hours). The maximum time given by the manufacturer (5 hours) is therefore credible.
There was no Bluetooth connection either – evaporation was fast (NFC can be used for this) and the range is close to the declared 10 meters (in open space). The phone placed in a central place of medium size allows for seamless listening to music in all rooms.
Jabra Sport Pulse thanks to the aforementioned rubber bands in 4 sizes, offers great fit. None of the three testers had the slightest problem adjusting to the shape of their ear. Erasers are very soft, they do not cause any discomfort. Their advantage is also the material from which they were made – it is characterized by bacteriostatic properties. Headphones are very light (only weighs 16 grams), while they do not feel inside the ear at all. During training, regardless of the pace of the run (tested from long runs to fast track cycles), not once did the headset come out of ears. The only downside is that the cable only connects the headphones – while running in the heat while sweat is sticking to the back of the neck. Good clip length adjustment minimizes the problem, but does not eliminate it completely.
There are 4 buttons to control the headphones. Three of them are on the remote and they support music and connections. We can adjust the volume, receive calls, change songs, or activate voice dialing. The fourth button is placed on the left earpiece. It is used to control a dedicated application.
Sound quality can not be faulted – music and voice reproduced purely without distortion. Low frequencies are very clear, just as high. The Jabra Sport Pulse is characterized by quite a great isolation from the ambient sounds. In other handsets we would consider it an advantage, but during sport we should not completely cut off from the surroundings to hear, for example, an approaching car. During the cycling test I rode with only one earphone in my ear. During the phone call the caller can hear clearly, also we hear well. Microphone placed on the remote control and equipped with a noise filter works fine.
Heart rate monitor and application
The biggest advantage and distinguishing feature of the Jabra Sport Pulse is the built-in heart rate monitor and dedicated device application. Self measurement of heart rate works great – “catches” the pulse quickly, does not lose it during training, and given values very precise. During the test we compared Jabra’s indications with Garmin’s top watch, the Fenix3. It turned out that the accuracy of the measurement of the ear does not differ from the traditional one from the chest. The difference was a maximum of 1 hit!
One measure of surprise was the measurement of cadence – the manufacturer on the website does not boast that the headphones measure this useful parameter. Accuracy of measurement – faultless. Indications again completely consistent with the Garmin measurement.
The dedicated application deserves a dedicated application – Jabra Sport. My blog post redirected here in order to get further important info about Samsung Level U Pro. It’s available on iOS and Android devices. The application performs standard tasks such as recording of the route traveled, heart rate and speed and training history. All data can be communicated by voice. This feature is completely configurable – we can choose which information we are interested in and how often we want to hear it. In addition to this, Jabra Sport has a number of useful training functions – it allows you to perform simple fitness tests or carry out general-purpose training based on built-in or custom exercise kits. For less advanced athletes, there are even instructions on how to perform individual exercises. It is worth adding that the application is compatible with most popular training logs such as Endomondo, Runkeeper and Strava.
Jabra Sport Pulse is a very interesting proposition for people running music. With the built-in heart rate monitor, they do not need to invest in another device and remember to take it for training. The wearing comfort, Bluetooth range and battery life deserve only praise. The only major shortcoming was a bit too much isolation from the ambient sounds. Although excellent pulse measurement and interesting application are the main advantages of Jabra’s test, you can not forget that they are just …