We’ve reviewed quite a few wireless headsets here at Pocketables over the last few months. Today, I’ll take a quick look at Skullcandy’s new entry-level $30 Jib Wireless Headphones. How do they stack up? Keep reading to find out.
The Jib Wireless Headphones are simple enough; two earbuds connected by a wire with a control node and a battery pack in between. There’s only one button on the control unit for play/pause. There’s also a built in microphone for making phone calls.
The headphones are very lightweight; almost too light. They feel a little cheap (they are) But they are comfortable enough in your ears. One minor annoyance I did find was that they tend to move around a bit on your neck. JBL solved this issue by including a collar clip with their E25BT headphones we recently covered. No such luck with the Skullcandy.
You can pick up the headphones in a variety of colors, which is nice. You can choose from red, purple, black, and light blue. My review unit was black – understated but nice enough looking.
These headphones are definitely not upper-crust. Of course, you don’t go into using $35 Bluetooth earbuds expecting greatness. And they deliver on expectations. They’re a little tinny and flat compared to some of the more expensive models out there. There’s no bass to speak of. They sound just like you’d expect a cheaper set of headphones to sound – just OK. The inline mic is fine, but again isn’t stellar. Callers will definitely be able to tell you are using some sort of external mic unit but it works well enough for the occasional phone call.
Skullcandy claims about 6 hours of battery life and that’s pretty accurate. With mixed use and volume levels at or below 50% you can get 5-6 hours on one charge. You can recharge the battery in less than an hour using the included micro-USB cable.
Overall, the Jib Wireless Headphones are fine. You don’t expect a $30 Bluetooth headset to blow you away and the Jib doesn’t. It does deliver relatively solid performance at a price that won’t break the budget. They’re ideal for kids that might be prone to lose or break them. Or for situations where they might be damaged (like the gym) and you don’t want to risk some pricier model. As long as you know what you are buying and don’t have too high expectations you will enjoy using them. You can pick them up at Amazon and other retailers where Skullcandy is sold.