We reviewed the JBL Reflect Mini earbuds back in October, and had a chance to compare them to the JBL Reflect Mini BT earbuds. As we mentioned in our previous review, headphones and earbuds come in a range of quality and price, and we were impressed with what we heard out of the JBL Reflect Mini earbuds, especially considering the reasonable price point. Again, the Reflect Mini BT also come with secure ergonomic ear tips for a more secure fit during sports activities. Our JBL Reflect Mini BT review sees how the wireless version stands up compared to the wired earbuds previously reviewed.
What’s In The Box
With the JBL Reflect Mini BT headphones, you get:
- 1 pair of JBL Reflect Mini BT in-ear sport headphones
- 3 button in-line control with microphone
- 2 sizes of ergonomic sport ear-tips
- 2 sizes of regular ear-tips
- 1 USB to microUSB charging cable
- 1 Quick Start Guide
- 1 Safety Sheet
While the Reflect Mini headphones are very slim and small in design, the JBL Reflect Mini BT follow the same design guidelines but each earbud is roughly triple the size due to the need to house the battery components. The cord still has the same brightly-reflective design for use during evening activities. In addition to your standard small and medium ear tips, JBL also includes small and medium Freebit™ ergonomic ear tips. These ear tips have an additional “horn” on them which provide a more secure fit when used during intense workouts. Simply place the earbuds with the ergonomic ear tips in your ear as you would normal ear tips and then twist forward a bit to nestle the horn into your ear. Unlike the JBL Reflect Mini however, the Freebit™ ear tips didn’t feel quite as secure, but they are still definitely not coming out when used. I’m not sure if it’s because of the slightly bigger earbud design, but it felt a bit loose in my right ear in particular when using the Freebit™ ear tips. I much preferred using the Reflect Mini BT’s with the normal ear tips.
As with the Reflect Mini, the JBL Reflect Mini BT headphones are sweat proof, and include a built-in remote control with microphone for use during phone calls. Unlike their wired counterpart which features a single button in-line control, the Bluetooth version includes two additional buttons for volume control, as well as a charging port.
The remote-control offers power and volume control as well as basic functionality. Hold the main button down to turn the earbuds on or off. A single press will toggle playing or pausing of your current track, while a quick double press will skip ahead to the next song. When receiving a call, a single press will answer the call while another press will hang up the call.
These headphones are well constructed, and although they feel a bit weird the first time you use the Freebit™ ear tips, they are also very comfortable. Our review sample came in black, but the Reflect Mini BT earbuds are also available in red, blue, or green.
Ease of Use
Setup is very easy with the JBL Reflect Mini BT earbuds. Simply hold down the main button to turn them on, continue to hold until the light flashes and pair with your favourite music streaming device to get started. As mentioned above, you can control volume, answer calls, and power on and off the earbuds through the 3 button in-line control.
The packaging for the JBL Reflect Mini BT headphones once again claims that they “feature legendary JBL sound,” and like the Reflect Mini wired version, they didn’t disappoint. The range of sound from the highs through the mids and the bass is just as fantastic with the wired version. Everything from rock to rap and EDM sounds great, and outside sounds are all but eliminated allowing you distraction free listening and working out. These are definitely some of the best sounding earbuds that I have used, and are on par – if not better sound – with some of the more expensive ones I’ve tested in the past.
The remote also includes a microphone and phone call control functionality. When you get an incoming call, press the button on the remote once to answer. Pressing the button while in the call When you are done with the call, simply long press the button again to end the call. When in use, there was no issues conducting a conversation as both the sending party could be heard with no issues through the earbuds and there were no complaints that the other party could hear your responses through the microphone.
The big concern with wireless headphones is battery life. While the box claims up to 8 hours of audio playback on a single charge, I managed to get between 11 and 11.5 hours while listening at 50% volume — which I might add is plenty loud. From completely dead, the JBL Reflect Mini BT earbuds take about 1.5 hours to fully recharge.
Even at the regular price of $99.95USD, the JBL Reflect Mini BT headphones are a steal. At the time of this review, JBL currently has them on sale for $79.95USD on their website and on Amazon.com. With the great sound and comfortable, secure fit, these wireless earbuds sound better than some of the more expensive ones that I’ve previously reviewed.
If you’re looking for a new pair of in-ear headphones, you can’t go wrong with the JBL Reflect Mini BT headphones. Lightweight, wireless, comfortable, great sound, and with both regular and the Freebit™ ergonomic tips, these earbuds should be good in almost any situation you use them in.
*We were sent a demo unit of the JBL Reflect Mini BT Headphones for the purposes of this review.
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