mardi 11 août 2015

Avantree Jogger Pro Sweat Proof Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Sports Headphones/Headsets with Mic for Running Whilst Listening Music or Phone Calls, AptX Added, Support 2 Device Added at the Same Time, Ios Battery Meter Indicate, Black/Grey

Amazon links: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca
Prices (respectively on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca): $58,99 $39,99 ; £39.99 £34.99 ; CDN$ 70.79 CDN$ 49.99
Personal rating on Amazon: ★★★★★


--- On arrival ---
The parcel contained only the Avantree Jogger Pro box, on which we can notice that Avantree pays the « eco-contribution » for the product recycling and that it's marked with the CE symbol, showing that it's authorized for use without risk by european standards. The packing contained the Bluetooth headset, its charging cable (which is not microUSB but a proprietary norm, so be careful not losing it!), its usage guide and, good news, there was a little velvet-like wallet to store and protect this headphones. You can also find 4 foam tips and 2 rubber intra-auricular tips that can be switched and adapted on the headphones. This product is under a 12-months warranty once you register on Avantree's website in under 10 days.


--- The product and its specs ---
Each earphone is disc-shaped, measuring a little less than 4cm in diameter, the borders are featuring a green line which improves its look, and it is marked with either an R ou L letter. Both earphones are attached together with a slim stiff wire which will make a nice curve around your neck once the headset is placed on your head. It seems like the right earphone is the « master » earphone, fitted with 3 buttons, the charging port input, a LED and the microphone used for calls. The left earphone is only fitted with 2 buttons and that's it :)

--- Using it ! ---
Once we open the packing, we can notice that the earphones tip are « naked », it's then up to you to place either the foam tips (not intra-auriculars) or the rubber tips that go fit well inside the ear holes. It's pretty convenient to let the user choose what they prefer, especially for people like me who don't appreciate intra-auriculars much, since it's the most current type of earphones on the market now...

Unfortunately, it seems like letting the user this choice has a consequence on the audio quality, which is not really transcendent to my ears... It seems a little too acute to me. I don't claim having a particularly fine ear (I'm from the moderate-bitrate-MP3-quality generation, but I've had the chance to appreciate some FLAC sounds though! Haha) The quality seems to be improved with the rubber intra-tips, it sounds more accurate than with the foam tips. It's up to you to try them both, and don't hesitate to tell me which one you prefer if you've got these Jogger Pro earphones :)

These earphones firmness and fixation is EXCELLENT, no matter the tips you use, there's even no need to stick them hard into your ears thanks to a good idea from Avantree's designers: the wire is flexible enough to be bent, but in the same time, it is stiff as if it was thermoformed, which, once put on a table, makes it form a cardioid shape, and once put on the ears, goes smoothly around the back of the neck while being firmly pushed against the sides of the head, over the ears.
Thus, there is no risk of them falling, you can shake your head abruptly, the whole headset acts as if it's merged with the head, the back wire does not move in all directions, the earphones don't fly away, no risk for that. Which makes these my favorites to go to the gym, where I often need to lean and get up, run on the treadmill, jump and lay down, while forgetting them. The outdoor use is of course allowed by these wireless Bluetooth earphones since they are water-resistant, which is confirmed by the IPX-4 certification.

About the buttons, we usually face two design types, either “more buttons, less functions per button” or “less buttons, more functions per button”. Avantree, with its Jogger Pro Bluetooth has chosen the first option! When its competitors are using only 3 buttons, the Jogger Pro uses 5 of them. The two on the left earphone are used for volume control, the two small ones on the right earphone are used for track changing and the central and bigger one is a multifunction-button (MFB) used for play/pause/calling features.

Talking about the phone functions... The features are pretty complete, with the ability to call back the last caller on your phone directly with the MFB, to mute the call, and, a very good idea, we can discuss on Skype with these! Exactly like a computer headset! It's a very nice bonus feature, very practical for gaming while talking on Skype with your teammates, considering the lightness of the earphones (23 grams). Information on how to use Skype are provided in the manual.

This same manual comes with a warranty card, an explanation card explaining how to put the earphones to get the best out of them (while doing sports, your phone should be on the right side of your body since the Bluetooth receptor is inside the right-sided earphone, to optimize the audio and phone quality) and an Avantree community card. This card made me discover that Avantree rewards their users with $10 for 30+ seconds YouTube clips or $2 per photo featuring one of their products. That's a nice idea to keep customers loyal and to motivate them :)


Summarized, the pros:
+ excellent firmness in the ears, there's no way they to make them fall!
+ IPX-4 water-resistant (sweat, rain)
+ provided documentation is very complete
+ great user-loyalty programme
+ calls quality is remarkable, especially for the person on the other side
+ ability to choose between intra-auricular or not-intra tips
+ gets unnoticed very fast when wielded, no floating part
+ Apt-X audio technology
+ 12 hours battery

The cons:
- audio quality a bit lost in favor of the ability to choose tips, I guess
- “exotic” proprietary charging cable, choosing microUSB would have been a good point incase the cable is lost or torn apart









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