Review of JBL Endurance Peak II Truly Wireless Earbuds.
Product Name: JBL Endurance Peak II
Product Description: The JBL Endurance Peak II has an improved battery life of 6 hours of uninterrupted playback time and another 24 hours from the charging case. It offers a water resistance rating of IPX7, which means it is ideal for fitness fanatics.
The JBL Endurance Peak II has a comfortable design; with JBL Pure Bass sound. These are few reasons the JBL Endurance Peak II could be one of the best-selling fully waterproof truly wireless earbuds in the market.
The JBL Endurance Peak is often compared with the Powerbeats Pro which are much expensive than this. With the launch of the JBL Endurance Peak II, users have another option to go for. What is the difference between the JBL Endurance Peak and the Endurance Peak II? How is the quality of sound? Is it worth the money? We will go through all the features, Pro’s and Con’s of this brand truly wireless earbuds.
The JBL Endurance Peak II comes with the highest possible water resistance rating in the market. There are only few that provide such a high-water resistance rating when it comes to truly wireless earbuds. The Powerbeats Pro and the Endurance Peak I also come with IPX7 water resistance rating. This means it is water and sweat resistant which allows the user to use these in any kind of environment without any issues. For a price of just $99.99, this feature will make real interest in the truly wireless earbuds market.
Priced at 99.99$, these buds provide enough and more to justify the price tag. Overall, the sound quality is boosted with JBL Pure Bass which automatically provide prominence to the bass. However, overall audio experience is right up there amongst the best in the market. Resistance against water, dust and sweat makes these durable in adverse conditions. The design is lightweight, and the Powerhooks secure the buds firmly on the ear.
It is an exceedingly rare to find this feature when it comes to truly wireless earbuds. This is a major complain by many users who spend thousands for buds but end up unsatisfied. JBL Endurance Peak II has the volume control option as same as the previous version. When you swipe up, it increases the volume and when you swipe down it, decreases the volume. The touch capacitive controls work well, and it makes life easier for the user.
This is an upgrade from the previous model which came with a Micro USB port. USB Type-C enables quick charging which is convenient for the user. This is common feature in most truly wireless earbuds, and it is also an essential feature. There is a status LED light in front of the case to show the amount of battery life left in the case.
This is one of the most attractive features in the new JBL Endurance Peak II. It enables the user to comfortably use earbuds independently. You could use it to answer/decline calls, play/pause music or control the volume while the other earbud is charging on the case. This feature is ideal for users who work in offices.
This is a major and much needed upgrade for the JBL Endurance Peak II. The Endurance Peak I came with Bluetooth 4.2 which is an outdated version. Most of the truly wireless earbuds come with Bluetooth 5.0. which is the benchmark amongst all top brands.
When there is no mobile application it means there is no room for customization. This could be a big setback to the new JBL Endurance Peak II. Most of the major brands and popular truly wireless earbuds comes with full customization which makes life easier for the user. Especially, for users who would like to change the audio output according to their liking. However, JBL have not added this feature to add more value to the product.
The same issue was there in the JBL Endurance Peak I. JBL have failed to make it better in the new version which is disappointing. However, if you have a clear connection with good signals, you will be able to talk easily without much hassle. Voice recordings are clearer than the previous version, but there are enough and more options which has better mic performance.
The JBL Endurance Peak II comes with a similar design to the previous version. The flexible design is mainly made of hard plastic with a rubberized outer cover. It is lightweight which makes it easier for the user to wear these buds for longer periods of time. The Powerhooks keep it secure and it would keep the buds in your ear no matter what. In the box you would find three types of silicon ear tips to chose from as you wish.
The lightweight design and the rubberized outer cover make these buds safe from damage if you happen to drop them. Another major reason why these buds are durable is the water resistance rating. IPX7 water resistance makes these buds sweat proof and waterproof, which is ideal for fitness fanatics. The buds can resist to been submerged in water up to 1 meter.
The buds come with touch capacitive controls with the option of controlling volume from either bud. there are two color options to choose from which are black and blue. The buds are equipped with 10mm dynamic drivers and each bud weighs approximately 13 grams.
This is an area where JBL have added more value and quality to this product. The previous version had touch capacitive control only on the right earbud. The new Endurance Peak II has touch capacitive controls on both earbuds. There is also dual connect feature which allows the user to use either earbud independently. Both earbuds are equipped with volume controls which is another great value addition. However, these controls are not customizable since there is no mobile application for the buds.
Left Bud Functions
Right Bud Functions
Apart from adding controls to both earbuds, JBL have upgraded the new Endurance Peak II with the ability to support digital assistance. This was a major setback in the previous and much needed upgrade for these buds.
This is an area where they are lacking due to the absence of a mobile application. This takes away the ability to customize the audio output or the controls for any users. Models like the Sennheiser Momentum 2 has this feature which is great value addition.
The only special feature in these buds is, the Dual Connect feature. It allows the user to use any earbud independently while the other bud is charging inside the case. This is a major plus point for these buds. it is also one of the biggest upgrades from its predecessor.
The JBL Endurance Peak II keeps up with the high expectations when it comes to audio quality. JBL is known for their prominent bass and these buds come with JBL Pure bass sound. The secure fit with the silicon ear tips and the Powerhooks amplifies the bass. The Mids are well balanced and it makes the audio output complete. However, what we noticed while testing was the fact that the highs have also been amplified compared to the older version.
The prominent bass boosted audio output is ideal for the listeners who need it while working out in the gym. There is no significant sound separation compared to other major brands like the Apple Airpods or the Sennheiser Momentum 2. However, the new JBL Endurance Peak II truly wireless earbuds do provide great audio quality for the price you are paying. Some might think cheaper the bud, lesser the quality but it isn’t the same when it comes to JBL.
The JBL Endurance Peak II does not come with active noise cancelation. It has good passive noise cancelations thanks to the secure fit. Make sure to try out the three sizes of silicon ear tips which are given with the buds. if you find the suitable size, you will enjoy perfect passive noise isolations, just like what you would experience with the expensive Powerbeats Pro.
The JBL Endurance Peak comes with 6-hours of uninterrupted battery life which is good enough to compete with most of the brands in the truly wireless earbud market. The buds are equipped with 60mAh Lithium-Ion batteries and with the additional 24 hours from the case gives enough playback time for the user to get through the day. It would take less than two hours to charge the buds from zero to full capacity.
The charging case adds another 24 hours of playback for buds. it also has quick charge option where 10 minutes in the case would give 1 hour of playback. The charging case comes with and upgrade from the Micro USB port to the USB Type-C port. This was a much-needed upgrade from the previous model as most mobile phones and wireless earbuds moving to USB Type-C. Just like many other charging cases, there is LED light representation for the battery levels.
The charging case does not support wireless charging. It has hard plastic finish and it big in size to fit the big earbuds.
Call quality is better than what you got with the Endurance Peak I. Why we say that is because, the JBL Endurance Peak I use only the right bud to pick up the voice. But, the new Endurance Peak II uses two mics to pick up voice. This was another important upgrade for these buds. Since there is no audio pass through in these buds, you might want to take off one earbud while on call, otherwise you would end up screaming in the middle of the office.
For connectivity, the buds use Bluetooth 5.0 which is another major upgrade from it’s predecessor. The previous version came with Bluetooth 4.2 which was an outdated version.
The JBL Endurance II is great product and a much- needed upgrade for JBL. They added all these new features while keeping the price tag affordable for many. These buds do justice for its price tag and it is ideal substitute for the expensive Powerbeats Pro. Until we come back with another review, do share your experience with us and let us what you think.