One of the best wireless earbuds JBL Endurance Peak review.
Product Name: JBL Endurance Peak
Product Description: The JBL Endurance Peak comes with 4 hours of uninterrupted playback time and another 24 hours from the charging case. It offers a water resistance rating of IPX7, which means you wouldn’t need to worry about getting soaked in water.
The JBL Endurance Peak has a light-weight design; they have maintained the same audio quality, which is better than many other. These are few reasons the JBL Endurance Peak is set to be one of the best budget options in the truly wireless earbud market.
IPX7 water resistance rating
Ability to control volume using controls on the earbuds
Quick charging facility
Value for money
No controls on the left bud
Only 4 hours of battery life
Micro USB charging port
The JBL Endurance Peak could be compared with the Powerbeats Pro which has similar design features. As you all know, the Powerbeats Pro is much pricier and the JBL would be a perfect budget option for the average consumer. What are the unique features in the JBL Endurance Peak? How durable is it? How much is it? Is it worth the money? We will look at all these aspects as we go through pro’s and con’s in this article.
The JBL Endurance Peak comes with the best 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 which has similar design also comes 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 worries. For such a low price, this feature can boost the market interest in these truly wireless earbuds.
It is rarity 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 has the volume control option in the right earbud. When you swipe up it increases the volume and when you swipe down it decreases the volume. These touch capacitive controls work swiftly, and it is preferred over physical buttons by majority of consumers.
JBL Endurance Peak comes with 4 hours of battery life. The charging case adds another 24 hours more to the buds. A ten-minute charge will provide one hour of uninterrupted playback. This is a must nowadays with people having such busy schedules.
Priced at 120$, these do justice for the price tag. Overall, the sound quality is top notch. Bass is prominent and the mids are balanced enough to produce a great audio experience for the user. Resistance against water, dust and sweat makes these durable in adverse conditions. The design is lightweight, and the ear hooks secure the buds firmly on the ear.
The ear-hooks on these JBL Endurance Peak has special feature in their design. the ear-hooks have a magnet that can be attached to the bud. The magnet is used as switch to power on and power off the buds. When you take off the buds and attach the hooks to the buds, it automatically switches off the buds. Once it is de-attached it, it automatically switches on. This feature is one way the user can preserve battery life.
Most of the new truly wireless earbuds comes with the latest Bluetooth technology which Bluetooth 5.1. Unfortunately, the JBL Endurance Peak has an older version of Bluetooth which is a major setback. Due to this, there are latency issues, and the coverage is much less compared to many other truly wireless earbuds in the market.
This is quite bizarre. All the buds that we have reviewed have controls on either earbud, but the JBL Endurance Peak has controls only on the right side. The touch capacitive controls are on the right bud and it is not customizable. If you wish to use one bud, you only can use the right bud. When you take off right bud and put it to charge, the other bud will also stop working.
This is a major setback in these JBL Endurance Peak. Only 4 hours of battery life is well below par compared to all other truly wireless earbuds. Earbuds which has active noise cancelation, comes with higher battery life than the JBL Endurance Peak. People are always on-the-go with their busy schedules, which makes the battery life all the more important when its comes truly wireless earbuds.
With the current trend of mobile phones and wireless earbuds moving to USB Type-C charging port to facilitate quick charging, the JBL Endurance Peak falls far behind. The micro USB port is slowly drifting away from devices; hence it is unlikely that users would have a micro USB charging cable where ever they go. If you are using the JBL Endurance Peak, you will have to take a separate charging cable so that you can charge the case to have extra battery life.
The JBL Endurance Peak has a flexible design. It is mainly made of hard plastic with a rubberized outer cover to provide flexibility. The lightweight design is comfortable for the user. The ear-hooks keep it secure even during your daily jog or the grind in the gym. In the box you would three types of silicon ear tips to suit your need.
The magnetic ear-hooks a unique design feature in these buds. It is used to switch on and switch off the buds. When the ear-hooks are attached to the buds, it automatically switches off. When it is de-attached, it switches on. This helps the user to preserve battery life. It also makes life easy for the user, who does not need to put the buds back in the charging case to switch off the buds.
Given the hard-plastic design and the rubberized outer cover, makes it susceptive against impact. Finally, IPX7 water resistance makes these buds sweat proof and waterproof, which is ideal for fitness fanatics. The buds can survive for thirty minutes while been submerged 3m under water.
This is an area where the JBL Endurance Peak falls behind with other truly wireless earbuds. The touch capacitive control is only on the right earbud. However, there is a positive aspect in the controls as well. The right bud comes with volume control. This is an extremely attractive feature when you compare with most other earbuds. The controls are not customizable.
Right Bud Functions
The fact that there are no controls in the left bud is quite bizarre. This is a basic feature in almost all other truly wireless earbuds. However, the volume control is major upgrade, and it would appeal many users who prefer having the luxury of controlling the volume from the bud rather than using the phone.
Another major setback is the fact that these earbuds does not support any digital assistants. This too is a bizarre feature in these truly wireless earbuds.
Unfortunately, there is no app support for these buds. The only special feature in these JBL Endurance Peak is the magnetic ear-hooks which allows you to control the power in the buds.
The JBL Endurance Peak does a great job in the audio department. JBL is known for their prominent bass and it is noticeable in these buds as well. Rich bass is fulfilled by the secure fit with the silicon ear tips. The Mids are well balanced and it makes the audio output complete. However, the highs could have been a bit brighter.
There are no significant sound separation and soundstage is narrow compared to other major brands like the Apple Airpods or the Samsung Galaxy buds plus. However, we must acknowledge the fact that these buds do provide great audio quality for the price you are paying. In some cheaper truly wireless buds, there are cases where the user experience ear tingling or ear ringing. Even though these buds are much cheaper, you will not experience such problems.
The JBL Endurance Peak 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.
Another area where these JBL Endurance Peak lacks quality. These buds only have 4 hours of playback with a single charge. This is low compared to most other earbuds. Earbuds with ANC, such as the Apple Airpod Pro’s or the Sennheiser Momentum 2 has higher battery performance. This puts these buds way below the average truly wireless earbud in the market.
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. However, the charging case comes with Micro USB port. This is totally outdated nowadays as most mobile phones and wireless earbuds moving to USB Type-C. This means the user would have to take another micro USB cable if he or she wishes to charge the charging case. Just like many other charging cases, there is LED light representation for the battery levels.
Call quality is decent. Why we say that is because, the JBL Endurance Peak uses only the right bud to pick up the voice. The voice also sounds artificial compared other truly wireless earbuds in the market. if you wish to use one earbud, you could only use the right bud. 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.
When it comes to connectivity, it is another area which JBL Endurance Peak have fallen way behind. These buds use Bluetooth 4.2 which is quite old. The latest version of Bluetooth which is 5.1 has better range and zero latency. However, this version of Bluetooth does create some issues when it comes to range and latency. The range is well below 500 sq. Ft and there is noticeable latency when it comes to YouTube and Netflix.
Overall, it is considerably basic truly wireless earbud. There are other truly wireless earbuds in the market which offer better features and better quality. However, given the audio quality and the durability aspect of the JBL Endurance Peak, these does provide good value for money.