The size of a pear drop, JBL’s brand spanking new wireless buds are all about fuss-free fit. So whether you’re strutting the streets to Vanessa Carlton or hitting the gym to Kanye West (or even hiking Everest?), you don’t have to waste time lodging them in and wiggling them around to get a good fit – three sizes of ear tips help too. Just pop them in and a small hook helps them nuzzle (and stay put) in your ear.
As unshakeable as rivals with wraparound hooks? Maybe not, so gym bunnies beware – the Everest 100s aren’t sweatproof or waterproof either, so be wary on wet days. Still, they have a more discreet design (they come in subdued white or black), and are easier to put in and out if your gossipy mate on the bus keeps butting in.
An in-line remote for hands-free calls and Bluetooth pairing also hangs just below your cheek too so you wont ever be fumbling around for it.
Their eight-hour battery life will help get you through the daily grind (a microUSB charging cable can then restore order), and their sound is one you could easily listen to for that long too… if you don’t mind your music on the rich and meaty side.
When Jack Garratt drops his funky electro beats and wobbling synths in Worry, the JBLs dig down deep, bass hogging the limelight. It lends a weighty hand to the rest of the sound so it exhumes solidity and confidence – it handles Muse’s The 2nd Law album with its head held high.
They aren’t exactly the roadrunner of in-ears though, not quite as quick on the draw or punctual as we’d like. Still, there’s the dynamics and insight to carry the burden and harmonics of each struck piano note in Joni Mitchell’s River. Her soaring vocals are a perfect fit amid the piano-playing, her angelic tone unmistakeable.