Most models are white and resemble the tip of an electric toothbrush, as Apple’s AirPods now do. But some others, like today’s test model, JBL Live 300TWS, are black, which makes them a bit harder to recognize the manufacturer of.
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Regardless of color and recognizability, the standard price for closing the world out with sound all the way inside the ears often starts at 1500 kroner. And 2000 kroner or more is not unusual. Here JBL breaks with the standard and has just over the 1000-kroner mark.
In other words, we test sound on budget, which in the past has meant inferior building materials, fluctuating capabilities to keep the wireless in contact and average sound. Fortunately, JBL Live 300TWS does not fall into any of these traps.
In contrast, the model is well screwed together and has a wealth of accompanying earbuds that make it easy to get the devices to sit just right in the ears. In both cheaper and more expensive models it is half the user experience that makes the headset sit tight in the ears.
You do yourself a bear service if you just ‘eat’ the middle solution that sits at the factory – try it out and find the right earbud. Not only does it provide better comfort, but also a significantly better sound.
Gave up touch
The earbuds do not do this alone, as the electronics in the headphone must also be able to keep up. And JBL Live 300TWS can do it for a while.
We are not talking about B&O, Sennheiser or AirPods Pro here in terms of sound or noise reduction. It is, on the other hand, practical sound on budget, which will satisfy most. I have both gone and cycled with the model, which delivers a perfectly acceptable and slightly bassed sound, but thus not something that overturns your ears and senses.
That judgment also applies to the touch control, which requires a minor engineering degree to handle. When I test in-ear headphones like this one, it often shows after a few minutes whether the operation of the headphone itself is usable. Or I give up.
In this case, I did the last thing and have not touched the devices except when going in and out of the ears.
This also applies to the app called My JBL Headphones, which JBL has developed for this and other of the company’s headphones. I only wanted to use it when updating the firmware. For an attempt to make the EQ feature (on iOS, ed.) Work, time and again ended up in a dead end where nothing happened.
And just take a look at Google and Apple’s app stores to get a clear sense of what many people think of that app. It has been severely criticized in recent years for being unstable, and several users – including in 2020 – rate it as directly useless.
So far, I probably won’t go into my assessment, but we’re close. Here’s a big job waiting to completely rebuild the app and listen to users’ wishes. Get started!
Here’s the verdict of JBL LIVE 300TWS
It is clear in my book that the JBL Live 300TWS is built to survive sweat and dust if you use your headphone during sports.
It’s also good that the included case – which is for the slightly larger side – recharges via USB-C and can easily give you more than 15 hours total play time. As already mentioned, the sound quality and noise reduction are pretty average, but at the price you get quite a lot for the money.
A strong alternative, as always, is the Jabra in-ear headphones. Here, I would suggest last year’s top model Jabra Elite 65t, which costs half of JBL’s novelty, but both in terms of sound and build quality is still quite high.