Wire­less ear­buds for fit­ness buffs

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Technology - By LEE KAH LENG bytz@thes­tar.com.my

SMART fit­ness wear­able de­vices are fast gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity with fea­tures such as smart ac­tiv­ity track­ing, heart rate sen­sor and pro­tec­tion against the el­e­ments.

Jabra Elite Sport, which is now avail­able here, is the first de­vice in the Dan­ish com­pany’s new Elite series of wire­less head­phones.

Elite Sport comes in the form of two wire­less ear­buds, with the ad­van­tage of lib­er­at­ing users from cords which tend to get into the way and re­strict move­ment while ex­er­cis­ing.

The ear­buds have two mi­cro­phones each which can fil­ter ex­ter­nal noises with the noise can­cel­la­tion tech­nol­ogy for bet­ter call qual­ity or open up the user to voices of the sur­round­ing while plugged in. Users can opt to use both the ear­buds at the same time or just a sin­gle unit.

Also in­cluded in the small-sized ear­buds is the build-in heart rate mon­i­tor, which Jabra claims to of­fer read­ings that are up to 90% ac­cu­rate. The ear­buds are con­nected to a smart­phone via Blue­tooth and can be con­trolled with the Jabra Sport Life app which is avail­able for An­droid and iOS.

The app in­cludes fit­ness track­ing sta­tis­tics such dis­tance cov­ered, pace, route, calo­ries burnt, as well as other cus­tom ac­tiv­i­ties such as cross train­ing and V02Max (max­i­mal oxy­gen con­sump­tion) test.

Jabra claims that the de­vice will be able to of­fer three hours of us­age with a sin­gle charge, and a 20-minute charge is equiv­a­lent to about one hour of bat­tery life.

The car­ry­ing case which is bun­dled along with the ear­buds of­fers an ad­di­tional six hours of charge. Users can sim­ply plug the ear­buds in to recharge on the go.

Be­ing a fit­ness de­vice, pro­tec­tion against sweat is an es­sen­tial and Elite Sport has IP67 wa­ter re­sis­tance cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Not only that, the de­vice comes with three year war­ranty against sweat, which the com­pany claims to be the most ex­ten­sive cov­er­age avail­able for sim­i­lar prod­ucts in the mar­ket.

The Elite Sport re­tails at RM1,259 at se­lected re­tail­ers and Jabra re­sellers na­tion­wide.

As part of an on­go­ing pro­mo­tion with e-com­merce plat­form Lazada, ev­ery pur­chase of Jabra Sports prod­ucts (Elite, Pulse, Coach and Pace) will be en­ti­tled to a free Pi­neng 20,000mAh power bank worth RM79. Pro­mo­tion ends on June 30.

The Jabra Elite Sport comes with a carry case which pro­vides an ad­di­tional six hours worth of charge for charg­ing up on the go. — MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI

iFleet of­fers a com­plete so­lu­tion that in­cludes hard­ware, soft­ware and con­nec­tiv­ity. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

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