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First Impressions

  • The Vibe Beam earbuds look cool and come in various colors.
  • The overall quality is disappointing for a JBL product, even at a lower price point.
  • The charging case feels light and cheap.

Sound Quality

  • The sound quality is just okay, lacking the full bass expected from JBL.
  • The EQ can be adjusted in the companion app, but it doesn’t significantly improve the sound.
  • At higher volumes, the higher frequencies are piercing and uncomfortable.
  • Suitable for casual listening but not for longer sessions or cranking up the volume.

Features

  • Great battery life with 8 hours on the earbuds and 24 additional hours with the charging case.
  • Fast charging provides 2 extra hours of listening with only 10 minutes of charging.
  • Easy pairing between devices.
  • Three different sizes of ear tips for a customizable fit.
  • Ambient Aware and Talk Thru modes for situational awareness.

Frustrations

  • The companion app often fails to recognize the earbuds.
  • Some features require overriding the main touch gestures, limiting functionality.
  • Lack of customization options for touch gestures.

Conclusion

  • The JBL Vibe Beam earbuds are incredibly cheap and frequently on sale, making them a budget-friendly option.
  • The sound quality is decent, and the touch controls are solid.
  • However, if you prioritize sound quality and durability, consider saving up for higher-end earbuds like the Samsung Galaxy Buds FE or Apple AirPods Pro.