Treblab xRun Review
This month seems to be dedicated to Treblab and their Bluetooth workout earbuds. I mean this is already the third model that I’m going to be trying out. They have a lot of different earbuds, some of which are also made for working out. Something that I’m extremely fond of as I have been a gym rat for half of my life now. So today I’m going to review their latest workout earbuds, the Treblab xRun. I didn’t manage to find many articles about them so I decided to write one myself.
In The Box
- Treblab xRun earbuds
- 3 sets of silicone ear tips (Small, Medium, Large)
- 3 sets of expandable foam ear tips
- Carry case
- MicroUSB to USB charging cable
When I first saw the Treblab xRun earbuds, I was pleasantly surprised. They look nothing like the hundreds of other Bluetooth earbuds that are in the same price category. Instead they look much more high end in my opinion. They sort of resemble wireless workout earbuds that are sold by Sony in my opinion. Which is definitely a great start for the headphones as first impression is everything.
What I like about the design is that you can clearly tell that they are made for working out. They have a flexible ear hook that securely fixes the earbuds to your ears. It’s such a simple method for stopping them from falling out. And it’s so important as well as any sort of movement can mess up your pace.
I’m also quite glad that the speakers are connected to each other with a cable. The plus side of that is that you don’t need to worry about losing them. You can also keep them around the neck during breaks. The speakers, battery and hardware are all inside of separate black plastic panels. These have a water resistance rating of IPX4, which means that the xRun earbuds are sweatproof and water resistant. Oh and that plastic panel also holds physical buttons for changing the volume and turning on the earbuds.
Like all of the Treblab earbuds, the xRun’s also include quite a generous amount of accessories. Besides the actual headphones, you get 3 sets of standard silicone ear tips and 3 sets of expandable foam ear tips. These are made out of memory foam! They basically take the shape of your ear canal. That allows you to achieve a much better noise insulation. So you won’t hear any annoying gym music interrupt your songs.
Besides that, the package also includes a carry case and a Micro USB to USB cable. The USB cable is simply for charging.
Wireless earbuds are pretty much the standard nowadays. Which also means that the technology has improved quite a lot over the years. I’d say that there’s not much difference between lower end and higher end models anymore in terms of wireless performance. I mean the performance is greatly limited by the frequency that’s used. And most of the headphones use Bluetooth, so technically they use the same type of technology to send the signal. Which is why we generally see the same wireless range among all of the different models. The xRun has a range of 10 m / 33 ft, which is measured in an open space.
Another key spec that’s usually quite consistent is the battery life. That again is limited by size and cost. Which is why you can expect to get around 8 to 9 hours of music from these earbuds. It also takes around 1.5 hours to fully charge them. The battery life also depends on the volume you are listening with. I generally achieve the expected battery life when I keep the volume at around 50%. Which for me, is more than enough and sometimes I keep it even lower. But going above that, will also deplete the battery much faster.
Both earbuds include 10 mm audio drivers. These drivers are paired up with a bass boost function to deliver the best workout music experience. This type of software manipulation is quite unique for earbuds in its price range. It’s a great way to get the most out of the hardware.
And I’d say that they have succeeded. The small drivers generate plenty of punch for bass heavy genres. Which is what the typical workout music is usually all about. So this is perfect for genres like EDM, rap and Hip Hop. I’m also really happy with how clear the audio is. That’s as long as you don’t turn up the volume above 70% during bass heavy songs. Above that, you start to notice the downsides of small drivers.
Another plus for the audio quality is also the Bluetooth connection. I haven’t personally experienced a single instance where it has cut out in the middle of a song. I usually take them to the gym and keep my phone in the corner while I walk around. Occasionally I’ll also go to a different room, which places concrete walls in between me and the phone. And so far, the audio quality has remained consistent and clear.
The Treblab xRun wireless earbuds are designed for people who enjoy working out. They have a modern design that fits really well. Plus they are sweatproof, which greatly increases the durability of the headphones. Sure you can’t take them for a swim but at least they will survive even the sweatiest workouts. And they stay fixed to your ears, which again is a huge plus for it. I also can’t complain about the sound quality. Sure, they can’t compete with the high end earbuds but they are definitely good enough to get through workouts.