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BeatsX vs. Jaybird X4: Which should you buy?

Jaybird X4 promo photo
Jaybird X4 promo photo (Image credit: JayBird)

The breakdown

Which of these two pairs of earbuds you should buy really, at the end of the day, comes down to whether or not you're an iPhone user. Sure, there's a difference in price of $30, but the extra $30 gets you customizable EQ with the Jaybird X4 and more fitting options in the form of extra ear tips and fins.

BeatsXJaybird X4
ChargingLightning cableProprietary clip
ConnectivityVW1 chip/BluetoothBluetooth
Battery life8 hours8 hours
Water resistanceNo claimIPX7
Fast charging5 minutes for 2 hours10 minutes for 1 hour

Out of the box, the BeatsX and Jaybird X4 are quite comparable. They have decent sound, but nothing to write home about. They each have fairly customizable fits, though the X4 comes with fins as well. They also each have up to eight hours of playback, though many reviews indicate that the BeatsX don't live up to that promise.

For color options, you have black and silver for the BeatsX, and you have your choice of black/yellow tips, silver/blue tips, and green for the X4. Right there, Jaybird wins for me, since there's just a bit more fun to be had with different colors.

Don't pay full price for the BeatsX.

I'd like to note something about the BeatsX price: While you can often find them on Amazon for $100, they retail for $150 from Apple directly and on the Beats site. I would never pay that for them, while I would probably shell out the $130 for the Jaybird X4, simply because you can customize their sound to your liking.

If you're really stuck between the two, I'd go with the Jaybird X4. They fit great, have better sound capabilities than the BeatsX, and the W1 pairing method is really no more convenient than traditional Bluetooth, especially since the Jaybirds pair incredibly quickly and connect like lightning thereafter. However, the W1 pairing does make the BeatsX super easy to use if you have Apple products, so that might be enticing enough.

Mick is a staff writer who's as frugal as they come, so he always does extensive research (much to the exhaustion of his wife) before making a purchase. If it's not worth the price, Mick ain't buying.