JBL Reflect Mini Bluetooth In-ear Headphones Review

Editor rating

4/5 on July 13, 2016 Reviewed by: Peter Alexander

User's rating

218 reviews

PROS

  • Very lightweight
  • Ergonomic design
  • Good sound

CONS

  • Connectivity issues

VERDICT

We really like this form-factor of Bluetooth earbuds. The separate music playback controller makes it easy to adjust your music without taking your smartphone out, and it also helps to keep the weight away from your ears. The sound quality is not astonishing, but it’s still safely above average. Really, the only things that make these headphones less appealing are the bad customer service and some minor connectivity issues. If JBL worked on these two, they could easily make the best Bluetooth earbuds in the world.

JBL knows how to make a lightweight pair of wireless earbuds satisfy complex needs of sports and fitness enthusiasts. The Reflect Mini are small, highly functional, and completely sweat-proof – the perfect mix for success.

Design and Build Quality

The main feature of these is their ultra-light weight, which really adds to the overall comfort that you get to experience after an extended period of uninterrupted use. The ergonomic eartips work in conjunction with a pair of earwings for maximum security and reliable fit.

We can say that the Reflect Mini stay in place even during the most rigorous exercise. One extra feature that you don’t see very often is the highly reflective cable designed for maximum visibility at night. It really helps to make you easily visible when you ride your bike on the side of the road at night.

With the IPX-4 water-resistant rating, your workouts can happen no matter how crazy the weather may currently be. The built-in microphone offers great sound quality and allows you to stay connecting at all times.

Some customers complain about terrible support. According to them, it often takes more than 20 minutes before you are connected to an actual human being. If you don’t wait and, instead, decide to just leave a message, you are likely to never hear from them back.

Sound Quality

We were initially surprised by how quiet these earbuds are. Cracking them up to the maximum level only gives you about half the volume that you get from many other Bluetooth headphones available at the moment. Pushing them beyond by software adjustments can lead to bad sound degradation. We recommend you to purchase Comply eartips, and use them to achieve the maximum passive noise isolation you can.

Generally, the sound is more than acceptable, even though it doesn’t really impress in any noticeable way. Bass frequencies are accurate but lack that sub-bass punch bass lovers tend to enjoy, and highs cannot match audiophile-grade sound quality.

During our testing, we have encountered several occasions when the sound suddenly got cut off. This usually happened with the phone in a pocket and during sudden head movements. It’s highly possible that it was just an isolated problem with our own model.

What’s in the Box?

The modest packaging includes just the Bluetooth earbuds and a few pairs of extra eartips. We think that, at least, a USB cable for charging would be a really nice addition.

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