JBL Reflect Mini BT review: Super sporty in-ear headphones

JBL Reflect Mini BT review: Super sporty in-ear headphones

JBL’s Reflect Mini BT headphones are very much designed with sport in mind, but their lightweight design, strong sound and competitive price make them a good choice for less extertive activities too.

Design

Like many sports headphones, the Reflect Mini BT consists of two small in-ear headphones linked by a short cable that sits around the back of your neck, so that it doesn’t wave in your face while you’re pounding the pavement. The three-button remote control sits just below the left earpiece, so it’s easily within reach, and that also keeps the microphone close to your mouth so you can take voice calls if you wish.

JBL Reflect Mini BT Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Sweat Resistant Sports Headphones with Highly Reflective Cable, Universal 3-Button In-Line Remote and Microphone - Black £79.50 Buy now

The cable itself is robust, and as the Reflect Minis are also water-resistant, you can really work up a sweat while you’re exercising and then just wipe them clean when you get back home again. As the name suggests, the cable is made of a reflective material that will help keep you visible and safe when you’re running at night.

The earpieces are available in several different colours, and are extremely light and compact. That ensures that they feel comfortable, and also helps to keep them in place when you’re on the move. A firm fit is needed to provide good sound quality with in-ear headphones, so JBL provides four different sets of ear tips with the Reflect Mini BT. There are two sets of the regular little tips that go straight into the ear canal, and two others that have an additional rubber ‘horn’ that fits into the folds of your outer ear to help keep them in place during exercise. These are effective and do work really well no matter how vigorous the workout is.

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Sound quality

The Reflect Mini BT treads a measured path, with a good frequency range (10Hz-22kHz) ensuring that the headphones provide a full, firm bass sound without going completely over-the-top. The mid- and high frequencies are strong too, maintaining the detail in the manic guitar thrash of My Chemical Romance even at high volumes. If your workout playlists tend to be a non-stop dance marathon then you might prefer headphones that pump up the bass a bit more, but the more balanced sound of the Reflect Mini BT ensures that they work well with a wide range of musical genres.

To add to the superior quality and design, the small earpieces of the Reflect Mini BT suggested that they’d have very modest battery life, but JBL claims they’ll last for up to eight hours when fully charged. If you like to really turn up the volume during exercise then that will probably get more like five or six hours, but that’ll still see you through any workout, as well as providing good battery life for more sedate activities.

 

Verdict

It's possible to spend a small fortune on Bluetooth headphones, but JBL is onto a winner with the Reflect Mini BT. These £80 in-ear 'phones sound great, and the tough, water-resistant design means that they're as suitable for the daily commute as your lgym workout. Add in the convenience of wireless operation, and there's lots to like.

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