The buds that are better than Apple’s market-leading AirPods

Jaybird’s previous wireless buds, X4, were too big for my ears, but the Vista is small enough to accommodate most ears, with three sizes of rubber gels for a perfect fit.

Riding with the Jaybirds over bumpy Melbourne bike paths, I was never worried they’d fall out of my ears. And they’re water and dustproof to survive the elements.

Most in-ear designs feel uncomfortable and a little claustrophobic to me, but not the Vista.

The buds are exceptionally light, allowing them to be worn for hours at a time with no ear fatigue, and like the AirPods, you can listen to and control each bud independently.

When it comes to truly wireless headphones, so much of the experience comes from their charging case.

A large part of the AirPod’s charm comes down to the case, and how quick and easy it is to remove one or both buds, how light the case is to carry with you at all times, and how quickly the case recharges the buds, so they always seem fully charged when you need them.

The case is part of the charm with the Jaybird's Vista.

The case is part of the charm with the Jaybird’s Vista.

Jaybird has learnt these lessons well and the Vista charging case is fantastic.

The case itself is small and light, much smaller than competing cases from Jabra, Sony and Bose – only the AirPods charging case feels smaller in a pocket.

If the AirPods case looks like a smooth pack of dental floss, the Jaybirds are more like thick, futuristic dog tags.

They’re about the size of a lighter, so not too bulky in a jeans pocket.


The interior of the case is bright yellow, so finding the buds in the dark is easy.

The buds easily slide out of their charging bays and snap back into place with the help of tiny magnets, and you get the same satisfying snap closing the lid as you do with AirPods.

And the case provides ten hours charge on top of the six hours charge of each bud, giving that same, “always charged” experience.

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