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Shahtaj Maqsood

Shahtaj Maqsood

JBL TUNE 120 True Wireless Earbuds Review

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Brief Intro/Description

The JBL Tune 120 True Wireless Earbuds are a super comfortable pair of earbuds with some delightful qualities like a sturdy charging case, noise-isolation (not active noise canceling technology), and a bargain price-tag. But, are these worth a try. Read more to find out.

What comes in the box

  • A pair of  JBL Tune 120 wireless earbuds (with ear tips on).
  • Charging case.
  • Extra ear tips in large and small sizes.
  • Micro USB cable.
  • Instruction manual.
JBL Tune 120 True Wireless Earbuds -16 Hours of Playtime: 4 H Playback for earbuds + 12 H for charging case

Design & Comfort

The JBL Tune 120 True Wireless Earbuds and their charging case both feel excellent quality to the touch and very well-built. The case is lightweight but does not feel flimsy or cheap by any means. On the charging case, you see the JBL logo and the same is true for the USB cable. The charging case is tiny enough for you to throw in your pocket and carry it anywhere with zero problems.

The JBL Tune 120 earbuds come with 2 extra ear tips of different sizes, in addition to the pair of tips that are already on the buds. Once the buds are in your ear, they do protrude just a little. They have a nice, glossy finish. The comfort and snug fit they give makes them ideal for use while on a run or in the gym.

Available in Black, Blue, Green, Pink, White, and Yellow.

Charging Case

The design of the charging case may not be anything spectacular, but it looks very minimal and elegant. On it, you see three LED lights for the case battery status. Apart from this, the charging case is magnetic and the lid closes super tight to keep the earbuds in the case.

The earbuds give 4 hours of playtime when charged and this can be extended to 12 hours by the charging case that the earbuds come in.

JBL Tune 120 True Wireless Earbuds: Ergonomically shaped design, ensures long lasting comfort

Sound Quality

These wireless buds come with a 5.8 mm driver and the sound quality is clean and clear. You get some good bass with crisp and balanced vocals as well as clear highs and mids. For the price, the JBL Tune 120 earbuds provide adequate sound quality.

Call Quality

The microphone quality is mediocre. Callers on both sides can hear each other fine though you might sound like you are at a distance from the mic. Also, it does not seem to let much of the background noise in.

Bluetooth

The JBL Tune 120 wireless earbuds come with Bluetooth 4.2 technology which is not the latest version. So you should certainly expect some latency and a considerably short range.

Control Features

No touch-sensitive buttons but, the JBL Tune 120 True Wireless Earbuds do come with physical buttons on each bud with the JBL branding on them. Besides, the buttons function nicely. The right earbud is the important one as it connects to your phone. A double-tap on the right bud can activate google and  Siri, one tap on the left bud to forward, and 2 taps to skip a track, one tap to play/pause with the right bud as well as answer and end calls.

Water Resistance

These buds do not come with an IPX rating therefor these are neither sweat-resistant nor water-resistant so be careful with them and make sure to not get them wet.

ANC (Active Noise Cancelling Technology)

Although the JBL Tune 120 True Wireless Earbuds do not come with any Active Noise Cancelling Technology, these buds still cancel out any passive noise because of the tight fit they give.

Extra Features

  • Lightweight
  • Volume-Control
  • Universal Phone Control
  •  iOS Phone Control

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 3.94 x 1.73 x 6.30 inches
  • Weight: 2.57 ounces
  • Fit Type: Over-Ear
  • Hands-free Stereo Calls
  • Truly Wireless

Brand Credibility

JBL is a known brand that produces all kinds of audio equipment and their website is loaded with an abundance of interesting products at very economical prices. These products include home speakers, smart speakers, car audio products, smart, true wireless headphones, Noise Cancelling headphones, in-ear headphones, etc.

Quality & Materials Used

The JBL Tune 120 True Wireless Earbuds are nice quality and their charging case also does well in keeping the buds safe as the case is magnetic and pulls the earbuds in place nice and secure so they do not fall out. The charging case is made of plastic and is also very durable.

Price

At the time of this review, the JBL Tune 120 True Wireless Headphones are sold at $69.95.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • The JBL Tune 120 True Wireless Earbuds are suitable for use while running and exercising in the gym because of how nicely and firmly they sit in the ear, with no fear of them budging.
  • The buds give quite a comfortable fit and come with extra ear tips.
  • The charging case the JBL Tune 120 earbuds come with can provide a decent amount of extra charge.
  • Lightweight and easy to travel with, the charging case is super durable and feels of good enough quality.
  • Not the cheapest pair of wireless buds out there, but still very economically priced.
  • The charging case features handy LED lights to show you the charge status of the case.
  • Clear, balanced, and decent sound quality.
  • These wireless earbuds are built to last and provide noise-isolation as well.
  • You can even get these in a couple of different, really appealing colors. 
  • The controls are easy to use and responsive.

Cons

  • The battery life on the JBL Tune 120 earbuds is inadequate.
  • These wireless earbuds also lack Active Noise Cancelling Technology as well as IPX rating.
  • The highest volume setting is not loud enough.
  • These earbuds use a Micro USB cable, not a USB C cable.
  • You cannot control the volume from the earbuds so you’ll need your phone for that.

Final Verdict

The JBL Tune 120 True Wireless Earbuds buds do lack water-resistance, active noise cancellation as well as touch controls. If that is not a deal-breaker for you, then, by all means, give these a try as they are not the worst-performing buds out there. However, for some extra money, you can surely get a pair that has all these features.

Check out this video review of the JBL Tune 120 wireless earbuds by Brian Unboxed

Make sure to check out our most recent True Wireless Earbuds reviews

Product Summary

Brand

JBL

Control Type

Button Controls

Water Resistance

None

ANC

Product has ANC: ✘

Wireless Charging

Product has wireless charging: ✘

Bluetooth Version

Bluetooth 4.2

Charging Case Playtime

12 hours

Earbud Playtime

4 hours

Microphone Rating

Microphone Quality Rating: 7.5/10

Sound Rating

Sound Quality Rating: 8.0/10

Rating

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

Price

$84.99

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