Are you looking for tiny headphones that fit your little ears? JLab hears you loud and clear, and at CES 2023, it launched its new JBuds Mini true wireless earbuds. These tiny earbuds are designed with smaller ears in mind, though they still work just as well for people with “normal” sized ears.
Along with the JBuds Mini, JLab also launched its new premium true wireless earbuds, the JLab Epic Lab Edition, which feature its first hybrid dual driver and superb brushed metal housing.
JLab’s new JBuds Mini are tiny
Super compact headphones are not entirely new to the market. We previously reviewed the equally diminutive 1More ComfoBuds Mini, the world’s smallest ANC earbuds. They’re very comfortable, but there aren’t many other earbuds that target smaller ears, so JLab’s JBuds Mini will be a welcome addition to this niche market.
The JBuds Mini is JLab’s smallest earbud and is around 50 percent smaller than the JBuds Air. The carry case is smaller than a poker chip and comes with a handy key ring which means you can clip it to your keys for storage. This is something you might consider doing as the case could easily be lost.
And of course, the headphones inside the case are also very small. Once attached, they’ll feel secure, but the risk is that you’ll touch the tiny buttons as you’re attaching them and drop them or else. Still, if you’re looking for something to fit smaller ears, the JBuds Mini could be a great option.
Although the buds are small, they still have a decent battery life. The JBuds Mini offer up to six hours of playback on the earbuds, with another two full charges from the carrying case. Of course, you also get all the other standard headphone features, like touch sensors and a USB-C charging port.
JLab’s JBuds Mini will be released in Q3 2023 and will retail for $39.99.
JLab Launches New Epic Lab Edition True Wireless Earbuds
Along with the JBuds Mini at CES 2023, JLab’s new Epic Lab Edition true wireless earbuds also debuted. The new Epic Lab Edition headphones become the first from the company to use a hybrid two-driver design to improve audio quality.
The brushed zinc alloy housing is the first thing you’ll notice with these headphones. It’s heavy, feels well-made, and looks like a premium piece of hardware. The case has a rubberized bottom to protect it from slipping on smooth services, which should help protect against accidental drops.
While the case promises quality, the Epic Lab Edition headphones themselves are a bit plain, featuring the JLab logo on the otherwise all-black plastic shell.
These are stemless internal buttons, the shell houses the 10mm dynamic driver and additional Knowles balanced armature driver. We’ve seen hybrid driver systems in Gravastar’s Sirius Pro headphones before, and they work well in that configuration to provide additional clarity and overall audio quality. Given the similarities in design, the Epic Lab Edition headphones should offer similar levels – or better!
Interestingly, the Epic Lab Edition comes with an additional 2.4GHz USB-C dongle. It’s a handy extra that will make connecting to your 2.4GHz wireless headset a simple process, whether you’re using your computer, laptop, and most handily, your smartphone.
As for battery life, the Epic Lab Edition headphones offer up to 12 hours of playback with ANC off, which drops to 10 hours with ANC on. That’s a very good overall level of playback, and with up to 54 hours of extra charge in the carrying case, you’ll be able to keep your music playing all day long.
Like the JBuds Mini, the JLab Epic Lab Edition earbuds will also launch in Q3 2023 and will retail for $199.99.
JLab bolsters its extensive audio lineup at CES 2023
JLab CES 2023 has been a busy few days filled with product launches. The addition of the JBuds Mini is an interesting step, and the small size of the buds should appeal to a wide range of potential users.