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Is the Jaybird X4 worth paying $30 more, or should you buy the Jaybird Tarah?

Jaybird's X4 and Tarah earbuds are more similar than different, so why is the X4 $30 more?

Published onJanuary 3, 2019

No, the Jaybird X4 isn’t worth paying $30 over the Tarah – at least for most of you.

The key difference between the Jaybird X4 vs the Jaybird Tarah is battery life with the latter clocking in at a listed eight hours of playback and the former affording six. Both provide more than enough battery life to power through a week’s worth of workouts for most of us. Plus, both wireless earbuds can fast charge, requiring just 10 minutes of charge for one hour of playback.

Headed to the gym? How long do you typically listen to music while exercising?
— Sound Guys (@realsoundguys) September 11, 2018

If battery life isn’t an issue, get the Jaybird Tarah

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Aside from two fewer hours of playback time and a more whimsical design, the Tarah is virtually identical to the company’s X4 model. Additionally, the Tarah and X4 are both IPX7-rated, meaning that they can be submerged for 30 minutes up to one meter. The Tara also sport the same Speed Cinch mechanism as its counterpart, making it that much more mind-boggling to throw extra cash at what seems to be a nearly identical product.

What’s more, the Tarah received “Made for Google” certification which ensures seamless compatibility with Google devices like the Pixel 3 — a feature the X4 lacks.

If you need extra ear tips and battery life, get the X4

The Jaybird X4 and Jaybird Tarah being held to show the nozzle angles.
The Jaybird Tarah (right) sports a more aggressively angled nozzle than the X4 workout earbuds.

While both the X4 and Tarah include Jaybird’s proprietary ear tips, the X4 provides listeners with a wider array of more substantial Sport Fit Plus ear tips; the Tarah use Sport Fit tips instead. Again, the two hours of additional battery life is nice, but since both earbuds can quick charge, it’s a negligible feature for most listeners.

That said, if you prefer the more sloping, less aggressive angle of the X4 earbud nozzles, the extra $30 may very well be worth it.

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