The JBL Everest 100ga might be the Google Assistant earbuds you’ve been looking for.
“No 2 people really listen to music the same, what I mean is that besides the shapes of ears being different, people prefer different tones of music, people hear music slightly differently.”
So… you are in the market for a good set of earbuds with google assistant but not sure where to start, maybe I can help. First let me tell you the truth when it comes to reviews about audio products (speakers, headphones etc). No 2 people really listen to music the same, what I mean is that besides the shapes of ears being different, people prefer different tones of music, people hear music slightly differently. I myself prefer a balanced clean sound that’s not overly bass heavy. Some people love bass heavy earbuds and headphones and wouldn’t be pleased with the balanced sound. I say all of this to give you some core advice.
HOW TO BUY AUDIO PRODUCTS
ALWAYS buy headphones or earbuds from a store or website that accepts returns. I’ve bought more than a few sets of headphones $50+ that I’ve taken back because they sounded horrible. It’s your hard earned cash and I’d hate to be stuck with a pair of earbuds/ headphones that I simply hated, so don’t be embarrassed to take them back.
Secondly, I’d advise you to take audio reviews with a grain of salt, the reasons I already listed above. People hear sound differently, but there are some things to take away from audio reviews.
- Build quality, this shouldn’t be subjective. Either they are quality or they aren’t, most reviewers will mention building quality, so pay attention.
- Battery life is another area where reviews should be accurate, as long as they are tested roughly the same way. Most reviewers will tell you if and how they test battery.
- Features are another area where there isn’t really any grey area, the features are simply what they are.
Everything else is subjective and should be used as a reference/guideline and not law.
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They sound great, have the Google Assistant, good battery life and are produced by JBL which is owned by Harman Kardon. Do I really need to say more… Well, I do so keep reading.
I’ve been testing the JBL Everest 110GA, the GA part on the model name stands for google assistant. You read that correctly they have the Google assistant, but we will get to that later.
First, let’s talk about the sound. If they sound terrible there’s really no reason to read any further, luckily this is not the case. In my opinion, they sound great. The sound is well balanced with decent bass (as long as you fit them in your ear correctly). The highs are crisp, not overly bright. I don’t find the high frequencies to be crackly at higher volumes overall I’d score them a solid 8.5 out of 10 on sound quality. JBL is owned by Harman Kardon a very well known high-end brand in the audio world, so good sound should be a given. The only gripe I have with them is the maximum volume is a little lower than I’d like. They play loud enough for most people to enjoy, but I sometimes play my music much louder than a person should and the Everest 110ga almost get there. The easiest way for me to explain this is I’d like two more levels of volume up. However, 95% of the time that I listen to them is less than 100% volume anyway, so this is more of a nitpick than a problem.
Next up is the fitment… Do they feel good in the ear? Do they stay in your ear? Let me sum it all up in one word… “Yaaasssssss”
“I myself found out of the box they fit PERFECT“
Ok, let me break it down. Like most earbuds, you’ll receive 3 different sizes of earbuds, small, medium (installed out of the box) and large. You’ll also get a few different sizes of the wings that hold the earbuds in the ear. Overall JBL has you covered when it comes to fitment. I myself found out of the box they fit PERFECT no…. Really they did. I do not notice that I’m wearing them even after extended listening sessions. They are some of the most comfortable earbuds that I’m ever used. Fitment I’d give them an 8.5 out of 10. I’m not really sure they could fit any better for me. The reason that I gave them an 8.5 instead of a 10 ( this is another nitpick) they can rotate or want to fall off of your neck when they are not in your ear. My solution to this was cheap earphone clips from Amazon. Linked here
Here is where I need to reel you guys and girls in…. Ok soooooo… who needs 24hr battery life?! (facepalm) These are likely the same people that complain about needing to charge a smartwatch daily. You charge your phone daily. Sigh
Anyway, the battery life is rated from JBL is 8hrs, I honestly never reached that limit. I listen to them, throw them in the leather case that’s included with them and charge them every few days when I think about it. I’m never really in a position that allows me to listen to them 8hr straight. I feel for most people even people that will use them heavily, charging them daily (they charge in 2 hours) will be sufficient enough to never hear the annoying low batter tone.
Now let’s get into the google assistant. This is what sets these apart from the normal JBL Everest 110, that oh so sweet voice whispering sweet nothings into your ear. If you own an android phone, a google assistant speaker, or Pixelbook then you already know what to expect. It’s simple to use, a simple press on the assistant button will tell you the time and alert you to any notifications that you have. Press and hold the button and speak a request, such as business hours, ordering an uber, order a pizza all the googleness is here. A wealth of internet searching power sitting in your ears. You have the ability to respond to text etc, same as you would on a phone.
So you’re thinking that this is a gimmick. Well as far as getting you to buy a decent set of Bluetooth earphones vs another brand, sure its a gimmick, but it’s a gimmick that works. Here are a few real-world uses that I myself have used. My mom needed me to do a little work on her house, so I threw on the earbuds, powered them on and told the assistant to play a playlist from Spotify, Spotify open and my tunes are playing in seconds. I working and realize I may need more supplies I press the assistant button again and ask for the business hours of the local hardware store, again I received the info in seconds. I again pressed the assistant button and told it to call said hardware store, all while continuing to work and not needing to dig my phone out my pocket. I began to pick up the tools and pressed the assistant to send a message to my fiance which it promptly did. Sure I don’t use the assistant all the time, but I don’t use the assistant on my phone or smartwatch all the time either, but when I do I’m glad its there. The JBL Everest 110GA is no different, they sound fantastic for the price, the assistant is there when I need it, the battery life in my use has been great, they are lightweight and comfortable and did I mention you can often find them on sale.