The new JBL Tour Pro 2 earbuds are a set of premium wireless audio buds with support for active noise cancellation Bluetooth 5.3 LE Audio, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

What makes them really stand out though is the “smart charging case” that comes with the earbuds. It has a 1.45 inch touchscreen display that not only shows information about the earbuds, but also lets you perform some actions without taking your phone out of your pocket.

For example, JBL says you can tap the touchscreen display to:

  • Customize your earbuds
  • Accept a phone call
  • Receive messages
  • View social media notifications

Basically it’s like having a smartwatch… that’s not strapped to your wrist. I’m not sure how often it’ll be quicker to take your charging case out of your pocket than your phone, but I suppose it’s nice to have the option.

JBL says the earbuds + charging case offer up to 40 hours of total playback time, since you should be able to charge the buds up to three times by placing them in the case before you need to recharge its battery.

Other features for the earbuds include 10mm dynamic drivers, support for JBL Spatial Sound, and 6 microphones for active noise cancellation.

The JBL Tour Pro 2 earbuds should be available in January, 2023 for $249 in the US or €249 in Europe.

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  1. If someone gave me a good (read: compulsory and very unpleasant) reason to actually buy this I’d immediately start looking into ways to strap the thing to my wrist. It would be huge and interfere with sleeves constantly, but that can be worked around…if clothing designers are willing. I guess the next step would be to just straight up make a smartwatch that’s also a charging case for the earbuds, which would also be huge.

  2. As stupid as this feels I do appreciate this approach, compared to companies like Bose that want you to install an app on your phone to get this level of interaction with the Bluetooth device. I will always choose the option that doesn’t require me installing an app.

    1. I suspect you could be totally wrong:
      This “Receive messages
      View social media notifications” abd other functiona on ear buds case display could need app in your smartphone.

    2. I agree – if it is the case that you can do all of the listed functions without an app being installed I think it is a good thing. I held off buying any wireless earbuds for ages due to the e-waste angle but eventually needed some and went with Galaxy Buds Live because I much prefer things that don’t fit into my ear canal and also the batteries in the buds and case can actually be replaced.

      But it is annoying that I can’t customise them at all unless I install and run the app, and the first thing is does is demand that you allow it to access your location to even open. I don’t want to do this and so can’t configure them, for example to turn off the touch function which I have no need for and only ever accidently engage.