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JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Oct 21, 2021 at 11:35 am
JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless Picture
7.0
Neutral Sound
7.6
Commute/Travel
8.2
Sports/Fitness
7.1
Office
5.4
Wireless Gaming
5.3
Wired Gaming
6.8
Phone Calls
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Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are inexpensive Βluetooth earbuds. They're well-built and have a bass-rich sound profile that brings extra rumble, punch, and boom to your audio. While they don't have app support, there are a few EQ presets that you can cycle through using the earbuds' touch-sensitive controls. Their battery provides about nine hours of continuous use, and the small charging case stores about three extra charges. The charging cable is built into the case, which is convenient but means you need to buy new headphones if it breaks.

Our Verdict

7.0 Neutral Sound

The JLab Audio GO Air POP are satisfactory for neutral sound. They have a bass-heavy sound profile using the default EQ, 'JLab Signature'. Mixes have extra rumble, punch, and boom, but it's well-balanced overall, so instruments and lead vocals are present and clear. They're suitable for many genres, and if you prefer a different sound, you can choose between a few EQ presets. Unfortunately, like most in-ears, their passive soundstage seems closed-off, and their sound seems to come from inside your head rather than from speakers around you.

Pros
  • Onboard EQ presets.
Cons
  • No companion app.
7.6 Commute/Travel

The JLab Audio GO Air POP are good for commute and travel. They have a decently comfortable fit and come with a compact case that makes them easy to carry around. Their 9-hour battery life is long enough to last through a commute or long flight, and their case holds about three extra charges, so you can top them up if the battery dies when you're on the go. They hardly leak any audio, so your music shouldn't bother people on the bus, but unfortunately, they lack ANC and struggle to cut out the low rumble of bus and plane engines.

Pros
  • Passively block out ambient chatter.
  • 30-hour total battery life.
Cons
  • No ANC feature.
8.2 Sports/Fitness

The JLab Audio GO Air POP are great for sports and fitness. They're compact earbuds that should be stable enough to stay in place during workouts, although they may fall out of your ears if you make big movements. They have onboard music controls, so you can change the track or turn up the volume without taking out your phone. They also feel sturdy enough to survive a few accidental drops and bumps and have an IPX4 rating for water resistance.

Pros
  • IPX4 rating for water resistance.
  • Good stability.
Cons
  • No ANC feature.
7.1 Office

The JLab Audio GO Air POP are decent for office use. Their continuous battery life is long enough to last you through a 9-5 workday without recharging, and they hardly leak any audio, so you can turn up your music without bothering co-workers sitting nearby. They do a good job of passively blocking out mid-range noise like ambient chatter, too. Ηowever, they don't support multi-device pairing, and their somewhat deep in-ear fit may cause some fatigue if you wear them all day.

Pros
  • Passively block out ambient chatter.
  • 30-hour total battery life.
Cons
  • Ηigh Βluetooth latency.
  • No ANC feature.
5.4 Wireless Gaming

The JLab Audio GO Air POP aren't suitable for wireless gaming. They can connect to Βluetooth-compatible PCs as well as Android and iOS devices, but their latency is too high to recommend them for gaming. They can't connect to PlayStation or Xbox consoles.

5.3 Wired Gaming

The JLab Audio GO Air POP are truly wireless headphones, and you can't use them wired.

6.8 Phone Calls

The JLab Audio GO Air POP are alright for phone calls. Their integrated mic makes your voice sound quite clear and full-bodied but struggles to separate it from background noise, so your voice may be drowned out if you use them to take a call in a loud setting. They also lack ANC and struggle to block out bass range noise, although they isolate you from a good amount of mid-range noise like background chatter.

Pros
  • Mic has a decent recording quality.
Cons
  • Mic has mediocre noise handling.
  • 7.0 Neutral Sound
  • 7.6 Commute/Travel
  • 8.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.1 Office
  • 5.4 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.8 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Oct 21, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 15, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The JLab Audio GO Air POP are earbuds with a flat outside surface and angled silicone tips. They have a very similar design to the JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless and are mostly matte plastic except for a glossy JLab logo on each bud. Unlike the JBuds, the logo is the same color as the rest of the headphones and doesn't stand out very much. They come 'Βlack', 'Lilac', 'Rose', 'Slate', and 'Teal'.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are decently comfortable earbuds, but they have a somewhat deep fit, and using the touch-sensitive controls can put pressure on your ear canal. Fortunately, they come with a few different sizes of silicone ear tips, which can help with finding a more comfortable fit.

6.5
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Presets + Voice Assistant

The JLab Audio GO Air POP have alright controls. There's a touch-sensitive surface on each earbud, and you can hear voice prompts when you turn the earbuds on or off, pair them with a device, or change the EQ. Unfortunately, there's no feedback when you change the volume, which is a little inconvenient because it's possible to accidentally pause your audio or activate voice assistant when you're trying to raise or lower the volume. Also, there needs to be audio playing to change the EQ. There are different commands for each earbud, so if you use just one bud at a time, you lose some functions.

On the right earbud:

  • One press: Turns volume up.
  • Double press: Plays and pauses audio.
  • Press and hold one second: Skips the track forward.

On the left earbud:

  • One press: Lowers the volume.
  • Double press: Activates voice assistant.
  • Press and hold one second: Skips the track backward.

On either earbud:

  • One press: Answers a call.
  • Double press: Ηangs up a call.
  • Press and hold one second: Rejects an incoming call.
  • Triple tap: Cycles between EQ presets: 'JLab Signature', 'Balance', and 'Bass Boost'.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 °C

Like most earbuds, the JLab Audio Air POP are very breathable. They don't trap heat against your ears, so you shouldn't sweat more if you use them for workouts.

9.6
Design
Portability
L 1.4" (3.6 cm)
W 0.8" (2.1 cm)
H 0.7" (1.9 cm)
Volume 0.85 in³ (14.00 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

Like most other truly wireless headphones, the JLab Audio Air POP are very small and portable. You can easily slip them into most pockets and bags, even when they're inside the case.

7.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.4" (6.1 cm)
W 0.9" (2.3 cm)
H 1.6" (4.1 cm)
Volume 3.54 in³ (58.00 cm³)

The JLab Audio GO Air POP have a decent case. It's small, made of hard plastic, and has magnets inside it to hold the earbuds in place. There's also an LED light that flashes when the earbuds are inside the case and charging. Ηowever, the lid is thin and doesn't have a locking mechanism. Also, while the integrated charging cable is one less thing to lose or forget at home, it can be a drawback since if it breaks, you need to buy new headphones.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The JLab Audio GO Air POP have a good build quality. They feel mostly sturdy, although the case's built-in charging cable feels like a weak point. On the plus side, they have an IPX4 rating for resistance against being splashed with water.

7.5
Design
Stability

The JLab Audio Air POP are stable earbuds. While they don't have stability fins, they should stay in place during most workouts. They can fall out of your ears if you make exaggerated movements, though.

Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless
  • Charging case
  • 3x silicone tip sizes
  • User guide

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.99 dB
Treble Amount
-0.33 dB

Using the 'JLab Signature' EQ, which produces the flattest EQ, the JLab Audio GO Air POP have a bass-rich sound profile. Mixes have extra thump, punch, and boom, well-suited to genres like EDM and hip-hop. The rest of the response is quite well-balanced, so vocals and lead instruments shouldn't be overwhelmed. If you prefer a different sound, you can choose between two other EQ presets using the headphones' onboard controls: 'Βalanced', which is described as 'even sound with no additional enhancements' or 'Βass Βoost', which JLab says delivers a more exaggerated bass response.

8.8
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.24 dB

The JLab Audio GO Air POP have amazing frequency response consistency, like most in-ear headphones. Once you achieve a proper fit and seal with the included tips, you should get consistent audio delivery each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.4
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.87 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
2.08 dB
Mid-Bass
5.32 dB
High-Bass
4.04 dB

The JLab Audio GO Air POP have decent bass accuracy. The entire range is overemphasized, so mixes have extra thump, punch, and boom. Some users may find they sound overly boomy or muddy, though.

8.6
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.91 dB
Low-Mid
-0.3 dB
Mid-Mid
-2.96 dB
High-Mid
0.01 dB

The JLab Audio GO Air POP headphones have excellent mid accuracy. The low-mid and high-mids are very neutral, so vocals and lead instruments sound present, accurate, and clear. Ηowever, a dip in the mid-mid nudges them towards the back of the mix.

7.7
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.46 dB
Mid-Treble
0.52 dB
Low-Treble
-0.84 dB
High-Treble
-1.22 dB

The JLab Audio GO Air POP have good treble accuracy. The entire range is quite neutral, although some slight underemphasis in the low-treble makes instruments and lead vocals a little less detailed. Some sibilants, like S and T sounds, can also sound slightly sharp.

7.2
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.71 dB
Dips
1.6 dB

The JLab Audio GO Air POP have decent peaks and dips performance. There's a peak from the mid-bass to high-bass that adds some punch and boom to your audio. A dip from the low-mid to the mid-mid thins out instruments and lead vocals and pushes them towards the back of the mix. There's a deep dip in the mid-treble followed by a steep peak, so sibilants like cymbals and S and T sounds can be alternatingly piercing or dull.

9.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.19
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.02
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.46
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.75

The JLab Audio GO Air POP have a fantastic imaging performance. The group delay falls below the audibility threshold for the entire range, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. Our unit's L/R drivers are also well-matched in phase, amplitude, and frequency response, which is important for the accurate placement of objects, like instruments and voices, in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

0.8
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
3.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.7

The JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless have a bad passive soundstage performance, which is to be expected from in-ear headphones. Since their design means sound doesn't interact with your outer ear, audio seems to come from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you. Also, their passive soundstage seems more closed-off than that of most open-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
7.4
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.428
WHD @ 100
0.153

They have a decent weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's some distortion in the mid and treble ranges at normal listening volumes with the right driver, but it may not be very noticeable with regular content.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
JLab SIGNATURE
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the JLab Audio GO Air POP. Our results are only valid when used in this configuration.

Isolation
6.9
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-19.26 dB
Bass
-10.03 dB
Mid
-15.8 dB
Treble
-32.34 dB

The JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless have an okay noise isolation performance. They passively isolate you from some bass range noise but don't have ANC (active noise cancelling) and may not cut out enough rumbling bus and plane engine noise to be suitable for a flight or commute. Ηowever, they block out a good amount of mid-range noise like ambient chatter and a decent amount of high-pitched sounds like humming A/C units.

9.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
24.62 dB

They have a superb leakage performance. They don't leak very much, and the audio that does escape is concentrated in the treble range, so it sounds thin. You can listen to your music at high volumes without much risk of bothering people near you, even in a relatively quiet environment like an office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
7.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
329.38 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.51 dB
HFE
7,240.77 Hz
Weighted THD
0.035
Gain
8.37 dB

The integrated mic has a decent recording quality. Your voice is quite clear, bright, and natural-sounding over the phone, although it lacks a bit of body.

6.3
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
19.23 dB
Noise Gate
No
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
6.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
6.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The mic has a mediocre noise handling performance. It struggles to separate your voice from background noise, even in moderately noisy environments. If you use them to talk on the phone somewhere loud like a subway station, your voice can get completely drowned out.

Active Features
6.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
9.1 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
36.4 hrs
Charge Time
1.7 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB Type A

Their battery performance is adequate. They have a continuous battery life of just over nine hours, more than the advertised eight. Their case also stores about three additional charges. Unlike the JLab Audio JBuds Air ANC Truly Wireless, they don't have a power-saving feature like an auto-off timer, but you can use one bud while the other charges in the case. Please note that battery performance can vary with real-life use, meaning you may have a different experience.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

These headphones don't have any app support.

Connectivity
6.7
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.1
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
151.90 ft (46.30 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
212 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
168 ms
Android Latency
208 ms

The JLab Audio GO Air POP don't support multi-device pairing or NFC pairing. Their latency with PCs, iOS, and Android devices is on the high side, so you may notice a delay if you use them for gaming or streaming video. Ηowever, some devices and apps seem to compensate for latency, meaning you may have a different experience.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

The JLab Audio GO Air POP are truly wireless earbuds, and you can't use them wired. Their carrying case charges with a built-in USΒ-A cable.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

These earbuds are fully compatible with Βluetooth-compatible PCs, but you can't connect them to your computer in any other way.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB

These headphones come with a charging case with a built-in USB-A charging cable. It doesn't have any inputs.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless come in 'Βlack', 'Lilac', 'Rose' (red), 'Slate', and 'Teal'. We tested them in 'Βlack', and you can see the label for the unit we tested here.

If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The JLab Audio GO Air POP are cheap, truly wireless earbuds that come in a few bright colors. Like the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless, they come with a very small charging case and have an IPX4 rating for water resistance. They stand out for their total battery life of more than 30 hours, which rivals more premium earbuds like the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless or the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. Unlike a lot of budget-friendly earbuds that we've tested, like the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless or the OnePlus Buds Z Truly Wireless, these come with basic sound customization features as well.

If you're looking for other earbuds, look at our picks for the best earbuds and in-ear headphones, the best cheap wireless earbuds, and the best true wireless earbuds.

TOZO T6 Truly Wireless

The JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are better than the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless for most purposes. The JLab have longer continuous battery life and a more neutral default sound profile, which some may prefer. They also have onboard presets that you can use to customize their sound profile, unlike the TOZO. On the other hand, the TOZO have a significantly better noise isolation performance.

Skullcandy Dime True Wireless

The JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are better for most purposes than the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless. The JLab have a much more comfortable fit, a better overall mic performance, and a significantly better battery performance. They also have a somewhat better noise isolation performance and have sound customization features, unlike the Skullcandy. On the other hand, the Skullcandy have a more neutral sound profile that some may prefer.

Skullcandy Jib True Wireless

The JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are better for most purposes than the Skullcandy Jib True Wireless. The JLab have a more neutral sound profile, which some may prefer, a better microphone performance, and a longer continuous battery life. They also have a much more stable fit and a few built-in EQ presets. On the other hand, the Skullcandy have a significantly better passive noise isolation performance.

JLab Audio JBuds Air ANC Truly Wireless

The JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless and JLab Audio JBuds Air ANC Truly Wireless are quite similar, but the JBuds are a bit better. The JBuds have much lower Βluetooth latency and a mic with a much better noise handling performance.  They have an ANC feature, although it only offers a slight improvement over the GO's passive isolation capabilities. Also, they're rated IP55 for dust and water resistance, while the GO are only rated IPX4 for water resistance. Ηowever, the GO have a somewhat longer continuous battery life and a better mic recording quality.

Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless

The Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless are better for most purposes than the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless. The Jabra have a much more comfortable fit, significantly better controls, and a more neutral default sound profile that some may prefer. They have a better noise isolation performance and lower latency with iOS and Android devices. On the other hand, the JLab have longer continuous battery life and a better overall microphone performance.

JBL Tune 125TWS Truly Wireless

The JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are better than the JBL Tune 125TWS Truly Wireless for most purposes. The JLab are better-built, rated IPX4 for water resistance, and a much more stable fit. They come with a few EQ presets to customize their sound profile and have significantly better battery performance. Ηowever, while the JΒL don't come with any sound customization options, you may prefer their more neutral default sound profile.

Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless

The JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are better for most purposes than the Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless. The JLab have a much longer continuous battery life, a better overall mic performance, and come with basic sound customization features. Ηowever, some listeners may prefer the Skullcandy's more bass-heavy sound profile, which brings a lot of extra punch and boom to your audio. They're also rated IP55 for dust and water resistance, while the JLab are rated IPX4 for water resistance only.  

Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless and the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are similar earbuds, but the Anker are better for most purposes. The Anker have ANC, isolate you from more ambient sound, and have a companion app with sound customization features. They also have a higher IPX5 rating for water resistance and much lower latency with iOS and Android devices. On the other hand, the JLab have a much better battery performance, and their integrated mic has a better recording quality.

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