JBL’s new earbud charging case has a touchscreen

JBL has just released the Tour Pro 2 wireless earbuds, featuring adaptive noise cancellation and customizable ANC alongside a charging case with a 1.45-inch LED touchscreen control panel.

The display on the charging case lets you to slide through multiple screens where you can manage your music and make adjustments to your earbuds, as well as receive calls, messages, and social media notifications without having to first grab your phone. It’s being advertised as a productivity feature, and that does appear to hold some weight if you don’t already own a smartwatch or if you don’t tend to keep your phone in an easily accessible pocket.

The JBL Tour 2 Pro
The JBL Tour Pro 2 wireless earbuds are available in either black or champagne.

The Tour Pro 2 earbuds themselves have 10mm drivers instead of the Tour Pro Plus’s 6.8mm, and they are Bluetooth 5.3 LTE capable. The earbuds themselves can run for about 10 hours before they need to be charged in the case, according to JBL, who claims that they can last up to 40 hours.

Although a review by Rtings estimates that real-world usage is more likely to be closer to 4.2 hours usage and 16.8 hours of overall battery life, this is an improvement above the promised 32 hours total and six hours per usage on the Tour Pro Plus when ANC is on. In addition, like the Tour Pro Plus, which received a poor assessment in this Tom’s Guide review, the Tour Pro 2 has six built-in microphones.

We can only hope that the Tour Pro 2 earbuds provide better battery life and microphone performance to avoid the same flaws as its predecessor.

The JBL Tour One M2
The JBL Tour One M2 looks similar to the original Tour One, though this is also available in a greyish beige “champagne” finish.

JBL is also launching the Tour One M2 over-ear wireless headphones, which the brand said “combines JBL’s best-ever hybrid True Adaptive ANC with JBL Pro-tuned drivers.” This is a successor to the original JBL Tour One, offering improvements to battery life when ANC is active (from 25 hours to 30) and a connectivity upgrade to Bluetooth 5.3. Overall battery life remains at 50 hours, though the Tour One M2 offers fast charging, giving you five hours of juice in just 10 minutes.

While the Tour Pro 2 wireless earbuds will list for $249, up from the $200 price tag on the Tour Pro Plus, the Tour One M2 cans will retail for $299, up from the $200 price tag on the original Tour One. Both the JBL Tour Pro 2 and Tour One M2 are on sale right now and come in black or champagne.