JBL’s Tour Pro 2 wireless earbuds feature adaptive noise suppression and a 1.45-inch LED touchscreen control panel.
The case’s display lets you manage music, change headphones, and receive calls, messages, and social media notifications without using your phone. It’s a productivity boost for people without a smartwatch or phone.
The Tour Pro 2 earbuds have 10mm drivers, up from 6.8mm on the Tour Pro Plus. JBL promises they’ll last 40 hours, with the earbuds lasting 10 hours before charging.
This is better than the Tour Pro Plus’s 32 hours overall and six hours per usage while ANC is on. But real-world usage is 4.2 hours usage and 16.8 hours total. The Tour Pro 2 has six built-in microphones like the Tour Pro Plus, which Tom’s Guide didn’t appreciate. We expect the Tour Pro 2 earphones have greater battery life and mic performance than their predecessor.
While the headphones contain JBL-approved backgrounds, there’s no ability to utilize your own photos. JBL blames this on challenges with scaling for the poor resolution of the screen, but it’s not much of an excuse given that Samsung has managed to scale not only photos, but also custom.gifs or films down to fit the similarly-sized cover screen on the new Galaxy Z Flip 4 foldable phone.
When they come in January 2023, the Tour Pro 2 buds should cost £220 in the UK, which undercuts the Apple AirPods Pro and the current Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, among other true wireless earbuds.
JBL also launched the Tour One M2 headphones. These high-end cans are designed to challenge the Sony WH-1000XM5 and Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, but they have the same smart features (without the screen) as the Pro 2 buds – more options than either of those pricier competitors.