The Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Earbuds Review

jabra elite sport 1And now it is time to review another fine Jabra product! This time, it is the Elite Sport, a pair of wireless earbuds. And this isn’t the type that have the wire connecting them together, but one of those ones that look like earplugs.

I have talked many times at length about how Bluetooth earbuds are entering a new age as they have one microphone each. I see no reason to go into detail about this concept again, but needless to say, these are probably going to be the new standard of Bluetooth earbuds by the end of the year. I’m certain that as the prices go down on these, everyone will have a pair. That, or have one, and you lost the other one.

Not only are these one of those wireless earbuds, but they are made for sports. This means that they are made to stay in your ear in spite of strenuous exercise and be immune to sweat. In fact, it comes with a 3-year warranty against it. If you are concerned about them staying in your ear, they have ear gel and ear wing sizes that will keep them in.

jabra elite sport 2The Jabra Elite Sport is set up for exercise, but it has an integrated fitness application known as Jabra Sports Life. It has an in-ear precision heart rate monitor and you can monitor your absolute fitness level. There are other features with the app that syncs to your earbuds and allows personalized coaching speaking to you through the earbuds, as well as monitoring reps, predicting racing time, and much more!

So let’s talk about sound. Oh yeah, it is completely great. At this point in time, Jabra is one of the Bluetooth masters of sound, and so there is no point in denying how great the sound is. You can opt to block out all sound of the world around you, or maybe you need to filter in some background noise to be better aware of your surroundings. The option to do both is there!

So, how is the battery life? Well, how is 9 hours for you? I have to say that is excellent, and there is even a portable charging case that will give you two additional charges.

If you want to get in on this, head over to the Jabra site and lay down about $249.99 for it.

Hands-on Review of Jabra, Part 2: Sport Pulse Special Edition

jabra-2This is a Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition, and it is another one of those wireless earbuds that goes around your neck. It is billed as “the world’s first sports headphones with automatic fitness testing”.

The Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition has a built-in heart rate monitor in the ear. It is apparently made with US military standards, which means that it can withstand war or the worst workout, maybe both. Seriously, if something is military standard, that means it can take a hit, right? Well, this also has passive noise cancellation and enhanced bass.

It also has automatic VO2 Max tracking, which is “a scientific way to measure your absolute fitness”. It is a way of getting the maximum rate of oxygen that the body consumes during exercise, and helps determine the endurance level. So it has some VO2 Max levels for enhancing the user’s performance, as I don’t know much about this until I read about it. I think this is what makes this the Special Edition, but i’m not really certain.

These can do music and take calls for about 5 hours. That might not sound like much, but how long is your workout, anyway? By the way, you can integrate with apps like Endomondo, Strava, MapMyFitness, Runkeeper, and Runtastic. There is also a Jabra Sport Life app that will plan and monitor your exercise performance.

In case you are worried about the earbuds falling out, that won’t happen as it has a perfectly secure fit with COMPLY isolation foam ear tips. I am told that it has a 3-year warranty against sweat, so it must be resistant against some wetness and weather as well.

If this sounds like something you want, then head over to Jabra site and pay $159.99 for them.

Hands-on Review of Jabra, Part 1: Halo Smart Wireless Earbuds

jabra-1I have reviewed a lot of Jabra products in the past, and I am pleased to review another with the Halo Smart Wireless Earbuds. They are one of those that wrap around the back of the head, like the iHome FIT Wireless, and I am told from Jabra that this style will soon be replaced with the wireless earbuds (coming next year from Jabra).

I am told that the Jabra Halo Smart can be worn all day, and part of it is the design. There is some kind of bendable design to make it easy. I will have to admit that I’m sort of becoming immune to the feeling of headphones in my ears, as I have them practically in my ears all the time.

Of course, you can be listening to music and take phone calls. It is definitely made for the Siri and Google Now era as there is a special button devoted for it. I suppose if these are comfortable enough to wear all day, then you might as well have your personal voice assistant to talk to.

The Halo Smart allows for 17 hours of talk time or 15 hours of music on a full charge. There is an app that tells you how much battery life is available.

Another feature is that the Halo Smart is wind and weather resistant, but that is all the information that I have about it. It doesn’t sound like you can dip them in water, and believe me, I am not testing that.

You can purchase the Jabra Halo Smart on the Jabra site in Black, Black with Blue, and Black with Red for $79.95

My Review of the Jabra Sport Coach

Jabra Sport CoachYes, I have tried out some Bluetooth earbuds made for athletes before, and I have also tried out some great Jabra products, and this Jabra Sport Coach is quite something.

Imagine if you had some wireless sports earbuds that also had the ability of intelligent audio coaching. The Jabra Sport coach has it, and it has an integrated cross training application called Sport Life. This is made for planning, tracking, an analyzing a cross training or indoor workout, choosing from 40 exercises, from beginner to advanced. You can make this very personal.

There is also a TrackFit motion sensor that is made for measuring distance, pace, steps, cadence, and calories burned. You can also have a detailed activity and performance data from the aforementioned Jabra Sport Life App. It also works with other fitness apps like Endomondo, RunKeeper, MapMyFitness, Strava, and Runtastic.

As you might imagine, the Jabra Sport Coach are sweat proof, as they are made for the athletic type. In addition to the protection, you will have your music of high quality as you are getting physical.

You should be able to purchase the Jabra Sport Coach in Blue, Red, or Yellow for about $149.99 on the Jabra site.

Jabra Move Wireless headphones

Jabra Move WirelessIt has been a while since I reviewed a product from Jabra, makers of a lot of cool wireless products like the Rox Wireless. The Jabra Move Wireless is an over-the-ear headphones with wireless capacity, and it is, of course, very cool.

Yeah, you know that I’m always ready to give Jabra products a good review, just like I like most Pixar films before 2010. As I have stated before in other reviews of headphones, I am not really certain how to review them other then saying: “they sound good”.

I suppose I could talk about the design, which is “Scandinavian”. Yeah, I took that from a press release, but I like that they designed them after colors of the city. I also like that the headphones are pretty light. Not only can you use them for listening to music, but it can be used to take phone calls.

All in all, it’s a good product, and you can get it on the Jabra site for about $99.

Jabra Rox Wireless

Jabra_RoxWireless_image_viewer_1440x810_04Yeah, at this point, there is no way I am going to give a negative review of a Jabra product. Their Bluetooth wireless products occupy my ear every day, and they have been in the business for a long time.

I’m not going to bother trying to describe the sound of the new Rox Wireless, because how am I supposed to do that in written form? I’ll just tell you that it has the same in-ear monitors used by professional musicians for “full sound and strong bass”. Yeah, I took that from the press release and website, but what else can I say.

The Rox Wireless has that very cool look so the wire goes around the back of the neck. This design really helps when you are not using them, as you can magnetically link them together to conserve power when not in use.

Other features of the Rox Wireless including some protection of dust and water, and it also has EarGels to keep it in your ears. There is also a Jabra Sound App for creating playlists, share music, and even updating the graphic equalizer.

You should be able to find more information about them here on the main website of Jabra, and it costs about $129.95.

Jabra Sport Wireless + gives wireless Bluetooth freedom for sporty types

Jabra_SportWirelessPlus_image_viewer_1440x810_01I’ve always been a big fan of Jabra products, and just after my review of the Solemate Mini, I am pleased to review the Sport Wireless Plus. The Sport Wireless Plus is one of those cool Bluetooth headsets that is actually two Bluetooth headsets in one, joined together with a wire that drapes on the back of the neck.

Like most Jabra products, the device verbally prompts you to pair it. It wasn’t really difficult at all, and in less than a few minutes I was listening to my favorite MP3s thanks to its powerful bass. The earpieces are shaped so they will fit in the ears really well, and it comes with 7 sizes of silicone eargels if it doesn’t.

In addition to being prepared for the more active lifestyle, they are tested against rain, shock, and dust. Heck, they are water tested with 1.8 liters per minute. Another feature is a built-in FM radio that works at the touch of a button, that works without a smartphone or tablet attached.

If you want to get in on these, find out some more information on the Jabra site here. You can get it on the Amazon site for about $95.00. If you get it now, you can get 3 months free subscription to Endomondo Premium, an online fitness app.

Hands on with the Jabra Solemate Mini

Jabra_SolemateMini_image_viewer_1440x810_03Some of you might remember the Jabra Solemate, and I was fortunate to try out the Solemate Mini. Personally, I can barely tell the difference between the two.

Yeah, I am pretty certain that the regular Solemate plays louder, because bigger is better, right? I don’t really have the specs of this, but the Mini has some strong speakers that can give 8 hours of playing time on a single charge.

The Solemate Mini has the cool effect of the bottom of a shoe, and you can connect it to a device via Bluetooth or NFC. There is also a 3mm audio jack cable underneath the rubber sole for a wired connection. I will have to say the wireless connection was pretty loud.

While I am on the subject of connection, I found that the Solemate Mini guided me all the way through it. It did it with some kickin’ bass as well. Needless to say, I’ll go ahead and recommend the Solemate Mini, especially if you can’t afford the Solemate Max, which is coming soon for quite a bit more money. The Solemate Mini is about $99, in four colors: Black, Red, Blue, and Yellow.

Jabra is sticking with a Classic

Jabra_Classic_ProductPage_444x250_01Yes, I love writing about Jabra products, and it is one of the companies that you just associated with Bluetooth headsets, sort of like Jawbone and Blue Ant. This is a Classic.

I realize that Classic usually means old, like Coca-Cola Classic, and I will have to say that this one is rather new. I don’t know how new, but it is your pretty standard Bluetooth headset. Yes, it has the one-button controls, voice guidance to pairing it with your phone, etc. If you want some specs, it has a 9 hour talk time and up to 9 day standby time. This is thanks to the Power Nap feature, a battery saving mode.

Since I had a chance to try it out, and it was a decent Bluetooth all right. I liked the wireless streaming of pretty much anything with Bluetooth like GPS, music, or anything else.

Bottom line, it is a pretty good handset for the holiday season, and I still don’t believe that not everyone has a Bluetooth headset yet. For those who want one as a present, it is available on the Jabra site for about $49.95 on Amazon, and find out more info about it here. By the way, it comes in red, white, an black.

Jabra REVO, the not wireless version

jabra_revoI have had a fun time reviewing Jabra products in the past, like the REVO. Of course, I reviewed the wireless version, and now it is time to review the wired version.

So where do I begin? Do I really want to say that they are just like the REVO, but with a cord? It has been a while, but I don’t remember my cordless REVO having three buttons on the non-cord for play/pause, skip tracks, and taking calls. I also like how the cord is at two angles for right angles or straight connections.

Yeah, it isn’t often that I praise the cord when it comes to a pair of headphones, but even the corded version of the REVO is praiseworthy on a lot of levels. Most important is the sound which is enhanced by Dolby Digital Plus.

Then there is the memory foam ear cups, and they are even labelled “Left” and “Right”. I like how the user has an option of using an app from Jabra to create and browse through playlists.

In short, it is nice. You can find out more information on the REVO here, and I found it on Amazon for approximately $199.99.