Our Review of Optoma Nuforce BE2 Wireless Earphones

We have another wireless earphone review to do today. These earphones are the Optoma Nuforce BE2- the least expensive ones on the line of NuForce earbuds. Still, these are good quality for the price. We have reviewed several similar earphones in the past. The last pair reviewed were the Outlier Sports earphones, which are comparable.

What’s in the Optoma Nuforce BE2 box?

When you open the box, you’ll find

  • BE2 earphones
  • 1 pair of medium SpinFit TwinBlade tips (pre-installed)
  • 3 pairs of single flange silicone tips
  • microUSB cable

 

Optoma Nuforce BE2 Battery

The battery for these earphones take just two hours to charge. One charge will last up to 10 hours. That, of course, is depending on your usage. Like any other device, the higher the output level, the quicker the drain on the battery. The battery on the Outlier Sports boasts an 11 hour charge, which is only slightly more, but 10 hours is a good amount of time.

Optoma Nuforce BE2 Comfort and Build

The BE2 earphones have a thin-flat line, which holds the wireless mic similar to the Outlier Sports. They lay nicely around the neck and have a little cinch thing-a-majig in the back to pick up slack. The buds are magnetic for security around the neck when not in your ears.

photo credit: Optoma

In your ears, the SpinFit TwinBlade® ear tips are made to fit snugly in your ear and give noise isolation. They are without the little hooks that other earphones come with to hold them tight in the ears, but these ear tips seem to hold pretty well. Other sizes of silicone tips can help those with different ear sizes- also serving to allow some noise in.

These are also built with a rating of IPX5. You can not fret if you are wearing them during a workout. They are resistant to water, sweat and dust. Still probably don’t want to take them for a swim, but good value for what they are.

Other features of Optoma Nuforce BE2

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
Sensitivity: 100±3DB AT 1K HZ
Power supply: Lithium-ion battery
Connector type: Bluetooth Wireless
Cable length: 580 mm
Driver unit: 6 mm dynamic
Impedance: 16 OHM
Connections input: Bluetooth V4.1
Supported codecs: HSP 1.2, HFP 1.6, A2DP 1.2, AVRCP 1.4, AAC, SBC
Wireless frequency: 20HZ-20KHZ
Operating range: 33 FEET
Compatibility: AAC
Weight: 0.5 ounces

Final thoughts on the Optoma Nuforce BE2

These earphones are great for those in need of an inexpensive pair of wireless earphones. For $50 USD, the value is something we could recommend. You can buy a pair for yourself in either the black or white color through online retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, WalMart, and others.

Thanks to Optoma for sending us these to review free of charge. Our usual disclaimer- no compensation was given for our fair and unbiased analysis of this product.

Plantronics VOYAGER 6200 UC for the Office and Beyond

These headphones that we are about to review in our second Plantronics review appear very similar to the ones from Jabra we reviewed a couple of months ago. We’ll take a look at this pair on their own merit, though. This Bluetooth® neckband headset with earbuds, the VOYAGER 6200 UC will give the office professional a great experience when answering calls and listening to music.

What you get with the Plantronics VOYAGER 6200 UC

photo credit-Plantronics

When you open the box, the first thing you’ll see is the nice zippered case that houses the headset.  Attached on the outside is the little USB dongle that connects you when you are using Skype or another online conferencing.  Three different sizes of earbuds to ensure a good fit are also included in the pocket. A micro USB cord and a small circular charging dock to charge the headset comes stored in the pouch as well.

Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC Features

Just like the Plantronics BackBeat FIT we reviewed yesterday, the earbuds come in an oval shape for a passive noise cancelling feature. The battery charges within an hour and a half to provide 16 hours of listen time, 9 hours of talk time, and 14 days of standby time. That’s a couple more hours than the Jabra ones we reviewed back in March.

The Bluetooth® 4.1 connection is a strong one that will allow the user to take a 98 ft walk around the office if they need to. It’s lightweight at 2 oz, so no fatigue from wearing them.

Plantronics is looking out for your hearing with SoundGuard® DIGITAL, which protects against sound levels above 118dBA. There is an anti-startle feature during calls which detects and eliminates any large sudden increase in signal level. Also, there is something called “Time-Weighted Average” that prevents average daily noise exposure from exceeding 85dBA.

Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) is provided on the neckband. Dynamic Mute will let you know if you are talking while it’s muted, so you aren’t talking on and on while no one is listening. Speaking of talking, the boomless mics pick up your voice well, and will block out other background noise. You’ll know to answer a call when your neckband vibrates, too.

Buying Options for the Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC

If you decide that you can’t live without these, you have the option to get them in black, like what we have received to review, or there is the “Sand” color which is a beige-ish white color. Plantronics has them listed for $299.95 on their site, which is a bit more than the Jabra pair we reviewed, but I’ve seen them for less if you shop around.

Disclaimer- We received these for free to review in exchange for our honest and unbiased opinion.

 

AQUAPHONICS AQ10 by LifeProof Review

We’ve done a lot of phone case reviews from the LifeProof company, like the FRĒ but LifeProof is branching out into things like “WaterProof, DirtProof, SnowProof and DropProof” Bluetooth speakers. The one we’re reviewing today is called the Aquaphonics AQ10.

photos courtesy of LifeProof

AQ10 Specs

This Bluetooth speaker is 8.5 inches long, about 3 1/4 inches tall and wide, and weighs about 27 ounces. This rugged, portable speaker is great to take to the beach. This one is the middle size of the two speakers offered by LifeProof. You can buy it in this basic black color, or you can jazz it up with the Laguna Clay Grey color- which is a grey speaker with green accents. An AC 12V/2A power adapter is included for charging. It probably would have been better to have a USB charging option. This is something many have found strange. You can use the 13 hours of battery life to charge your phone through a USB out port, but it doesn’t charge very fast.

Other Details

As you can see, the buttons to operate the speaker are extremely tactile, making it easy to use the speaker for controlling your music from the speaker.

Another button to power on the speaker and a switch to lock controls, plus LED lights that indicate how much power is left in the speaker are on the one side, while the other side hosts the charging port, a 3.5mm aux in port, and a USB port hidden under a protective waterproof flap.

The bottom of the speaker has a dry box that’s small enough to hold some cash, credit cards, and other small items. It also contains a USB power port and 3.5mm auxiliary in port. The dry box is too small for a cell phone on this model. If you had an old iPod Nano, you could plug that in and play it inside the speaker maybe, with a small enough cord. Again, if you want to store your phone inside your speaker, you better get the bigger size.

Another great feature is that this speaker floats. It has a IP67 rating, which means it can be submersed for 30 minutes at 1 meter. Like the LifeProof cases, it stands up against dirt, dust and snow, and can be dropped from close to 4 feet and survive.

 Sound

So how does this speaker sound? Well, the sound quality has been a big complaint for reviewers. This device is definitely not for true audiophiles. Common complaint is lack of bass. The Bluetooth range is decent, so go ahead and walk through your house with your device. You should still stay attached. You can also answer phone calls on this speaker.

Buying the AQ10

If you want the AQ10, it comes with a price tag of about $200 on the Lifeproof site. We can suggest that those looking for a highly durable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker might go for this one if waterproofing is what you desire. The AQ10 is available at Best Buy stores, and you can also buy online.

This speaker was provided free to us in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation has been given.

Our Review of the JBL Link 300 Voice Activated Speaker

We’re reviewing another product from JBL. This product doesn’t have cool flashing lights, but it can stand on its own features. This is the JBL Link 300, which is a voice activated speaker similar to Google Home products.

What Does it Do?

This is an alternative to Google Home Max- comparative in size, but without the large price tag. It pairs with Google Assistant to answer all your “Ok Google” questions. It has Chromecast built in, so you can stream music and you can also pair it with your phone with Bluetooth to stream music from your phone as well. It has nice sound that you would expect a JBL speaker of this size to have.

What it Doesn’t Do

It doesn’t do hands-free calling like Google Home products do. I can’t ask Google to dial friends and family. It’s not portable, either. It stays plugged in on your desk or coffee table- much like Amazon Echo and Google Home products. There is a smaller JBL Link 10 that is waterproof, rugged and portable, but we’ll do a review of that another time if JBL sends us one to review.

Design

There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles to this speaker. The dimensions are 9.3 x 5.4 x 6.0 inches. Weight is about three and a half pounds. The black matte plastic casing covers the top and bottom, and the cloth speaker covering surrounds front and back with the exception of the bass subwoofer that can really get thumpin’! The buttons on the top are the basic ones you would find on a JBL speaker. The one in the middle is the Google Home Assistant button in case you would rather tap it than talk to it.

There are two mics on top that can pick up your voice from far away. If you have music going, you might have to yell to make sure your voice is picked up, but otherwise, it’s pretty powerful.

Cost

So what it all comes down to is cost. Currently, the JBL Link 300 is $199– down from $249.95. That’s a pretty great value if you are looking to save money compared to the $400 Google Home Max.

Disclaimer- This was another free review product sent to us courtesy of JBL. No compensation was given to us for this fair and unbiased review.

Pulse 3 Bluetooth Portable Bluetooth Speakers Will Color Your World

Look

We’ve recently seemed to be doing some different reviews of color changing speakers like the Halo and this one by iHome. Those were nice, but the Pulse 3 by JBL will blow those speakers out of the water.

Speaking of water, the Pulse 3 is waterproof with an IPX 7. This is great if you want to put it in your bathtub and jam out with a light show in the tub with you! As long as it’s about 3 ft. deep. The underwater sound isn’t that great, of course. Maybe you want to take it in the shower. That might be better.

This upgrade from the JBL Pulse 2 has a sleek plastic design. This is opposed to the mesh design of its predecessor. This makes the light show more radiant and much more awe- inducing.

The speaker comes in colors of white(as shown), or black. With the plastic casing, there could probably be a chance of scratches. Fingerprints are visible when the device is off, but not so much when the lights are turned on. They can be easily cleaned off, though.

The size is about two 12 oz. soda cans stacked on top of each other. A little wider than them. It weighs in at about 2 pounds. 8.78 x 3.62 x 3.62 inches are the dimensions.

Sound

The 360 (well,almost 360) sound at the base of the speaker is pretty decent for a portable Bluetooth speaker. There are 2 passive radiators- one on each end. I don’t know how much they contribute to the sound, but it is kind of fun to watch the water fly off or bounce around when it is submerged.

Turning the sound up too high will lead to distortion, but you can turn it up enough for the sound to fill a room. If you want even more sound, you can use the JBL Connect to pair a couple of JBL devices. You can even pair up to 100 devices if you had them. That could make for a pretty amazing party.

Light Show

This really would be the reason for buying a JBL Pulse 3. After downloading the app, you can really make the experience personalized. Cycling through different features like jet, explosion, equaliser, rave, and rainbow, you can use the app to add your own colors. This feature used to be directly on the Pulse 2, but for some reason they took it off.

Other Great Features

The Pulse 3 fully charges with the included mini USB cable in about 5 hours. 12 hours is the general battery life, but will most likely go faster if played at a loud volume. Turning off the lights could save battery life as well, but who wants to do that? If you need more battery, bring an extra power pack.

The app can work with Siri and Google Assistant as well, and the speaker can be used as a speakerphone. You can have fun talking to your loved ones while watching a light party.

I think it’s safe to say, this speaker is a good buy, but has a higher price tag than others at $199.95

We received a Pulse 3 speaker to review at no charge in exchange for our fair and unbiased analysis.

 

A Review of the Halo Bluetooth speaker from Creative Labs

We’ve reviewed many a bluetooth speaker on the GeekChurch, and here is another from Creative Labs- a company we’ve been able to do some other reviews for lately. This speaker is called the Halo, and if you are an augophile or chromatophile, you might enjoy it greatly.

The Halo is a portable Bluetooth speaker- with dimensions of 6.9 x 2.8 x 4.3 inches and weighing a little over a pound. It also has a nice little carrying handle on the side.

The top has a rubberized panel with raised symbols to power it on, turn the volume up and down, take calls, and control the lights. The rest of the speaker is covered in a cloth material- with the exception of the mirror ring around the front, and the black plastic type ring on the back.

All-in-all, it has a pretty great look to it. Speaking of look- did I mention the mirror on the front? So if you are vain and want to get a look at yourself, you could. There is the downfall of fingerprints on the mirror surface, but what is really great is when you get the lights going on it, and it looks like you can see forever into the back.

If you have a favorite color, you can leave it on that particular color. You have the option of 16.8 million colors when you download the iOS or Android app.

The app,Creative Xpectra, allows you to change the effects and colors shown on the speaker.

The light effects do tend to drain the battery- which is said to last 8 hours, but doesn’t last nearly that long with the light show. Also, the volume will effect the battery life as well. If you want a long lasting light show (more than two hours), you might want to bring along the charging cable. A small USB cable for charging is included. It’s only about a meter long, though.

The sound is about what you might expect for a small bluetooth speaker of this price. It’s definitely not for the audiophiles, but it is a fun speaker, nonetheless, and a good sounding one for this price range, which is $69.99 on the Creative website.

Disclaimer- Creative sent us this product for free to review. No other sponsorship has been given in exchange for our unbiased and fair review.

Jabra Evolve 75e Wireless Earbuds for a Solution in a Professional Environment

Jabra has been kind enough to send us several products to review recently. Back in November, we reviewed a pair of Jabra Elite 25e wireless earbuds, and today we get a chance to review a similar looking pair with a different purpose.

credit-Jabra

These wireless earbuds are the Jabra Evolve 75e, and they are designed with the professional in mind.

With 14 hours of battery life, and only two hours to charge, active noise cancellation, and a busy light that lets your co-workers know that you shouldn’t be bothered during a call, these earbuds are optimal for the workplace environment.

With the Jabra Link 370- that little USB dongle showed in this picture, you can connect to your computer, and simultaneously be connected to Apple and Android smart devices. This means that you can listen to your music, and be ready to answer the next call that comes through as well.

You don’t need to hear the phone to answer calls. The neck piece will vibrate when a call comes through. When you want to take a break from wearing these in your ears, magnets near the earbuds keep them hanging around your neck tangle free. But you don’t have to take out your earbuds to hear the world around you. Simply holding down the ANC button, will allow noise to pass through, so you can be a part of the environment around you as well.

These professional wireless earbuds come at a professional price- at about $259.00. They are well worth the price, though, and a good investment for businesses. To find out more about this fantastic apparatus, including all the communication platforms these earbuds work with, head on over to the website here.

Jabra does not sponsor TheGeekChurch, but they did send us these earbuds to review for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

Review of Jabra Elite 65t

As always, it is difficult to give a negative review to Jabra, and we have another opportunity to bring a Jabra true wireless earbud review (the last one was of the Jabra Elite Sport). This review will be of the Jabra Elite 65t, one of several that they unveiled at CES 2018.

photo credit: Jabra

If you like to listen to music, and be able to take calls without being connected to pesky wires, these earbuds could be perfect for you.

The great news is you can listen even longer than with the Jabra Elite Sport. There is now up to 5 hours of battery life, and the sleek case that it comes in holds an extra 15 hours of charge.

These earbuds don’t drop wireless connection like others do, which is another great reason to go with these. The sound quality is good, and it has 4- microphone enhanced sound, so when you are taking a call and it’s windy outside, the noise of the wind is reduced. At 1:51- this YouTuber shows what it sounds like with wind blowing from different directions.

To get the full benefit of these earbuds, you should download the Jabra Sound + app. It allows you to adjust what you are hearing in your earbuds for both calls and music, activate your desired voice engine (Siri, Amazon, and Alexa), and more. You can also register your earbuds to get the 2 year dust and water-resistance warranty in effect.

If you want to buy these earbuds, they are sold at Best Buy for $169.99.

Disclaimer: As with most products we review, Jabra sent us these free earbuds in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

Anker SoundCore Boost Bluetooth Speaker

For those who like portable sound, or just want to have some good sound for their blue-tooth enabled devices, Anker has given the answer in this SoundCore Boost Bluetooth Speaker.

The size of the speaker makes it nice and portable, and it’s comparable to similar speakers like the JBL flip. There are semi-raised buttons to help you navigate in an easy, tactile manner.

If you need a little more bass in your life, the BassUp™ button will intensify your bass. The range on the boost is 66 feet without walls. If you are separating your device from your speaker, it might start skipping at 56 feet if you’re in a different room with walls in between. That’s still an impressive reach!

Most important, of course, is sound quality, and the sound is very good. I enjoyed the comparison of sound on different portable speakers that this YouTuber did, so here you go:

Some other good features of the SoundCore Boost is that the battery lasts up to 12 hours. Included in the box is a micro USB cable, but no charging adapter, so you will need to have one already. It does not support Qualcomm Quick Charge. The included cord is also a short one, so you have to charge your speaker pretty close to the charging source.

It uses Bluetooth Version 4.2, which makes pairing with devices pretty simple. It is water resistant, and that’s a nice feature if you’re taking it out and about. The cloth wrapping around the outside might attract a lot of dust, though. I’ve heard that it’s not the sturdiest speaker, so you should be careful not to drop it. Anker does have good customer service, though.

The normal price for this speaker is $79 on the website. You’ll find it for the same price on Amazon.com.

Vibes Audio Baserox Modular Phone Case with Vibrox Sound Engine Bluetooth Speaker and Voltrox Power Bank

Today is a good day for a great review, and these products from Vibes Audio are something really fantastic. It isn’t every day that I see products that are very useful, but this is up there with the Fingerpow Magnetic Charger.

Vibes Audio Baserox Modular Phone Case

I believe that this particular device is called the Baserox because it is the start of a base to build your foundation on. The Baserox Modular Phone case is made with a particular large hole in back, but this is for a specific purpose. This hole is made to fit the Vibrox Sound Engine Bluetooth Speaker as well as the Voltrox Power bank, but I will go into detail about later.

I am not certain what kind of materials that the Baserox is made of, but it is made for drop protection in a thin form factor. What I really want to talk about is the giant hole known as the StickMount Adapter.

That Adapter is made so you can put in the Vibes Audio Sound Engine for a Bluetooth Speaker or the Voltrox Power Bank battery. I believe that this system is set up so you can swap out one for the other. Not only that, you can remove your Vibes Audio Bluetooth Speaker or Mobile Battery so you can share it with a friend.

You should be able to purchase the Baserox for the iPhone 6/7/8 (also for the Plus models) and the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8 for a low price of $29.99 on the Vibes Audio site in black or white.

Vibes Audio Voltrox Power Bank

Okay, the Voltrox is a mobile battery, and by now you know the drill. You know, if your smartphone needs some juice, you just plug it into one of these. How many times have I reviewed one of these? Better yet, how many times have I mentioned that I have reviewed one of these?

The Voltrox Power Bank has the unique ability of clicking to the back of the Baserox. You can also just remove the battery to plug it into something else. The one I had was for a USB-C, but it is available for the Apple Lightning and USB Micro.

If this is something that you like, you can go to the Vibes Audio site and lay down about $49.99 for it, but you might not stop there.

Vibes Audio Vibrox Sound Engine

Again, this is a Bluetooth Speaker, and yes, I have reviewed these before too. Of course I am going to talk about how I have done this before, but how many Bluetooth speakers can fit snugly in back of the Baserox.

If you see the site, you can see the Vibrox has this unusual speaker that can make water ripple. I suppose that is to show off that the Vibrox is waterproof, and how its sound works. I found that after I had paired my phone with this speaker (who had a very seductive voice, if I might add), I was able to put this on the table and have an interesting amplification effect.

Not only can you attach this speaker to your smartphone with the Baserox, the Vibrox also comes with a detachable stand so you can really rock out. Oh, by the way, it has a built-in microphone, so you are capable for 2-way calling.

You can get the Vibrox on the Vibes Audio site for about $149.00 in black or white.