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 otherĀ 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.

Outdoor Technologies for the Holidays, Part 2: Buckshot 2.0 and Turtle Shell 3.0 Bluetooth Speakers

Once again, we have some more Outdoor Technology merch to review, and I’ve decided to write about two Bluetooth speakers with the Buckshot 2.0 and the Turtle Shell 3.0.

Outdoor Technology Buckshot 2.0 Bluetooth Speaker

The Buckshot 2.0 is clearly a Bluetooth speaker made like most these days. That is, it is rugged and made for portability, as it is shockproof and IPX6 rated dust and waterproof. The issue is that it is quite small, and it will fit in the palm of your hand. You see that clip, you can strap it to a bag and handlebars.

As for the playtime, it is good for 20 hours without charging. What is really interesting is the range. Most Bluetooth products are good for about 30 feet, but the Buckshot 2.0 is good for about 60 feet of range.

There are also some great controls on it, for changing tracks and some volume control. The Buckshot 2.0 is also great for some Siri action with a built-in microphone.

I’m not certain if this is a sale of some type, but you can purchase the Buckshot 2.0 for $27.95 on the Outdoor Technology site now. That price feels pretty small, so I’m wondering if it might go up, especially as it says “compare at $39.95”. It is available in black, chrome (with black), blue, gray, and red.

Outdoor Technology Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Wireless Speaker

This particular type of Bluetooth Speaker is one that I have actually reviewed in the past. This article here was the last time, and I actually believe that this is the third time that I have reviewed this Turtle Shell. So that means that I actually have reviewed the 1.0 and 2.0 versions of this product, which might be the first time that I can say that about anything.

Believe me, I always love the shape of this speaker, something that I can only describe as “like a gem”. I mean, look at the cut of it, it is simply fantastic. I’ll go into the details of what’s up as this version of the Turtle Shell has 20 hours worth of play time.

It is rated at IPX7, which is good for rugged enough to protect against dust, shock, and water. I mean, this Turtle Shell 3.0 can float on the top of the water, like a real turtle.

In addition to its ability to be a Bluetooth Speaker, it is also a powerbank, a 3600 mAh capacity battery, where you can connect your devices. Oh, there is another unique feature because you can connect to more than one Turtle shell thanks to the power of wireless pairing.

You can purchase the Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Wireless Speaker on the Outdoor Technology site for $99.95 in black, electric blue, gray, red, and camo.

The Jabra Elite 25e Review

Well, I sure am glad that I can review another Jabra product! Seems like only yesterday that I was reviewing the New Jabra Elite Sport, but it was actually last month. Yeah, Jabra is one of big leaders in the Bluetooth department, so I’m not about to say anything bad about them, nor about the Elite 25e.

You can see that the Jabra Elite 25e has quite a unique shape. The closest that I have reviewed recently was the Flex Force from iFrogz, where you can wear them around your neck and still put them in your ears.

That being said, let us discuss the numerous features such as the battery life, good for about 18 hours (22 days of standby). There is also a voice button the can connect you the user to Siri or Google Now, and thanks to its ability to resist the elements, the Elite 25e can be used in all types of weather.

So how is the sound? Well, if you like 10mm speakers, then you should like how the Elite 25e can handle your music, or even your phone calls.

You should be able to purchase the Jabra Elite 25e on the Jabra site for about $79.99, and it is a good deal.

iHome for the Holidays 2017, Part 5: Bluetooth Splash Speaker (iBT77)

Well, today is my last review of an iHome product, unless I can somehow get more before year’s end. This time, it is another Bluetooth speaker with the iBT77.

Of course, this Bluetooth speaker is a bit different than the last time with the iBT374. This one may not have that color accent, but it is a water resistant with an iP65 rating. I’m not certain how to describe the look of this particular speaker, but it seems to have a line around it which is apparently made for slip-resistance. Oh, it has a carrying strap.

It certainly has a lot of features for a Bluetooth speaker, such as it can double as a speakerphone. Also, it has that Melody voice powered music assistant, which allows you to play music from iHeartRadio, Spotify, and…yeah, I have talked about this before.

You should be able to purchase the iBT77 in black with black, black with blue, and black with red for about $49.99 on the iHome site.

iHome for the Holidays 2017, Part 3: Bluetooth Waterproof + Shockproof 20 Watt Stereo Speaker (iBT374)

Now it is time for me to do another Bluetooth Speaker from iHome. For the record, the last time was the waterproof speaker iBT9 that I did at last year’s “iHome for the Holidays”. The iBT374 is different, and for a lot of good reasons.

I might as well start by talking about what is similar to other speakers. The iBT374 is iP67 rated so it is waterproof and dustproof. Of course that is practically a standard for Bluetooth speakers these days. What makes this particular one a whole lot of fun is that not only does this speaker float, but the iBT374 is framed with colors.

In this case, there are five color changing modes with multiple colors for some seriously wow-whee effects. It has fast color blend, slow color blend, your favorite color, a preset pulsing mode, or you can set a pulse to the music.

What is interesting is that this speaker, which is quite rugged, can be used with another speaker for some true stereo. Oh, by the way, it works with iHome’s free Melody voice powered music assistant to play music from iHeartRadio, Spotify, and more.

So how is the music on this thing? Quite good, thanks to the passive subwoofer. Heck, it even can be used as a speakerphone. The only spec that I haven’t given yet is the battery life, and it is good for eight hours.

Oh, I also forgot to give the price. It is available for $99.99 on the iHome site. By the way, if you are thinking that this is a great gift, then you would be right.

The Review of the New Jabra Elite Sport

Normally, I don’t do a review of a product twice, but I believe that the Jabra Elite Sport has a new version of itself different from my last review of the product. So let us talk about it.

I’ll start by getting the obvious out of the way and explain that these are wireless earbuds. That means that each dinky one has a speaker inside, and they charge by putting them in this little box. We’ve been over this ground before, honestly.

Let’s talk about what is new, and that would be the battery. It would appear that it is good for 50 percent more, which means that you can have 4.5 hours of play time for about 13.5 hours of power. I did the math from the last version, and it had 9 hours of power, so yeah, that is a 50 percent improvement. Not bad.

I am not certain whether this new version has had any redesign of its basic shape, but they still have the superior fit that is secure. Now, the Elite Sport is made to resist some serious sweat, so it is good that you can count on that with a 3-year warranty against sweat damage. That, I have no idea if it is new or not.

Oh, let’s talk about getting fit, as the Jabra Elite Sport has an integrated fitness app also known as Jabra Sport Life. It uses the in-ear precision hear rate monitor to be your coach, in real-time. I could probably write a separate article on that, but I will leave that to a full-time athlete.

The one thing that has changed is the price. They used to be $249.99, but now they can be purchased on the Jabra site for about $199.99.