I first encountered Jabra when Bluetooth headsets became popular. Every business man/ woman and dot-com child was seen wearing these looped around the ear. This was an era where we spent hours talking on the phone and the only texting was SMS. So when I was given the opportunity to check out the two Jabra headphones I could not imagine why a Bluetooth headset company would get into that game.
I quickly found out why:
The Jabra Revo Wireless Headphone
The Jabra Revo Wireless headset comes in a sturdy plastic protective casing complete with a rubber strip that has the Revo Wireless embossed into it. Packaging like that doesn’t come cheap and it immediately sets the scene as to the product hiding inside.
The headset itself has a very classy look and doesn’t try to go for that over the top rapper type. The headset is expandable so it fits comfortably on your head and ears and has the right amount of flexibility to it so that it can take some knock during your travels without breaking or denting.
There are no buttons on the headset besides the Bluetooth button. On the ear cup, there is an iPod-like touch-sensitive circle that looks like an old school turntable. This allows you to control the volume and songs by simply drawing circles with your finger in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. Simple and neat.
What is great about this headset is that it has many connectivity options for you to choose from. It is a Bluetooth headset which means that it will pair with your phone, tablet and laptop so you can listen to your music with no wires. The headset should give you between 10 and 12 hours of playing time although I often managed to push that to over 15 hours as it all depends on your playing and usage pattern. However, this is where the corded-option comes in. Inside the same pack, you get the AUX cord that plugs into the headset on the one side and into the 35mm jack on your device on the other. So if you are on a long flight and are worried about running out of battery on your headset, use the cord and continue to listen trouble free. You could also pair the headset with an NFC device too.
The sounds quality is really good. It has Dolby Digital Plus and there is even an app so you can set and tweak the sound quality to your exact taste. I didn’t bother with the app as the sound right out of the box was perfect for me and it handled everything I threw at it with ease. Turn up the volume and the Revo headset just rocks. Just a “heads up warning” that the sound does leak at high volume and you get the odd look from people around you as your ears are being blasted with Eminem.
I travelled with it overseas and it kept me sane during those noisy flights and ridiculous layovers at airports. I got rather attached to being able to drown out the world and allowing me to focus on my work instead of the snorer in seat 34b.
I really enjoyed this headset and was really sorry to see it go back.
The headset is available for around R3000 online.
Jabra Sport Wireless Plus
This headset is clearly made for the sporting type. I see cyclist and runners really loving this headset as it connects to your device via Bluetooth. Simply pair it with your favourite gadget, hit play and the sound is sent to your headset. Now tuck the music-gadget into your shorts/ cycling vest and that is the last time you will need to fiddle with it. Everything is controllable via the headset. There is a multi-function button that is used to play/ pause/ power up/down and even answer phone calls. There is a toggle for volume up/ down that runs along the top. All these buttons are easy to get to even when you are on the move.
Another plus of the headset is that if you get bored of your music collection, switch over to the built in FM radio and listen to the Jocks rant on and on and on in between adverts, songs and more adverts. If that’s your thing.
When it comes to comfort, the headset is perfect. Simply slip it on and you quickly forget that it is there. The headset comes with various earpiece coverings so that it fits snugly into your ear. There is a clip that ensures that the headset fits nice and tight around your head and in the box there is an armband for your device and a 3 month subscription to Endomondo (a sports training and tracking app).
The sounds quality is pretty cool. It doesn’t drown out the world completely but does a decent job of letting you hear your music over the gossiping kugels “training” on the treadmill whose only exercise is jumping to conclusions and running down their kid’s teachers. There is a bit of sound distortion with high bass beats but nothing that was unbearable.
The headset has a standby time of 120 hours and active playing time of 4 hours. This is where I can see people faulting the device as those serious sports people will do more hours than that in one go. For me it was fine as I ran out of steam in my gym sessions way before the Jabra headset ran out of power. I suppose that into such a small device there is only so much battery you can squeeze along with all the other circuitry.
Of course the biggest advantage of this headset is the cordless ability. So instead of manoeuvring your in-ear type of headset cord down your shirt and out to your music device, the Jabra Sport Wireless+ is a much better option.
The head is available for around R1500 online.
by the way: whilst on the topic of Jabra and sound, check out the Jabra Solemate shoe-shaped speaker review too