Jabra Halo Smart Review
Jabra is a trusted brand that has been providing audiophiles with mobile headsets for a while. While mainly focused on fitness, they have introduced their first neckband-styled wireless headphones, the Jabra Halo Smart. So what makes the Jabra Halo Smart so unique, and is it worth buying?
Jabra Halo Smart Design
With the Jabra Halo Smart headphone, you get a micro USB charging cable with three different sized ear tips. The earphones have a neckband design with all the components packed inside. The earbuds you find attached on both ends of the band. The structure is flexible plastic to rest on your shoulders. You find most of the controls on the right half comprising three buttons to control your music and answer calls. On the left side is a single mic with a grill to protect the microphone.
We found the receiver takes up a load of space, giving you an active voice call emphasis. The mic is wind-resistant to make and receive calls clear. Furthermore, a cool feature is the earbuds with magnetic backing to clip them together when not used. When you snap the buds together or pull them apart, you can answer or stop the music. Using the function was useful for listening to podcasts. For connection, you get loads of controls that work well. You can boost the volume, skip between songs, and access voice assistants with the mic button. Furthermore, you can even have it redial the last number with the multi function button.
Jabra Halo Smart Performance
Making calls on the Jabra Halo Smart is excellent even when outdoors. The wireless strength is strong without dropouts in the signal. Therefore, the headphones are fabulous for making professional calls. Another nifty trick of these earphones when using it with your Android, you can use it with the Jabra Assist app. With the Message Readout function, you can have the device read out your notifications. However, you do not have access to the service if you have an iOS phone. Instead of the feature, the neckband informs you with a soft vibration. With constant playback, the battery lasts up to 15-hours and gives you 17-hours talk time. Furthermore, the headphone is made for the professional user.
When listening to music at a low frequency, the sound is not too controlled, and the bass is a bit loose. The mids tend to rise and make the resonance muddy. During our voice calls using the mids, the vocals sound great and listening to some Jimi Hendrix, the vocals float over the top of the guitar. Now, this is where things get a bit harsh, and that is on a high level. The earphones get loud, and even lowering the volume instruments are noticeable. To add to the fabulous features, the Halo Smart is water-resistant as well, making them great for active users as well. While this is great, you can run with it, but the tips fall out, and a wing-style ear tip would be great. On the other hand, you can even use the app to find your Jabra headset if misplaced.
Jabra Halo Smart Specs
- Battery: 17-hours
- Color: Black
- Cord Type: Wireless
- Extras: Wind Noise Reduction, Noise Cancellation, Water Resistant, Magnet Earbuds
- Form Factor: Neckband Style
- Included: Micro USB Charging Cable and Charging Case
- Noise Isolation: Yes
- Warranty: 1-year
Jabra Halo Smart Pros and Cons
What we like:
- Durable neckband
- Performs well as a headset
- Good battery life
- Decent sound when you get a tight seal
- Vibrating neckband for iOS devices
- Reads out notifications if you have an Android device
What we do not like:
- You get a poor fit with the ear tips included
Should You Buy it?
Yes, if you want a sturdily built neckband style headphone for making professional calls. The sound quality is okay if you can get a tight seal, and it fits 79% of users. The headset is made for calls with the high-quality microphones that protect your voice against the noise of the wind. You can wear the headphones throughout the day to switch between calls, media, and music. The battery life is exceptional, and it comes with a dedicated SIRI and Google Now voice control.
We found the Jabra Halo Smart has a flexible design with okay sound for listening to music. Where the headset excels is when you make or receive calls. The wireless connection is effortless, and the battery life is excellent. For some, the design may be a bit annoying while other users find it comfortable to wear around the neck. You can hide the buds under your shirt with magnetized connections, but the included charging case is not one of the most practical devices. We found the cable stands up and looks funny. In the end, the Jabra Halo Smart is excellent for executives to use on the move. However, if you are into the audio quality, we recommend you look further as this is not the headset to have. The extra features are useful.