We’ve often had hassles during pairing Bluetooth devices and peripherals, but thankfully the Halo2 is an exception. It’s as simple as power ON, find and connect. To disconnect the headphones, you can shut the flaps and voila. Again, the minimalistic design ensures a very pleasing experience, whilst operating your headphone. The super smooth bar, the single button that does-it-all, and the hidden notification lights ensure you’re controlling your music right from the headphones, without having to switch over to your smartphone or laptop. If you’re working on your phone while listening to music, though, the music will skip for that wee millisecond and it becomes an annoyance sometimes.
In our call test, the voice was decently loud, but you can easily notice that you’re on handsfree because there’s no dedicated mic that sits in front of your mouth. It’s pretty clear if your phone is near you (around 10-12 feet), but after that the voice starts skipping and cutting. If you’re wanting to use this device at your home, and you’ve got a lot of walls, you’ll be disappointed to know that the range isn’t that great. Thought it’s important to know that it’s due to the range capabilities of your smartphone as well. For talking on the go, the Halo2 gets the job done.
The volume control
Music quality is loud, but strictly average. Firstly, the noise leakage quite ruined our mood and secondly, we did notice some slight crackling at max volume. With the volume cranked up by 75 percent, you’ll get a decent listening experience, but lack of any kind of isolation (due to the fit) may be a deal breaker for some. Also, the bass lacks that thump that we’ve seen on a lot of much cheaper headphones and overall, the Halo 2 doesn’t impress us too much in the audio quality section.
In our battery test, the headphones took roughly two hours to charge up to the full capacity (when the notifcation light turns green) and after that they played music non-stop for a period of six hours and twenty minutes. Jabra have claimed a music time of 8 hours and the headphones did work for roughly 85 percent of that duration.
Your most expensive hairband..err headphones
The Jabra Halo 2 Bluetooth headphones are available at a price of Rs.5,800 (MOP). If you’re looking for a good music experience, you’re not going to get that with the Halo2. If you’re looking to have a headset that covers your basic wireless functionality, the Halo2 still looks pretty expensive. Moreover, we’d suggest you check out the fit before thinking of purchasing a pair for yourself. However, for us atleast, the Halo 2 didn’t pack that punch we were expecting it to deliver at that price.
Updated 21 May, 2013, 8:08 pm IST
Jabra Halo2 Bluetooth headphones Review
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