Jabra Halo Stereo Bluetooth Headset - Jabra Halo

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

Interestingly, unlike most wireless stereo headsets on the market, this one is also supplied with a cable so it can be used with non-Bluetooth enabled MP3 players. Unfortunately, when you plug in this cable all Bluetooth functionality is lost. So you can't, for example, use a wired connection to your MP3 player while still keeping the headset connected to your phone via Bluetooth. This is a real shame, but seeing as most other manufacturers do not offer any wired support at all we can't be too harsh on Jabra here.

You charge the headset via a microUSB connector that's found at the bottom of the right-hand ear piece. Jabra includes a USB wall charger in the box, or alternatively you can charge it via your PC or laptop. It takes around two hours to fully charge and while it's on charge an LED on the inside of the headphone band glows red and then turns off to show you when it's full of juice. From a full charge you'll get around eight hours of music playback from it or eight hours of talk time, or a mixture of the two. In our test, we got around seven hours use from it for mostly music listening and a bit of talking on our mobile.

Verdict

There are plenty of things to like about the Halo. The folding design makes it easy to carry around, the call quality is first class and battery life isn't bad either. However, the problems with stuttering audio when used with our laptop and PC, plus the lacklustre bass response stop us from giving it wholehearted praise.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Value 6
  • Features 8
  • Design 8

Ryan131

August 12, 2009, 3:52 pm

My faithful old Motorola HT820's have the same feature set, and they too cut off all BT when the audio cable is plugged in. Maybe they're using the same innards?

Tony Young

August 12, 2009, 4:34 pm

Anyone know if my 2yo PS3 supports A2DP?


Can't find anything at UK Playstation on this, but lots of flak in the forums!

prag fest

August 12, 2009, 8:21 pm

Looks and feature wise, these are exactly what I'm after, but the dodgy performance is putting me off. Can anyone recommend something similar that they have been happy using?





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mreo

September 17, 2009, 11:52 pm

Does anyone know if this unit works with an iPod Touch, Perhaps by using an App from the Apple store? Please advise.

Marshall

May 27, 2010, 5:19 am

I bought one to use with my ipod touch, 3.1, and I couldn't change the volume. I took it back to the dealer and tried another one and the result was the same. Jabra told me the headset would not allow volume changing with ANY Apple product. They insisted it was not a fault with the headset, but just a fact. I call not being able to change the volume a fault. I exchanged it for a different brand that works, but annoyed that I wasted so much time. Why can't they fix it?





Marshall

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