Jabra Halo Smart

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The Jabra Halo Smart wireless Bluetooth headset is a great pair of headphones. If you are looking for something for listening to your favorite music at the gym, a podcast on the bus, or you need to make calls hands free, then these are going to be the perfect headphones for you. These headphones offer you great sound quality for both music and phone calls, and they have an amazing microphone on them with wind and sound reduction technology to make sure the person on the other end can hear you clearly. The battery life of the headphones is phenomenal and customers love that they can listen to music for approximately 15 hours before they have to charge them. One of the most discouraging things about this headset, however, is that they do seem to suffer from a little bit of premature wear and tear and they do have to be replaced more frequently than customers would like. With a relatively low price tag for a wireless pair of headphones, customers seem to really like them and keep coming back for more.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • The cables that connect to the earpiece are thick and sturdy
  • Earpieces are attached to the neckband through magnets
  • Great battery life
  • Perfect weight, not too heavy or overly light
  • Connect easily to Bluetooth
  • Wonderful call quality
Cons
  • Suffers from premature wear and tear
  • Difficult to switch devices when using the multipoint functions
  • Slightly bulky due to the larger battery
Activities
Activities

Activities

The Jabra Halo Smart Bluetooth headset can be used for many activities. First and foremost they are a pair of headphones and as such, you can listen to your favorite music or podcasts with these without any problems. In addition to being able to listen to the music you love, this headset will allow you to take phone calls while you are wearing them with ease.

Customers have commented that these are the perfect pair of headphones to wear while they are at the gym, whether running on the treadmill, cycling, or simply lifting weights. The fact that these are wireless allows you to participate in a plethora of activities without having to worry about being tethered down by a cord. Whether sitting at home, traveling, or working out, these headphones are a great choice.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

The Jabra Halo Smart Bluetooth headset comes with all the basic features you would expect from a pair of wireless headphones. The headset has four different controls on the neckband, three on the right side and the other one on the left to control the volume, power, connection, incoming phone calls, and music playback. These headphones will allow you to transition from listening to your music to taking a phone call with just the press of a button.

The earbuds on these headphones stick magnetically which is nice because it can keep them from being thrown around when you are not wearing them. You can either connect them to the neckband to keep them out of your way, or you can connect them to each other like you are wearing a pendant. Either way, you will not have to worry about the earbuds being in your way. This feature has mixed reactions from customers. Some have stated that they do not like the magnetic feature, as they do not like the look and feel of the headset when the earbuds are not in their ears. Others have stated that they love the convenience of being able to just snap the earbud to the side of the neckband when they are not in their ears.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

The Jabra Halo Smart Bluetooth headset offers a decent amount of advanced features that you might not expect from a simple pair of wireless headphones. When you are wearing these headphones and you receive a phone call, the neckband will start to vibrate alerting you of the incoming call. You can answer the call by simply pulling apart the earbuds and placing one or both of them in your ears. It is as simple as that.

Jabra also offers their customers the free Jabra Assist app that is available on both iOS and Android which works with Halo Smart. The app does not do a whole lot for you but it does give you some additional options you would not otherwise have. With the use of the app, you can turn on a message readout feature which will let you hear your incoming notifications such as incoming phone calls, text messages, calendar events, and emails. With this feature enabled you will not have to worry about pulling your phone out of your pocket if you do not want to. The app also gives you a feature called 'Find my Jabra' which, as it sounds, helps you locate your headset if you happen to lose it.
Sound Quality
Sound Quality

Sound Quality

Consumers agree that these headphones have a wonderful sound quality. These headphones excel when it comes to the sound quality when you are talking on the phone. Reviewers have commented that these could be one of the best wireless headsets made for talking to people over the phone. The combination of the large microphone and the noise canceling technologies come together to make sure you have a fantastic experience the entire length of your phone call.

The sound quality, when it comes to music, is good, but not as stellar as it could be. The Jabra Halo Smart Bluetooth headphones do a great job when it comes to deep lows and they produce a decent bass. The one complaint that these headphones have is that they can experience some muffled depth when listening to music on the low end. That being said, it is only a small issue for customers and that has not discouraged them from wearing and purchasing these headphones.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

Customers love how easily these headphones connect to your Bluetooth. The Jabra Halo Smart Bluetooth headset will walk you through all the steps you need to make sure you get connected with ease. You simply put the headset on and press the power button. You will then receive step by step directions on how to connect the headphones to your device. It is super easy and customers just love that they can connect so effortlessly. Once connected, customers had no problems with their devices staying connected. They have also mentioned that they get a pretty decent range between their headset and their device, but it is not advisable to wander too far away from your device or you will lose your connection.

These headphones offer you the ability to connect more than one device to the Bluetooth at the same time which customers enjoy. You can have your music player linked at the same time as your mobile device so you can listen to your music and take a phone call if needed without having to switch devices. Customers have commented, however, that it can sometimes be difficult and confusing when trying to switch from one device to another.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

There seem to be some mixed reviews when it comes to the comfort of the Jabra Halo Smart Bluetooth headphones. Customers have commented that the neckband can feel a bit bulky due to the large battery which is essential for a longer battery life. They may be bulky, but customers seem to appreciate the weight of the headphones, stating that they are not too light that they feel fragile but not too heavy that they feel like a weight around their neck.

The biggest problem customers seem to have when it comes to the comfort of these headphones comes from the earbuds and the tips that are included with the headset. Reviewers have stated that the earbuds do not always fit snugly and comfortably in their ears, regardless of which tip they use. The poor fit of the earbuds not only affects the comfort level but it can also reduce the noise cancellation technology which customers are less than thrilled about.
Style
Style

Style

The Jabra Halo Smart wireless headphones feature a neckband design with the earbuds attached at each end. Some people are not a fan of the neckband because it is a little bulkier than they would like but that is because the neckband houses the larger battery for the headphones, so you can go longer periods of time without charging them. You have two color choices to pick from when purchasing these headphones, you can either go with just black or you can choose black and silver. Customers suggest that they would like to have more color options but most are satisfied with the choices they currently have available to them.
Durability
Durability

Durability

One of the biggest downfalls of the Jabra Halo Smart headphones is that they suffer from premature wear and tear and that makes customers less than happy. Customers have complained that after a couple of months one or both of the earbuds have stopped working. The headphones, after a while, will also stop powering on or they will not be able to hold a charge for very long. Customers were upset that these headphones did not last them as long as they would have liked, but with the relatively low price tag, it was not too bad to have to replace them.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

The Jabra Halo Smart Bluetooth headphones are super easy to use and very user-friendly. When you want to connect your phone or other devices to the headphones you simply put the headphones on, push the power button, and then listen to the prompts. The voice prompts will walk you through step by step on what you are to do to connect your device. Even the most technologically impaired folks will be able to connect these headphones with ease.

There are four buttons that are used for these headphones. There are three buttons on the right side of the neckband and one button on the left. The right side has a plus button, a circle, and then a minus button. The plus and minus buttons will control the volume of your music; whereas, the middle circle button is a multi-functional button that you can use for a variety of things. The circle button is also the power button; if you press and hold it in for five seconds it will power on your headphones and prompt you through pairing your device. The button will also let you play and pause your music and answer phone calls when they come in. The lone button on the left side of the neckband is the microphone button which is used to control the mic.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

The Jabra Halo Smart headphones are powered by a rechargeable battery that is located in the neckband of the headset. The headphones do come with a charger cable, but if you need to replace it or would like to own a spare, they charge with a micro-USB charging cord.

The battery of the Jabra Halo Smart headset is rather large but that is so you do not have to worry about the battery dying too quickly. The headphones will last you about 15 hours if you are listening to constant music at a moderate volume or about 17 hours of talk time. If you listen to your music at a high volume it may reduce the battery life, but that is to be expected from any pair of wireless headphones.
Price
Price

Price

The price of the Jabra Halo Smart headphones is relatively low when compared to other, similar headphones. The MSRP, manufacturer's suggested retail price, for this headset is $79.99. Customers like the low price tag of these headphones; however, they are disappointed that they seem to have to replace them more frequently than they would like due to premature wear and tear.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Larger battery for a much longer battery life
-Wind and noise reduction microphone
-Noise cancellation technology
-Water resistant
-Tangle-free experience due to the magnetic earbuds that snap together or to the neckband
-Neckband has bendable flex zones built in to help prevent breakage
-Bluetooth with approximately 33 foot (10 meters) range
-10mm speakers to give you great full-spectrum audio
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a cheap pair of headphones that are super easy to use and offer you great sound quality then you have come to the right place. The headphones do have some issues, especially with the longevity of the headset, but other than that customers seem to love them. The battery life is great, which customers love, lasting up to 15 hours of continuous music at a moderate volume. The nice look, great sound quality, stellar battery life, and low price point seem to have customers recommending these headphones to friends and family.