Published on May 29th, 2014 | by Greg0
Neat Trick: Jabra ROX Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
The magic of electromagnetism knows few bounds. Today’s set of earbuds uses magnets in a nifty new way, adding a feature that manages to change the way you use them, and setting them apart from many of the competitors on the market. We’ve tried out plenty of gear from Jabra before, and they have a great reputation for Bluetooth audio- and their latest headphones extend the tradition to earbuds.
If you are looking for something wireless- perfect for active use- then you’ve probably seen the variety of fitness earphones on the market. The Jabra ROX takes the now-familiar style and shakes it up a bit. Thanks to water and dust protection, these are well-sealed enough for you to take to the gym or the track, though not the pool. Unlike many, the ROX support NFC perimeter pairing, simplifying the connection process for devices that support the technology, and they support AVRCP, though not the higher-fidelity apt-X protocol. At less than an ounce- .67 to be exact, you’ll barely notice them in your ears. They’re pretty comfortable we’ve tried, though not for everyone due to a fairly large and slightly blocky chamber that sits in your ear. Three sizes of gels are includes, and optional ear wings can keep them in place when you’re jogging or out and about.
There are in-line controls that feel sturdy and seem to lack any holes, leading us to wonder where the microphone was hidden. It turns out that it’s actually embedded in the earbud itself- as is the micro-USB port. You charge them through this port, and can expect a battery life rated for five to six hours of talk and play time- we were able to get closer to seven though. Taking off the cap and uncovering the port isn’t as simple as flicking open a plastic nub, but that makes them better protected from the elements. The coolest feature, though, are the pair of magnets on the back of each earpiece- click them together, and not only do they wrap nicely around your neck when not in use, but automatically turn off and then on again when you’re ready for more tunes.
Jabra ROX can be used with their Sound App, a partnership with Dolby, and available for free. It allows for a few nice tricks, like graphic equalization, though isn’t necessary. They sound pretty good, but like most wireless audio gear, you do sacrifice a little bit- the upper and lower registers feel compressed and condensed. We didn’t notice any fuzziness, though there was an occasional static noise and some drop-outs. Bass is solid, and the callers reported pretty solid, crisp audio on the other end. Available now, online and in stores, expect to spend around $130, a reasonable price point for these great additions to your mobile lifestyle.