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Published on May 29th, 2014 | by Greg

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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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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