The Jabra HALO: Shrek rejoices, the rest of us take a pass

Review of: HALO
by:
Jabra
Price:
$130

Reviewed by:
Rating:
1
On March 8, 2010
Last modified:July 26, 2013

Summary:

"They fit perfectly on Shrek's enormous pear-shaped head!"

The Jabra HALO Bluetooth Stereo headset is an engineering disaster. I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but I’m surprised this product made it to the shelves. Yes it’s super neat-o that you can fold them compactly and stuff them in your jacket pocket, and I like the concept of being able to quickly grab them and throw them on your head in 2 seconds flat…but that’s the extent of their allure. When they’re on your head, the speaker parts flare out away from your ears…so unless your usual attire includes a tight fitting tennis headband to tuck the HALO’s into, you won’t hear their flush sound.

Speaking of sound, the HALO’s suffer from the same problem of most Bluetooth headsets…poor audio for both music and phone calls. To activate the speaker parts you need to pull them down and unhitch them from the band, and this process is very difficult. You feel like you’re going to break them every time you do it.

Now I just ran into Shrek (yes, THE Shrek) at the local swamp bar. He was skipping around, buying drinks for strangers, and kissing waitresses. I had no idea why until I saw him up close…he was wearing the Jabra HALO’s! They fit perfectly on his enormous pear-shaped head, and because he has the strength of ten men it was a breeze for him un-hitch the speaker parts to activate them. I’m happy for the big lug, he deserves them.

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