Tech This Out: Jabra Rox Wireless
Headphones are a necessary evil.
Before working or enjoying a movie on an airplane you have to untangle the mess of wires.
It's like tackling Christmas lights every time you pull them out of your pocket.
Alas, sweet relief is here -- Jabra's Rox Wireless headphones. The only wire you see connects the two ear buds. Bam!
So here's how they work -- the headphones connect to your phone, tablet or MP3 player via Bluetooth or NFC. Now you aren't tied down to your iPod.
They fit into your outer ear. You get three size covers and gel ear wigs to keep the Rox locked in your ears.
It took me a while to get them into my ears (granted I have really small ears). It was difficult and uncomfortable at first but eventually I got the hang of it and once they were in, they stayed in. I didn't have too much trouble with them falling out running, at the gym or just hanging around.
I tested the ear buds out running outdoors, on the elliptical, playing basketball, lifting different kinds of weights and playing with my dog.
The selling point really is no wires.
It was great to have that freedom. No dangling cord. No need to put the wire down my shirt or tuck my phone or iPod anywhere or use an armband. I could set my phone down or put it in my pocket. The blue tooth connection works about 75 feet away from what I could tell.
The Rox have high-definition Dolby sound. It's strong and clear. There's good base but not too much. It's not compromised by a Bluetooth connection.
You control volume, playlists and take calls through the built in control and I was pleasantly surprised by the call quality on both ends.
To charge the Rox, plug in a micro USB and you'll get about 5.5 hours play time. When you're not using the ear buds, clip them together to turn them off. They're magnetized.
You can buy the Jabra Rox Wireless for just under $130.