Bluetooth earphones are never cheap, so finding a pair below $100 is a little unusual. Jabra thinks it can nail that price point, though, and has done so in the Halo Fusion. Worth it or worthless?
Features and performance
Jabra is certainly no stranger to both audio and wireless, and for the past few years has been building products that straddle both categories, but inexpensive is not an area Jabra always sits.
We’ve seen quite a few from the Danish brand, and it certainly has a hand crafting concepts for those keen to get fit, but few drop below the $150 mark.
In fact, wireless technology tends to stay north of this price point, and that’s hardly surprising: while Bluetooth may have been around for some time, it’s only been in the past decade or so that headphone manufacturers have been embracing it, gradually cutting the cords and making stereo sound something that can be taken on the go without the wire.
That’s what makes Jabra’s Halo Fusion so compelling, because in this package we’re seeing wireless technology from a company that has nailed portable audio in a very low price point. At $99, this is a pair of earphones that definitely competes on price.
Are they any good?
Let’s start with design, and it’s here that we’ll admit we’re more than a little surprised with the Halo Fusion, and that’s because these earphones feel a little clumsy.
It’s not that we have any problems with the wrap around design, though truth be told the wiry take on this doesn’t feel as simple as we would like.
Normally, wrap around headphones consist of two earpieces joined by a length of cable, with wireless earphones sticking the controls either on one of the earphones (if not both) or on the length of cable itself, often protected by some thicker plastic or rubber.
Here on the Halo Fusion, however, you have that long bit of plastic with two ear pieces connecting to each side from extra super thin cables that seem a little too fragile for their own good.
These thin strings of cable — and that’s what they are, by the way — attach to the wraparound band of the Fusion by way of small semi-adjustable clips that let you tighten how much the cables stay attached to the band.
That gives you a degree of cable organisation, and an extra clip on the cable can let you link the two cables together almost like a necklace, but it is by no means as impressive a connection as Jabra’s Rox headset offered, which relied on a similar concept but used magnets to achieve it.