Hands-on with Jabra Rox Wireless Headset

The Rox Wireless earbuds are the latest from Jabra. These are touted as offering an ultra-secure fit and massive wireless sound. Having said that, when Jabra reached out with an offer to check out a set of the Rox wireless earbuds I was elated and pretty anxious. What follows are some thoughts after 2 weeks of use.

I suppose everyone has a special reason as to why they like, or prefer wireless headphones. For me its simply to go running and gym. And to a lesser degree, to wear while doing housework.

The Jabra Rox wireless earbuds didn't disappoint in terms of sound quality. Similar to other products in the Jabra lineup, these offer Dolby Digital Plus sound and can be paired with the special Jabra sound app. I listened to a mix of music (Play Music), podcasts (DoggCatcher/Podcast Addict) and audiobooks (LibriVox/Audible) and were happy with the quality across the board.

Whats included in the box - pouch, USB cable, EarWings & EarGels

Do not be fooled by the size of the earbuds as the Jabra Rox Wireless headphones pack tons of tech and decent battery life. The size and weight of the earbuds, along with the fact that the bulk of each remains outside your ear, does make it even more important that you get the right fit. It is why Jabra includes an assortment of EarGels and EarWings to help achieve the perfect fit. Despite having a set of EarGels that felt like they offered a tight fit, I attach a set of EarWings to keep the earbuds from loosening up and slipping out. Overall not a big deal, an ultimately this setup proved comfortable even for extended time periods (roughly 2 hours at a stretch).

How to put on the EarWings & charging via Micro USB

EarWings comes in 3 sizes - Small Medium & Large

How the earbuds look with the wings

With the medium size EarWings, the earbuds fit snugly onto my ear

The overall setup feels sturdy and solid. That thought applies to the earbuds and the cable that runs around the back of your neck. In regards to the cable, Jabra has that loaded with a set of inline controls which can be used to play/pause and also raise and lower the volume, these same controls allow you to answer any incoming calls as well.

The controls

Jabra suggests these have a battery life of up to 5.5 hours. I put that to a test and was able to get really close – about 5hours. I had them on for a day of course with abit of down time here and there inbetween gym, travelling around running errands and housework. So no complains on the battery life.


MicroUSB Charging

One of the cool feature I like about the Jabra Rox wireless is the magnets, which are able to help keep the battery life from draining quite so quickly. The earbuds when clicked together go into power-saving mode and once separated they wake up. You must be wondering how do you charge these earbuds? Well charging is via MicroUSB, which can be found tucked under the cover on the left earbud. Charging takes about 2 hours from empty to full. The LED indicator light is also located on the same left earbud.

Attaching them together with the built-in power saving magnets

A few other highlights here include the easy initial pairing. These are Bluetooth and can be paired like any other set of Bluetooth headphones by heading into the settings on your phone (or tablet). Jabra also has NFC pairing available on the Rox wireless earbuds. To pair using NFC you'll need to slide your phone over the inline control.

Living in Singapore (which means hot & humid conditions, with frequent rain storms) – the IP52 rating was a plus! This means when you are out running you don’t have to worry about being drenched in sweat or getting caught in a sudden downpour, cause in my experience both of those happened and the earbuds kept on working! Amazing isn't it.

Solid as rock

To sum it up, the Rox wireless have kept my high opinion of Jabra products and I wouldn’t hesitate to offer a recommendation. The Jabra Rox wireless (available in black only) is priced at SGD168.00 and can be purchased at Apple premium resellers, Epicentre, Gadget World, Infinite, iStudio, Nubox, Tech@Vouge, selected Challenger stores and other authorized Jabra resellers.