Review: Earloomz NBA Team Logo Bluetooth Headset
December 4, 2012 by Bill Palmer
When bluetooth earpieces first arrived, debate raged as to whether those seen wearing them were really that pressed for time or were merely trying to get noticed. But as more States have enacted hands-free driving laws, such headsets have become more the norm. The market has essentially divided itself into two kind of headsets: those in the fifty to one hundred dollar range which feature high quality audio with bells and whistles like noise canceling mics, and those in the sub-fifty dollar range which aren’t anything special and simply get the job done. Earloomz aims to split the difference with its NBA themed bluetooth headsets which clock in at $34 and, while not offering any standout features, will still get you noticed.
Headsets are so long and narrow that getting any kind of team logo is a challenge. On the unit I tested, Earloomz approached the Miami Heat by including as much of its flaming basketball logo as possible, along with a white “MH” and an orange background. That’s likely enough to get you recognized as being a Heat fan by those who walk past you on the street in Miami, even if those in other cities might not get the reference when you’re traveling. On the other models, the word “Lakers” is squeezed tightly above the team’s yellow and purple logo, while the Clippers model simply consists of a stylized C over top of LA.
The headset is of about average size and is lightweight. I found its circular rubber padding to be comfortable, and it stayed in my ear plenty well, with or without the included very thin plastic wraparound clips (one black and one clear), which are removable. Also in the package is a black rope lanyard, an unusual inclusion for such a product, which gives you some place other than your pocket to put it when you need to take it out of your ear.
Assuming you’re planning to use this product to make phone calls and not merely support your favorite teams, audio quality is as important here as styling. In my tests I found the call quality to be plenty acceptable under normal conditions. You’ll be fine in a light breeze, but a big wind gust could prove troublesome. That’s where the bells and whistles of the more expensive headsets come in handy. But for $34, the Earloomz offers about what you’d expect as an audio product. That means you’re essentially not paying anything extra for the NBA team styling.
Price: $34 • earloomz.com