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August 8, 2011

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Veho Gumball 3000 Foldable Wireless Headphones

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Most electronic companies offer a high end set of head phones these days.  Very few companies have been able to differentiate themselves from the rest of the competition.  Beats by Dr. Dre seem to be popular, but who has over $300.00 to spend on a set of head phones that eat batteries all day and plug into your device?  That is so 1999.  Veho offers a unique entry into the market which offers many positives for purchasers.

First off, the head phones are reasonably priced at $110.00.  Many people think that for such a low price, you can’t possibly be getting much. The doubters are wrong. The Wireless headphones offer some very nice features. First off, the head phones are very practical to use. There are touch controls on the side for controlling your music player or smart phone. I could easily trigger the voice control on my iPhone 4 by holding the large, ergonomically friendly Gumball button. There is also a built in micro phone for using the headset as a hands free bluetooth headset.

Unlike Beats by Dre, which eats up batteries like I eat chocolates, the unit comes with a built in lithium ion battery that can keep the head phones pumping out songs, mix tapes and continuing your conversation for up to ten hours. The practicality continues, as the head phones fold over so they can be conveniently stowed in your bag, purse, or back pack. The ear cushions are comfortable for long use, and the blue tooth range is impeccable. I had my iPhone in my bedroom and I walked half way around the house before I started to lose the signal. For those looking to make a fashion statement, if black isn’t you’re thing, the Gumball 3000 edition offers the option of bright orange ear cushions.

Now we get down to business. I know what you are all wondering. The head set sounds too good to be true. Reasonable price, loads of features, and style all in one. The head set is not without a fault, however. The speakers that Veho has used are good, but for the low frequencies often associated with hip hop and rap music, they are not ideal. Generally, high end head phone systems offer deep lows, and high highs. The high range offered by the Gumball headphones is sufficiently clear and crisp. However, when the low frequencies hit, there can be a loss of clarity as the bass from the low range of audio creates distortion. If you are not into rap or hip hop, you will probably never even notice the issue. It isn’t a major issue, but something that needed to be mentioned.

Overall, the headset is a fantastic value. You get one of the most practical and ergonomically friendly premium head sets on the market, for a virtual bargain price. I recommend them to audiophiles everywhere, especially those who need a wireless option without sacrificing sound quality. If you are a hip hop junkie and a bass fiend, they may not be for you, but they are still worth checking out.

Specifications:
•Bluetooth specification: V2.1 + EDR
•Bluetooth profiles supported: HSP, HFP, A2DP and AVRCP
•Operating distance: 10 meters Class II
•Rechargeable 230 mAH Li-polymer battery
•Talk time: Up to 11 hours
•Music playing time: Up to 10 hours
•Standby time: Up to 250 hours
•Charging time: About 2.5 hours
•Charges via USB

Features:
•Folding design, easy to take with you.
•Extreme comfort from adjustable head hand and High quality leather earplug.
•Embedded microphone for hands-free conversation from Bluetooth – enabled mobile phones.
•Enjoy stereo music wirelessly from Bluetooth A2DP devices.
•Pause the music & Play back automatically when receives an incoming call.
•Touch button for previous/next track, volume up and volume down.
•Call transfer between the headset and Bluetooth mobile phone.
•Automatically connect to the last connected Bluetooth device

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  • noslenpar

     

    Bluetooth functionality is very good and easy to set up.
    Sound quality is very good for the price. They look nice, and battery life is
    very good, but the design is functionally terrible.

    Two minor fit issues I have may not be a problem for most
    people; the head band is a little bit short, it fits me but barely. They would
    not fit me if my head was a little bigger or if I’m wearing a hat. This should
    not be a problem for most people, but if your hat size is LG or XL, you might
    want to try them on before buying. Also the ear pads do not rotate enough, so
    they don’t sit right on my ears and put too much pressure on them. My ears hurt
    after an hour or two of constant wear. My ears stick out, so if your ears are
    flat and don’t stick out, this would probably not be an issue.

    The button in the center performs too many functions; it is
    the on/off/play/pause/answer/voice control/Bluetooth pairing button. This poor
    and lazy design results in a couple of annoying quirks. To turn the headphones
    on or off you have to hold it the button for 5 seconds, that’s annoying in
    itself,  but it also activates voice
    control in 2 seconds, so every time you turn them off they activate voice
    control.  And don’t hold the button too
    long because it enters Bluetooth pairing mode in 8 seconds. Also the volume
    buttons don’t control the volume on the iPhone, iPod etc., they only control
    the volume on the headphones, so you can have the volume all the way up and
    still not hear anything because it could be down on the device.

    My biggest problem with the design is that they put touch
    sensitive volume, and skip buttons on a ring around the play/pause/etc. button
    on the right ear. Since you can’t see your own ear you have to feel around for
    the button to pause, play and answer calls, but since this button is surrounded
    by touch sensitive buttons you always end up skipping forward or back or adjust
    the volume every time you want to pause or answer a call. Also the touch
    sensitive buttons are in a position that you touch them when you need to adjust
    the position or putting the headphones on and off your head. Touch sensitive
    buttons on controls you can’t see is so beyond stupid.  It makes me want to throw them out the
    window. This problem could have easily been avoided by putting the
    play/pause/answer/etc. button on the opposite ear from the volume and skip
    buttons or by making the buttons not touch sensitive.

  • noslenpar

     

    Bluetooth functionality is very good and easy to set up.
    Sound quality is very good for the price. They look nice, and battery life is
    very good, but the design is functionally terrible.

    Two minor fit issues I have may not be a problem for most
    people; the head band is a little bit short, it fits me but barely. They would
    not fit me if my head was a little bigger or if I’m wearing a hat. This should
    not be a problem for most people, but if your hat size is LG or XL, you might
    want to try them on before buying. Also the ear pads do not rotate enough, so
    they don’t sit right on my ears and put too much pressure on them. My ears hurt
    after an hour or two of constant wear. My ears stick out, so if your ears are
    flat and don’t stick out, this would probably not be an issue.

    The button in the center performs too many functions; it is
    the on/off/play/pause/answer/voice control/Bluetooth pairing button. This poor
    and lazy design results in a couple of annoying quirks. To turn the headphones
    on or off you have to hold it the button for 5 seconds, that’s annoying in
    itself,  but it also activates voice
    control in 2 seconds, so every time you turn them off they activate voice
    control.  And don’t hold the button too
    long because it enters Bluetooth pairing mode in 8 seconds. Also the volume
    buttons don’t control the volume on the iPhone, iPod etc., they only control
    the volume on the headphones, so you can have the volume all the way up and
    still not hear anything because it could be down on the device.

    My biggest problem with the design is that they put touch
    sensitive volume, and skip buttons on a ring around the play/pause/etc. button
    on the right ear. Since you can’t see your own ear you have to feel around for
    the button to pause, play and answer calls, but since this button is surrounded
    by touch sensitive buttons you always end up skipping forward or back or adjust
    the volume every time you want to pause or answer a call. Also the touch
    sensitive buttons are in a position that you touch them when you need to adjust
    the position or putting the headphones on and off your head. Touch sensitive
    buttons on controls you can’t see is so beyond stupid.  It makes me want to throw them out the
    window. This problem could have easily been avoided by putting the
    play/pause/answer/etc. button on the opposite ear from the volume and skip
    buttons or by making the buttons not touch sensitive.