Bluetooth headsets are now commonplace on the market. To stand out, the very young brand Exod will market a Bluetooth headset (Helios) which has the particularity of recharging with solar energy. If the concept of Helios is attractive, the helmet must hold the road behind. We tested it exclusively before its release.
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Mark : Exod
Category : Bluetooth headset
Availability : June 21, 2015
Price : 249 euros
Tested with a Nexus 5, a MacBook pro and an iPod Touch 1
What you will learn
Helios helmet unboxing
Helios is supplied in a hard shell to avoid impact. Rather impressive, it allows you to store the helmet, but also all the accessories associated with it, namely a mains charger, a jack cable and a small user manual (not present in our version since it is not a copy commercial). If the power outlet and the jack are not necessary for the use of the device, they have the merit of being present in the box to troubleshoot just in case. Note that the cable has a microphone and the possibility of raising and lowering the volume or even pause.
Helios helmet design & finish
All dressed in black, Helios sports a pretty classy design. Below the right earpiece is the location for the jack and recharging. On the right, a small luminous button which allows to switch on / off the headphones, but also to pause the music or to go to the next one (by tapping twice). It is also thanks to this diode that we know if the headset is properly coupled to a device. The hoop has a good layer of foam wrapped in imitation leather and on top there is the famous solar panel that is the full width of the helmet. We could be worried that this one weighs down the design a little, but in the end it is a plus. Clearly, the visual is pleasant and once on the head, we do not complain, quite the contrary.
However, when we take a closer look, we see that the finish is not perfect, especially at the device used to extend the size of the helmet. We are in the presence of a plastic material which clearly lacks solidity. Be careful not to pull too hard at the risk of dislodging the machine. In the end if the helmet is beautiful, a slight impression of “small solid” is felt.
Use / handling of the Helios helmet
If we could blame a space for the ears a little hair, comfort level Helios ensures. The headband foam is thick enough so that the user does not experience pain after prolonged listening. At the level of the ear also it is comfortable even if, as we said, a larger size could not have been worse. Indeed, those with large ears may experience a little pain after a while. Nothing dramatic, however.
Let's move on to the most important: sound. If Hélios made his com around his solar panel, the heart of the product is still the sound. And, good surprise, the sound is very good. Bass lovers will be delighted: powerful without pushing the cheap. In terms of clean sounds, it's not bad too even if the bass sometimes take precedence over the rest. Another advantage, we really feel the difference between an MP3 sound and a FLAC type sound in CD quality. The details are well broadcast. Clear, it reproduces a sound quality of what one can expect from 250 euros headphones without being better than the others.
A volume to fart your eardrums without bothering others
If you are a brute who loves to blow your eardrums with loud music, you might as well be served with Helios. We challenge anyone to listen to anything with the volume pushed to the maximum as it is possible to go far. An advantage that allows everyone to listen as they wish. Remember, however, that prolonged listening at too high a volume is dangerous for hearing!
What could be more annoying than hearing your neighbor's music on the train? Know that you will not subject this Review to your traveling buddies. The helmet is made in such a way that it completely encloses the ear in a hermetic way. Clearly, very little sound comes out. In addition, the brand has chosen not to incorporate noise reduction. A choice that has no influence on the experience because of this hermetic ergonomics and in addition, the battery lasts much longer.
Bluetooth sometimes weak
Cuts are rare, but happen from time to time, especially if you put your phone in your pocket. For some unexplained reason, the cuts occur briefly, but are still present from time to time. Nothing to spoil the experience, but it still had to be mentioned.
And what about this famous solar panel?
4 p.m. is the listening autonomy announced by the brand and it must be recognized that with the solar panel, the mains plug was quickly put away in the cupboard. 1 hour of solar charging is equal to 1 hour of listening. In a week of heavy use, not once will we have used the conventional charging system. The light passing through the windows was more than enough. The integration of the solar panel is a big success.
Difficult to compare Helios, because helmets with a solar panel are nonexistent on the market. However in terms of performance, Exod has managed to make a product at the level of competitors of the same price with the addition of solar charging which turns out to be a significant plus.
With Helios, Exod can afford a fairly serene arrival on the Bluetooth headset market. Even if we regret a finish not always exemplary and some small cuts in its wireless, this audio device is of good quality. It should be the joy of all zikos on the beach!
Review of Helios, the bluetooth headset that charges in the sun
Reviewed by Thomas Remilleret
Design & finish : If the helmet is beautiful, the finishes (especially at the level of the elongation of the hoops) are not always perfect. A small jerky effect that is not terrible.
Comfort : Helios is comfortable nevertheless after a while, those whose ears are large could suffer some pain.
Audio quality : Overall, the sound is very good. The bass is powerful and those who like it will be served. However, they sometimes take precedence over the rest.
Features : If there is nothing wrong with the solar panel, Bluetooth sometimes has some weaknesses. Nothing dramatic, but enough to be annoying from time to time.
Value for money: If it does not transcend the helmet category at 250 euros, Helios produces performances similar to the competition with a big bonus: the solar panel.
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