Arriva Leo (Black) review: Arriva Leo (Black)

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MSRP: $89.95
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars 5 user reviews

The Good The Arriva Leo is a relatively lightweight wireless Bluetooth headphone that fits securely on your head and is designed for sports activities (it's water- and sweat-resistant). It also has a built-in microphone making calls.

The Bad The "hard" earbuds won't be comfortable for all ears, and the battery life is shorter than we'd like.

The Bottom Line If you like the round-the-head fit, the unique design of the Arriva Leo makes it worthy of consideration for joggers and other active listeners.

7.0 Overall
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0

Arriva, the small Colorado outfit that makes those funky, wire-free headphones for the iPod Shuffle second and fourth generation, is now selling an intriguing--and sporty--set of in-ear Bluetooth stereo headphones that go by the name Leo.

These guys have that secure, comfortable fit that Arriva is known for (I used the Shuffle version of the headphones for running before my Shuffle died), and they work wirelessly with any Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player or phone.

They're water- and sweat-resistant and have controls built into the back of the headphones that are easy to operate by feel. There's also a microphone in the earpiece for making and receiving calls while you're doing whatever "extreme" sport you're doing--or just walking around (note: using the earpiece, you get mono, not stereo).


The Arriva Leo uses Bluetooth to wirelessly pull music from your smartphone or audio player--but you'll need to reach behind your head for volume controls.

Battery life is rated at 5.2 hours (continuous listening time) and 20 days of standby time. Frankly, we think that's too short; we'd prefer something we can listen to all day.

The key thing the Leo ($69.95) has going for it is a secure fit. It's hard to find Bluetooth headphones that fit snuggly. Yes, the volume and power buttons are located directly behind your head while you're wearing it, but they're big enough to navigate by touch.

The only issue I had was that the hard-style earbuds (the kind that ship with your iPhone or iPod, for instance) just don't fit well in my ears. While the Leos come with a few different silicon covers, they weren't all that helpful in my case (they will be fine for a lot of ears).

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