Jabra is one of the leaders in headset technology. They make headsets for cell phones, land phones, speakerphones and even Microsoft Communicator certified headsets. So when they asked us to review their new EASYCALL headset I jumped at the chance. It boasts some great features that usually make or break whether you stick with a Bluetooth headset. I had used other manufacturer's Bluetooth headsets before and was not impressed. So getting the opportunity to try another Bluetooth headset for free sounded a little more enticing. Some of the features include:
- Automatic volume adjustment
- Easy to use buttons: On/Off slider, Answer/end button
- Up to 6 hours talk time and 8 days standby time
- Spoken battery and connection status
- Multiuse -- connects to 2 Bluetooth devices simultaneously
- Bluetooth technology v. 2.1 for simple and secure pairing
What We Liked:
- Easy Setup: I have never had a Bluetooth headset work easier than this one. Turn the Bluetooth headset on, and then go to the phone setting for Bluetooth and the easy call should be one of the first devices to select. After that, the phone and the device are paired. There is no passcode to enter. Even if you shut the device off and then turn it back on it pairs back up automatically. In all the times I have used the EASYCALL, I have never had to pair it back up. It is so simple.
- Comfort and Aesthetics: The headset comes with several different size soft gel earpieces as well as four different sized over the ear fittings. I usually have problems with my big ears and Bluetooth headsets fitting correctly. With the set of different fittings, I was able to find something that fit very comfortably. Even to the point of forgetting it was there. Aesthetically, the black and silver lining, make it look stylish. It sits a little further from the cheek than I would like but I think it aids in the microphone picking up the voice.
- Sound Quality: The voice coming through the headset is very clear thanks to the Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology. Even when I was outside on a windy day, I could hear the person clearly and they could hear me. The ear piece sits inside the ear canal. The myriad of people I spoke to said it sounded as though I was just talking through my cell phone. They couldn't tell that I was on the Bluetooth headset.
- Connectivity and Status: I had no problem separating myself from the phone and moving about in the house while still being able to make calls from the iPhone through the EASYCALL. I never had a dropped call, and whenever I turned the device on, it connected every time. Another valuable feature is the audible commands that are built in. The EASYCALL tells you that it is connected when you turn it on with an audible Connected voice.
- Multiuse: Another handy feature they offer with this device is Multiuse. It allows a person to connect two phones to the same EASYCALL headset. I had a hard time finding a real life scenario for this feature and then had an epiphany. Some people have to carry two phones with them at all times; for instance, work won't let you make personal calls, so you carry one for personal and one for work. This allows you to connect both phones at the same time. Brilliant!
- Battery Life: Jabra boasts 6 hours of talk time and 8 days of standby time. I used this for two solid weeks, going to work and coming home, as well as using it while at work. I never had to charge it during that time. My drive time is a whopping 15 minutes there and back but I used it for three weeks. That is still quite a while without a charge. A voice announcement will let you know when the battery gets low.
What We Didn't Like:
- Music: Sometimes I like to listen to music at work. Unfortunately, the headset doesn't support music playback. Music would always play through the phone and not the EASYCALL.
This Bluetooth headset is so easy my 5 year old could use it. It just works. Anyone that is skittish about technology and finding one that can suit their lack of technology prowess should definitely check this out. I deal with technology every day and still find myself being extremely happy with it. The DSP really brings clarity to the calls as well as the status indicators letting me know I am connected and how much longer until the battery dies. All that, coupled with the battery life, leaves me being thoroughly impressed. The headset is very affordable at $32. For that price and the feature set, you can't beat it.
Our Score: 4.5 out of 5
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TechBargains Review - Jabra EasyCall Bluetooth Headset