The Jabra GO 6430 is advertised as a Multi-Use headset for your mobile phone and softphone (VOIP). To achieve the softphone headset capability, a USB dongle is bundled in the package. Another unique advertised feature of this headset is the touch sensor volume/mute control, which works quite well.
First impressions: First impression was that this headset appeared long and looked quite strange while being worn. Then again, it always looks weird when you have a growth coming out of your ear, but this is something we have all become accustomed to.
Fit: The headset comes with 3 different hard plastic eartips. Each one keeps the headset on your ear well, and appeared to fit comfortably at first, but did not take long to start hurting. At times I would hold the headset to relieve the pain. The loop itself is quite comfortable and wearing the headset without any earpiece was the only solution to ease the soreness in my ear.
Sound: Distortion! With the headset on the lowest volume level, during every 4th or 5th word spoken, it felt like the speaker wasn’t able to handle the sound being produced. Parties on the other end heard me loud and clear and were surprised to learn I was on a headset.
Other things to note: The GO is advertised as being optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator, which is what I use at work. After installing the included CD, I had an easier time setting up the headset by simply pairing it to my laptop and selecting the headset from Communicator as my preferred audio device. This worked quite well, and I’m not sure the need of the included USB dongle. The downside of the dongle is that for your “convenience” they include a piece that holds the dongle and your headset where the charger also plugs into. Therefore I can’t plug my microusb adapter directly into the headset. Rather, I always need to have this additional piece with me for charging.
Conclusion: While I like and have used many Jabra headsets, you may want to pass over this one.
Links: Datasheet – http://www.jabra.com/