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Review: Jabra Supreme UC Bluetooth Headset

 [rating:10]

Price: ~$149.99 at Amazon.com

There are a lot of Bluetooth headsets that are cheaper than the Jabra Supreme UC, so you’ll certainly want to know what you’re getting if you’re shelling out the money for this one. Well, here goes:

What you get:

Obviously the box comes with a headset. Along with it are a USB adapter, wall and car chargers, an alternate ear pad and and an alternate ear loop (for comfort) and a USB cable. It also comes with a carrying case with room for the headset and the USB adapter.

Some key features:

  • Jabra LINK 360 Bluetooth USB Adapter – Easy PC Connectivity for UC calls
  • Multiuse – connects to 2 Bluetooth devices simultaneously
  • Active Noise Cancellation – removes ambient noise for the headset user
  • Voice Control and Voice Guidance for hands-free operation
  • Flip-Boom arm – makes it easy to activate and carry
  • Up to 6 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby time
  • Weight – 0.64 oz.
  • Dimensions – W 3.53 in x L 1.18 in x H0.86 in
Setup:

 

To pair a device with the headset, simply push the talk-end button while flipping out the boom arm. After about 3 seconds, the pairing process begins (and you just have to follow the instructions in your ear).

The Bluetooth USB adapter just has to be plugged into a USB port. It takes a very short time to install and is hassle-free.

The Good:
  • The power is turned on simply by flipping the boom arm out – this means you’re never  unsure if the device is on or off.
  • The sound quality on both ends is really, really good. While using the device, I asked numerous people how I sounded. Even with that prompting, none of them guessed that I was on a headset.
  • Dual Functionality – not only does the headset work with mobile phones, it can also connect with your computer and make calls on Skype, Google Talk, and other computer phone call technologies.  There was no trouble with the video chat and I, who am usually glued to the computer during a video chat, was able to get up and move around without getting out of voice range.
  • It can connect to numerous devices at the same time. And switching between different units (phone and computer) could hardly be easier, as all it takes to switch is pushing the call-end button for two seconds.
  • Getting remaining battery time information  is quite simple: Press the voice command button and say “battery.” The talk time is then given, in 30 minute increments (i.e. “Your remaining talk time is 4 hours 30 minutes.”)
  • The low battery indicator had the device (verbally) reminding me that it needed a recharge before the last minute.
The Bad:
  • The headset, with its flip boom arm, is bigger than many other options.

Conclusion:

All said, the Jabra Supreme UC Bluetooth headset is very effective and intuitively designed. (When I checked the instructions after forgetting how to do something, I kicked myself for forgetting such a simple task.) Though it’s not exactly cheap, Jabra certainly gives you a lot of bang for your buck.

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