Recently I got myself a Bluetooth headset to be used while I'm in the car. A long time back, I used to have this clip-on Bluetooth set, which died on my after a couple of months usage. After some research on the web, I settled on the new Jabra Extreme 2 Bluetooth Headset, and have been using it for the past 3 months or so. Below would be a short review of this headset, bear with me if it is not your usual tech gadget review.
|Jabra Extreme 2 Bluetooth Headset Review|
The package it came in wasn't exactly complicated, but it did look really techy, with printed words on every corner of the box except for the see through plastic top. The colour scheme used was yellow and black, giving it that exclusive look. A quick unboxing or the Jabra Extreme 2 package was in order, revealing its contents as below.
|Jabra Extreme 2 Bluetooth Headset|
Inside the box, on top of the usual user manual and warranty cards, we have what I would think is a rather complete package. We have the headset itself, together with two types of device used to attach the headset to your ear, the ear gels, as well as a rather large earhook for more secure placement.
|The contents inside the box of the Jabra Extreme 2 Bluetooth Headset|
A standard wall power adaptor is included, with a really short cable, one I would think might be an oversight from Jabra. It was a nice thought therefore to include a car charger by default with a micro to normal USB adaptor to fit the Jabra Extreme 2 into the car charger. The micro to normal USB adaptor can be used for charging from a PC as well.
|The Jabra Extreme 2 Bluetooth Headset with the attached ear hook|
The unit itself felt really light, virtually weightless when placed in my ear, be it using the supplied ear gel, or the ear hook. The Jabra Extreme 2 is a mono headset, which can be used to stream via music via bluetooth from my iPhone. I do use it sometimes, when I'm bored at home and wish to listen to some radio channels while facing the computer.
Looking at the headset itself, there are just three buttons provided for control. There's a large button with a chrome paint job toward the back of the boom that takes care of most of the call handling duties. On the top you'll find the volume rocker switch, while the bottom has a sliding power switch.
Basic call control is pretty straight forward. You tap the main button once to pick up or end a call. You press this button in for a second to reject an incoming call and double tap the button to redial the last number. Jabra quotes a talk time of five and a half hours, which I guess is pretty accurate, and when on standby, my headset could actually last for weeks on end. However with daily usage, my headset died off from low battery after around four hours plus of calls.
|The Jabra Extreme 2 comes with its noise cancellation technology|
So how does it work in real life conditions? Well, I have not much complaints over the sound quality from the speaker, even though it could do better if the volume was a bit louder. The Jabra Extreme 2 has two notable features which I felt was its plus points, namely the extreme noise cancellation technology, cutting down background noise significantly, and the 'voice guidance'.
The headset has spoken prompts built-in. For example, when you turn it on, a female voice announces 'power on', and if you were to press the volume keys, she will announce out the battery level be it high, medium or low, among other interesting functions. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with the Jabra Extreme 2 which delivers what it promises. Of course, I haven't tried the higher end ones, but this will suffice for my everyday handsfree driving use for now.
|And that's me wearing the Jabra Extreme 2 before heading to my car, good stuff there.|