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Jabra JX10 Bluetooth Headset: Absolutely Stunning

TreonautshighlyratedblogHaving studied architecture I may have somewhat higher design sensitivities than many but at the same time my pragmatic business mindset kicks in so as not to let me get attracted or distracted by beauty alone. 

I mention this because the new Jabra JX10 (only $99.95!) Bluetooth headset initially appealed to me for its undeniably high and refined design value.  However, it wasn’t until I had the opportunity to test it that I discovered that its beauty was not only skin deep.  It is stunning on both counts of design and technology and I absolutely love it.

Everything about the Jabra JX10 from its beautiful (designed by Jacob Jensen), ultra-light (only 10 grams) and ultra-small (only 1.5” long) headset as well as its elegant wall and USB (via your PC) brushed steel charging cradle deserve top quality marks.  As I mentioned before however the Jabra JX10 also delivers when it comes to technology.  It has very good talk and standby times for a headset this size and more importantly excellent voice reception and clarity thanks to DSP technology which adjusts automatically to ambient noise levels for automatic volume control and reduction in background noise.

    

The new Jabra JX10 definitely makes it to the top of my list of preferred Bluetooth headsets (above).  Among others, it is the only headset aside from Palm’s Wireless Headset with which all call features can be used and that can be charged via both wall and USB.  Additionally, I was extremely impressed to experience the superior sound clarity provided by the DSP technology when compared to other ultra-light headsets such as the Plantronics Discovery 640 and Bluespoon AX.

The Jabra JX10 has a multi-coloured LED light indicator for status on Bluetooth, battery and charging activity and there are volume up and down buttons at the back of the unit as well as a dedicated pairing button.  Also, the Jabra JX10 can be worn with or without the earhook and the headset is easy to fit and comfortable either way.

I could go on raving about the Jabra JX10 for quite a while and those few people that I’ve had the opportunity to demo it to immediately went “Wow!” followed by “Where can I buy one?”.  My only regret is that I didn’t have the opportunity to test it earlier as I would undoubtedly have purchased a few more as gifts. 

In closing, yes, this headset is not cheap but in my opinion it sits in a class of its own and is worth every penny – I wish that more accessory manufacturers would deliver such fantastically designed products for our Treo…

Treonauts are always looking for world-class products


Posted by Andrew on December 22, 2005 at 01:17 PM

Treo Accessories , Treo Bluetooth Headset

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by malexander | Dec 22, 2005 2:49:25 PM

Does it have a mic mute capability on the headset, so I dont have to dig out treo to mute a call?
Mark

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by pawliger | Dec 22, 2005 6:29:42 PM

How is the sound volume? I avoided moving to some of the smaller and sexier Moto headsets because the volume while driving simply didn't cut it. I've stuck with the older Jabra BT headset with its in-the-ear soft earbud since the seal it created made for much higher quality and louder sound.

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by jordan | Dec 23, 2005 12:03:16 AM

curious how this compared to the plantronics 640...I guess i'm buying this one instead... =)

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by dboehme | Dec 23, 2005 9:03:12 PM

No mute button, still have to use the Treo for that. However, the sound is great and the clarity is fantastic. I am very impressed. One note though: I was unable to pair it when it was charging. I had to unplug it, put it into pairing mode, find it with the Treo, complete the pairing, and then plug it back in to charge.

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by Paul | Dec 24, 2005 9:49:00 PM

Just receive my JX10 and I can't get it to work. Called Jabra and was told it doesn't work with the Treo 650 and they are working with Palm to find out why? Andrew what did you test it with?

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by jordan | Dec 25, 2005 11:33:02 AM

it doesn't work with the treo??? has to be a pairing issue or something...it HAS to work

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by Andrew | Dec 25, 2005 12:03:15 PM

jordan - of course it works with the Treo 650 as well as the Treo 700w... Actually, as I point out in my review it works _very_ well.

Cheers, A.

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by Douglas Boehme | Dec 26, 2005 10:25:38 AM

I had pairing issues with my Jabra/T650 initially and the following steps definitely worked for me:
1. make sure the Jabra is not charging/attached to a charging cable
2. make sure it's off (and the blue light is not glowing but rather blinking)
3. turn on the Jabra using the power button (this is not the same as the pairing button)
4. press the pairing button until the blue light comes on steadily
5. using the bt hands free "wizard" on the 650, add a hands fee unit
6. at this point, it should find the Jabra - enter 0000 as the key and you're off and running.

I had problems if I:
1. tried to do this while the Jabra was charging
2. tried to start pairing with the Treo before I started pairing with the Jabra

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by Terry C | Dec 26, 2005 11:51:35 AM

I am just about sold, have just one question though. How quickly does the headset connect on incomming and out going calls? I have the Treo BT now and sometimes it is painfully slow.

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by Andrew | Dec 27, 2005 4:49:59 AM

Terry - the headset is extremely quick and connects almost instantaneously on incoming calls.

Cheers, A.

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by gene | Dec 28, 2005 9:30:04 AM

Andrew - do you know how this compares to the new Sony Ericsson HBH-608. Have you had a chance to test it?

http://shop.treonauts.com/content/accessories/9-32--387.htm

thanks...

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by Andrew | Dec 28, 2005 9:40:08 AM

gene - for a number of reasons one can simply not compare the JX10 with the HBH-608 because they are in different classes both in terms of technology and price.

If you're looking for the best quality + design and your budget allows it then I would definitely look at the JX10.

If you're looking for top quality but are somewhat more price sensitive my top choices would the the SonyEricsson HBH-662 http://shop.treonauts.com/content/accessories/9-32--310.htm or the Motorola H700 http://shop.treonauts.com/content/accessories/9-32--385.htm which is also very good (my review coming soon) and much smaller.

I hope this helps.

Cheers, A.

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by Kingsley | Dec 29, 2005 12:36:36 AM

How quickly can you turn it off? I liked the Motorola h700 and earlier iterations because they are turn off so quickly and easily.

Do you have to press a button for "x" seconds or what? For me, this is important.

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by Raja | Dec 29, 2005 3:36:32 AM

Can you tell us if it is possible to pair two phones at the same time? (i.e. receive an incoming call from either of the two phones? This feature is available on the Plantronics 640, but I want to know if the Jabra supports it aswell).

Thanks

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by Andrew | Dec 29, 2005 6:57:28 AM

Kingsley - like 99% of BT headsets the JX10 also requires that you press the On/Off button for "x" seconds to power it.

If this is an important need for you then the Motorola H700 http://shop.treonauts.com/content/accessories/9-32--385.htm will undoubtedly be your best choice by far and it is also an extremely good BT headset as I mentioned earlier.

Raja - I haven't tried pairing any of my BT headsets with two phones simultaneously as I wasn't aware that this was a supported feature.

Cheers, A.

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by Kingsley | Dec 29, 2005 8:25:37 AM

Thanks - I would agree with you except that I am trying the H700 now and have experienced problems using it with my unbranded 650. The connection is not stable. Which 650 have you tested it with and which firmware?

By the way, how many seconds with JX10?

Thanks for the quick response.

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by Michel | Dec 29, 2005 6:15:21 PM

I sure it will work great with my Treo 650, but wonder whether the JX10 is compatible with Skype VOIP on a PC using Windows XP and BT enabled. Have you or anyone you know ever tested it?

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by Andrew | Dec 29, 2005 6:25:32 PM

Michel - I wrote a post about using Skype with a BT headset here http://blog.treonauts.com/2005/06/skype_and_bluet.html

If you can currently pair one BT headset with your PC then you will have no problem with the JX10.

I hope this helps.

Cheers, A.

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by gene | Dec 30, 2005 9:19:41 AM

Andrew,

I'm not too concerned with the price. I'm more concerned with the best outgoing then incoming sound quality for a headset. Therefore, I'm looking for the best sounding headset, then size, then price. I look forward to your other review. I tried the 662 and the 300 has better sound.
thanks again for the great work...

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by Dean | Dec 31, 2005 1:05:04 AM

Andrew, your review is convincing. However, have you compared JX10 with the Motorola HS850? My main concerns are sound quality and comfort. Thanks, /Dean

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by Don | Jan 3, 2006 9:36:24 PM

Andrew, you've almost got me sold. My biggest concern, after sound quality, is ease of putting it on, since I want it mostly for hands-free in the car. Can you quickly and easily put this on with one hand?
Thanks.

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by Jay | Jan 3, 2006 10:38:57 PM

I recently got my JX10 (due in large part to this article). I am VERY pleased. To answer the above questions... I first returned 2 HS850s (1 didn't hold a charge and 1 promptly broke - cheap plastic?). Also, the Jabra automatically connects on outgoing calls sent from the phone and is much quicker than moto. Re: ease of putting on, this can easily be done with one hand. The biggest downside is price (I paid $130). Has anyone figured out how to use voice dialing (palm claims this is not supported with BT on treos)?

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by Todd | Jan 4, 2006 9:02:05 AM

I am now the proud and very pleased owner of a Jabra JX-10. This is my 3rd BT headset and it is absolutely the best. Before the JX-10, I tried the Palm BT Headset and the Motorola HS-850. The JX-10 blows them both away in every area of performance (with the exception of price). To me, the superior incoming and outgoing voice clarity are worth the $129 price that I paid. It works flawlessly with my Treo 650. Thanks for the article that pointed me in the right direction. Todd

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by Don | Jan 4, 2006 12:18:58 PM

Ok, what it really comes down to is this; is it worth the price difference (at least $50 more) to buy the JX10 over the SE HBH-662?

I really need a BT headset and the Jabra 250 and Plantronics Discovery 640 I have tried both sucked with my 650.

So, JX10 or HBH-662?

Thanks.

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by Matt Kunz | Jan 4, 2006 8:34:18 PM

I have tried 2 different JX10's with my Sprint Treo 650 running the 1.12 Rom update and neither will work with it but all of my other headsets do. Are you guys using Cingular or Verizon Treo's instead of Sprints? Thanks for the help.

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