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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 Peter Barry | Jan 4, 2006 9:36:09 PM

Considering buying the Jabra JX10 and was wondering how well it works with the LG U880 mobile phone, thanks

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by chad | Jan 5, 2006 9:38:19 PM

Just got the JX10 for my 650 - not happy...
It may be the phone so let me just put that out therem but it picks up maybe 50% of the time, has a very very bad sound on redial and sounds hollow...

I dont know - but i havent found a BT that works well with this phone... also not that voice dial from TERO that is put on the starter cd - will not support BT...

Any advice... O yeah I reset everything many many times...

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by Sam | Jan 6, 2006 7:55:26 AM

I am having issue with JX10 as well. Mine is really new one. I am able to pair it...no issues at all. Call connects to JX10 (as I hear a small blip sound) but then there is no voice at all. I tried to pair it, without any issues with my Treo650 from sprint and with Treo650 that is un-locked from palm. And it has same results. I am using it without any issue on my laptop for skype calls, Vonage softphone and with yahoo chat. But whenever I try it with Treo650, it connects without any delay or issue but I cant hear anything at all. I did Hard reset, my firmware is updated on both phones, and I ordered replacement from vendor which arrived today and it has same issue. So my understanding is it has some issues with Treo650. Any suggestions before I send mine back to vendor????

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by Jay | Jan 7, 2006 8:19:20 PM

Still having good luck with my JX10 (see above). To answer Don's question, I'm using a verizon 650 (v1.03). Anyone found voice dial software that works with BT yet?

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by YT | Jan 9, 2006 3:58:38 PM

Just got my JX10. So far its been working great! I had no problems pairing the headset. So far, people say they can hear me well with only some mild distortion (maybe a slight echoey sound?)The sound quality on my end has also been good, with only a small static click which comes and goes. (any ideas on how to get rid of it?)I currently use Verizon as my carrier.

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by CJ | Jan 10, 2006 3:49:16 PM

If you guys are looking for An EXCELLENT bt unit for about half the price, look at the plantronics discovery 640. MY boss bought one for his treo 650 and after I tried it I had to buy it.

The review says it does not have redial but it does, making it one of the units that supports full handsfree. press the function button twice in rapid succession for redial.

I have not tried the jx10, but I guarantee you this- it is neither clearer nor louder than the discovery 640. At its loudest levels, the 640 is far louder than the built-in 650 volume, and that is volumecare engaged(volumecare is a must have- it doubled the volume of my treo 650 for $15) . In fact, it is so loud it hurts. People can hear it from a foot or more away.

Autolink on the 640 is superfast and nobody can even guess you are using a headset.

I dont work for the company but after 3 previous headsets, I am mighty stoked about the 640. I can wear it all day with no problems at all.

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by Don | Jan 10, 2006 5:11:30 PM

CJ, just to show "Your mileage may vary" I bought the Plantronics Discovery 640 to use with my new Cingular 650 and the sound was so bad I sent it back the same day. So much interference I couldn't hear a word the other party was saying.

Lacking a definitive answer on the JX10 I bought the SE 662 and it is the first unit I have tried that didn't break up. Sound is a little low in volume but clear, and the person I am calling tells me they can't tell I'm on a handset; they think I am talking directly into the Treo.

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by Don | Jan 10, 2006 5:13:37 PM

On another note, has anyone tried the Motorola Bluetooth Car Kit (HF850) with a Treo 650? Prior to buying the Treo I always used Motorola phones and had the permanent install car kit which always worked great. I am thinking of getting the bluetooth version to use with the Treo as I am in sales and need to talk while driving constantly.

Anyone?

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by CJ | Jan 10, 2006 6:22:05 PM

hi Don,

That is correct. Mileage may indeed vary. My boss uses sprint and I use an unlocked gsm treo so I dont know how it would work with cingular(I hate cingular) but that is a different story.

Did you maybe get a lemon? the volume is clear as a bell on both units I used and as I said, at its loudest setting it is too loud.

I must say though, I dont use my bt at range. I have my phone clipped to my belt so I cant vouch for its use at longer distances.

The other bt headsets I've used are
moto hs810(or maybe it was the 820)
jabra bt250
nokia hs-4w
and the discovery is in a different league altogether.

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by bavsingh | Jan 10, 2006 9:28:09 PM

Hi, This website is great! I juts bought the 700w, upgraded from my old LG VX 6000( loved it). I am a physician and use a sony clie PDA for my medical programs, I know that treo650 supported the Palm OS, but does the 700w support it as well in addition to the windows mobile as most of my programs are specifically for palm OS. Do you think, returning the 700 and getting a 650 instead would be a better choice?
Thanks
Bav

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by CJ | Jan 10, 2006 11:24:45 PM

I think that the 650 will be a better choice if you already used a clie. I also upgraded from a clie and briefly considered a windows based os, but after messing with my mum's windows based pda, and seeing how difficult it was to navigate, I stayed with palm. This is my 3rd palm based pda and I dont see a need to change.

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by YT | Jan 12, 2006 12:45:33 AM

Depending on whether you want to look around there are medical programs for Window's mobile now a days. I have the 650 and most of the medical programs I use are for the palm OS. Didn't want to buy all new programs or even find the free ones out there (call it laziness). But you can definitely find the same programs for windows, you might be able to have the companies just give you the windows version of their programs.

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by Chris | Jan 12, 2006 8:12:04 PM

CJ, I think giving me your new 700w for my new 650 is the best choice for both of us :)

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by Chris | Jan 12, 2006 8:13:11 PM

edit: i mean bavsingh

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by tom | Jan 14, 2006 1:24:34 AM

Just got the Jabra X10 and it is going back tomorrow. Hideous sound both incoming and outcoming. No one can hear me when using it on the streets. I can barely hear others and static interferes with me hearing almost anyone without asking "what did you say." The worst.

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by Andrew | Jan 14, 2006 6:13:23 PM

I just got one of these yesterday and it doesnt work on my 650. since other people are getting it to work I have to assume it is Verizon. I tried a friends 650, also on verizon and same problem. it beeps, connects, etc. but no voice.

I sent an e-mail to thier support and here is their response:

Andrew,

This is an issue we are beginning to hear. It seems like there is an issue with the Treo 650 and the JX10 when it comes to audio. At this time there is no soluction but we are looking into as we speak.

Sorry,

Jeff
Technical Support
JABRA North America
www.JABRA.com

What is everyone using that allows this to work?

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by Peter Abraham | Jan 15, 2006 12:43:18 PM

Greetings Jeff:

Is there a way to get notified when Jabra has fixed this problem? I'm a new Verizon Treo 650 user, and have been watching this comment area for several weeks waiting for a consistent, good user response rate.

Thank you.

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by Crystal | Jan 15, 2006 6:39:17 PM

I have a Motorola V551 & currently have a BT250V Headset which is really good - except for the part that goes around my "small" ear! The Jabra JX10 ear piece looks smaller & thinner.

Anyone have any idea how the JX10 will work w/ the Motorola V551?

Also, if your phone is set to vibrate for incoming calls - how does the headset alert you to incoming telephone calls?

thank you,

Crystal

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by James Haney | Jan 15, 2006 11:20:56 PM

Got my JX10 three days ago.

I have to say I have mixed feelings.

The unit is not that comfortable unless you have it just so in your ear.

But most of all, it is far too quiet to be usable in all but the most quiet of environments.

I don't think the earpiece goes far enough into the ear canal to form enough of a seal to buffer outside noise and it just doesn't have enough volume.

At this point I am likely to send it back.

If you all are telling me that this is one of the best and loudest units available I cannot believe there are not more complaints.

James

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by JX10 | Jan 16, 2006 2:58:57 PM

I have had my JX10 for about 5 days now and it works great with my 650 on Verizon. No pairing problems and the voice quality (incoming and outgoing) is flawless. Highly recomended

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by CJ | Jan 16, 2006 6:23:29 PM

Peter Abraham,

look in the plantronics discovery 640.

http://blog.treonauts.com/2005/12/plantronics_dis.html

I have had many headsets and the d640 is in a league by itself when it comes to voice quality, loudness, clarity, and connect speed. It also supports full multifunctionality.

A lot of people are happy with it, and the compusa where I bought mine is selling the heck out of them especially to treo 650 users

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by Billy | Jan 17, 2006 10:18:16 AM

I purchased a JX 10 for use with a 650 and Sprint service -- best sound quality I've had with a hands free device (wired or not). While it seems like there are some hit or miss issues with pairing and sound quality, I felt compelled to say I hit the jackpot with mine.

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by Greg | Jan 18, 2006 10:30:50 PM

Andrew,

When I got my first JX10 it worked perfectly on my Sprint Treo 650. For exactly four phone calls. On the fifth call the Treo crashed and did its own soft boot. Could not get the earpiece to to sound despite picking up the calls on the phone ( the details screen even indicated connection in the BT trusted device screen ). Sent the first Jx10 back and got the second one two days ago. Pairs ok, but absolutely no sound. Got an email from Tricia at Jabra support: " Jabra has not tested the JX10 with the Treo 650 since the headset was
just released. If you are unable to answer the call then it could be a
compatibility issue which I'll forward to Engineering. I would return
the headset to the retailer for refund or exchange. The BT250V works
very well with your phone." Too bad. Liked the concept. Tom Tom Navigator 5 works spectacularly though, great recomendation!

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by Todd | Jan 19, 2006 11:03:33 AM

I just received my Treo700w and Jabra JX10 and cannot pair them. Treo nver detects the headset. Help?!

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by Kevin McCormick | Jan 20, 2006 5:49:44 PM

I bought a JX10 a few weeks back and the first unit didn't work. No sound came out of the earpiece. IXAP sent me another one (even before they had received the defective one - great service)! The new one works sometimes, but not always. If I have recently paired it, it will answer on the second ring. If it's been a day or two since the last pairing the Jabra will answer on the sixth or seventh ring - or not at all - sending the call to voicemail. The same thing happens with outgoing calls. If it wasn't paired that morning chances are the headset will not connect. I also get many complaints from the people I am talking to about static and poor sound quality. I love the look, design, weight, charging stand, etc. It is by far the best looking and most comfortable of any earpiece I've used. It would be great if it worked consistently. I'm going to try pairing it every morning for a while to see if that works. Otherwise I am returning the Jabra. I am using a Treo 650 from Sprint.

BTW - the best luck I've had with a BT headset is the Sony Erricson Akono HBH-662. Works flawlessly. I only wish it was lighter.

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