Jabra BT4010 Review
New “Easy Series” Jabra BT4010 Bluetooth Headset Provides Lightweight & Discreet Option With LCD Display, Clear Sound & Long Talk Time
The Jabra BT4010 headset is an interesting, solid, simple and elegant new mid-range option to make handsfree calls from your Treo or Centro that seeks to answer as many of the “pain points” most commonly given by Bluetooth Headset owners.
For starters, the BT4010 from Jabra attempts to make it as easy as possible to pair and connect the headset with your smartphone by automatically starting “Pairing Mode” when you first turn it on and thus allowing you to be up and running connected to your smartphone within seconds.
Next is the fact that the Jabra BT4010 is one of the very few headsets sporting a tiny LCD display that removes the guesswork typically associated with flashing lights or audio alerts as you can now via this display easily – at one glance – see your battery level, the Bluetooth connection status and if you’re “on a call”. Also, by removing those “unsightly flashing lights” the BT4010 has a more understated and professional look.
The Jabra BT4010 also seeks to make it easier to use the headset on a daily basis by limiting the number of buttons to an absolutely minimum (there are only 3 with one for Power/Call Answer and two others for Volume Up/Down) thus making it much less complicated and more intuitive to answer a simple call.
The objective to deliver simplicity with this headset also extends to the actual hardware design as the Jabra BT4010 can simply be popped into your ear without the need for an earhook (something that will particularly appeal to people wearing glasses). Just in case you prefer to wear an earhook though two are conveniently provided in the package and thanks to a weight of only 11 grams you will find that it’s quite comfortable to wear for extended periods.
The accessory kit (pictured below) is not particularly good as there are no replacement ear gels, only two (S, L) ear hooks that will very likely quickly disappear and a wall charger but no USB cable.
Since upgrading to the Treo Pro I have to admit that I’ve also found it extremely useful to have accessories that use a microUSB charging connector since it makes it does much easier to only carry one charging cable or wall charger instead of two. Thankfully many of the latest Jabra headsets such as this BT4010 and the terrific Jabra BT530 now all use this microUSB plug – something that greatly increases its appeal for me.
In terms of call quality, thanks to Bluetooth 2.0 EDR & eSCO technology both inbound and outbound conversations were very loud and clear – something that is not always obvious with other BT headsets. Having said this, one area in which the BT4010 does not deliver (but also does not claim to deliver) is noise reduction.
Jabra BT4010 Audio Sample (No Noise Cancellation)