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Jabra BT125: Best Value Wireless Headset Under $60

I’ve always had a bit of a hard time recommending low-cost Bluetooth headsets because the manufacturer will typically make too many compromises to achieve a particular price point.  They’ve either been too heavy, big, ugly, deliver poor sound quality or poor battery life.  I’m glad to say that I may finally have found one that does not suffer from such compromises.

Jabra BT125

The new Jabra BT125 pictured above has been a rare find.  For starters it is incredibly priced at only $39.95 – easily making it the best Bluetooth headset under $40.  Additionally, to the exception of the Palm Wireless Headset (which is a full 0.5” bigger) the Jabra BT125 is quite possibly also the best headset under $60 – not an insignificant position.

Aside from the terrific price however the Jabra BT125 is also an extremely well built headset made of high strength plastic which give it a very ‘solid’ feel.  The two-tone black and white body may be relatively plain but for me it is a welcome departure from other headsets in this range which appear to have favoured form instead of function. 

I also like the soft elliptical shape of the BT125, its large call answer/end button at the front, solid one piece rubber ear loop and on-ear design.  Additionally, it’s so small, compact and solid that you will have absolutely no problem carrying it in your pocket while on the go – again something which I can’t say about 90% of the other headsets in this range.

The only area where the Jabra BT125 unfortunately misses the mark badly is the fact that as an entry-level model it can only be powered by a wall charger (pictured above) and not by a spare USB port on your PC nor even by a car charger.  Also, because it uses a proprietary plug you won’t be able to simply buy a miniUSB cable to power it.

Finally and perhaps most importantly I found the sound quality of the BT125 to be extremely good for both outbound and inbound calls.

In the image above and the chart below you’ll see a comparison of the Jabra BT125 against my three other preferred Bluetooth recommendations for your Treo with the Motorola H700, Jabra JX10 and Palm Wireless Headset.

          Jabra BT125 Comparison Chart

Overall, if you’re specifically concerned about your budget when making a Bluetooth headset purchasing decision for your Treo I can very highly recommend the Jabra BT125 which at only $39.95 is an unmissable buy.  Now if only it had USB charging capabilities it would be an absolute steal…

Treonauts are always looking for the best value

Posted by Andrew on December 21, 2006 at 12:26 PM

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by Robert | Dec 21, 2006 1:04:35 PM

Interesting review. Thanks! I use a couple of headsets with my 700p including the old Treo headset and a Samsung WEP200. I like the Samsung the best but it is in the shop since it quit charging. Did you try this with a 650 or 700p or a 700w/wx? I have found headsets perform very differently with the different models and telling us which Treo you tested with would move this from an interesting review to one that is really helpful.


by Andrew | Dec 21, 2006 1:21:54 PM

Robert - I agree with you that BT performance across different Treo models can unfortunately vary significantly. I tested the Jabra BT125 with both the Treo 680 and 650.

Cheers, A.

by LeRoy3rd | Dec 21, 2006 8:58:41 PM

This will look GREAT with my Smartphone Experts B7 Book Case! Woohoo!!!

by gh | Dec 21, 2006 11:09:24 PM

how about a comparison & review of the new jawbone. curious to see if the extra price ($120ish) is warranted given the purported call quality of the jawbone

by lajuan | Dec 22, 2006 11:44:26 AM

for the truck drivers out there I would recomend checking out the blue parrot bt 150 .its a over the head headset that work the best in noisey area

by JK45 | Dec 25, 2006 12:17:23 PM

I have two bluetooth dissatisfactions - first, I prefer an earbud-type fit (inside the ear). As far as I can tell, all the bluetooth headsets hang just outside the ear, and I don't hear them well without holding my hand against the ear (which defeats the point, doesn't it?) Does anyone make an inside-the-ear style?

Second, it drives me nuts that no one makes a bluetooth headset with a loop or some other way to secure it. No, I don't want it loose in my pocket, loose in my purse, in my ear all day, or tucked into the top of my shirt like a Verizon salesgeek. I want to attach it to the phone (in a zipper pocket of my handbag) when not in use. I've juryrigged a loop with jeweler's Softflex and a snap-button key ring, but it's a kluge. Any ideas, anyone?


by Eric | Dec 26, 2006 9:01:20 AM

I am with you JK45.

Also, I have to add. Why do so many people now make the BT headset as part of their clothing. Do you really need to walk around the mall with it on your ear?

by Michael | May 4, 2007 7:51:14 PM

I've had a few disconnection issues now and again with this on my 650. Does anyone else get this?

by mimi | Sep 12, 2007 4:29:31 AM

I like the headset Jabra BT125, but the earhook has broken in half and I can not find another earhook.

by lolo66 | Oct 13, 2007 6:56:09 PM

meme probleme que mimi super bluetooth mais le earhook a cedé au bout de deux semaines et introuvable!!!! si infos contactez moi

by Becky | Oct 19, 2007 4:48:06 PM

Where can I find instructions for using the Jabra BT125?

by Tom | Oct 22, 2007 9:34:46 AM

My earhook also broke. Anyone know where I can get a replacement?

by dude | Jan 3, 2008 1:39:31 AM

Dude, i dont even know how to get it to work for my Treo 700wx. Its connected but pushing the button does squat.

by exmuslimguy | Jan 14, 2008 12:33:28 AM

The Jabra BT125 is simply flawless. I purchased it to use online with the Sony Playstation 3. I'm very satisfied. After two months, it's still flawless. Not much else to say! :O)

by Arthuria | Jan 23, 2008 8:57:38 PM

Will the Jabra BT 125 play the audio books I have on my Treo 650?

by Tiguereza | Jun 1, 2008 4:52:15 PM

Jabra.com has the earhooks for the Jabra BT125 (5 earhooks for 9.95 plus $1.30 shipping and handling (global mail), I have also found them at the same price at another online stores. The earhooks are very delicate, if you keep bending them to switch them from ear to ear, they will break and it's pretty much at the base that they will break.

Also, you can contact Jabra and if your headset is under the one year warranty or it came free with your cell phone (which mine did) or whatever the case might be, you can have them send you complimentary earhooks for free. I did that. I told them that I had just purchased the head set and the earhook broke and I barely bended the earhook, which was true (normal wear) and it broke in half AND I used to just use it normally without a lot of bending and it broke at the base, so they said they would send me complimentary ear hook but make sure you don't mention for them to send them to you. wait for them to tell you they are going to do that and if they don't tell you then you can say my friend had the same one and it happened the same thing that's happening to me and you sent her complimentary earhooks, etc, if you have a receipt it's much better. EVEN if you received your jabra headset for free it still has warranty. Like I got mine from wirefly.com that's where i got my cell phone, etc. Well good luck, hope this helps. Earhooks break, that's why they do it so they get money by selling more earhooks. My complimentary earhooks broke as well and they WERE from jabra themselves. so I'm ordering now. Take care.

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