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Jabra BT8040 Review


If I had to give an award to the best Bluetooth accessory manufacturer this year I wouldn’t hesitate to give it to Jabra as the range of their recent offerings (from the excellent Jabra BT5020 and gorgeous Jabra SP5050 speakerphone) with top build quality and beautiful design is truly setting the company apart from its competition.

Jabra BT8040

The newly released Jabra BT8040 (pictured above) is no exception as it is a Bluetooth headset that impressed me the moment I got it out of the box.  From a purely aesthetic perspective it really offers stunning looks with a silver band wrapping it and a body covered with a black mildly rubberized coating. 

Jabra BT8040 - Side Jabra BT8040 - Angle

The Jabra BT8040 also happens to offer an ultralight (only 0.35oz or 10g) and ultrasmall solution while still delivering easy access to the Call Answer/End button at the front as well as the Volume Up/Down.  Additionally, I particularly like the built-in USB charging socket which makes it simple to charge your headset with the included USB cable while on the go.

Jabra BT8040 Accessory Kit

In this respect, the accessory kit of the Jabra BT8040 (above) is very complete with not only the USB charging cable but also a wall charger and seven spare ear gels (2 small, 2 medium and 3 large).

Jabra BT8040 - Bottom Jabra BT8040 - Back

Naturally, great external design is but one part of the equation and the Jabra 8040 also happens to deliver when it comes to performance.  With up to 6 hours talk time and 200 hours standby time and its DSP technology you’ll be able to speak all day long with excellent inbound and outbound audio quality (as long as you are in a relatively noise free environment).  Additionally, it is also the only standard headset that I’ve come across that offers A2DP music streaming support (albeit naturally not in stereo since there is only one earpiece).

Jabra BT8040 - On ear

Although I typically prefer on-ear instead of in-ear design, I have to admit that the Jabra BT8040 is extremely comfortable to wear (above) as well as easy to quickly fit in your ear when receiving a call and the lack of an ear loop also makes it a good pocketable solution.

Jabra BT8040 vs. JawboneOverall the Jabra BT8040 is a very beautiful headset, with a terrific kit and excellent audio quality as well as battery performance. 

Having said this however, it’s still not quite good enough when it comes to audio quality in noisy environments to replace my favourite Jawbone (image right) which offers the best noise cancellation of any headset available today. 

If you’re looking for a top rated headset that is smaller, lighter and offers longer standby time as well as being slightly cheaper than the Jawbone then the Jabra BT8040 will make a great pick but if you’re after the best audio quality in any environment then the Jawbone undoubtedly remains my personal favourite.

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Posted by Andrew on December 10, 2007 at 04:11 PM

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by Matt M | Dec 11, 2007 10:25:36 AM

Those ear gels look like they'd fit the Samsung WEP-200 and potentially provide a better fit than Samsung's "loop". Any chance you could try that out and let us know if it works? I'm assuming that the gels are available separately from Jabra. Thanks!

by Gary | Feb 4, 2008 10:31:02 AM

Yeah I just purchased and spent the whole weekend trying to get the thing to stay in my ear! I Love the idea of not having the loop but, what good is that if i cannot get it to stay. Does anyone know something I do not Other than I must have weird shaped ears.

by bigglee | Mar 3, 2008 8:38:03 PM

I agree with Gery I cannot get unit to stay in my ear. If I manage to get the unit in my ear it pops out. Holding it in the sound transmitting and receiving works fine. It doesn't hiss when you step away from the phone

by gfdgsd | Mar 8, 2008 5:16:21 PM

jabra makes gels that fit on their other hdsts that work better.

by Spaniard | Mar 12, 2008 2:46:41 PM

Does this Jabra unit flash blue? because by looking at it I cannot figure out where the light would blink from. I currently am using the Samsung wep500 with my Treo 755p, and I just love this Bluetooth, I like how small it is and that I can actually walk 33 feet away through walls and still hear clearly. However, whenever it feels like it, it sends this high pitch sound to the receiver of my call. This is why I am looking for a replacement.

by Phil | Mar 25, 2008 9:26:15 PM

I prefer an in-ear solution, so I'm wondering if the Jabra molded ear gels from their old wired headsets would fit this. They always worked great for me. I tried the Jawbone and returned it because it never felt securely attached to my ear. It always felt like it was going to fall off - as if it were precariously perched, attached loosely by the earloop.
BTW - does this unit have noise cancellation? The article says it does not perform as well as the Jawbone, but doesn't say whether it has noise cancellation.

by Leshea | Mar 31, 2008 3:06:58 PM

The molded jabra ear gels will work on this ear piece and allow it to stay in much better. I even play tennis with in my ear.

by LeShea | Mar 31, 2008 3:10:42 PM

Does anyone have a problem with the headset disconnecting and reconnecting on its own? I have experienced this more than once.

by Frank | Apr 8, 2008 8:31:52 AM

I'm looking for the ear gels that fit the Jabra BT 8040. I think they will fit my Jabra JX 10. I'd like to get them at a local electronics store. So far, I have struck out at Best Buy and Radio Shack.

Thanks for any info.


by Rolando | Apr 18, 2008 12:24:08 AM

Just got the Jabra BT8040 - not as comfortable nor does it fit in my ear as I would have liked. Solution: Covered the ear gel with a foam ear bud cover (cut a small hole for the loop to fit through). BIG DIFFERENCE!! VERY COMFORTABLE AND FIT IS SECURE.

by paul | Apr 30, 2008 5:51:56 PM

I've had a BT 200 then bought a BT250 and a BT250V for my wife and I. I loved my 250V, but both of these are going bad. I was hoping the BT 8040 would be a good replacement, but after reading these postings about the fit, I'm afraid to buy. Other than Rolando it doesn't seem to be that great? Any comments.

by Gregg | May 15, 2008 6:27:10 PM

I love the Jabra BT8040. It fits my ear perfectly and stays in whether I am walking or running. The audio is clear as a bell and I can hear the other callers easily and they can hear me just as easily.

The one major problem is the persons on the other end of your call hear all of the noise at your location. There is no noise cancellation. You need a quiet area to talk to your callers.

by jkr | May 31, 2008 12:29:41 AM

I bought the BT8040 and I love it - it took a little bit of fiddling to figure out the best fit, but now it feels very secure and comfortable. One thing I haven't figured out is how to use for the music streaming (I have a Centro). Anyone out have any ideas - or better yet, luck with this feature?

by lorenz | Jun 4, 2008 9:35:52 AM

Does anyone use the BT8040 with a macbook and mac os 10.5? I have troubles with my old logitech bluetooth headset and therefore looking for a good alternative.

by ANTHONY GIORGIANNI | Jun 18, 2008 9:36:20 PM

loved the 250 series. Will buy new Jabra thid week fot my Centro.
Great products

by QUIN | Jul 12, 2008 11:57:50 PM

thnx rolando

he was way right except i just pulled on the earphone foam cover to stretch it a bit then put it over the whole thing including the loop spring
it also made it sound way better

by John | Jul 22, 2008 9:18:09 PM

@ LeShea- I may be having a similar problem attempting to connect it to a Nokia 6555. At initial pairing it will play the audio from the first video in my video folder on my phone, then the phone soft resets, boots back up, and gets itself in a continuous loop until I turn either the phone or the headset off. Anyone else have this issue? I can't find anything about it anywhere online. Thanks, John.

by Steven | Jul 24, 2008 12:01:22 AM

I have a Problem with it not being loud enough. the music is fine but on the phone it just is too soft and i cant hear then person on the phone. is this just mine or do you all have the same problem?

by Ryan | Jul 26, 2008 10:04:37 PM

Great review mine just arrived to today, im replacing my very trusted Plantronics 640.

I was tad bit disappointed though but maybe you guys could help.
too cut the a story short here's what I want to do but I cant seem to.

Phone A: Touch Dual with Toms Rom V2
Phone B: MyPhone Dual Sim with two lines(2 sims simultaneously)

1.) Pair it with two phones. I was successful here.
2.) On phone A listen to music while being able to accept calls from A & B
3.) While on a Call with A and receiving a call on B, I want to hear a beap/tone on the headset so I can put on hold or end the current call and switch to the call on B just by pressing the 8040's button.
4.) While Listening to Music, I accept a call on A, then I get a call on B, so I want to end A, then answer B, then when I end B, I want music to automatically connect to A.

Right now when I answer a call on A, it looses its connection to B, when a call comes in to B, Phone B rings but there is no Beep/tone on the headset so I have to manually end A via headset, then B connects again to the headset.

When I am listening to Music on A, and a call comes in on A, there is no problem, music pauses, I press headset button to take the call, then I end the call again with another press and music comes back on. BUT when I try number, it fails to connect back, music just plays on phone itself not on the headset.

My Jabra 640 has not trouble at all with everything, except for the music part since its not A2DP.

by Pat | Aug 31, 2008 3:26:12 PM

I completely agree with the other people who said this doesn't fit very snug in the ear. I feel like if I move fast, it will pop out and drop on the floor :( My other complaint is that it's not loud enough. When I'm driving, I can't hear over the sound of the car. I have to hold it tight to my ear to hear, which defeats the purpose of using a blue tooth headseat! I regret buying this thing. Biggest waste of 70 bucks ever.

by George | Sep 9, 2008 11:03:23 PM

I use this with the Treo800W. I wish it could be louder, however I know the treo has volume issues so its not just the earpiece. It did take some time to find the right size ear gel for my ears. Overall, thumbs up for me.

by Wes | Sep 30, 2008 1:27:06 PM

Reading through these, I had a thought - it's strange but I bet it will fix the problem of the piece falling out of my ear and improve the sound as well. I shoot rifle competition (not a hunter, just a shooter). I purchased a kit from Wal-Mart that to make my own custom fit ear plugs - it is basically a mix you add water to, work it with your hand a few minutes until it starts to cure. Then....well, you squish/stuff (half at at time) the silly-putty like goo into your ear and work it in at tight and broad as possible. It goes maybe 5 to 10 mm into the ear cannel and the rest fills the lower part of the outer ear. Wait so many minutes and remove it for an overnight final cure. They work fantastic at protecting my ears and NEVER fall out - they are an exact fit. It's non-toxic, washable, etc... I think it would be a snap to put either one of the older ear gels or one of the newer ones that come with the 8040 in the right spot for your ear and do essentially the same thing - either leaving space, or cutting after enough room to insert the 8040 into the now encapsulated eargel. In theory you could do it directly onto the 8040 - covering the sound holes with syran or similar, and after remove the 8040 and cut a hole for sound. LOTS OF POSSIBILITIES HERE to get a better fit...

by am | Oct 15, 2008 5:39:44 AM

I tried it out but thought it had slight static, worse if the phone (tried on centro and on lg 8100) was on opposite side of body from headset. I thought it should do better than that or am I being too picky? anyone else with this experience?

by Marcos | Dec 19, 2008 5:25:18 PM

No problem with eargel, it comes with the medium size already installed, did not need to change it. I can shake my head and it does not fly off. In fact there is no movement at all. I tried the fancy Plantronics headset that also has no ear clip. That one shook around and came off. The size and weight of the 8040 are perfect, I can wear it for hours comfortably. The big test: my mom. She could never hear me on any of my previous headsets. No complaints with this one. She didn't even notice I was wearing a headset. A2DP is good. I already have a stereo BT headset, but I like this since its less conspicous, since I wear it on the bus and my other ear is free to listen to ambient sound. And since I mostly listen to podcasts I really don't need stereo.

by ANDREA LAWRENCE | Jan 25, 2009 10:57:00 PM

Anyone know where I can get a ear gel or foam cover for the Jabra BT8040?. The ones that came with it don't work for me. Thanks

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