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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
Overall 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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