Play, speak, connect: Jabra portable speakerphone review


By Paisal Chuenprasaeng

The new Jabra portable speakerphone makes sure everyone is heard clearly

A must for any small company that holds regular conference calls but can’t afford to invest in heavy-duty equipment, the Jabra Speak 710 is a premium portable speakerphone with a foldable stand and a built-in USB cable that wraps around the back of the speaker when it is not used.

The Speak 710 can be used either as a Bluetooth speaker or a USB speaker and can easily be paired with a second Speak 710 to create stereo sound and or to provide wider coverage for a conference room. Connecting the two is easy too: just press the Link button on both speakerphones when they are within two metres of each other.

The Speak 710 uses Bluetooth 4.2 technology with headset profile version 1.2 and hands-free profile version 1.6. Wireless range is up to 30 metres and the built-in omni-directional microphone has a signal to noise ratio of 70dB.

A PC USB Bluetooth dongle (Jabra Link 370) is provided that you can plug into your PC to stream music to the Speak 710.

The Speak 710 has 10 watts of peak output power and 2 RMS watts. The 500 mA battery provides talk time of up to 15 hours and takes about three hours to recharge.

Weighing about 298 grammes and a mere 131mm, the speaker is very portable and even comes with a carry pouch.

It has frequency response of 150 Hz to 20 kHz.

During the test, I had no problem using it with my notebook computer. I simply plugged it to a USB port and the driver was installed automatically all ready to play music.

Connection with a smartphone using Bluetooth connection was also a breeze.

The speaker has touch sensitive buttons around its edge. I simply held the Bluetooth button down to make the Bluetooth link.

There are also volume up and down buttons and two speakerphone buttons for receiving and hanging up calls.

When the Speak 710 is linked to a smartphone, you can use the Smart button to activate voice assistant, like Siri of iOS, Google Now and Microsoft Cortana. You can also set the Smart button to speed dial instead of activating a voice assistant.

The Speak 710 has good sound clarity. It highlights the highs and mids and has just enough bass.

Jabra Speak 710 has a suggested retail price of Bt11,000 and it will be available from Ingram Micro (Thailand), RTB Technology, and SiS Distribution (Thailand).

Key specs:

Jabra portable speakerphone

– Connectivity: USB 2.0 & Bluetooth – USB cord of 90cm

– Bluetooth standard: Bluetooth 4.2 – Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE)

– Wireless range: 30 m

– Supported Bluetooth profiles: Headset profile v1.2 , hands free profile v1.6, A2DP v1.2, AVRCP v1.5

– Output power: 10 watts (peak), 2 watts (RMS)

– Frequency: range – Music mode 150 Hz to 20 Khz

– Microphone: Omni-directional with 70dB SNR

– Battery: 500 mA, 3 hours charging time, up to 15 hours talk time

– Size: 131mm in diameter and 38mm in height

– Weight: 298 g


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