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Jabra BT110 Bluetooth Headset

Review posted Dec. 2004 by Tong Zhang, Senior Editor

Jabra, a Copenhagen based company, has made their name in offering high quality hands free products for mobile users. As the mobile market grows rapidly, Jabra has dramatically increased their Bluetooth headset sales this year and last year. We've reviewed their last generation Bluetooth headset, the BT250 for mobile phones back in May, 2004. Jabra announced their new Bluetooth wireless hands free product line in the Fall of 2004 that includes a high-end Bluetooth headset (BT800), an entry-level plug-and-play Bluetooth headset (BT110), the Bluetooth adapter (A210) that turns non-Bluetooth phones into BT enabled handsets and a versatile car/office kit (SP100).

The Jabra BT 110 is the entry level Bluetooth headset that sports a small but comfortable design. It uses a single AAA battery for longer talk time and features sleep mode for longer standby time. The headset features plug-and-play Bluetooth operation and users don’t have to be Bluetooth –savvy to use this headset.

The Jabra BT110 has a very sleek design. It continues to use the in-ear Mini-Gel that not only feels comfortable inside of your ear, but also channels the sound directly into the ear canal for optimal sound quality. Turn the Mini-Gel a 180 degrees to fit the other ear. As with the Jabra BT250, the Mini-Gels come in two sizes. Most of the headset stays before your ear with only the headphone extended from behind to reach your ear. Because Jabra wants to make this headset very easy to Bluetooth novice users, they eliminated some of the buttons found on previous Bluetooth headsets. The Jabra BT110 has only two buttons: the one on top is the volume button that cycles through the sound levels; the one on the bottom is Call/End button. Half of the headset is occupied by the AAA battery silo. You can slide the cover off to change battery. There is a single LED near the mic at the bottom tip of the headset.

In an effort to make the headset very easy to use, Jabra has also simplified the pairing process between your cell phone and the headset. Once you put the battery inside of the silo, the BT110 will start the pairing mode automatically and will stay in that state for 5 minutes until you successfully paired with a phone or hit the Call/End button. The BT110 is compliant with Bluetooth version 1.2 and supports both Hands-Free and Headset profiles. We tested the BT100 with all major branded mobile phones including the Motorola MPx220, Nokia N-Gage QD, Sony Ericsson T610 and HP iPAQ 6315. All devices paired with the headset and transferred sound for both voice and other system sound. It also works with MP3 and video files on the phones that support these features. The only hiccup we experienced was not being able to transfer the sound from the headset back to the handset easily.

The Jabra BT110 supports both voice dialing and rejecting calls. Voice dialing works fine on all devices we tested it with. Since this is an entry-level headset, the Call/End button performs fewer functions than the multi-function buttons found on higher-end Bluetooth headsets. The voice quality is very good on both outgoing and incoming calls. We did not experience any cracking sound on either end. The incoming call volume is loud enough for moderately noisy environment. The outgoing call volume could be louder. The range between the phone and the headset varies depending on the handset. With the iPAQ and the N-Gage QD, we could almost get up to 30 feet while the Sony Ericsson T610 could not handle more than 8 feet. With the palmOne Treo 650, we only got a 3 foot range.

The Jabra uses single AAA battery which allows talk time to be anywhere between 10-15 hours. The only LED on the headset will flash twice every 5 seconds to let you know that the battery is running low. Jabra designed this headset to use AAA battery so that mobile users don’t have to worry about finding a wall charger or bring a charger. The headset will go into sleep mode when you end a call to conserve battery. The standby time is targeted at 300-400 hours. Very nice!

Conclusion

Pro: A very nice entry-level Bluetooth headset that’s lightweight and easy to wear. The in-ear Mini-Gel design is a winner and simplified user-interface will help Bluetooth novices to get the headset and mobile phones paired and ready to go. The headset works with all the phones well. The voice quality is very good and volume on the incoming calls is loud. The AAA battery design will suit those who don’t want to carry a charger on the road, and gives the headset pretty long talk time and standby time.

Con: The B110 eliminated the boom like the one found on Jabra’s previous Bluetooth headsets. In turn, it lower the outgoing voice volume since the microphone is behind your ear. Bluetooth headset power users might look elsewhere as the BT110 doesn't provide addition features that your phone supports. No mute function.

The package includes the Jabra BT110 headset, a AAA battery, additional Mini-Gels in two sizes and a printed User Manual in English, French and Spanish.

Price: $69

Web site: www.jabra.com

 

 

 

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