Bluetooth Headset Review: Jabra Talk Bluetooth Headset Review
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Rating (1-5): 4.5
What's hot: Great voice quality, loud volume, good range and good DSP.
What's not: Wind noise canceling is less effective compared to road noise canceling.
Jabra Talk is a small Bluetooth mono headset that's also very affordable. The Jabra Talk has built-in Bluetooth 3.0 and works with any smartphone, tablet and devices with Bluetooth Hands-Free profile as well as A2DP and AVRCP for music and voice streaming. The Jabra Talk is sold exclusively at Best Buy for $29.99.
The Jabra Talk has a similar design to the Jabra Easygo Bluetooth headset. It's small and light, measuring only 2" long. The headset has an ergonomic design and comes with two ear hooks and several gel tips in different sizes. It's very comfortable to wear even for long periods of time thanks to the lightweight design. For use in an office, home or in a car while driving, you don't need to wear the ear hook if you don't like it to interfere with your glasses. But if you go jogging or run to catch the train or flight, the ear hook provides added security.
The Jabra Talk has very simple controls. The Talk/Pairing button is large and easy to operate on the front. The volume rocker lives on the side and the power on/off button lives the back of the headset. The headset has two LED lights on the back as well, one indicates battery life and the other Bluetooth status. The micro USB charging port lives on the top and you can charge the headset with the included AC charger.
Pairing and Features
The Jabra Talk has built-in Bluetooth 3.0 that supports Headset, Hands-free and A2DP audio streaming. It has an EasyPair feature that will enter the security code automatically. It also supports multi-pairing that allows the headset pair with several devices. We tested the Jabra Talk with several Android smartphones including the Droid RAZR HD and Samsung Galaxy S III as well as the iPhone 5, and it paired with all easily via Bluetooth. When you first turn on the Jabra Talk, the headset goes into pairing mode automatically and for subsequent pairing, press and hold the talk/pairing button on the front of the headset.
As with some Motorola Bluetooth headsets, the Jabra Talk literally talks to you. It comes with built-in voice guidance for operations such as pairing, connecting, call management as well as giving your status such as battery life and more. Be sure to put the headset on as soon as you turn the power on so that you can let the voice guide you through the pairing and connecting process.
The Jabra Talk supports most Bluetooth Hands-free profile features including last number redialing, answering/rejecting calls and answering second incoming call. The Jabra Talk also works with system sounds and music playback. The A2DP and AVRCP support allows you to stream audio in your music or movie playback to the mono headset as well as control playback using the headset.
Audio Quality and Range
For an affordable Bluetooth headset, the Jabra Talk has very good audio quality. We tested it with several smartphones, the headset sounded clear on both incoming and outgoing ends, and volume was also good. The DSP worked efficiently when working with most phones filtering out road noise easily and a good amount of wind noise. The range was also very good, easily reaching 30 feet.
The headset has decent audio quality when playing music and movie. It's still a mono headset, but it sounds quite decent.
The Jabra Talk has an 180 mAh rechargeable battery and comes with an AC charger that's 100-240V input and 5.0V output. The headset doesn't come with a USB/micro USB cable, but you can use your own cable to charge it via a computer. The Jabra Talk has a comparable battery to many small Bluetooth headsets on the market, except the Motorola H19txt which has longer battery life. Talk time is about 6 hours for us and standby time was over 8 days. You can help conserve the battery by sliding the power button to turn off the headset when you're done for the day. When you turn the headset back on, it will find the last paired partner quickly.
For $29.99, we were actually surprised at how good the audio quality was on the Jabra Talk. The Bluetooth headset is very comfortable to wear and it's small and light, easy to carry for the road. The headset is very easy to pair and the voice guidance walks you through everything you can do on the headset. It has very clear audio and loud volume, good DSP with most phones and very good range. The Jabra Talk has good battery life and you will get both an audio warning as well as an LED (battery LED turns red) warning when battery is running low. And you can stream other audio from your phone as well.
Jabra Talk headset, 3 eargels, 2 earhooks, 1 AC charger and printed manuals.
Bluetooth version: 3.0 Profiles: Hands-free, A2DP and AVRCP Talk time: Up to 6 hours Standby time: Up to 8 days AC adapter: 100-240V, 5.0V out