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Jabra Speak 510 Review

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Jabra Speak 510 Review
Staying awake through arduous conference calls is half the battle for some people, but luckily the Jabra Speak 510 clears the airwaves to present us with an engaging experience. On our side, we’re impress by the powerful volume output its internal speaker is able to produce, which reverberates with enough ferocity to encompass a decent sized room. Where it counts the most, though, is the distinguishable and sharp voices that are coming out of its speaker. Concurrently, it’s nice to see that distortion is kept at a minimum – giving plenty of attention to the wonderful voice of our caller at the other end of the line.

However, there’s only one minor issue that our callers mention during our use of the Jabra Speak 510. Targeted for primary use with conference calls, it means that a group of people are going to be sitting around it, right? Obviously, there’s no problem with audio quality if we’re seated in close proximity to the speakerphone – somewhere around the 3 to 5 feet distance. Moving beyond that, our callers mention that they begin to recognize some distortion with our voice. In fact, they say that we sound hollow in tone, as if we’re in a giant hall trying to talk amongst an empty space.

Sure, you can still use the Jabra Speak 510 like any other portable Bluetooth speaker, but quite frankly, this specific function isn’t one of its strong points. Pairing it with a Samsung Galaxy S III, we don’t notice an increase in total volume output with the Speak 510, which is barely stronger when compared to what we hear out of the Galaxy S III at the loudest volume setting. Adding more gas to the flame, there’s no definitive improvement in audio quality – so it’s not something we’d recommend for listening to music.


Connectivity & Battery:

Something that’s not looked at too often, since most people keep their smartphones nearby, we’re astounded by the strong Bluetooth connection of the Jabra Speak 510. Even though it’s rated to stay connected for up to 300 feet, we’re impressed with our own real world experience of it maintaining its connection 50 feet away in another room.

Graced with an immense battery life rating of 15 hours of talk time out of a full charge, it’s something that should undoubtedly keep people chatting for an extended amount of period. Meaning, you’ll want to brew another pot of Joe for those intense and uninterrupted conference calls.


Conclusion:

When it excels in the area where it counts most, the Jabra Speak 510 is something that ensures perfectly clear conversations are going to be experienced on both ends of the line. From its interesting design choice, to the audible voices pumped out by its speaker, the speakerphone has a balanced sheet to please the most organized conversationalist. At $149.99, however, it’s a really tough sell for a dedicated Bluetooth device. Dishing out that much, there are plenty of music-oriented Bluetooth speakers that come to mind that are more versatile, but if voice quality is utmost to you, then it’s a no-brainer siding with the Jabra Speak 510. Just be prepared to part with your hard-earned cash!

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Pros

  • Very interesting design
  • Stellar voice quality
  • Strong Bluetooth connection strength

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not good for music playback
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