CNET editors' review
Reviewed by: Nicole Lee
Edited by: Kent German
Reviewed on 2/22/06
With the Jabra JX10, Jabra once again proves itself to be a household name in Bluetooth headsets. It's one of the smallest headsets we've seen, measuring only 1.5 by 0.75 by 0.75 inches and weighing an incredibly light 0.3 ounce. Because of its size, it's barely noticeable when worn, a nice departure from most of the Bluetooth headsets out there. The price is a hefty $179, but you do get a lightweight and stylish headset out of it.
Aside from its size, the Jabra JX10 sports an attractive design. Its sexy angular shape is complemented by a silver body with black accents. The earpiece rests comfortably in the ear, and even though the JX10 comes with a detachable ear hook, we found that we didn't need it most of the time. Because of its symmetrical shape, it can be worn on either the right or the left ear.
On top of the Jabra JX10 are the volume buttons, along with the charger port and the light indicator, and on the left side is the Answer/End button. These buttons are easy to press, even when worn on the ear. The pairing button, however, is a tiny recessed control on the back of the headset that requires a bit of fingernail to push. That said, once you can find the button, pairing is relatively easy--just hold the control down until the light indicator turns a solid blue, then release. To finish, have the phone discover the headset, then confirm the pairing.
We tested the Jabra JX10 with the Nokia 7380 and the Motorola Pebl U6, and we were able to pair the devices with the headset without a problem. Phone calls sounded loud and clear, even in a crowded environment, while callers had no problem hearing us. To maximize clarity, Jabra recommends wearing the headset on the same side of your body as you're holding the phone. But considering the range of Bluetooth is supposed to be up to 30 feet, that shouldn't be a requirement for use. Besides letting you answer, end, and reject calls, the Jabra JX10 supports voice dialing, last-number redialing, call waiting, and putting a call on hold.
The Jabra JX10 comes with an AC-adapter charger and a USB charger so that you can charge it by hooking it up to your PC. There's also a desktop-charging cradle that matches the shape and the color of the JX10. The Jabra JX10 has a rated talk time of 6 hours and a standby time of eight days.Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]