You’re on! Jabra Bluetooth & wireless audio accessories from Clove Technology
Jabra are a longstanding manufacturer of high quality audio accessories, founded off the back of ventures in the ’80s that had developed in-ear microphone and telephone technologies. Throughout the ’90s, Jabra created and patented a number of technologies and established themselves a brand associated with premium audio equipment for both businesses and consumers.
Jabra have solutions for a number of scenarios, ranging from fitting out call centres, providing equipment for a fleet of vehicles or simply delivering a top notch experience to individual consumers. Clove have long offered Jabra’s consumer products and we are pleased to announce a new range for 2014.
Jabra’s range is split primarily into Bluetooth headsets for phone calls, headphones (wired and wireless) for sports & music, speakers (fashion or in-car) for music & calls and lastly office/call-centre headset solutions.
This is arguably Jabra’s most well-known product category, and possibly the most difficult to differentiate in. There are many basic Bluetooth headsets available at a wide range of price points so it takes something special to improve upon what’s already been.
Jabra’s two newest headsets, Storm and Stealth, incorporate new microPOWER technology which allows for a reduction in battery size from previous generations, whilst keeping the same lifespan. This has allowed for the designs to be slimmed down to improve ergonomics and remove excess weight, yet still deliver the same length of use.
You’ll also find Noise Blackout™ & HD Voice technologies incorporated. The first is Jabra’s noise cancelling system, featuring a second microphone to capture directional sound that adds to the traditional noise cancelling microphone and Digital Signal Processing algorithms developed in the late ’90s.
HD Voice is known in telephony as wideband audio, sampling sounds at a higher rate for clearer reproduction at both ends of a call. If your network provider utilises HD Voice in your area then you will benefit from clearer sound when using compatible equipment such as Jabra’s headsets.
Finally, the feature to differentiate the Stealth from the Storm is that it can integrate with your phone’s personal assistant. Whether you use Siri on iPhone or Google Now on Android, just press the dedicated headset button on the Stealth and speak away.
Jabra Storm – £59.99 (£49.99 ex-VAT)
Jabra Stealth – £69.99 (£58.32 ex-VAT)
Jabra produce some wired headphones, although we’re only looking at the wireless units for now. Once the provision of those with a lot of money to spend, wireless headphones are now as affordable as their corded cousins and capable of lasting days on a single charge.
If you’re in the market for something that stays put when running or working out then the Sport Wireless+ may be of interest. With an over-the-ear design, the Sport Wireless+ stays solidly in place and offers all of the benefits of Jabra’s most recent Bluetooth headsets.
To add a little bit of extra value, Jabra also include 7 sets of gels to find the perfect size and a 3 month free subscription to the Edmondo Premium fitness app.
The Rox Wireless is the slimline and discreet option for music lovers. New battery technology allows for a stripped-down design and an innovative method of keeping the buds in place: EarWings. It might sound like a silly name however these tiny, lightweight plastic additions can be added to the gel buds to keep them locked in place.
Inline controls and miniaturised microphones also make the Rox Wireless a capable companion for taking calls and adjusting volume or tracks on the fly. You can even use the Rox Wireless as a gaming accessory with Bluetooth compatible consoles or PCs.
For those that consider fitness to be king, there’s always more to be gained from a workout; whether stripping a few seconds off a PB or looking to to increase efficiency during burns, extra data is always welcome.
The brand new Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds from Jabra deliver everything the Rox does, in the same design with a sporty flash of yellow, yet adds a little high tech wizardry by taking and relaying your pulse. The ear is one of the best places on the body to get good heart rate information so it makes perfect sense to put a sensor in an earbud.
Jabra Sport Wireless+ - £79.99 (£66.66 ex-VAT)
Jabra Rox Wireless - £99.99 (£83.33 ex-VAT)
Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless – £199.99 (£166.66 ex-VAT) – UK Availability TBC
The Jabra Solemate range provides fashion speakers in a range of sizes, each with a number of different features and increasing in bass & volume as they get larger. The original Solemate and ultra-portable Mini version are examples of Jabra’s commitment to sound quality in a consumer product.
It is their newest Solemate Max though that deserves applause. The size and weight make it a little less portable than its little brothers however it more than makes up for this in sound quality and versatility. Check out our full review to learn more.
It’s not all about music speakers though, there’s probably room in your vehicle for a Jabra somewhere, especially if you don’t like, or it is illegal in your country, to drive whilst wearing a headset.
The newest addition to the consumer in-vehicle range is the Streamer. Rather than an expensive speaker, separate from your car’s audio system, Jabra have opted for a more compatible option that should work with stereos of almost any age.
The Streamer pairs to your smartphone just like a Bluetooth headset, then uses a simple 3.5mm connector to plug into your stereo. This relatively low tech accessory can also be used as a Bluetooth receiver for stereos in your home too.
We don’t have a new car speakerphone for 2014 just yet, however the Freeway remains a high quality product, perfect for mounting to your sun visors and allowing you to hold a full conversation with ease.
Jabra Solemate Max – £249 (£207.50 ex-VAT)
Jabra Streamer – £TBA
Jabra Freeway – £69.99 (£58.33 ex-VAT)