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So like a number of people, I’ve been working from home for the last 4 months, the downside I’ve found is the expectation you can work longer hours as you aren’t travelling and just a room away from your laptop.
For me this has meant longer days and I’ve found that using a headset for a prolonged period sometimes gave me a headache or sore ears.
So I was looking for a speaker phone and found this the Jabra Speak 710.
It’s pretty small, about 10cm in diameter. It can be connected to a PC via usb cable or Bluetooth dongle. It can be charged via USB while connected via Bluetooth too, or use can use it via Bluetooth only on battery.
You have visual touch controls on the outer ring of the device including volume up / down, mute, answer and hang up. When on mute it visibly flashes red.
I connected the Bluetooth adapter to a work laptop that manages usb devices, this was seen as a headset and was configured no problem.
So far I’ve used it with Jabber, WebEx and Zoom with no issues at all, the audio is very clear and the other participants in a video or audio call get no feedback from my speaker. Others have said they can notice no difference between my headset and this. So the directional microphone and noise cancelling is very good.
This has been a fantastic addition to my home office setup and I haven’t missed the original headset.
I am using this in a dedicated home office setup, I’d imagine this would pick up too much noise in a common area like a dining room or kitchen if other people are around, but haven’t tried it.
I do also look forward to using it with a small group of people for audio conferencing when back in the office as it will give some additional flexibility in breakout areas.
A little expensive, thinking how much I’ve saved on train fares to London it paid for itself in just over a week!
Comes with a nice a little storage pouch, battery usage I can’t comment on at this stage, but I’m sure it won’t disappoint.
I thought I’d try it via amazon for their no quibble returns, glad I did and I won’t be sending it back!
I'm using the Speak 710 for conference calls via Slack, Zoom, Facetime and Skype for Business. This review comes having used the device for one week.
Connection is via the included Jabra Link 370 dongle on a Mac, but bluetooth connection from Mac and iOS devices has worked fine too.
The call quality is nice and clear with a natural sound. I've had no complaints about my voice quality from the other side. Comfort-wise, I find using a speakerphone is far nicer than using earbuds, even very comfortable ones.
The speaker controls are easily accessible, changing volume and muting is very simple. I particularly like the visual mute indication (lights go red)
I love the portability of the device - it's simple to just pick it up and change rooms, moving between various locations with no audio problems.
I usually leave the 710 connected via USB so it's fully charged, when running via battery I had a day of normal use out of it (not constant) with a little juice to spare.
I'm very happy with the 710. I'm not sure how I previously survived without it :)
Update: 4 months later, it's still performing excellently.
I ummed and aahed for quite a while before purchasing, but after a week of constant use working from home I am so pleased I eventually did. The freedom from not having headphones glued to my head for 8 hours a day is wonderful: less intense, no head pressure, more natural conversations. The product is very high quality - I’m not sure what the lower spec versions are like but I decided if I was going to spend a lot then I might as well go for high quality, so I bought the Jabra 710. It’s been great, easy to use and superb sound quality.
Yeah, I know it might be an expensive piece of kit but since the pandemic started in march it has been a joy to use it. I use it for voice conferences, playing music, it integrates with most microsoft tools, works great with zoom, the sound quality is brilliant so it can be used as a small bluetooth speaker. Didn't have any problems with it connecting to multiple devices in the same time, it has noise cancelation so your voice sounds pretty sharp and clear at the other end. Build quality is good, the touch buttons are responsive and easy to use, the metal finish of the top grill gives that extra professional feeling.
710 - got this for work when you end up in meetings with no decent teleconferencing facilities. Very easy to pair with your mobile phone and once dialled in a few people have remarked how good both the audio output is and also how good it picks people up who can be sitting more than 10 feet away.
Definitely going to get a few more for the team and look forward to trying to daisy chain them which you can do with the 710 - multiple units on one mobile for larger rooms.
Not much to say here apart from that this is great! I haven't touched a headset or microphone since I bought it. Sound quality is great, operation and setup is easy and build quality very good. I have yet to try the battery but will take it on my next business trip (in the included carry case). If you have online meetings and work from home - buy one!!
I like this a lot - and I have tried a fair few similar things in the last. It does well on the "it just works" test. I can hear people, they can hear me. I have used it via USB to my computer and via bluetooth to a mobile phone - never using the little dongle thing (which is just as well because it looks pretty hard to remove). I am thinking about buying another one to put on the other side of the table - I hope the pairing thing works well.
It's a nice little speaker with good sound quality, very good mic quality and range. Prior to getting my own I've used these in conference rooms larger than they claim it is good for with no problems. Touch controls are simple, reliable and easy to use. Clear at a glance when you are muted (much better than fiddling with mute buttons in a video conference app), and works well via bluetooth too. It even looks good. I almost always use it plugged in to my laptop so cannot comment on battery life.
Yes, there are cheaper units out there, and if you are only using it yourself in your home office it's more than you need. But you know what, even if that's all you are doing it is still a nice unit if you have the money.
In my experience, Bluetooth often sucks. This always connects first time to both my phone and my laptop (simultaneously 😎).
Sound quality is also great. I was on a Skype call the other day and then (for boring reason) had to add another attendee using another mobile on speaker phone sat next to the jabra. They were able to talk to eachother perfectly fine which was surprising given the hacky nature of that setup.