In this review, we’ll be taking a look at the Jabra SPEAK 510 Wireless Bluetooth Speakerphone. Apart from your usual music playback, the Jabra SPEAK 510 can used as a speakerphone for your PC, tablet or smartphone. It’s perfect for the business user who wants a decent solution for conference calls … while on the move.
Wireless bluetooth speakers are nothing new. In fact, they are widely available on the market and there’s a huge choice, from your budget OEM makers to premium brands such as Bose and Sennheiser.
What makes the Jabra SPEAK 510 different to other bluetooth speakers, is the fact that it’s really compact and light-weight, and there’s retractable USB cable for charging or you can use it as USB speaker!
It offers up to 15 hrs of talk time and 4 days standby time. It’s also compatible with Windows Microsoft Lync and Microsoft Office Communicator, and you can setup a conference call in seconds.
For those who don’t know how Jabra is, here’s a little blurb taken from their website …
“Jabra’s story begins with a man named C.F. Tietgen, a Danish industrial mogul who established the Great Northern Telegraph Company (GN) in 1869. Tietgen’s original idea was to capitalize on Denmark’s location to create telegraph lines connecting superpowers France and Great Britain with Russia and East Asia.
Over the next 100 years, GN expanded the reach of its telegraph operations, including opening the first telegraph connection from Northern Europe via Siberia to Japan and Hong Kong in 1872. By 1907, GN was one of the leading international telegraph companies. Its network consisted of 15,600 km of telegraph cables, which connected an advanced network in Northern Europe via Siberia, the most sophisticated network in East Asia. “
Mobile or Internet, Conference Calls Anywhere
Increase productivity and stay focused wherever you are with Jabra Speak 510. Enhanced with Bluetooth you can connect it to your PC, tablet, or smartphone and turn any location into a conference room.
Jabra Speak 510 is the perfect solution for conference calls with its compact, intuitive design and outstanding sound quality. It can be set up to take calls or stream multimedia within seconds thanks to a plug-and-play solution. Simply connect to a mobile device via Bluetooth or to the internet using the integrated USB cable and you are ready to dial in.
The high quality audio sound and 360-degree microphone enables everyone to hear and be heard from all angles across the speakerphone. But that’s not all – you can also use Jabra Speak 510 for listening to your favorite multimedia with crystal clear clarity.
Jabra Speak 510 lets you multitask on your terms – take the speaker with you in a specially designed protective travel case, connect via Bluetooth or USB connection and have full control over your calls directly from your chosen device. Get empowered and make a difference at the office or on the go.
IMPORTANT: For full Jabra Speak 510 call functionality with your PC, download and install Jabra PC Suite from www.jabra.com/pcsuite
- Set up a conference call in seconds
- Conference calls via Bluetooth and USB connection
- Great sound for calls and streaming multimedia
- Connects to your PC, tablet, or smartphone
- Easy to use with dedicated answer/end, volume control, and mute buttons
- Plug and play
- HD Voice for conversations in high definition sound quality
- Compatible with Windows Microsoft Lync and Microsoft Office Communicator
- Compact and portable design with a travel case included
- Up to 15 hrs talk time / 4 days standby time
|Product Dimensions||5.3 x 7.2 x 2.2 inches|
|Item Weight||6.1 ounces|
|Item model number||SPEAK 510|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
How it works
Setup and Configuration
Go to the Bluetooth settings on your Mac or PC and enable discover by turning on Bluetooth .
Set your Output (speaker) and Input (Microphone) as Jabra SPEAK 510 USB
Verdict and Conclusion
The Jabra SPEAK 510 is extremely simple to use. I was able to connect it up to my iPhone/PC in seconds using bluetooth, and it works just as well when connected to my PC via the USB cable.
During our conference calls tests using Skype, the audio quality of the participant’s voice was surprisingly good. It was loud and clear, with minimal background noise. Music playback quality was also good, with decent mid-range and low bass.
What really impressed me the most, was the noise cancellation and pick up range. We placed the Jabra SPEAK 510 at the center of the table with 4 participants. Each participant was a least a metre away from the unit, yet the Jabra SPEAK 510 picked up all our voices very clearly.
Costing around USD $150, the Jabra SPEAK 510 is reasonably priced and is a good investment for any business user.
- Compact and light-weight
- Good battery life (up to 15hrs talk time)
- Retractable USB cable
- Can be used as USB speaker
- None that I can think of
If you’re business user who wants a decent solution for conference calls … while on the move, then the Jabra SPEAK 510 is for you! Take it anywhere with you. It’s compact and light-weight, and offers long battery life of up to 15 hrs talk time. It effortlessly connects with your mobile devices via bluetooth, and what’s more the retractable USB cable can be used to charge the device up, as well as turning it into a USB speaker.