Smartphones have become the mobile professionals Swiss Army knife. There is almost nothing you can’t do with one. One challenge is when you have a table full of people and need to conference call.
Enter the Jabra Speak 510.
The Jabra 510 speakerphone is light portable and allows Bluetooth connections or USB connections to mobiles and Laptops and transforms your call into a professional conference call.
The Jabra Speak 510 is a simple looking round disc. A speaker grill dominates the front with all the controls around the edge. Don’t let this apparent simplicity fool you though, hiding inside is an array of microphones speakers and an extended battery.
The Jabra Speak 510 offers both Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The control buttons are touch sensitive and easy to use. A powerful omnidirectional microphone and a well-designed speaker along with a 15-hour battery round out a smart, compact design.
The Jabra Speak 510 charges reasonably quickly via the USB connection and also sound brighter and sharper when plugged into a laptop
The hardware is mostly standalone, so no setup is needed other than a standard pairing to a Bluetooth device be that your computer or mobile phone. The driver automatically downloads and install, and in a few minutes, depending on your internet connection, all will work pretty much seamlessly.
Jabra supply a handy carrying case and overall the build quality is excellent, and the Jabra Speak 510 looks like it will survive well when carried about in your backpack or business bag.
The critical test is the Jabra Speak 510’s performance. The sound from the Jabra Speak 510 is loud and clear in almost all environments I tried it. Physically it cannot cope with huge rooms or extremely noisy placed, but these are generally not suitable for conference calls in any event.
In a more normal office or coffee shop setting, the Jabra Speak 510 works as advertised. The voices were clear and easy to hear, volume was more than adequate, and all participants, up to 7 for my biggest test, were very pleased with the sound quality and ability to hear everything.
The microphones were sensitive enough to pick up even soft sounds and the ability to include many people on a single call was a pleasure.
The Jabra Speak works with most conferencing systems from Skype to WhatsApp calling. There was not a method of calling multiple people that did not benefit from using the Jabra Speak 510, especially if there were lots of participants. Connections with mobile devices were seamless and easy to set up, and the sound quality and volume were vastly better than using the mobile devices internal mic and speaker.
The Jabra Speak 510 has quickly become a vital part of my office and road warrior arsenal. Along with my mobile phone laptop and portable battery pack, the Jabra Mobile Speak 510 adds massive value and makes remote meetings and discussions easy and in some cases, it is the only possible way to work with teams without a video or audio conferencing facility.
I have compared the Jabra Speak 510 to some professional conference call solutions, and in most cases, it was as good as and occasionally even better. The portability, excellent battery life, and the ability to connect seamlessly to a laptop or mobile phone make the Jabra Speak an essential device.
Available from retailers countrywide for R2,499.00 |
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