Jabra JX10 thoughts and review

Jabra JX10

Luckily, I was able to get my hands on minuscule Jabra JX10 [Official] thanks to a good friend and I must admit, the Bluetooth 1.2 supported headset is very much as functional & comfortable as it is aesthetically appealing. Fox’s 24 fans will recognize this headset as it makes its appearance on the ears of Corporate America, while design minded individuals will recognize this as a Jacob Jensen Design.

Touted as the smallest Bluetooth headset ever made, I have yet to find a worthy adversary with similar functionality within the same footprint. The JX10 is the most comfortable headset I have ever worn. Weighing in at a paltry 10 grams with a mini form factor length of 4 centimeters, you’ll soon find yourself forgetting – as I have on numerous occasion – that the headset is indeed floating delicately on your ear.

While 5ThirtyOne’s general content focus may not be on product reviews, I felt the need to highlight the JX10 because of its minimalistic design, simplistic functionality, and overall form factor. Check a few shots of the JX10 on my personal Flickr account.

Micro form factor packed with features

  • Up to 6 hours talk time
  • Up to 200 hours standby time
  • Less than 10 grams
  • Bluetooth 1.2 support
  • Automatic ambient noise level balancing
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Bluetooth pairing done right

As most Bluetooth headset users know, pairing devices requires an archaic method of counting flashing LEDs or alternating red & blue bursts. My favorite was Logitech’s “[...] hold down the start / end call button for 5 seconds. After three short bursts and a solid blue LED, activate discovery mode on your mobile handset” technique. Unnecessary complications, especially if you find yourself pairing your headset with multiple devices on a regular basis.

The majority of headsets “integrate” multiple functions into a single keystroke depending on the amount of time the button is held down. Counting one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand, etc… Not the most efficient method in my book.

The JX10’s method for pairing? A single button on the backside of the device whose single function is device pairing. No LED bursts or systematic mental counting.

Minimalistic design

Although Jabra could learn a thing or two from Apple about minimal packaging while presenting products in a stylish manner, the Jabra JX10 ships within a smooth matte black box with reflective silver text and information applicable for international usage.

Housed within the box, users will find the following items:

  • Jabra JX10 headset
  • Designer cradle with connections for a wall charger or USB charger
  • Soft travel pouch
  • Manual and quick reference guide
  • Wall charger (locality dependent)
  • USB cable

As with any great design, the details are what sets this particular headset package apart from the rest. In addition to being one of the lightest & smallest headsets on the market, the JX10 utilizes a configuration of four strategically placed buttons: pairing, start / end call, volume up, and volume down. The device is so light that the included flexible over-ear support seems almost unnecessary for casual usage around the house or office.

Similar to most headsets, the JX10 can be charged directly from a wall power adapter. Conveniently, the JX10 also includes a matching desktop cradle with polished details (matching my Lacie FA Porsche external) which draws its power from the wall charger or the included USB cable (via PC or USB hub).

Overall impressions

After the initial recommended charge, paring the device was a seamless process. Using the single pairing button, I was able to successfully pair the device within 5 minutes with multiple devices including a Samsung A920, Treo 650,iBook G4 (OSX 10.4), and a Windows XP powered IBM X40 + AnyCom USB Bluetooth adapter.

Based off of a self recorded message, outbound voice clarity is exceptional. Unfortunately, the microphone lacks any sort of mask which creates a noticeable yet subtle amount of background noise when used outdoors on a mildly windy day. Fortunately, I have yet to hear any complaints of distortion during conversations both via wireless phone or Skype.

The Jabra JX10 has come along way since its Star Trek like Jabra BT250 brethren. If you’re in the market to replace that contruction boon mic’d headset with something a little more stylish and functional, the Jabra JX10 may be the answer.

Discuss - 8 Comments

  1. WOW That’s freaking awesome. What do you use it with though? Any cell phone or any kind? Any kind with bluetooth, I must know! Anyways that’s awesome, I need to get one.

  2. Derek says:

    As long as your device(s) support Bluetooth 1.2 “headset profile” you’re good. I’ve managed to get the JX10 playing nice with a Samsung A-920, Treo 650, an iBook for use with Skype & Gizmo, and an IBM X40 using an AnyCom Bluetooth adapter for use with Skype.

  3. Vince says:

    I’m looking at this or the Jabra BT800. What’s the range like on this little guy? Does it live up to the 30ft bluetooth standard? Does it play well with Skype?

  4. Derek says:

    Not sure about the 30 ft. range. Although, I have managed to use the headset with my cellphone through two walls while getting dressed in the morning. I forget that I have to have the cellphone or computer nearby in order to have clear reception. Range is definitely better than the Logitech or Motorola headset that I’ve tried.

    As far as Skype is concerned, it definitely plays well. I’ve used it with Skype on OSX and Windows XP.

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  6. Adam says:

    How many devices can you have paired with the JX?
    Problem I had with my old HS headset was I wanted to pair with three devices; iBook, G5 and SE phone. It only ‘remembered’ two paired devices so I was forever doing the blinking LED dance.

  7. Derek says:

    I had the headset setup with four devices – MacBook, iBook, Samsung A920, Samsung T709 – at one time for regular usage. Had being the keyword as I recently lost the headset. It’s small size probably contributed to me forgetting that I had it in my pocket.

  8. Adam says:

    You lost it?!?
    Ouch, I guess small is not always better.

    Thanks for the info Derek, I went through all the sites/reviews I could find and no where does it mention the number of paired devices it would support.