Review Price free/subscription
Rather than use a proprietary power connector Jabra has instead sensibly gone with a microUSB port on the rear of the device. This is a good move as an increasing number of phone manufacturers are starting to use microUSB connectors as the charging socket on their handsets. As a result, for many people it will eliminate the need to carry two chargers with them when they're going to be away from home or out of the office for a while.
In the box, Jabra includes both a mains charger and a short USB to microUSB lead. The latter comes in useful when you need to update the headset's firmware. The firmware update process is pretty straightforward. You just download the new firmware from the Jabra site and run the installer, which has an easy to use Windows interface. Then it's simply a matter of plugging the headset into you computer via USB and holding down the multifunction button to put it into firmware update mode. The updater kicks into action and downloads the firmware to the headset. The whole process takes about a minute and a half.
A neat feature of the BT530 is that it can be paired with up to eight devices at any one time and can be used with two simultaneously. For example, you can have it connected to your PC for use with Skype while it's also connected to your mobile ready to receive any incoming calls. Also, although it's only got a single ear piece, it does support A2DP - it just sends both stereo channels into the same ear piece.
Pairing the headset with your phone or computer is quick and easy - just hold down the multi-function button until it flashes blue and then do a search for the headset with your phone and enter the standard ‘0000' pairing password.
The headset comes with Jabra's softer generation 3 ear gels. We found these to be much more comfortable to wear for long periods than those supplied with older Jabra headsets. In the box, you'll find eight of them along with two ear hooks. However, you don't necessarily have to use the ear hooks at all because most of the gels include a rubber ring at the rear which uses the back of the inside of your lughole as leverage to hold the headset in place. That might sound uncomfortable, but it's actually not at all, and is ideal if you wear glasses or have penchant for shades as you don't have to worry about the arm of your glasses and the ear hook competing for space and rubbing against each other.
Trusted Reviews is part of the Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Technology Network