The headset uses a clever system of dual microphones - one mounted at the end of the boom and one at the rear - plus a DSP to do some clever filtering on the audio in noisy environments to remove as much background noise as possible from your conversations. We were a bit sceptical about how well this would work, but in fact it really does make a huge difference, with callers reporting that even though it was obvious we were talking on a headset, the voice quality and clarity was still very good. The headset's controls are also easy to use as they each produce a different tone when pressed, so you can tell straight away whether you've hit the right button or not.
Jabra claims that the headset offers up to 5.5 hours of talk time and up to 250 hours standby. In use, we didn't managed to eek out quite that much from the battery, but we did get around 4.5 hours of talk time from it, which isn't bad. Although there's no dedicated battery meter on the device, Jabra uses the different colours from the headsets single LED light to display the amount of charge left. When it glows green it means the battery is good for between one and six hours, yellow means it's got one hour to ten minutes of charge and red means there is less than ten minutes of talk time remaining.
The BT530 is small and light and thanks to Jabra's new softer ear gels feels very comfortable to wear. It's also easy to set up and use and has decent battery life. However, it's the impressive noise reduction capabilities, especially at this competitive a price, that really marks it out from its rivals. If you're looking for a new headset for your phone, it's definitely worth checking out.