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Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth Speakerphone review

Niall Magennis

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Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth Speakerphone
  • Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth Speakerphone
  • Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth Speakerphone
  • Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth Speakerphone
  • Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth Speakerphone
  • Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth Speakerphone
  • Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth Speakerphone

Summary

Our Score:

8

A built-in car kit is probably the best option for using your mobile in your motor, but sadly, these are still not yet standard in most cars. Another option is a Bluetooth headset, but with their small buttons, they’re rather fiddly to use while driving. Probably your best bet then is to opt for a Bluetooth speakerphone like the Jabra Cruiser. The Cruiser is essentially an update of Jabra’s older speakerphone, the SP700, and like that model one of its key features is its onboard FM transmitter that allows you to send the audio from incoming callers or music streamed from your phone to your car stereo’s speakers.

As the Cruiser is designed to clip on to your car’s sun visor there’s a springy metal clasp on the rear that holds it firmly in place so it doesn’t move around while you’re driving. The speakerphone is actually relatively small and at 17mm is pretty thin too, so it doesn’t draw too much attention to itself once it’s in place. Nevertheless, the glossy black finish and chrome trim do make it look rather more attractive than Jabra’s previous efforts like the SP200 or SP700. Because the Cruiser is powered by a rechargeable battery it doesn’t have to be just used in a car, you can also use it in an office or meeting room for impromptu conference calls and in this type of environment the metal clasp on the rear acts as a handy stand.

Pairing a phone with the Cruiser couldn’t be more straightforward as the device itself gives you spoken instructions in a synthesised voice on how to do this when you first turn it on. In fact, this synthesized voice is used for a number of different functions. For example, it notifies you when a Bluetooth connection has been established or when it loses the connection, and announces the phone numbers of incoming callers. Like most speakerphones, the device can be paired with two phones at the same time so if you share your car with your partner you don’t have to constantly keep pairing and re-pairing your phones with it.

Lon Bailey

January 22, 2010, 9:58 pm

How well will the FM transmitter work in an urban environment where the FM frequencies are often full with all manners of transmissions? In-car FM transmiters for MP3 players never worked too well for me - I live in London.

Retset

January 23, 2010, 2:14 pm

Is the last/next track function the only one we iPhone owners miss out on?

Ryan131

January 23, 2010, 4:56 pm

"the Cruiser now also supports AVCP on Bluetooth for controlling the playback of music tracks. The font face of the device has a play/pause button"





Did you mean AVRCP and the front face?





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@Retset:





No, iPhone owners also miss out on being able to run apps that Apple haven't given you permission for. ;¬)

Retset

January 25, 2010, 2:53 am

Lol @ Ryan :D

FreQ

January 25, 2010, 10:09 am

I bought a Parrot 3100 bluetooth kit 2 days before this was published. How does it stack up to proper bluetooth kits on transmission quality?

db

February 3, 2010, 11:19 pm

I have just bought one of these on back of the review, and its brill. The call quality is excellent whether you use the car speakers or just the device. I also really liked the idea of the FM transmitter and was not disappointed. More expensive than other devices but i rate Jabra gear and i am not disappointed. A cracking device.

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