Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth Speakerphone - Jabra Cruiser

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis
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Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth Speakerphone

Summary

Our Score

8/10

Review Price free/subscription

The big question, of course, is how the Cruiser performs as an actual speakerphone. Unlike many cheaper models, the Cruiser has twin mics and onboard DSP processing to help it cut down on background noise. This makes a noticeable difference in use as it blocks out all but the loudest of background sound without making the audio come across as overly processed. Incoming callers also sound good through the speakerphone’s reasonably loud speaker, although naturally you get the best audio quality when you run it through your car stereo’s speakers via the FM transmitter.

If your phone supports voice dialling you can use this feature with the Cruiser and it actually works pretty well as in our experience the noise-cancelling helped the phone understand voice dialling instructions that bit better. However, unlike the Parrot Minikit Slim, the Cruiser doesn’t call out the names of incoming callers. Instead, it just calls out the numbers, which isn’t quite as user-friendly.

Verdict

Overall, we really like the Cruiser. The sound quality from the built-in speaker and microphone is very good and the ability to send callers and music tracks through your car stereo is a major bonus. It’s a bit of a shame it can’t call out the names of incoming callers, but in most other respects this is a top-class speakerphone.

Scores In Detail

Value
8/10
Features
8/10
Design
8/10

Our Score

8/10
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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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