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As befits the high design values, the box includes a desktop stand that mirrors the styling of the headset. A USB cable that charges the headset is provided so you can leave it in the cradle and have it ready to go for when you hit the road. However, the small connector means that you need to use both hands to get it to attach properly.
Generously, Jabra also includes a wall charger so you can have one at home and one in the office and not have to worry about running out of juice during your commute. Finally, Jabra has included a carry pouch with a highly effective magnetic seal.
After the looks the next key feature is the size. It’s definitely the smallest and lightest headset I’ve ever seen and weighs in at less than 10g, which is not much. By comparison the Motorola HS-850 reviewed here weighs a portly 19.9g. This truly does make a difference and when I popped it on I could barely tell it was there, which is important if you’re going to be wearing it for a long time.
Battery-life is stated by Jabra to be six hours talk time, and 200 hours standby time. This is less than the HS-850 which has eight hours talk-time and 200 hours standby. The HS-850 however, features a folding boom mike so that it only turns on when you open it, so effective standby time could be far longer if you only open it when a call comes in.
Pairing was pleasingly effortless. Hold down the tiny button located in the inside to put it into detectable mode and then tell you phone to go look for other devices. The Jabra popped up straight away and a couple of button presses later the pairing was complete.
Performance was very good, with crystal clear sound when tested with a Sony Ericsson K600i. When speaking on the device no one had any issues hearing me. The headset also benefits from a DSP that adjusts the volume of the mic depending on background noise to compensate for noisy environments such as when you’re driving and it proved effective.
In essence then this is the most pleasant Bluetooth headset I’ve come across and I think it looks and sounds great. I will miss the boom mike of the Motorola HS-850 that turns on only when it’s open as that really extends standby time, but on the Jabra this is made up for by the inclusion of both a wall charger and a desktop charger, so you can have one waiting at each end of your journey.
The only downside is that it’s a little on the expensive side. Considering the looks, the performance and all that you get in the box, it’s not bad value, but the price is certainly going to put some people off - though presumably not BMW or Porsche owners.
The Jabra JX10 sports eye-catching looks and is fantastically small and light. It also performs well and the inclusion of a stylish desktop stand is a nice touch. The looks won’t please everyone but this is a headset for the connoisseur.
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