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Jabra Extreme2 review

Niall Magennis

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Jabra Extreme2
  • Jabra Extreme2
  • Jabra Extreme2
  • Jabra Extreme2
  • Jabra Extreme2

Summary

Our Score:

7

Pros

  • Small and neat design
  • Decent battery life
  • Clear voice quality
  • Muting the headset is a tad tricky

Cons

  • Noise cancelling technology could be better
  • Relatively expensive

Key Features

  • Multi-point compatible
  • A2DP support
  • 5.5 hours talk time
  • HD Voice
  • Manufacturer: Jabra
  • Review Price: £60.95

Like red jeans or a mankini, wearing a Bluetooth headset is a difficult look to pull off without coming across as a total berk. While the design of the Jabra Extreme2 isn’t going to make wearing a Bluetooth headset any more fashionable it at least does promise to be light and comfortable to wear, while also helping to cut down on background noise during calls thanks to its use of Jabra's latest Noise Blackout technology.

In terms of looks the Extreme2 is pretty similar to any number of Bluetooth headsets on the market. It's a mono headset, so there's a single earpiece attached to a short boom. The headset is held in place on your lughole by a plastic earhook that clips around the stub of the earpiece. The boom is fairly short, measuring a tad under 5cm in length, and on the outside there's a sort of stepped, arrow pattern etched into the plastic, which doesn’t go so far as make it look stylish, but does help the design to appear a little less boring. There are just three buttons provided for control. There's a large button with a chrome paint job toward the back of the boom that takes care of most of the call handling duties. On the top you'll find the volume rocker switch, while the bottom has a sliding power switch. The microUSB adaptor that's used for charging the headset, as well as downloading software updates, is positioned at the rear.

Jabra Extreme2

Jabra includes a second, larger earhook in the box, which may be a bit more comfortable if Big Ears is a close relation. There are also two extra ear gels for left and right handed users. The orientation is important because these ear gels, unlike the standard one, have small rubber hooks that jam toward the back of the inner part of your ear to hold the headset in place. This allows you to use the Extreme2 without an over-the-ear hook, though we've seldom found this method to be as secure.

Comfort levels with both the ear hook and ear gels was very good, so even if you tend to wear your headset for many hours at a time - say on longer car journeys – you shouldn't have a problem with it.

Jabra Extreme2

Also in the box you'll find a standard wall power adaptor for charging the headset. However, the cable on this is ridiculously short, measuring just 27cm in length, so you can’t really sit the headset on a desk while you're charging it. Instead it just hangs down from the charger when it's plugged into a normal height wall socket. Thankfully Jabra supplies a car charger that actually has two USB ports, so you can use it to charge another device while also topping up the Extreme2. There's a micro to normal sized USB adaptor to fit the headset into this charger or for when you want to charge it from a PC's USB port. This has a pivoting section in the middle, so even if there's limited room around your car's power plug you should still be able to angle it in place.

Phil

March 5, 2014, 11:06 pm

I bought this and it is a POS. For some odd reason and even CS can't explain it, it turns the volume on my phone down. I had a jawbone and it NEVER did this. You could change volume to Bluetooth via phone, but not the other way around. Also it has a hard time connecting to consecutive calls. I will be returning this and getting a jawbone IRA.We'll see how that one works.

brian

March 16, 2014, 2:01 pm

I've used Jawbone earpieces for years now and this one is the worst by far.

First, the volume won't turn-up high enough. I have my phone bluetooth and the earpiece volume maxed and it just doesn't sound very loud. It's useless in crowded areas.

Second, neither earbud fits my ear well. Both sit well outside my ear canal, which exacerbates the first problem. Unless I'm no where near any other source of noise whatsoever, I'm not hearing a thing.

Third, when you do get frustrated by not hearing anything your first reaction is to try to press the earpiece harder against your ear. Well guess where the connect/disconnect button is? It's right where you need to press in order to hear better. I probably hang-up on 5+ people a day pressing this thing to my ear trying to hear better.

And finally, enough with the double-tap redial. That is a truly awful feature. If the connect/disconnect button gets pressed twice, it redials the last number. Do you find pocket-dialing annoying? Just use this device and you'll easily place dozens of pocket dials per day.

My rating? 0 out of 10. I'll probably get mad over the next few days and stomp it in a parking lot somewhere -- but I'll try to return it to Best Buy first.

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