Jabra Supreme

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Sections

Pros

  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Superb sound quality
  • Pair with two devices at once

Cons

  • Flimsy feel
  • Loose fitting

Key Features

  • Review Price: £99.99
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • HD Voice Technology
  • 24mm speaker

There is an inherent problem with wearing a Bluetooth headset. No matter how well designed it is, you will almost certainly end up

looking like something of a berk wearing one. Add to this problem the hefty price tag of £99.99 and the Jabra Supreme is already

facing an uphill struggle.

The Supreme is the latest in the company’s long

line of Bluetooth headsets and its headline-grabbing feature is that it claims to be the

first mono Bluetooth headset to feature active noise cancellation, a feature

we’re more used to seeing on stereo headphones. We’ll get onto how this

technology works in a while, but first let’s look at that all-important part of

a Bluetooth headset – the design.

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Jabra is known for producing rather stylish-looking headsets, which culminated

in the unique Stone range that was about as stylish as a Bluetooth headset could look.

However that design had its flaws as the lack of a microphone boom meant that

picking up your voice was less-than-flawless.


The Jabra Supreme goes back to a more traditional design, with a main earpiece

combined with a flipping boom arm and adjustable ear hook. The first thing you

notice is that there are very few design flourishes and it seems as if Jabra

has put all its focus into getting the sound side of things spot-on.

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The whole thing weighs just 18g and is encased in sleek-looking black-and-grey plastic

and rubber. The action of the flipping boom arm feels nice and solid, but the housing feels a bit flimsy and not as premium as we would have liked for the

price.

The earpiece features just four buttons in total. On the outside is the main

button and acts as the call answer/finish button. On the rear of the earpiece are

two volume buttons, in between which rests a microUSB port (under a plastic

flap) for charging.


The fourth button is located on boom arm and is used to activate the voice

controls. All the buttons are easy to access and are responsive under your

fingers. On the underside (depending on which way you are wearing it) are the

Bluetooth and power indicator lights.


The boom arm is hinged and can be flipped out to switch on the headset and back

to turn it off. Once turned on, it automatically connects to any devices it has

previously connected to. A friendly American lady will let you know this

through the headset.

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The headset is secured to your ear via a replaceable ear hook that can be

inserted to suit left or right ear users. The Jabra Supreme comes with two ear

hooks (small and large) and both have an adjustable end to help secure it to

your ear.


On the inside, the headset comes with a pair of ear cushions, which should suit

most people. Putting these on is not easy and securing them was a bit of a

kerfuffle – but once we got them on, they stayed on.

Overall the Jabra Supreme was not the most comfortable

headset we have ever worn. It never felt completely secure on our ear and

because the ear hook is replaceable it felt as if the headset was hanging off

our ear – despite its small size and low weight.


The boom arm is just 55mm long and we never felt it was imposing on us while not in

use. It did get caught on our jacket a couple of times, but it was certainly a

small irritant we could deal with to get the improved sound quality.

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