- Review Price: £49.99
Talking on your mobile while driving is not just dangerous, it has also been against the law in the UK since 2003. If you need to keep in contact while zooming around in your motor there are two main options: get a headset and look like a member of the Borg, or opt for a portable speakerphone. The second is probably the less fiddly option as they are generally designed solely to be used in a car and so feature larger buttons and controls.
We reviewed Jabra’s excellent SP700 speakerphone back in February and loved not only its call quality and slick design, but also its built-in FM transmitter that let you listen to callers via your car stereo’s speakers or stream music from your mobile. However, that device was relatively expensive and not everyone needs all those extra features. This is one of the reasons why Jabra has decided to release a cut down version called the SP200 – a sort of speakerphone kit for the credit crunch generation.
The overall design of the SP200 is similar to that of the SP700 in many ways, but it also differs in a number of significant areas. Both sport curvaceous styling and both are designed to clip on to your car’s sun visor. However, the plastic finish on this new model is a duller and cheaper looking matte black, rather than the glossy finish of the more expensive SP700. Also, instead of the whole front of the device acting as the call answer button, the SP200 has a large push button mounted towards the front. The volume control has also been moved, but much improved in our opinion. Rather than being a tricky to get at rocker switch it’s now a very large wheel mounted horizontally on the front of the device. The sheer size of the thing makes it very easy to spin left or right to adjust the volume of the speaker while on a call.