Providing you are not concerned about looking like you are talking to yourself when using a hands-free kit, the Jabra Supreme is worth considering for taking calls when driving (it also connects with GPS commands), in the office or out and about. You can also listen to music through it. Branded as a “Bluetooth Mono” headset, it has been designed to help cancel out background noise, with wind noise reduction and clear sound through a 24mm speaker.
In stylish, masculine grey and black, the earpiece is ergonomically designed with smooth edges and curves, hooking around your ear and adjusting well, and feeling comfortable thanks to soft cushioning. However, when walking, as it doesn’t quite sit flush, it can flap around a bit so sometimes you have to press it in to hear better.
One of the highlights is that with the Flip Boom arm, turning the device on is very easy, as all you need to do is unfold it (or fold it back in to turn it off) – so no fiddling around with buttons and holding them down for three seconds every time you want you want to switch it on and pair it. When not in use, you can fold it together to form a neat pebble shape that slips easily into a shirt or jacket pocket.
Sound quality is pretty good and no one complained that they couldn’t hear me when using it, but it wasn’t as loud as I would have liked. Another nice feature is being able to synch the headset with voice-activated smartphones and give commands through the mic. The battery life is also very good (up to six hours talk time).
So what about stats? The operating range is up to ten metres, and can be paired with up to eight Bluetooth devices (two simultaneously). It takes two hours to fully charge, and can be on standby for up to 15 days. Weighing 18g, it is very light, but be careful not to use it in rain as it is not shower proof. Check that the Jabra Supreme will be compatible with your phone and network before buying. All in all, a good value piece of kit for any frequent traveller.
PROS Easy to turn on and off, synchs with music and voice-activated smartphones, good battery life.
CONS Not loud enough, can flap around a bit when walking.