Jawbone Jambox Review


Features

  • Bluetooth
  • 3.5 mm stereo
  • USB
  • Built in Microphone
  • Talk button
  • Volume Buttons (-/+)
  • LED Power button
    • flashes red when battery is low
    • white when fully charged
  • Battery Life
    • talk button – spoken remaining battery
    • LED Ring
  • Speakerphone
  • 3.5mm cable, short usb cable, long usb cable

 

Sound Quality

  • Music – excellent bass
  • Voice – distortion at loud volumes

 

Overview

The Jawbone Jambox is an interesting product. I listened to hours of music and audiobooks on it via both the Bluetooth and wired (3.5mm connection). I have spent time with small, normally wall powered, speakers in the past, but none have come close to the features or the sound quality of this little device. The Jambox is heavier than you’d imagine given the size and I think that helps account for the excellent bass this speaker puts out. Music sounded great normally, although at max volume there was some distortion. Audiobooks sounded great at normal volume but voices got a bit “tinny” at max volume. To be fair you don’t need the device at max volume for music or voice in a normal setting.

The Jambox also acts as a speakerphone. When hooked up via Bluetooth it acts like a normal Bluetooth headset and conversation quality is as good as business level speakerphones I have used.

I’ll admit I was initially confused on the volume controls. When I looked at the buttons I immediately thought of a video game controlled D-Pad and select button. I assumed, incorrectly, that pressing a different direction on the D-pad would change some separate setting. When I finally read the manual I found the device is much simpler than that. The buttons are actually a minus (-) and a plus (+) for volume decrease and increase. Pressing the circular button will help initiate calls or give you information on remaining battery (via a spoken voice).

I used the device over the course of a few days in what I would consider normal use, a few hours each day, and the battery lasted much longer than I thought. When it was near dead it spoke to me, literally, and told me the battery needed charging. Neat. Supposedly the device is upgradable via the internet, so who knows what else it could say to you in the future. Power on the device is handled by an led switch on the side near the usb port. It glows white when fully charged and is red when the battery needs a charge.

I could see the Jambox as the perfect companion for someone who may work at home and needs a speakerphone for calls and a speaker to listen to audio and  if it wasn’t for the price. It is currently listed at $199 on the AT&T website. As good as it is you could find an equivalent device that was wired for much less, or just use the speakers on your cell phone. If the price isn’t an obstacle, I’d recommend giving the Jambox a serious look.

 

MWGEEK RECOMMENDATION: MAYBE, IT’S PRICEY

 

 

Specifications

  • Battery Life – about 10 hours
  • Power – 2W x 2 <.1% THD
  • Output – 85 dB @ 0.5m
  • Frequency – 60Hz – 20 kHz
  • AC Adapter – 5V 550 mA Max 2.5W
  • Dimensions – 151mm x 57mm x 40mm
  • Weight – 347g (12 oz.)
  • Bluetooth Range – 33ft (10m)

 

Sources: AT&T

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