Jabra, which is better known for its wide range of wireless headsets and communications accessories has launched Jabra Extreme 2 headset in the Indian market. The USP of this Bluetooth handsfree is that it comes with noise blackout technology that can help users enjoy talking even in extremely noisy conditions.
We tested the Jabra Extreme 2 for the claims it makes. So read on to find out how noise cancellation in this handsfree performs.
Jabra Extreme 2 has a sleek look and a unique chain link pattern on the front that gives it an exciting and sophisticated look. The look of this device suits both executives and casual users. Extreme 2 comes only in black colour with a brushed metal finish that has been given a chain link pattern on the outside. Jabra Extreme 2 has a matte finish that makes it look good and protects it from stains as well.
The call connect/disconnect key on the device has been accented with a chrome end that looks good and adds a touch of highlight to the device. The look and design of this device are great and due to its slim profile it can be worn every day without any hassle.
The ear harness that comes with the device carries minute details that make it beautiful.
Extreme 2 is very comfortable to wear. All thanks to the silicon and rubber based ear supports, and the flexible and very comfortable ear harness it stays put in its place and hardly bothers the user. The ear gel has a notched design to prevent it from rotating while it is worn.
The ear gels come in a variety of sizes and buttons are very easy to locate and use; while at the same time they require a bit of force to work, which is a must as we tend to touch our ears often and could end up accidentally calling someone.
Featuring Bluetooth version 2.1 the Jabra Extreme 2 features Quick Pair technology that ensures that the user does not need to provide any passwords or other inputs to connect the device to the mobile phone.
Extreme 2 can be paired to two or more devices simultaneously, making it easier for people to use a single headset with multiple devices. With A2DP (Advanced 2 Way Data) connectivity the smartphone can stream music and podcasts to the headset. Along with this the headset also has a micro USB port that can be used to charge the device with the supplied charger or even using any other mobile phone charger.
One of the best features of Extreme 2 is its voice alerts. The user is alerted when the handsfree is switched on, ready for pairing, or connected. Even the handsfree kit reads out the name of the user if saved in the phone book or else it simply reads out the caller’s mobile number.
The supplied ear gels come in three different sizes so that the user can adjust them according to need and use. The operation is a simple three button one with the main button placed on the front side for taking and disconnecting calls and the other two to control volume placed on the side of the headset.
Another thing for which the Extreme 2 is famous is the inclusion of noise blackout technology. The headset has microphones on the outer sides of the device that capture sound as well as noise using alternate microphone reads out the noise and tries to eliminate that while the user converses. There is no microphone or sound inlet on the device that is towards the user and most sound waves are captured with the use of vibrations filtering out unwanted noises further.
The dual microphone design gives the headset fabulous noise cancellation. We tried the Extreme 2 while traveling and quite amazingly the audio transmission at both ends was absolutely flawless. The receiver of the call was easily able to make out what we were saying although there was some ambient noise. In windy conditions too the headset cancels noise to a great extent.
The company claims a talktime of 10.5 hours between charges and the Jabra Extreme 2 provides a total of 10 hours of work time with constant music playback and calls. So a nominal user would not have to charge the device more than once in every few days.
Ultimately all Bluetooth headsets should be comfortable and easy to use, and this is what the Extreme 2 showcases brilliantly. Its lightweight design makes it easy to use all day long. Its battery backup is great, plus the noise blackout technology actually works, and to a great extent helps remove noise also.
With a price tag of Rs 4,999 the Extreme 2 makes a good choice. So if you want a good sturdy Bluetooth headset then this one is certainly one to consider.