JABRA® EarBoom Cellular Headset
by Claudia Bauer
It's not required by law in every state...yet. But common sense demands that
you get a cellular headset. It frees your neck, frees your hands, and frees
your mind to think about more important things like safe lane changes. A compact
over-the-ear headset is even betterit only uses half of your head. Seriously
though, an over-the-ear set is comfortable, lightweight, and easy to wear, and
it won't mess up your hair. The EarBoom is a perfect example.
When you get your EarBoom, you'll be able to start using it right away: you
can actually open the packaging with your bare hands. Unlike most plastic packages
these days, no tools, simple or complex, are required. What a great innovation
on JABRA's part!
Speak and be heard
The compact microphone rests near your cheekbone, but it does a great job of
picking up your voice when at normal volume. The mic transmits clearly, without
the "hollow" sound that many faraway microphones can create, yet is so small
that it stays out of the way. It's amazing that a tiny mic so far from your
mouth can pick up normal conversation, but it can. At any rate, the small size
also allows you to stash the mic in your purse or pocket along with your phone.
The flexible boom lets you position the mic wherever it works best for you or
The EarBoom comes with 3 sets of EarGels®, JABRA's rubber earpiece covers,
2 each of 3 sizes, in candy colors (aqua = small, royal = medium, black
= large). It's easy to choose the most comfortable size for your left or right
ear; the gels slip easily onto the earpiece and stay there with a snug grip.
EarGels are very comfortable because the rubber is soft, pliable, and ergonomically
shaped; I wore mine for long periods without discomfort. The rubber lets you
pick up sirens, car horns, and other important external sounds, enhancing safety.
EarGels are also washable, so they're more hygienic than other earpiece styles.
Another great quality of the EarGels is that they keep your conversations
private (at least the half that you're listening to). They keep the earphone
sound neatly contained in your ear, so passengers in your car or co-workers
at your meeting can't hear what you hear. This focused sound delivery also makes
it easy to hear your caller when you're driving or in a noisy environment.
A 4-foot cord connects the headset and the plug, so there's plenty of cord for
easy movement, even when the phone is plugged into the AC adapter or cigarette
lighter. Extra cord can be bunched up and tied with the attached clothing clip.
The JABRA EarBoom uses a 2.5 mm stereo phone plug, which some cell phones
take directly; for those that don't, a 2-pronged adapter is available separately.
The EarBoom is lightweight, super-easy to use, comfortable, and has good incoming
and outgoing sound quality. It's an excellent choice for those who like to have
an external (rather than a built-in) microphone.