JABRA® 2WayBoom™ Headset
by Claudia Bauer
For quick communication, nothing beats a 2-way radio. There's no dialing, no ringing,
no cellular minutesjust you and someone else talking. Two-way radios are
incredibly handy at work, for visiting amusement parks with the kids, on hikes
and camping trips, even for intercom-style communication at home. Stunningly,
there's a way to make them even more efficient and productive: a headset. You
can hear exceptionally well, and with push-to-talk (PTT), you can talk completely
I tried this headset, the JABRA
2WayBoom, with a Motorola
T6400, and really liked the sound and the convenient one-touch choice between
voice activation (VOX) and PTT.
Design, construction, comfortwow.
Like all JABRA headsets, the 2WayBoom has a streamlined design that includes
only the functions you need. A one-piece unit that is sturdily built of tough,
hard plastic, it's a reliable choice for indoor and outdoor use.
The noise-canceling mic picks up your voice easily. I tried it while hiking
in the mountains on a windy day, and everything went fine. But it can be an
issue in VOX modethe mic has to be able to pick up your voice in order
to send it, and wind noise can interfereso the package includes 3 foam
"socks" that you can slip over the mic to prevent wind noise, when
necessary. (JABRA also recommends switching to PTT mode in extremely windy conditions.)
The mic sits at the end of a short, flexible boom, which is easy to adjust and
doesn't get in the way; in fact, you hardly notice it at all.
The headset comes with 3 sets of EarGels®, JABRA's patented earpiece covers
in 3 sizes each for right and left ears. EarGels are fantastically comfortable,
and I swear by them on my cellular headset. Molded of soft, flexible rubber,
they're wearable for long periods of time, the 3 sizes assure a stable fit,
and the left/right option lets you switch earsjust like your audiologist
wants you to do.
The 4-foot cord allows plenty of freedom of movement, but is still a manageable
length; it comes with a plastic clip that's smoothly molded to grip firmly without
biting a hole in your clothes.
The old switcheroo.
Compatible with most Family Radio Service (FRS)
and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) radios, the 2WayBoom makes just about any 2-way radio even more convenient
and easy to use. Rather than carrying the radio in your hand and holding it
to your mouth to talk, you can put the radio and headset into VOX mode and start
talkingthe sound of your voice tells the radio to transmit the call. In
addition, a headset makes your radio conversations much more private than when
they're broadcast over the speaker, which can be important when you're on the
job or sending secret messages.
The VOX/PTT switch is right on the headset cord, within easy reach, and a quick
flip changes the mode. You still have to reset the radio itself into VOX or
PTT, so it's not an entirely one-touch operation, but it's still pretty darned
The 2WayBoom has a 2.5 mm jack and is compatible with most FRS and GMRS
Durable construction, clear sound, the comfort of EarGels, and one-touch VOX/PTT
switching that makes your 2-way radio even more usefulthe 2WayBoom is
an excellent choice for work or fun, indoors and out.