Jabra Extreme2 Review

A relatively rich array of features on the Jabra Extreme2 prompts positive reviews for this budget Bluetooth headset. Experts at Top Ten Reviews cite support for A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) as well as HFP (Hands-free Profile) and PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile), which, respectively, let users steam music and spoken text (including GPS), speak commands to answer and initiate calls, and hear the caller's name. This Jabra Extreme2 review also commends the extreme (hence the model's name) noise cancellation but cautions that the function works so well that the user's voice may be cancelled when up against a sudden and loud burst of background noise.

Users are less taken with the Jabra Extreme2, however. Reviews at sites such as Staples report that call clarity is only fair, voices sometimes sound muffled to the caller, and the automatic volume control doesn't reach high enough levels. Some users also grouse about an uncomfortable fit and a limited range from the base device. Still, they like the small size and long battery life, effective blocking of wind when outdoors, and the voice prompts and commands. A good number also are fine with the fit and call quality.

The Jabra Extreme2 (starting at $45, Amazon) boasts more than five hours of rated talk time and more than 10 hours of standby time. It sports dual microphones, which improve sound quality and aid in reducing background noise, and it can be paired with two devices simultaneously. The Jabra Extreme2 responds to simple voice commands and delivers prompts for recharging and caller ID; it also provides spoken guides for user-friendly setup. Two gel earbuds and two ear hooks are included.

This model is a good choice for users who covet truly hands-free bells and whistles. Users' overall assessment of audio quality is slightly above average even as it delivers excellent noise cancellation, which in this case may be too much of a good thing.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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