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GadgeTell Review: Jabra Supreme UC Bluetooth headset

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What is being reviewed?

Up for review today is the Jabra Supreme UC Bluetooth headset. Jabra is touting this particular headset as being able to improve the quality of your conversations using features such as HD Voice and Active Noise Cancellation. That being said, we suspect Jabra is referring to the quality of the audio in the conversation. After all, some conversations simply cannot be helped. Nonetheless, read on to find out if the Jabra Supreme UC measured up to our standards here at GadgeTell.

Disclaimer: The Jabra Supreme UC Bluetooth headset was provided to GadgeTell for the purpose of this review.

The specs

While not a complete list, here are some of the highlights;

  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Multiuse – for connecting to 2 Bluetooth devices simultaneously
  • Auto-Pairing
  • Dual-microphone (Noise Blackout) with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to remove noise
  • USB Charging
  • Battery Status indicator light
  • Standby time of up to 360 hours
  • Talk time of up to 6 hours
  • Voice Control and Voice Guidance for hands-free operation

My thoughts

Sure, what we have here is a Bluetooth headset. Something that many people make fun of others for wearing and using. And on that note, while we hate to see the person walking through the store sporting a Bluetooth headset — we do appreciate them — especially for those times when you are driving and still feel the need to take a call. Holding back my rant about cell phone use in the car, lets get into what I like about the Jabra Supreme UC.

Just to begin with, the Supreme UC has what Jabra describes as a “patented Flip-boom arm.” What this means is that when you open the arm, your headset turns on and pairs. And vice versa, when you close the arm, the headset turns off. And nicely done, the Supreme UC tells you that it is turning off and/or on.

As for that multiple device pairing, the Supreme UC was able to pair with both my MacBook Air and iPhone 4S rather easily. And when both devices are open/in use and you turn the headset on, you get an audible comment stating that the headset is paired with both devices. You also get a similar message when only paired with one device. The headset will also allow you to actively use both devices at the same time so if you are using one and get a call on the other, a quick button press will allow you to switch. The USB adapter for the Supreme UC is on the small side and should probably be guarded against loss when not in use.

That brings us to another nice point about the headset. Well, not about the headset specifically, but how Jabra was nice enough to include a carrying case. The case zippers open/close and has a spot for the headset (folded and turned off) as well as the USB adapter. For some the case may seem like a minor perk, but for me, this means the headset will go with me — whether in my gear bag, in my pocket or in my car — it is easy to carry and perhaps more important — the headset and the adapter are protected against being lost or damaged.

Another option I really liked about the headset is the Voice Guidance. Sure, this was nice when you turned the headset off and/or on, but it also gives audible updates such as how much talk time you have left (when you press the voice button and say battery). Similarly, the Voice Guidance allows you to manage you calls with commands such as Answer or Ignore. Or for those not as into the voice guidance, the Supreme UC also has the regular answer/end button. Some of the other voice commands include Redial and Call Back.

Aside from these few items that stood out for me, lets get to perhaps the most important — the quality. In my experience, using my iPhone 4S and my MacBook Air I would have to say that I was more than happy. I didn’t have any issue hearing those I was talking to and I did not hear any complaints from the people on the other end either.

The headset ships with a home wall adapter and a USB car charger as well as two ear hooks and two ear pieces so you can make some adjustments to get a slightly better fit. It can also be worn on the left or right side. And given the light weight of the headset, it should not be any issue to wear it for extended time periods. Though, again, we suggest not being the tool that walks around with a Bluetooth headset all day long.

Lastly, the Jabra Supreme UC is available with various retailers. The price is $149.99.

The bottom line

I would not hesitate to recommend. Of course, I realize that the $150 price tag may be a turn off for some. My bottom line here though — the headset is easy to use, it sounds good and it works well with two devices. Plus, while this one is sort of silly, I really like that it ships with a decent carry case.

Product [Jabra Supreme UC Bluetooth headset]

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