Jabra BT8010 Bluetooth Headset

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INTRODUCTION


    Most Bluetooth headsets are used for conveniently answering
phone calls while keeping your hands free. However, if your mobile phone supports
the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), the proper headset will not only
answer phone calls, but it will allow you to listen to your MP3 library in stereo
quality sound. The Jabra BT8010 supports the A2DP Bluetooth profile. We’ll see
how it lives up to expectations. Read on for more!

WHAT’S HOT

    Key features:

  • Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
  • Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
  • 10 hours talk time; 300 hours standby; 6 hours music
  • Multipoint connections
  • Personal phonebook
  • Equalizer

SETUP

    Setting up the BT8010 involved charging the main headset and
pairing it to a Bluetooth device.

Charging takes less than two hours using either the AC power
supply or USB cable.


    Pairing follows the standard procedure used with other Bluetooth
devices, but the BT8010 provides a Wireless Stereo service in addition to a Hands Free
service.

    Pairing follows the standard procedure used with other Bluetooth
devices, but the BT8010 provides a Wireless Stereo service in addition to a Hands Free
service.

PRODUCT FEATURES

    The Jabra BT8010 includes two ear-piece headsets. The larger headset can
be used alone for mono audio or it can be joined to the smaller headset for stereo sound.
The smaller headset is powered and controlled from the larger headset, so it does not require
charging.

    All controls are located on the larger headset. Along the top of the headset
are a power button (which is also used to initiate pairing), a menu button, and a button for toggling
between music and phone modes. The mini-USB slot is used for charging and for connecting the
smaller headset for stereo sound.

Here’s a shot of the blue OLED screen.   

    When paired to a mobile phone, the BT8010 can be used to place and answer
hands free phone calls. Answering a call is done by simply pressing the button in the center of the headset. Pressing the center button a second time will end the call. When placing a
call from your phone, audio will automatically be transferred to the headset on most phones, but you may need to press the center button after starting the call on some phones. It is also possible to initiate a call from the BT8010 by navigating its internal call list where the last 15 incoming calls are remembered.

    When audio is transferred to the headset, the volume will be automatically
adjusted based on ambient noise, but the ring around the answer button is a dial that can be
used to adjust the volume up or down. The automatic volume adjustment worked very well during
testing and the headset always had plenty of volume to spare.

    When paired to a phone or other device supporting the A2DP Bluetooth profile,
the BT8010 can be used to listen to stereo quality music. (Using only the larger headset will
allow you to listen to music, but it will just be mono instead of stereo.) If your device also
supports the Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), the BT8010 headset can be used for
basic playback controls as well (play, pause, next track, and stop). As a convenience for those
who are particular when listening to their music, the BT8010 has an equalizer with settings for
Rock, Pop, Jazz and Classical music.

    Because the BT8010 is a multipoint device, it can simultaneously pair with
a primary and secondary device. For example, if your phone doesn’t support A2DP but your laptop
computer does, you can pair to both devices and stream music from your computer while still
using the device as a wireless headset with your mobile phone.

HELP SUPPORT

    Jabra offers product specific support
on their web site, including knowledge base articles and online product documentation. Also,
you can check compatibility with specific phones before making a purchase. An online
pairing guide provides step-by-step instructions for
pairing a Jabra headset with many popular mobile phones. Other support options may be listed
in the front of the user manual depending on your country

OPTIONS

    The optional BT8010 Control Center software can be downloaded from the Jabra
website, which allows you to program phonebook entries into the headset for placing calls from
the headset. You can also download new languages and firmware to the headset from the Control
Center.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    Using the A2DP and AVRCP features of the Jabra BT8010 requires
a Bluetooth device that also supports these profiles. Jabra’s online pairing guide can help determine if your
phone is compatible with the BT8010. Successful A2DP pairing with a PC will
depend on your PC’s Bluetooth adapter and drivers. I found pairing with a Dell
TrueMobile 355 Bluetooth adapter on Windows Vista wouldn’t work until I installed
the third party drivers from BlueSoleil.

    BT8010 Control Center requires a USB port and less than 4MB of
disk space on your PC.

BUGS AND WISHES


    The main earpiece of the BT8010 is larger than I’d like. It’s roughly as long as
the height of a dollar bill. The secondary earpiece is about the size I’d like for both earpieces.


    However, even with the larger size, the earpiece never felt heavy or uncomfortable on my ear. (The
weight of the primary earpiece is 23 grams; together, both earpieces weigh 37 grams.)

    The side of the primary earpiece contains an LED display which is used for
caller ID display and for dialing from the call list. It is also used for configuring the headset.
Though the feedback during pairing is much more useful than blinking lights, I didn’t find much
use for it while using the headset. Obviously, if you’re going to use the caller ID information
or place calls from the headset, you will need to remove it from your ear and I didn’t find it
worthwhile to do so. Even so, this doesn’t impact performance; the design is just a bit puzzling
to me. I think I’d rather replace the LED display with additional buttons for AVRCP control.
You can currently skip to the next track in a playlist, but you can’t move backwards. Buttons for
jumping forward and backward would be more useful to me.

    Related to my above thought about additional AVRCP buttons, I wonder if it would
make sense to add track navigation buttons to the second headset since it’s intended for use with
stereo sources. However, adding controls to the second earpiece may require additional size.

PURCHASING

    The Jabra BT8010 has a list price of $149.00, however, it can be found
online at considerable discounts. The pocketnow.com store carries the BT8010 for
$69.95.

PROS

    Listen to phone calls or stereo music
    Simultaneous connection to two devices (e.g. phone and PC)
    10 hours talk, 300 hours standby, 6 hours music

CONS

Primary earpiece is a little large
OLED space could be better used for playback controls

Value
Ease
of Use
Features

Overall

OVERALL IMPRESSION

    The Jabra BT8010 proved to be a very nice Bluetooth headset. I found the fit
to be comfortable and the adjustable arm on the earpieces provided suitable adjustments. Both mono
and stereo sound quality were very good and microphone pickup worked very well when talking on the
phone. I will continue to use the BT8010, primarily when travelling in the car, but it will also
serve as an acceptable headset for Skype calls or for listening to music on my laptop.

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