Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 19:09
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It's a fact that Bluetooth wireless earphones are gaining ground over normal wired ones but unfortunately exactly like the majority of normal ones there aren't that many models available in the market that can withstand the extreme requirements people who work out have. This is particularly true for runners since not only do the earphones need to stay glued on the ear at all times but they also need to keep working in the event of rain (or too much sweat). Now these two issues may not seem as very important to some people myself included but all the serious and professional athletes I’ve ever met in my life were always looking for the solution. Jabra was amongst the very first manufacturers to tend to that problem with their very good (for a wireless headset) SPORT wireless Bluetooth headset (we had the chance to test it roughly two years ago) and since we all know that they never stop improving their products it was only a matter of time before they introduced its successor. Well they did and so today we will be taking a look at their brand new SPORT Wireless+ Bluetooth Headset.
Jabra is the brand of GN Netcom, a subsidiary of GN Store Nord A/S (GN) - listed on NASDAQ OMX. Jabra employs approximately 850 people worldwide and in 2011 produced an annual revenue which amounted to DKK 2,106 million. Jabra is a world leader in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of a broad range of hands-free communications solutions. With a reputation for innovation, reliability, and ease of use that goes back more than two decades, Jabra’s consumer and business divisions produce corded and wireless headsets, plus mobile and in-office speakerphones that empower individuals and businesses through increased freedom of movement, comfort, and functionality.
Although specs-wise the new SPORTS Wireless+ doesn't seem to be a lot different compared to its predecessor Jabra has made some changes for the better. So although we do get the same built-in FM receiver, Bluetooth v3.0 connectivity, AVRCP/A2DP profiles and military grade housing (IP54 certified) this time over the SPORT Wireless+ features improved battery life (5 days of standby instead of 4 and 4.5 hours of talk time instead of 4), has a 4mm omnidirectional microphone (instead of 6mm) and comes with a completely different bundle. Jabra doesn't say anything about improving the audio quality of the SPORT Wireless+ and that's probably something which will disappoint some people since the original although quite good couldn't compare to wired solutions at around the same price point. Personally i never had a problem with that since i never expect to have everything and when you get a stereo headset with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, military grade durability, very good battery life and a housing that hugs the ear and never let’s go then you obviously place priority in these features. However we also need to check the things Jabra changed/improved so let's get really close and personal with the SPORT Wireless+.