Jabra BT800 review: Jabra BT800

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The Good Attractive, streamlined design. Adjustable ear loop. Impressive feature set.

The Bad Tiny stylus easy to misplace. A bit clunky, can't adjust tightness on ear. Automatically overrides pairings when full.

The Bottom Line The Jabra BT800's full-featured and funky design will please Bluetooth users on the go.

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The BT800 is an elegant silver model with accents of black and a bright blue LCD screen. Designed for simple ease-of-use, controls are kept to a minimum -- 2 buttons sit neatly along the body, and placement makes them easy to operate while wearing the headset. Depending on the length of time they are pressed, these buttons provide various functions; the power button is also used to end calls, and the "answer" button can place callers on hold.

A blue LED on the center of the headset is used to activate the menu, and doubles as a mute button. We found the scroll wheel (called a "jog" wheel -- presumably aimed at the more athletic mobile phone users wanting to stay completely hands-free while out for a run) very easy to navigate through the menu, and especially handy for volume control.

There is a myriad of call features including last number redial, caller ID, recent calls, call waiting, hold, mute, etc. Other functions include a vibrate alert, selection of polyphonic ringtones, voice dialling, and DSP (Digital Signal Processing) for noise cancellation.

The flexible, rubberised earloop can be rotated up to 180° to fit comfortably on either ear. For optimal performance, Jabra recommends wearing the headset on the same side of your body as your phone -- or within line of sight. While lightweight and compact, there is no way to adjust the tightness on the ear, making it feel loose at times, or as if it's going to slip off (especially when the vibrate alert is activated).

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Jabra BT800 - headset

Part Number: BT800

Typical Price: $199.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Weight 23 g
  • Sound Output Mode mono
  • Features vibration
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor over-the-ear