Jabra Freeway review: Jabra Freeway

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
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The Good Excellent speakers. Auto On and Off. Voice control and feedback.

The Bad Microphone a tad quiet. Volume increments too large.

The Bottom Line The Jabra Freeway is an excellent speakerphone.

CNET Editors' Choice Apr '11

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For most people, using a speakerphone in your car isn't something you'll think you need until you've tried it. Even if you, like this reviewer, only drive your car for short distances every day and only sometimes break the law by answering your phone while driving, a speakerphone will not only keep you from the long arm of the law but also make speaking and driving so much easier.

If this introduction to speakerphones has piqued your interest then we suggest you check out the Jabra Freeway. In this niche segment of consumer technology there are only a few key players, and Jabra is on top of its game. The Freeway has most of the features you could ask for in a device like this, and its performance is first-class.

The Freeway has an attractive look with a soft-touch plastic finish in black. There's six buttons on the top of the unit, one for making and ending calls, volume controls plus a dedicated mute key, a button to switch on the FM transmitter and another for activating voice control. A power switch and a USB port are located on the right hand side (once mounted on a sun visor) though this is obviously designed for European cars as the USB cable hangs over the unit and across your vision when charging in a right-hand drive car.

Features and performance

Voice control and feedback are key parts of this proposition; you can request information like remaining battery life using specific voice commands, and by using the Bluetooth Phone Book Profile the Freeway can read out the names of contacts when you receive an incoming call. This is a great feature, though we have had great difficulty having the Freeway understand our broad Australian accents. We've yet to place a successful phone call using voice, and it only recognises a request for battery life if we use our best "learned from TV" American accents.

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Jabra Freeway

Part Number: CNETJabra Freeway

Typical Price: $149.00

See manufacturer website for availability.