Jabra Cruiser review: Jabra Cruiser

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Jabra Cruiser

(Part #: CRUISER)
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The Jabra Cruiser is a sleek and easy-to-use unit with good quality for hands-free calls and the capability to stream audio using A2DP. Built-in FM transmission further expands the flexibility of the unit by adding the capability to use external speakers.

The Bad Audio quality for music isn't really good enough for extended listening. Voice-announced caller ID doesn't speak callers' names, only phone numbers.

The Bottom Line The Jabra Cruiser is easily recommendable based on its call quality alone, but the addition of FM transmission and stereo audio streaming push it close to the top of our list.

7.7 Overall
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0

The Jabra Cruiser packs noise-canceling, Bluetooth, and FM transmission technology into a slim and stylish package. On paper, it matches our current Editors' Choice, the Motorola Motorokr T505 almost feature for feature. But how does its performance stack up?

Design
The Jabra Cruiser is a sleek and attractive package. Its top side is finished in glossy black plastic with a slight metallic flaking surrounded by a chrome accent ring and another glossy black section.

The chrome ring integrates buttons for skip forward and back and play/pause, which are used with the A2DP audio streaming feature. The outer black section is actually a large button for call answer and end, which also integrates LED indicators for battery state, call status, Bluetooth status, and FM status.

Along the device's leading edge are two tiny pinhole microphones that work together with the DSP system to reduce background noise; near the rear of the device is an opening for the integrated speaker. Along the left and right sides are buttons to activate FM transmission, a power switch, a volume rocker, and a covered Micro-USB port for charging.

On a full charge, the Jabra Cruiser claims 14 hours of talk time or up to 13 days of standby.

The Cruiser mounts on the bottom of your vehicle's sun visor with a wire clip that seems, at first, to be rather flimsy, but in practice does a great job of holding the speakerphone in place. Although it doesn't seem as robust as the solid metal clip of the Motorola T505, it does allow for a sleeker appearance and an overall lighter package.

Features
The Cruiser pairs with a Bluetooth-enabled phone with a four-digit PIN. A Multiuse feature allows the Cruiser to be connected to two devices at the same time, however, only one device at a time can be actively engaged in calling.

Once paired, the Cruiser allows people to make calls and stream music over A2DP/AVRCP audio streaming. If you need even more volume than the integrated speaker can offer, then you can use the built-in FM transmitter to select an FM-band frequency on which to broadcast calls and music. Then use your car's radio to tune to the same frequency to hear the audio through your vehicles speakers. Be aware that FM transmission isn't a secure protocol, and anyone within range of the Cruiser will be able to tune in and listen as well.

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