Jabra SP100 Bluetooth speakerphone

Quick Take: While we approve of speakerphones in theory, we realize that their audio quality isn't perfect. It's not exactly the cell phone's fault--usually the speakers are just too small--yet that doesn't make it any less annoying when you're trying to make a hands-free call. But for Bluetooth handset users, Jabra now has a nifty alternative to the scratchy speakerphone. Primarily designed for car-bound commuters, the Jabra SP100 Bluetooth speakerphone can be used anywhere there's a Bluetooth mobile. Measuring 4.9 by 2.9 by 1.3 inches and weighing just six ounces, the black-and-silver device can be attached to a sun visor or stuck to a dashboard or windshield. The large speaker reflects the oval shape of the SP100 itself while a noise-canceling microphone rests on a slender arm that rotates as much as 90 degrees. Next to the speaker is a multifunction button, while a phone-shaped LED indicates the unit's status. Other controls consist of a dedicated power switch, a volume scrollwheel, and a Mute button.

We tested the SP100 with our Motorola V600. Since no installation in the car is necessary, we had no problem pairing the devices, and we established a connection in just a few seconds. Audio quality was very good overall in both the car and the office. We enjoyed full volume and could hear our callers quite clearly. To them, we occasionally sounded a bit muffled, but it was nothing that was especially troublesome. Jabra promises 12 hours of continuous talk time and up to 20 days of standby time on a single charge. Jabra conveniently includes both a car and standard charger in the box, so we never had to worry about a low battery.