NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- If you think the smartphone market is impossible to navigate, try making sense of the ridiculously crowded Bluetooth wireless headset market. It is not bad enough that headset makers such as Plantronics (PLT - Get Report), Sennheiser, Bose and Jawbone make tons of these way-geeky ear-mounted modules, but phone giants such as Nokia (NOK - Get Report), Motorola (MOT) and LG also have no shame about crowding into the Bluetooth headset game. So recommending the right business wireless device is a bit like recommending the right kitten. They're nice, but there are lots of 'em.
So when the folks over at GN Netcom, the makers of Jabra headsets, told me that their latest model, the Jabra Supreme ($99) was one of the best of the litter, well ... that is just the kind of trash talk that gets my attention.
|The Jabra Supreme means you might just be able to hold your next conference inside your ear.|
And considering that business headsets make the top of everyone's holiday gadget list, I arranged for a demo.
So was the Supreme actually supreme? Let's find out.What you get
This is a surprisingly good business headset at a reasonable price. Even with all the hype, I have to say the Jabra Supreme is a solid, business-ready wireless headset. Roughly the size of my mother's Toyota Prius smart key, and about half of the weight, the Supreme is a high-quality matte black lozenge with an over-ear clip that hangs atop your hearing canal. The unit's boom mic, which lives folded up, is easy enough to use. Flip it open, hang it over your ear, press one of the easy-to-use function buttons and, assuming your device is paired to your phone, you are speaking wirelessly. And the Supreme is supremely loaded with techno features: It has sophisticated active nois-reduction technology similar to what you get with airplane headphones and the ability to stream media and listen to music from your mobile device. It supports two phones, which was actually rather handy. And it comes with an automated attendant built in that prompts you when the phone is paired, when it is ready for a call and, if it is set up right, even who is calling.