JABRA announced three new Bluetooth headset models and a Bluetooth speakerphone during the CeBIT 2004 in Hannover. The company expects to start shipment of these new model in Q3 2004. Jabra is the consumers brand of GN Netcom, a company that specialises in communication gear for contact centres, offices and consumers.
The company says that a research by the ARC Group shows that the global Bluetooth handset market is expected to rise from 7% in 2003 to 15% of the total handset market in 2004. This means that the potential number of Bluetooth handset users will increase from just over 30 million to more than 70 million globally.
This car handsfree speakerphone can not only be used in-car but can be removed and used at home or in the office. The model comes with both a visor clip and a suction mount to mount in a car window or dashboard. The microphone features a pivoting arm, which can be positioned for optimum voice pick-up.
In addition, Jabra SP100 is equipped with a mute button that is particularly useful for telephone conferencing. A headset port is available when more privacy is required. Its multi-function call button supports voice-activated dialling and answer/end commands.
Supplied with rechargeable batteries, the handsfree provides up to 12 hours of talk time and 20 days of standby time between charging. It can also be charged with an AC power adaptor and it operates with standard AA batteries. The dimensions of the Jabra SP100 speakerphone are approximately 13cm long, 7.5cm wide and 4cm deep.
Thirty per cent slimmer than earlier products, this is the next generation of the company's BT200 and BT250. Weighing 20 grams, the BT500 offers up to 8 hours of talk time and 240 hours of standby time. Additional features such as a LED indicator to inform charging and battery level, and a dedicated pairing button are designed to offer greater convenience and ease of use to consumers. It seems that this Bluetooth device will use the 1.2 specification, because the company promisses increased range, faster connection to the phone and improved audio quality. This model also allows USB cable charging.
This high-end headset a blue backlit LED display for caller ID and an jog wheel to access menu options. Users can select favourite ringing tones in the headset, or use the built-in call-vibrate feature. This model also features DSP (Digital Signal Processing) that improves audio clarity in noisy and windy environments. It automatically adjusts volume level in response to background noise. It weighs only 25 grams. The model also complies with Bluetooth version 1.2 and offers 6 hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby time.
This entry-level model is suitable for everyone who wants to enjoy the basic benefits of a wireless headset. It provides 15 hours of talk time on a single AAA battery and its automatic power-down feature allows the user never to worry about standby time. This model features both the headset and hands-free profile, making the headset compatible with all Bluetooth phones.