Jabra BT 325s Bluetooth Headset - Testing and Conclusion

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Jabra BT 325s Bluetooth Headset
Testing and Conclusion
 

Testing:

First things first, let's charge it up!  The 325s comes with an A/C wall charger and requires a full 2 hr charge before using.  Battery life will last 240 hours in standby or 8 hours or talk time.  Note that the Bluetooth unit will still pass audio from an audio source if the unit is turned off, or if the battery is dead.  The multifunction button lights up when its plugged in to indicate that it's charging, (red) and when it's done charging, (green) and when it's powered on, (flashes blue). 

Charging
Charging
Charged
Charged
Powered On
Powered On

Without plugging the audio jack into anything, I decided to power on the Bluetooth unit, pair it, and make a few phone calls.  Pairing was painless with Motorola E815 phone and I was making calls in no time.  The first thing I noticed was my first stereo phone call!  The 325s will output the phone call to both earbuds providing stereo sound which is far superior in my experience than listening through one mono earbud.  The difference in call clarity was definitely noticed and would be a great benefit to hearing callers in louder environments.  People I called also commented on how clear I sounded and how minimal the echo was depending on which room I was standing in.  I was able to use the multifunction button to operate all of the functions I wanted to with my phone.  Push once for voice activation, push and hold until a beep is heard for redial last, and of course answer and hang up.  The maximum broadcast distance in the specifications states 33ft, but I was able to hold a conversation with my phone in another room well beyond the 33 foot mark and through several walls. 

Time to plug into some tunes!  I plugged into my mp3 played and fired up a couple songs.  The first thing I noticed was how good the 'highs' sounded and the lack of bass.  Many audiophiles will probably change out these headphones for something with a little more bass kick, but the earbuds provided with their high 'highs' will provide superior call quality.  When I pushed the button to make a call the audio quickly but smoothly faded out and my phone asked me who to call.  After completing the call the audio faded back in.  I really do appreciate the fact that the audio fades in and out the way it does as to not shock the listener with loud audio again after completing a call.  Accepting a call is equally painless.  When the 'incoming call' tone is heard, push the button, the audio fades out, and the call is answered.  Note that the 325s has no functionality to pause the music from the audio device, it can only mute it.  If your mp3 player is currently on your favorite song when a call comes in you'll have to pause that separately.


 

Conclusions:

At first glance I was skeptical of the usefulness of this product, but after trying it I'm impressed by many of its features.  I chose to wear this headset with the Bluetooth unit clipped to my collar with the mic pointing towards my mouth and it was quite comfortable.  The entire package is lightweight and easy to forget you're wearing it.  The 325s also boasts a long battery life and is somewhat water resistant.  With all that's good about this product it can't be without some that are bad.  The earbuds are lightweight and comfortable but lack bass response but can also be replaced with your favorite pair.  It's impossible to unplug the audio lead from the Bluetooth unit should you ever have a desire to use this as just a Bluetooth headset.  When I was unplugged from my mp3 player just making calls I had a dangling wire to deal with.  Why not make it detachable as the headphones are?  Because the 325s has universal connectivity to almost any audio device it's easy to recommend this to anybody who listens to an mp3 player on a regular basis that wants the convenience of being able to make an answer calls on the fly.

Pros:

 

  • Lightweight
  • Excellent mic & call quality
  • Small / Stylish / Portable / Comfortable to wear
  • Long battery life
  • Audio fades in and out

 

Cons:

 

  • Earbuds have weak bass response
  • Can't unplug audio source cord
  • A little on the expensive side

 

Score:

 

BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
8/10
Performance:
9/10
Software Pack:
N/A
Stability:
N/A
Features:
8/10
Value:
8/10
Total Score 8.25

 

Thanks goes out to Jabra for providing us with a sample of their kicking sample.  If you have any questions or comments about the Jabra 325s feel free to drop us a line in the forum.