For those who don’t want a Bluetooth headset in their ear but still want or need to take calls in the car, the Jabra Drive speakerphone might be just the ticket.
As we have pointed out before, Bluetooth hands free calling is required in many states – it is also the smartest way to use your Smartphone in the car. Headsets can be uncomfortable for some. If you are not worried about others in the car listening to your conversations, a Bluetooth speakerphone – like the Jabra Drive – might work well for you. Read on for a full review.
Jabra Drive Bluetooth speakerphone
What’s in the box
The Jabra Drive comes with the speakerphone, a USB cable for connecting the Jabra Drive to the included car charger or to a PC or Mac for charging and a Quick start manual.
Pairing the Drive
Go to your Bluetooth settings
- Choose Scan for devices
- Select the Jabra Drive from available device
- If you are asked for a passcode – just input 0000.
- For future pairings, just turn on and hold the Answer/End button for about 5 seconds and it will go into pairing mode.
- You will hear the Jabra Drive say “connected” when the pairing is complete.
The Jabra Drive will be connected as both a Phone audio device and a Media audio device on your Android phone. That means that you can also connect it to your GPS or MP3 player in addition to your phone.
The Jabra is a pretty bare bones affair, but that’s not a bad thing – especially for something that is used in the car. the Jabra Drive clips onto your sun visor and can be moved to either side of this visor so that it is accessible to you.
- Tap the Answer/End button to answer a call
- Tap the Answer/End button while on a call to end the call
- Tap the Volume button (+) to raise the volume
- Tap the Volume button (-) to lower the volume
Voice dialing on your Android phone is initiated by simply hold down the Answer/end button until you hear a beep. The Jabra Drive will then say “Speak now.” Since the Jabra Drive simply uses your built in voice dialing, any command supported by your phone can be spoken into the headset.
Call quality was really great with this speakerphone. It was loud, clear and I had to turn down the volume. The combination of sensitive microphones and built in noise cancelation made voice transmission very clear.
Callers on the other end said they could hear me and not road noise or much of anything else except my voice.
The added bonus to this speakerphone is that since you can pair multiple devices, you can have your GPS and your phone paired at the same time. Or, you can send your music via Bluetooth from another device as well. Sound quality when sending music to the Jabra Drive was not bad – certainly better than through a headset or the phone’s speaker.
The wrap up
I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the Jabra Drive. It is priced right, it is easy to set up and use and, most importantly, it works well. I also appreciate that there is a car charger handy so that, unlike my Bluetooth headsets, I don't have to worry about running out of power.
Sometimes I find myself yelling when I use a speakerphone and I did not feel that urge when using this one.
- Easy to set up and use
- Seems durable
- Calls were clear
- Music sounded pretty good when streamed through the speakerphone
- No privacy if others are in the car
- Lacks some of the more sophisticated tech in more expensive units
The Jabra Drive is a very good, basic Bluetooth speakerphone. It is short on features, but is works well for taking calls and initiating voice dialing. The fact you can also stream music is an added plus.
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