Review of the Jabra BT-200 Headset

The Jabra BT-200 is a Bluetooth headset that allows you to talk hands-free without attaching any wires to your phone. Note that your phone MUST have Bluetooth for this headset to be of any use to you.

Last Updated: 14-Oct-2003

I would like to thank Treatz for lending me his Jabra BT-200.

This is the first time Iíve reviewed a headset, and while I donít foresee myself doing so much in the future, this might be the first of many. There isnít really as much to say about a headset as there is about a phone, and so this review is much shorter than my typical phone review.

As with phones, my top priority with a headset is sound quality. That respect the BT-200 is actually very good. Both incoming and outgoing sound quality are great (though there is some room for improvement). Rejection of background noise is also very good, but it doesnít fair well in windy environments.

Another priority for me is comfort, and the BT-200 is without a doubt the most comfortable design Iíve yet tried. It hooks neatly around the back of your ear, exposing the microphone just under your earlobe. The earpiece is a shaped to fit in your ear canal, and connects to the body of the headset via a flexible plastic tube. Putting the headset on isnít that difficult, and as you get used to it Iím sure you could put in on in seconds.

In real life use however, I had concerns about the solidity of the Bluetooth signal when the phone was worn on my belt. I detected far too many frame errors that peppered the audio so frequently that I found it unacceptable. This might be a general limitation of Bluetooth, a limitation of my Nokia 6310i, or a limitation f the headset. Since I couldnít know for sure which one, itís hard to know who I should blame.

When the phone sits in a cradle in your car, and is in line-of-sight, the problem doesnít exist, and the headset works extremely well. Because of this, Iíd recommend that you consider it for automotive use, and not for general walk-around use. I can back that up by noting that when the headsetís owner calls me using it, I frequently complain about Bluetooth frame errors, as he wears the phone on his belt (and no, it isnít a 6310i).

Since the only other Bluetooth headset with which I have any familiarity is the Ericsson HBH-15, I canít really offer any comparative comments. Perhaps if I test more Bluetooth devices in the future, I can do a bit better.

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