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Review: Jawbone Jambox wireless speakers

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Jawbone is well know for producing stylish Bluetooth headsets but now the company has turned its hand to a wireless speaker system

The Jambox is a go-anywhere device that can play your music, movies and games through quality speakers.

It can also offer hands-free operation of your mobile phone wherever you are.



The Jambox is made of stainless steel and is small enough to fit into a bag – it’s 15.1cm long, 5.7cm wide and 4cm thick and only weighs 327g.

It can connect to your mobile device, computer or tablet PC either wirelessly using Bluetooth or with an included audio cable.

One thing I liked about the Jambox was the voice guidance which announces what mode the speaker is in. Right out of the box this made the job of pairing the speakers to another device a breeze.

As a speaker the Jambox has got it where it counts thanks to acoustic drivers designed to deliver accurate audio output.

The Jawbone Jambox is available in four colours

It also has a moving wall passive bass radiator and an airtight enclosure.  The result is an authoritative sound from a relatively small product.

In other words – the Jambox sounds a lot larger than it actually is.

The bass was particularly impressive but I was just as impressed by the amount of detail and clarity it produced.

Even at its highest volume the sound is hardly distorted.

Jawbone has intelligently set a volume limit that matches the speaker’s capabilities rather than allowing users to go over it and hear the strain on the device.

One thing I noted, however, is the obvious vibration of the Jambox at its highest volume levels. So much so the speaker actually moved around on the desk as a result.

It was easy to make and receive calls on the Jambox. If a call comes in while listening to music it pauses the track to allow you to answer. Once the call is over the music resumes exactly from where it left off.

Call quality was excellent even when standing on the other side of the room.

There’s a nice added layer of control with the Jambox which can be accessed through a dedicated website. Here users can download software updates and a selection of apps which can be used for voice and speed dialling.

The wireless connection to your mobile, computer or tablet can not only enhance your music listening experience but it can also amp up the audio experience when playing games and watching movies.

It is available in four colours  – blue, black, red and silver.

Probably the only thing I didn’t like about the Jambox was the price. At nearly $250 it will put it out of many people’s price range.

The Jawbone Jambox is a serious little speaker that looks and sounds great. It makes a great companion for all your other portable devices – if you can afford it that is.

Jawbone Jambox

Price: $249.95

Four stars (out of five)

www.jawbone.com

 Jawbone's Jambox weighs just 327g