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Jabra intros two multiuse Bluetooth headsets

updated 04:20 pm EST, Tue December 9, 2008

Jabra Bluetooth headsets

Bluetooth headset maker Jabra on Tuesday announced the launch of a pair of multi-use headsets with the M5390 USB and BT530 USB. Either can pair up with up to eight devices including cell phones and Internet-connected PCs for VoIP or soft-phone use. Additionally, both can pair up to two devices simultaneously, allowing users to answer the device that is ringing. Users can answer either their cellphone or a PC-based VoIP call thanks to the included USB dongle.

The devices offer a variety of wearing options, with the M5390 USB capable of either earhook or headband attachment, while the BT530 USB can be worn with or without the included earhook.

The M5390 USB sports a wideband audio-compatible and noise cancelling microphone and plug-and-play Bluetooth support of PC and VoIP connections. Jabra software bundled with the headset allows VoIP functionality for Skype, Cisco and Microsoft Office Communicator programs. Battery life is rated at six hours of talk time and 60 hours of standby, and range is fixed at 200 feet.

The Jabra BT530 USB features the company's Noise Blackout feature that reportedly minimizes noise without distorting voice quality. It includes a Bluetooth adapter for plug-and-play compatibility with PC applications and soft-phones, and includes the same software as the M5390. The battery is good for 5.5 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time, with a range of 33 feet.

The M5390 USB will ship in January, priced at $191, while the BT530 USB is available now, priced at $129.


Jabra M5390 USB




Jabra BT350 USB







By Electronista Staff
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  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2007

    +1

    Why?

    Why are you listing/linking this article on MacNN? I purchased the previous version of this model and despite the fact that Plantronics clearly labels the packaging as Mac compatible, the product was not. Yes, because Mac's are standards compliant the devices will work with your Mac, but the Plantronic's software that allows you to answer VOIP calls from the headset, the only real reason one would want this thing, is not fully functional on Macs. (Mac users actually have to be in front of their Macs to answer or hang up calls -- like that is an advantage.) Apple should not be allowing these people to use their Mac compliant badges. Sloppy.

  1. rmoody

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2008

    0

    sound quality on Mac

    I just want to know if it will work on my Mac with Skype without feedback and horribly distorted sound quality. I have tried a Jawbone and two Plantronics headsets with the same results. Has anyone else had this issue and resolved it? I do like the longer range of the 590 model (of course that's only with the USB adapter I am sure). I do think that the issue with answering Skype calls with the headset on the Mac is not with the headset software, but with the Skype software, not sure though. I think that is because a "answer/hangup button" is not exactly part of the bluetooth stack feature set.

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