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
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