Speak 710 is a premium portable speakerphone with amazing sound for conference calls and music.
Have you ever tried to have a phone conference just by turning the speakerphone option on your smartphone? I honestly can’t tell you how many times that has happened to me. In fact, my smartphone was sometimes a replacement for a landline-based speakerphone system. Even though it can work, it’s not usually the ‘best’ solution to a speakerphone problem. The Jabra 710 is.
The Jabra 710 is a portable speakerphone that can follow you wherever you go. The speaker weighs under 300 grams and can be used via Bluetooth to your smartphone or connected to your computer through a wireless USB dongle. It’s meant to act as a replacement for other larger conference phones when you don’t have access to them. The Speak 710 features an omnidirectional microphone and HD voice that allows everyone in the conversation to be heard. The speakerphone can accommodate up to 6 people around a table comfortably and boasts an impressive 15-hour battery life. It only takes about 3 hours to recharge completely. The Speak 710 connects through Bluetooth (4.2 BTLE) and USB 2.0 and it has a wireless range of up to 100 feet.
As a speakerphone, it holds an impressive amount of certifications:
- Microsoft (Skype for Business)
- Cisco (Cisco 7800 series, Cisco 8800 series, Cisco Jabber, Cisco VXME eLux – HP ThinPro – SUSE, DX series)
- Avaya (Avaya Communicator, Avaya One-X Agent, Avaya One-X Communicator)
- Mitel (Mitel 68XX series, BluStar, MiVoice)
- Unify (Unify OpenScape series)
- Alcatel-Lucent (ALU Open Touch 8xxx, ALU OpenTouch Conversation, ALU PIMphony, IP Desktop Softphone)
- Citrix (HDX RealTime Optimization Pack)
The Speak 710 comes in a very simple brown cardboard box. There are some simple details on the box, but not a whole lot of branding included. Inside the box, is the speaker, its travel pouch, and some documentation. One of the things that is really cool about this speaker is that a USB cable is built-in and it wraps itself up on the back. Because there aren’t any other cables, that’s it for the what’s in the box.
This speaker is different than anything else I’ve used. For starters, it’s a speakerphone that doubles as a speaker for music and not a speaker that happens to have a speakerphone. In most speakers, I’ve used the speakerphone function is sort of an afterthought and not the main reason for the device. Jabra saw this as an opportunity to create a really great functional speakerphone for people on the go. I’ve been in situations more than once where my iPhone was used as the mode of communication for a conference call and while it’s an ‘ok’ option, it’s not as good as a true conference phone speaker. The Speak 710 is a real alternative for conference ‘spider’ speakerphones.
My first test was to use the Speak 710 as a music speaker. I was quite impressed with the sound quality that was pushed out, but a little disappointed in the volume amplification. When you turn up the volume on the speaker, it’s only turning up the volume from your device. It doesn’t have a volume level above that. I would love to see the Speak 710 have a volume level that is independent of the device it’s connected to.
The controls on the Speak 710 are all touch controls. They work beautifully. The controls include:
- Bluetooth connection
- Mute button
- Battery status
- Volume up/down
- Smart button (voice assistant or speed dial) – This is actually one of my favorite functions because it makes it so easy to use Siri with the iPhone. Usually, you have to say, “Hey, Siri,” or press/hold the Home button. This is a simple, single tap on the Speak 710 to initiate contact with your smart assistant.
- Link button – I, unfortunately, didn’t get to test this feature because I only had one Speak 710 speakerphone, but if you have more than one, you can link the two together for a more powerful conference line.
- Answer/End call
- Power on/off
All of the buttons are backlit with a LED light. It makes it easy to see the controls even in the dark. What’s really cool is that if you are listening to music on the speaker then the only three lights that show up are the volume up/down and the power button. You can activate the other buttons by tapping the touch area and then they light up for you. The options will stay lit for a couple of minutes before dimming again.
One thing I don’t particularly like with the Speak 710 is that the instructions are kind of sparse. I mean, it’s a pretty straightforward product, but it would still be nice to have a little more in-depth directions from the manufacturer. There is an application available for stronger customization, but it’s only available for PC. I wish that it was available for Mac and iOS since I believe many people would use this in conjunction with their mobile devices.
I do love that it has a built-in stand and that it was designed to lay flat on a table, too. It’s a great design for a speaker/speakerphone. I believe anyone who travels for business should keep this with them. It gives you the ability to have high quality conference calls anywhere.