Talk 2 headset provides a solid, HD calling experience.
Almost 20 years ago, I bought my first mobile phone. It was a Nokia and it didn’t do anything but make phone calls. I was still living at home at the time and my parents felt better with me having a phone when I drove back and forth to work so that I could always call for help if I needed it. Now, at this point in time, it was sort of a luxury to have a phone and people didn’t use them the way they do now. And, people certainly didn’t drive and talk (or text) at the same time. I happen to remember when ‘hands-free’ calling solutions started to become popular and now, Bluetooth headsets are not only common, but they are also a necessity for most people who use a smartphone in their car.
For some time, I had trouble finding a headset that I truly liked and that fit my ear well enough where it wouldn’t fall out of my ear or give me headaches. A couple of years ago, I found a headset that was ideal for me — the Jabra Style. It fit my ear and had an amazing sound. So, when I decided to upgrade my headset, I turned back to Jabra. The Style served me well, but since Bluetooth technology has been updated, I thought I was due for an update as well. The Jabra Talk 2 seems to be a natural move in the right direction for someone who is used to the Style. It has a similar build and shape but is a little different from the ear piece so I wasn’t sure how I would like it or if it would even fit me well enough. I’m happy to say that the Jabra Talk 2 did not disappoint.
The Talk 2 comes in a clear plastic package with Jabra branding on it. The back has some of the features listed on it and you can see the headset through the packaging. Once you open the box, you have very easy access to the headset itself and the interior box that houses a Micro-USB charging cable, extra ear wing/gel, and some paperwork that includes a quick start guide. The quick start guide is very simple and really only includes basic instructions on how to pair and how to use the headset. It’s a semi-thick booklet that features the same instructions in multiple languages.
The Talk 2 features Bluetooth 4.0, which gives you an amazing 98-foot connection range. It’s important to note that this distance is affected by walls. So don’t be surprised if when you walk into a new room away from your phone if there is some breakup or interference. I walked from room to room in my house and didn’t experience many connection problems. This is a big difference from what I have experienced with other Bluetooth headsets and headphones.
The Talk 2 is extremely lightweight — only 8.5 grams — and its battery powers the headset for up to 9 hours with a standby time of 9 days. The lighter weight makes for a very comfortable headset to wear. I wore the Talk 2 for a couple of hours while testing it out and I even took a short nap in a recliner while the headset was still in my ear. One thing I will note is that while music and ringtones will play through the headset, alarms don’t. They will still play through a phone’s speaker. When the Talk 2 is shipped, it has an over-ear piece pre-installed. As I mentioned above there is an additional ear gel with wing included and swapping the two pieces out is easy. I find that I like the ear gel/wing combination more than a plastic piece that fits over my ear.
The operation for this Bluetooth headset is pretty typical for devices in its space. When you power it on the first time, the Talk 2 will enter pairing mode. From here, you simply go to your Bluetooth menu on your phone or tablet and connect to it. With my iPhone 7, it only took about 10 seconds to locate and pair the headset. All the controls are located on the body of the headset and the volume can be operated independently from your connected device. What I mean by that is you can turn the volume up on your phone and then turn volume up on the headset. This is a HUGE deal for me as I sometimes find that headsets and headphones don’t provide enough amplification for my tastes.
Another great feature of the Talk 2 is the inclusion of HD Voice. This technology provides a better call experience and premium sound. It helps to filter out some ambient noise and ensures that your conversations are heard loud and clear. I tested out the sound experience in two ways — listening to music and making phone calls. Music actually had a great sound depth. The Talk 2 isn’t really meant to replace headphones, but its sound quality is better than some earbud style earphones I’ve tried and transitioning to other activities like voice assistants or phone calls, is completely seamless. You music pauses while you attend to the other things happening, and then starts playing once you are done with your phone call or making notes with Siri.
As far as phone calls go, I made a couple of them while testing the Talk 2. I was heard clearly by my caller and I didn’t have any issues hearing them. In addition to that, the multifunction button activated Siri to place the call for me. Then I tapped it again to end the call. Talk 2 made it possible for me to make a phone call 100% hands-free from my phone.
I’ve been a fan of Jabra products for quite some time now and I’m always amazed at the quality of the products they put out to market. The Talk 2 is no exception to this rule. It’s lightweight, functional, and very easy to use. It’s a great Bluetooth headset for beginners or even for the heavier users like sales reps.
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