I don’t spend a lot of time working in my office at home, which is why it took me this long to discover this amazing feature of my Jabra Go 6470. The 6470 is, of course, a great Bluetooth earpiece that works both with my cellular phone and computer.
Last month I wrote about how much I love my Jabra Supreme (Saved by Jabra: How my Bluetooth earpiece made my life easier this week). I have been using that earpiece everywhere I go, and don’t know how I ever lived without it. With that said though, no matter how comfortable they make it I still find anything that fits around my ear gets a little uncomfortable after a while.
When I wrote that piece I had completely forgotten that I also have a Jabra GO 6470, a great desktop set that works with my computer and my cell phone equally, and would even work with an actual phone if I had one (I do have a POTS at home, but there is no jack in my office). The reason I seldom use the 6470 (and why it so easily slipped my mind) is that by looking at it there are no real functional differences between it and my Supreme Link… well, there are actually plenty, but for someone always on the go maybe fewer.
Additionally, when I got it I did not really investigate to see what options it came with; I pulled it out of the box and tried it the way it was. It had excellent sound quality of course, but had the same type of over-the-ear clip that my Jabra Supreme has, so why bother. It also had a nub that goes right into the ear, and I have never been fond of those for long periods of time.
(The stand is nice… when you leave your office you simply drop it back into the base and it charges. The touch screen has some really cool features, including the ability to dial either your cell phone or your Lync… but since when I first ‘test-drove’’ it I didn’t have the Lync Enterprise license (i.e.: the ability to call out from my computer) it wasn’t really of interest to me. Now that I have that ability I am like a kid in a candy store!)
Now here’s where it gets interesting: when I got in from Calgary on Saturday I knew that I was going to be in town for nearly 11 days… not quite unheard of but certainly rare for me. I was planning on spending quite a few days in the home office working on slide decks, labs, courseware, and other stuff… and knew that I would be spending a lot of time here.
I took the opportunity to straighten up a little and came across a headband in a plastic wrapper. Not sure what it was, but it was labeled ‘GO 6400 series Headband.’ Could it be? I pulled the earpiece off the base, pulled the ‘strap’ off, and popped the earpiece into the headband. It immediately solved my two greatest pain points: the ear nub, and the band around the ear.
I have now been wearing for a few days, and have been thrilled to be able to use the touchpad dial, not to mention saving the battery of my Jabra Supreme for when I really am on the go!
While I have had the opportunity to meet with a few of Jabra’s main competitors at trade shows recently I have to admit that I haven’t seen anything that they offer that tops the Jabra tools I use. As well when I asked their representatives for a comparison each of them balked, stating simply that their products were as good or better, but not actually demonstrating or (better yet) letting me see for myself.
Effective immediately the Jabra GO is my new at-home wireless device (like the Supreme it will connect with two (and even three!) devices at the same time, and has the comfortable headband, the dock, the touchscreen dial, and the adaptability to adapt to my needs and comfort; the Jabra SUPREME LINK remains my device for the car, train, and wherever I need to be hands-free. In hotel rooms I use the Jabra SPEAK 410 (although rumour has it they are coming out with a newer model… stay tuned!), and when I jog the Jabra ACTIVE meets all of my needs.