• Product Review: Jabra Storm Bluetooth Headset



    If you're like me, you like the convenience of having a Bluetooth headset around when you are busy and need that hands free ability that a device like the Jabra Storm provides. Does the Jabra Storm measure up and keep the quality and finesse that Jabra is known for? Read on to find out.

    Features


    • Weight: 7.9 grams
    • Dimensions: L 8.4 x W 1.6 x H 6.2 mm
    • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Near Field Communication (NFC)
    • Speakers: Wideband Speakers with HD Voice frequency
    • Microphone: Dual Microphone with Noise Blackout
    • Battery Life: Up to 10 hours Talk Time, Up to 240 hours Standby Time
    • Charging: Micro-USB
    • Operating Range: 98 feet


    The Jabra Storm has built in NFC connectivity for pairing simplicity. Tap a NFC enabled phone to the Jabra Storm and the headset will be paired within seconds. The Storm also sports an earpiece that rotates so it would fit comfortably on both the left or right ear. Comfortable sillicone ear buds provide a pleasurable wearing experience without discomfort during long wear periods.



    Audio Quality

    The Jabra Storm audio quality is comparable to the other heasets I have tested. It is clear for conversation purposes, not overly loud (a tad on the quiet side for my tastes) but I could hear callers clearly. However, the Storm will not replace stereo headphnes for audio streaming. Headsets are usually not known for their "go to" audio streaming. If you want headphones of quality, try the Jabra Revo.

    Battery Life

    Jabra claims the Storm has 10 hours of talk time and they weren't fibbing. The Storm provided me with five days of calling (5 calls of 15-25 minutes daily) and continually left powered on. When I needed to recharge the Storm, it took about 2 hours. Not a bad time length to recharge.





    Design & Build Quality

    The design of the Jabra Storm is "old school" but with a twist. It is an behind the ear design but with a twist. This is not a bulky, old type of headset. This is a thin and streamlined headset. The headset is made of silicon rubber, with plastic trim along the edge of the device to make up the controls. The one problem I found is that the behind the ear design doesn't compliment glasses. I did find that I experienced discomfort behind my right ear while wearing the Storm. If you wear glasses, go for an in ear Bluetooth headset like the Jabra Stealth.

    On the top edge of headset, there is a rubber cover that when opened, reveals the microUSB port used for charging the device. The volume rocker placed below the port are solid and very easily accessible. Build quality on the buttons are great, and it provides a good feedback to users when pressed.

    The power switch and indicator icons are ergonomically pleasing as well as the call/reject button located on the outside of the ear bud. A simple press gives you battery time and a longer 1 second press enables voice commands.





    Overall Experience

    I wore the Storm for days, in and out of the elements. I am a News Videographer career wise, so I am outside much of my day. I found the audio good but low for my tastes. People always said my voice was clear and able to be heard no matter the background noise or my activity.

    I would recommend the Jabra Storm if you're looking for a moderate priced headset. The Jabra Storm is priced at $79.99 but the price is indicative of the quality product you receive. The adage you get what you pay for, applies here. You won't be disappointed with this headset or price you pay for it.


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