An upgrade to the already popular “Speak” range from Jabra, the Jabra Speak 710 was billed as the first “truly” professional and personal device for incredible conferencing. Featuring a high-quality speaker designed for crystal-clear sound and music – you know I had to get my hands on one.
Since my own experience trying to set up conference calls in the past had consisted of countless false starts, poor audio, and sometimes total failure, it was reassuring to know that I wasn’t the only one that faced these problems. Jabra’s new speakerphone solution comes in the wake of research that found that a third of all conferences are delayed thanks to set-up issues.
With its plug-and-play ease of use, premium sound, and portable design, the Jabra Speak 710 is a simple approach to conferencing.
Disclaimer: The opinions in this review are mine alone, I don’t sell Jabra products, and encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments!
Features and Applications
Let’s start by diving into the features that the Jabra Speak 710 has to offer. With an aim to provide professional audio and seamless integration with countless UC platforms, the Jabra Speak 710-is an easy choice for those in search of an effortless speakerphone. The new “touch” smart button even lets you personalise your experience with voice commands from your smartphone digital assistant (such as Siri or Cortana).
Some of the key features include:
- HD voice and omni-directional microphone
- Plug-and-play setup and ease of use
- Sleek and impressive portable design
- In-room coverage for groups of 6 or less
- Personalisation with MS Cortana, Google Now, and Siri
- Compatibility with all leading platforms for UC, including Skype for Business, Avaya, and Cisco
What I Like about the Jabra Speak 710
A more advanced version of the Jabra Speak 510, there’s a lot to love about the 710. It’s stylish, brimming with innovation, and packed full of technology that doesn’t ask you to compromise on easy setup and use. My favourite features were:
- The Immersive HD Sound – This high-performance microphone offers 360 degrees of coverage, so it can grab sound from pretty much every angle. Plus, for up to six participants, the Speak 710 offers wideband audio for exceptional audio in any collaboration.
- Extensive conference reach – A unique benefit for the Jabra Speak 710 is the fact that you can connect two units together to expand the reach of your conference calls, and bring in more participants. You can also use the same feature to set up speakers and listen to music.
- Design: It’s hard to deny that the new Speak 710 is nice to look at. Jabra has put a lot of effort into getting the feel of the 710 just right, with a sleek and lightweight design. You even get a travel pouch included in the box.
- Simple Set-up: I would have been a little disappointed if the new Jabra Speak 710 didn’t come with incredible plug-and-play convenience. Fortunately, it’s as easy to connect as the models that came before it, whether you’re using Bluetooth or the USB lead.
- Compatibility: Finally, the Jabra Speak 710 comes with compatibility that’s second-to-none. It’s certified for use with Microsoft Skype for Business, various Cisco and Avaya Products, Mitel, Unify, Alcatel Lucent, and Citrix.
Who Could Benefit from the Jabra Speak 710
Ultimately, I’d say that the Jabra Speak 710 was designed for smaller meeting room environments or huddle spaces. It helps you to make the most out of your conference and collaboration experiences without asking you to compromise on audio quality. Thanks to its various supported Bluetooth profiles, and a wireless range of up to 30 metres, it’s easy to use, and convenient too.
Jabra Speak 710 Review – Final Thoughts
The Jabra Speak 710 might have a heftier price tag than you’re used to when it comes to speakerphone products, but it’s worth every penny if you’re looking for premium quality. Offering plenty of high-quality sound in a professional design, the 710 is perfect for calls, music, and anything else you could think to use a speaker for. The no-fuss setup makes it ideal for any office, and the 15-hour battery life is pretty impressive too.
Have you used the Jabra Speak 710? What did you think? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below.
Rob is Founder & Publisher of UC Today, a leading news publication specialising in Unified Communications & Collaboration technologies.