Jawbone Jambox breaks out the box

Recently I was able to get my hands on a portable bluetooth speaker.  Not only does it pump out quality sounds it can also handle hands free calling.  The added bonus is that it is quite portable.  The product I am talking about is the Jambox from Jawbone.  Yes the same people who make quality bluetooth headsets decided to take their knowledge and push in onto the portable speaker front.  Well did they do a good job?  Did it fall short of high expectations?  Find out now in our in-depth review.

I got the package from Jawbone and it came in a shoe box, with an old school radio on the cover.  Inside the box was all I needed to have to set up the Jambox, a 60 inch microUSB charging cable, 12.5 inch microUSB charging cable, 36 inch 3.5mm stereo cable, carrying case, A/C wall charger, and User Guide.

The odd thing is when I first saw it I was wondering if the quality of sound coming out of this little box will be anything note worthy.  To my surprise it does a great job pumping out the tunes.  Check out the specs…SpecificationsThere are a few key specifications that may be of interest to you, including:

  • Built-in microphone
  • Bluetooth 2.1 radio
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • microUSB port
  • Output level of 85db at 0.5m
  • Frequency response of 60 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Battery life of about 10 hours of continuous play
  • Dimensions of 151 x 57 x 40 mm and 347 grams (12 ounces)
  • Four available colors and front designs: black diamond, blue wave, grey hex, and red dot

The design

The basic design is simple.  A box shape with a wire mesh design around all sides. Once you look in the front of the Jambox do you see the two speakers.  On the top of the Jambox is the Volume up and Volume Down and the Talk button. The Talk button is used to answer and end calls. During a call you can press and hold the plus and minus buttons at the same time for 2 seconds and then hear the “mute on” words spoken by the speaker. The light of the on/off switch will also glow red. You can also voice dial through a compatible phone by holding the talk button for about 3 seconds.

MyTalk in the Jambox so you can customize your experience a bit.  You can change the voice and tone with MyTalk. You can also try out dial apps on the Jambox so make sure to check out the for more MyTalk page.

Pairing up your device is very simple, push up on the power switch on the side and hold for 3 seconds and the voice will tell you that the Jambox is in pairing mode.  Search for the device in your phone’s bluetooth selection and boom you got instant pairing.  Also as a bonus it automatically reconnects to the Jambox if you go out of its range (which in my testing was pretty far over 30 feet).  So you can leave this in your car, walk away and when you arrive back in the car…BOOM connected.

My daily experience

I was happy to check this out as the radio in my car is busted.  So I was still able to listen to this in my car and it was more than a great replacement for my car radio.  The sound was clear throughout the car with no distortion at the high volume levels.  I would play a whole range of music to test out the sound quality and going from Rap to Country the Jambox was able to keep up with it.

Even playing internet radio stations, that usually have a lower quality sound, still came in much with great quality and very little distortion.  With the extra bonus of being able to upgrade your Jambox this makes it one of the top bluetooth speakers available.

Don’t think for a second that just because it is bluetooth some of your older devices can’t work on it.  Just plug in the 3.5mm headphone jack into your old iPod (like I did) and you can rock out to all your podcasts, playlists and all that goodness with great sound quality.

The Jambox allows to really personalize your experience with the Jambox, from the voice you hear telling you when you need to recharge your battery.  To the apps on your phone you can use to text using your voice.  The possibilities are endless.

The one downside I will say is at times the speakerphone quality can be a bit dodgy where some people I would come in crystal clear and others say I would sound very muffled.

Pricing and availability

The Jawbone Jambox is available for $199.99 on the Jawbone site and at various online and brick-and-mortar retailers.  I would also check out online retailers as some of them have a better deal on the Jambox.

Wrap up

When it comes down to it this is one of the best bluetooth speakers I have ever had the honor of reviewing and even trying out.  In our testing it routinely handled all of our audio duties.  When I needed an extra speaker in the house it filled the room with great sound all around.  So if we have to go to the Kyle Scientific Scale-o-Rama we are going to give this one a solid BUY IT!  It handles all of your audio needs and speaker phone duties.