I have purchased a few of the Jawbone headsets in the past since I found them to be extremely high quality and thus when I heard that the Jawbone folks launched a wireless speaker I knew I had to give it a try. The Jambox comes in four colors and designs and I was sent a black diamond one to test out for a bit. The wireless speaker is great for listening to tunes and also for serving as a conference calling speakerphone. You can check out several photos of the device in my image gallery along with a hands-on video and my experiences with the device below.
|Image Gallery: Check out several photos of the Jawbone Jambox.|
I was a bit surprised by the small size of the speaker after opening the top of the box. It definitely feels like a $200 speaker too with solid construction and a dense feel to it.
On the right side you will find the on/off switch, 3.5mm headset jack, and microUSB port. You slide the on/off switch up to turn on the speaker and if you slide up and hold it then you can put the speaker into pairing mode where the light around it will flash red and white.
On the top of the speaker you will find three buttons for increase volume, decrease volume, 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.
Shortly after I received the evaluation unit, Jawbone released the Jambox 2.1 software update that added LiveAudio for a richer sound experience. The maximum volume went down a bit, but the sound was better IMHO. Many people complained about the reduction in sound so an update was made that lets you toggle LiveAudio on and off by pressing and holding the plus and minus buttons while you are streaming audio.
You don't need a Bluetooth device to use the Jambox either and can simply use the 3.5mm cable to connect an audio device with the speaker.
Like the latest Jawbone headsets, there is support for MyTalk in the Jambox so you can customize your experience a bit. As you can see in my video I switched the Jambox to Classic Arcade mode to bring back the memories of my youth. 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 MyTalk page for more.