On foot, on the road, in the air: how do you work remotely?

Jabra woos mobile workers -- on foot, on the road, and in the office -- with new headsets and mobile speakers. Would you use them?
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor on

Bluetooth headset maker Jabra is angling for more of the enterprise market as mobility continues to flourish in the workplace.

The company's latest announcement touts a $149 mono headset with active noise cancellation -- you know, the white noise-pumping, battery-sucking type favored on transportation -- called the Supreme UC, a $159 pocketable speaker called the Speak 410, and a $129 auto speaker called the Freeway.

On foot, in the office and in the car. Jabra is trying to be wherever you are working (even if you probably shouldn't be).

But exactly how and where do we work? I wonder if these devices -- which make tons of sense on paper, no doubt about it -- are actually time-savers in practice.

Personally, I find Bluetooth headsets to be a hassle for anything but conference calls (or ZDNet interviews, naturally), because I'm too impatient to pair them. And mobile conference speakers, they for me are too often supplanted by their fixed counterparts: if I and a few colleagues need to be on a conference call, we need a room -- and that room usually has a speaker of some kind already inside.

(In-car speakers, of course, are a different ballgame, thanks to legislation around handsfree calling. It's probably wise to prioritize your operation of a 4,000-lb. hunk of moving metal.)

Above all, I have a terrible habit of forgetting to charge these devices before I need them, because I use them occasionally, not daily.

So I ask you: do you use any of the above devices for work? Are they essential, a mere convenience or a hassle? I'd love to hear how you are actually working today.

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