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Jawbone Jambox rocks the tunes and the conference calls

There are plenty of wireless speaker solutions out there, but the Jambox from Jawbone really sets the bar with a small size and big sound that blew me away. Is this little speaker worth the $199.99?
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Back in my youth, boomboxes were a popular way to enjoy loud music on the go. The Jawbone Jambox comes in a box stating "That was then" on the outside.

Check out my full ZDNet Mobile Gadgeteer blog post for more detailed thoughts on the device and a video of it in action.

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I though the Jambox would be a lot bigger and then after taking off the box top cover I noticed it is quite small with the words, "This is now" shown just below the speaker.

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There are some very simple guidelines to get you up and running with the Jambox.

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Inside the box you will find a case, User Guide, charger, two different sized USB cables, and a 3.5mm headset cable. Everything you need is included.

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The Jambox charges via a microUSB port and this is also used to update the firmware and customize the device with the MyTALK utility on a PC or Mac.

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The neoprene case folds down flat and then fits nicely on the Jambox. It has magnetic flaps on the end to hold it in the case and keep it protected.

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The Jambox is protected for traveling in your bag within the case.

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The case folds down flat when not in use too.

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The speaker is one of the highest quality accessories I have ever tested out with solid construction and cool materials. This is the black one, but it also comes in other colors.

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There are three buttons on top of the Jambox that let you control volume and status information. They are rubberized and easy to press and use.

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There is a power button, 3.5mm headset jack, and microUSB port on one end. All the business is done on this side of the Jambox.

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Two cable sizes with labels on the cables so you know they go with the Jambox unit.

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Jambox image gallery 1

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Jambox image gallery 2

 

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