It’s been a while since I bothered with any Bluetooth accessories, but this year’s Christmas gift of a Jawbone Jambox has me back on the bandwagon. The portable speaker pairs via Bluetooth or connector cable to any phone, computer, tablet, etc. I tried mine out this evening with my smartphone, and the wireless connection was a cinch to configure. Once I set my phone to discover the Jambox, and clicked the speaker’s side switch to the up position, the two devices were ready to pair. One more button push on top of the Jambox, and speaker and smartphone were automatically hitched.
As Dave has written before, the Jambox is convenient both for playing tunes, and as a speakerphone for conference calls. Given how often I do both, it’s the perfect accessory for my work-at-home life. My personal Jambox is blue, but the speaker also comes in black, grey and red. Amazon has the Jambox on sale now for $150.
From the spec sheet:
- Dimensions: 5.95 x 2.25 x 1.6 inches
- Weight: 12 ounces
- Output capacity: 85 decibels
- Battery life: about 10 hours of continuous play
- USB: microUSB for charging
- Stereo input: standard 3.5mm jack
Although I’ve always been a big proponent of the all-in-one Squeezebox, the fact that the Jambox pairs wirelessly with virtually any device makes it incredibly useful. Jawbone also has an online platform for downloading apps and software upgrades. I’ve yet to try out the MyTalk platform, but I’m happy any time my hardware is capable of auto-updating.