I’m fairly new to the market where in-car Bluetooth speakers are concerned as I’ve never had the need for one. My previous car had Bluetooth as standard built into the radio. When I bought my new car this feature wasn’t included and I found myself searching for a solution. I knew of Jabra as manufacturers of earphones but was intrigued to find they offered a range of in-car Bluetooth speakers, the Jabra Freeway being one of them. Here’s my thoughts on the Freeway!
Jabra Freeway First Impression
Straight out of the box the Jabra Freeway is a visor-style Bluetooth speaker, which at first may seem a little bulky at 4.75 inches wide and 4 inches deep. It is quite slim and I quickly got over it size as it fits snugly on my visor and I don’t even notice it’s there anymore.
Jabra Freeway Features
The Jabra Freeway is very easy to set up, it comes with a micro USB cable and car charger and on turning on the speaker you are guided through a step by step process to connect to your phone’s Bluetooth. The speaker also has a number of features that makes it more than just a hands free speaker. These include:
Voice guidance & control – Jabra Freeway tells you how to connect with your phone, who is calling, and your battery status. Accept, reject, end, or redial calls using just your voice.
Auto on/off – Turns itself on and off automatically using the built-in motion sensor. Start the car, and your Jabra Freeway is ready to use. Once you’ve left the car, it turns off to save battery.
Long battery life – With up to 14 hours of talk time and 40 days standby time, Jabra Freeway is ready for those long road trips.
3-Speaker virtual surround sound – One of the first in-car speakerphones to have 3 speakers coupled with Virtual Surround Sound. Sound so clear, you’ll think you’re talking to a passenger in the car. Also great for playing your favourite music.
FM transmitter – Prefer your car’s sound system? Just use the FM transmitter to send music and calls directly to your car radio.
Dual mic noise cancellation – Dual-mic technology filters out everything but your voice. Background noises and honking cars disappear, so the other side hears you loud and clear.
The Jabra Freeway has great sound quality when on calls; although when speaking to another person also on a hands free device I found that it was a little difficult to hear. When you play your music or connect up to your radio using the FM transmitter the sound comes through loud and clear, provided you don’t turn it up too high as it can become a little crackly.
Another great feature is the ability for the Jabra Freeway to connect to two devices at the same time. This is convenient if you share a car or both of you are in the car at the same time. It removes the need for one of you to disconnect and the other to connect all over again.
I was really impressed with the Jabra Freeway and it definitely ticks the box for me. With high quality sound, long battery life and a sleek look it is a fantastic product. One thing that I didn’t like so much is that at times it connects to the car from my house, this can be irritating as it takes a couple of seconds to realise that the person on the other end of the phone is speaking to an empty car.
You can get your hands on one here and it will cost you £84.99, which is a very reasonable price for the high quality product you are getting. There are cheaper alternatives with the Jabra Drive coming in at £39.99 and the Jabra Tour for £69.99 if £84.99 is too much of a stretch.
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