Jabra works hard to create devices that make the life of telecommuters so much easier. Proof of this is its audio devices dedicated to making videoconferencing meetings offering better quality.
This better sound quality (and now also video with its new PanaCast range) can improve our performance. If you’ve ever had to telecommute, you’ll know how difficult it is to communicate your ideas remotely if the audio is choppy or you have trouble understanding due to sound distortion and / or a lack of quality in general.
So, if you frequently work remotely, investing in Jabra products to improve working conditions may be a good idea. In this case, we were able to test the Jabra Speak 750 speaker, a device that Jabra says was designed to provide your meetings with premium sound without cuts.
Quality design and construction
In terms of design, it doesn’t disappoint. The feel of the product right out of the box is that of a premium premium product (we wouldn’t expect less from a speaker that costs $ 361.79).
At first, it looks like a flying saucer: two concentric circles placed on top of each other. The gray top is the speaker, with the brand logo in the center, and the bottom that stands out is the one that will allow you to use all the touch buttons.
These tactile buttons are visible when you press the base and light up depending on the functions you are performing. The touch controls work with precision and are quite intuitive. The truth is, this tactile system of buttons located in a circular shape is an aesthetic achievement that doesn’t disappoint.
Before you reach the base, you find a slot where you can roll up the charging cable when not in use. However, this is where I find the first flaw: on the one hand, I would have liked the charging cable to be able to be connected and disconnected because it gives a much freer feeling.
However, on the other hand, it can be a way to always have the cable handy and not have to search for it every time you need to charge the speaker. Note that this cable does not connect the device (initially I thought that the USB cable would allow me to connect the speaker to my PC), but is only used to recharge it.
A charging head is not included in the box (I don’t think that’s necessary either, since everyone has more than one at home these days). You can charge by connecting the speaker to your computer, although charging is much faster if you connect it directly to the outlet. However, I will talk about the battery and charging speeds in the following sections.
Continuing the design, the Speak 750 incorporates a tripod that you can unfold and retrieve at the base in case you want the speaker to be held horizontally.
Here, Jabra takes over the design. Lifting or putting down the speaker with these feet that you can hide if you don’t need them can be very practical.
The small dongle is also stored in the base, so as not to lose this small accessory.
In conclusion, the Jabra Speak 750 speaker offers an attractive and premium design, as well as useful details such as the possibility to store the dongle or the tripod in the base. It will look great on any conference table.
You need to understand this speaker for what it is: a speaker designed for business meetings. For this reason, the area in which the Jabra Speak 750 excels is precisely this: in crisp and clear reproduction of vocals.
It incorporates what Jabra calls HD Voice Audio and no matter what type of audio you play, voices will always be given priority. The fact that it uses full duplex audio is important, which means that it is able to reproduce and receive sound simultaneously, in this way, there will be no cut-outs or interference if two people are talking at the same time.
To further improve the audio quality of video calls, it also incorporates acoustic echo cancellation technology that uses an algorithm capable of eliminating excessive noise.
As this is a loudspeaker designed for meetings, it is important that it is able both to reproduce voices with quality and to be able to reproduce our own voice accurately so that our interlocutor can also us. hear clearly.
For this, it incorporates an omnidirectional microphone with a 360 degree polar diagram. This type of microphone has a constant sensitivity response thanks to which it can capture all sounds regardless of their origin in the room.
The signal to noise ratio is 70dB which means the sound power is good, but it could be better. If you want to improve that you have the option of pairing two Speak 750 speakers, although considering that this would double the price of the device, this is something I would only recommend if you are really going to use it. the e Speak 750 in meeting rooms of many people. Ideally, a speaker should be used in meetings of up to 6 people.
Now, if by any chance you have thought about the possibility of using this speaker for listening to music, I recommend you look elsewhere right now (this is our guide to the best Bluetooth speakers).
If you play a song where the bass is prominent, you will quickly notice that the distortion is too noticeable. More vocal music styles may pass the sound test better, but it still does not shine as loud as when playing vocals.
Considering the price of the speaker, the ideal would be for the Jabra Speak 750 to be more versatile and manage to shine by reproducing any type of sound. However, we have to put this idea aside and understand the device as a speaker that you will surely leave in your office meeting room or in your personal office to give it that exclusive use.
For this reason, I wouldn’t recommend it for non-professional consumers or anyone looking for a versatile speaker. It’s a great option to recommend in your office or workspace or buy yourself if you have an office and usually have remote meetings.
Operation and connectivity
The Jabra Speak 750 is incredibly easy to pair. To connect it, you will have two options: either connect it via Bluetooth, or use the small USB dongle. If you choose the first option, press the Bluetooth symbol on the touch sensitive buttons until the symbol turns blue and flashes. Then you just need to look for the device name in the Bluetooth device list and that’s it.
Its use is as easy as its pairing. The series of touch buttons is the most intuitive. You will find the stop button, the battery symbol (to know how much you have left), the volume increase and decrease buttons.
The volume level can be seen by touching the up or down symbol as dots that light up around the entire circle that makes up the speaker.
The circular touch buttons allow you to:
- Show battery level
- Increase and decrease the volume
- Hang up and take calls
- Turn on and off
- Activate Bluetooth pairing
Like most Jabra devices, the speakerphone is also UC (Unified Communication) certified, which means they are optimized for work environments and have been approved by suites like, in this case, Microsoft Teams.
Regarding connectivity, we have already explained that you have the option of connecting the speaker via the dongle or via Bluetooth. There is no option to connect it by cable. The range of Bluetooth is quite wide, it reaches up to 30 meters away.
He drew my attention to the fact that the Bluetooth that the speaker incorporates is not the latest version, but version 4.2. The latest version of Bluetooth, 5.1, is up to twice the data speed, has four times the range and dramatically improves transmission capacity.
Since this is a fairly expensive speaker, I would have liked to see the Jabra Speak 750 with the latest Bluetooth version available.
The battery lasts 11 hours, enough to run smoothly for two working days and even three if you don’t use it all day.
Pricing and availability
You can buy the Jabra Speak 750 speaker for $ 361.79 on the Jabra website. On Amazon, you can find it right now for $ 227.11, although you’ll need to add shipping costs.
The speakerphone comes in one color (black and gray), but you can choose to optimize it for Microsoft Teams specifically or more generally with Unified Communication. The price of these two options is the same.
Is the Jabra Speak 750 speaker worth it? Depends. If you are looking for a speakerphone with an attractive aesthetic and capable of dramatically improving the audio quality of your video calls, then yes, it is worth it. You can offer to purchase the Speak 750 in your office since I only see it working in an office or meeting room (after all, that’s the use it was designed for).
If you are looking for a loudspeaker so that you can use it outside of work as well, then I will tell you straight away to look elsewhere, the Speak 750 is not for you. Also, if you are working from home and want to improve the audio quality of your calls, I would recommend headphones like the Evolve2 65 instead of the Jabra Speak 750 speaker.
The loudspeaker is too expensive not to be as versatile as it should be, while the Evolve2 65, are also designed with telecommuting as their end, they incorporate a microphone which, together with the headphones, will enhance the sound of your online meetings.
The Jabra Speak 750 has some very positive features: it will add a very premium touch to any meeting room, it receives and reproduces the audio of video calls in an exceptional way and it is versatile in terms of connectivity.
- Full duplex audio
- Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC)
- Omnidirectional microphone (receiving range of 360 degrees)
- Signal to noise ratio: +70 dB
- USB 2.0 (90cm cable)
- Bluetooth 4.2
- Up to 30 m (98 feet) (between speaker and Bluetooth adapter)
- Up to 10m (32ft) (between speaker and smartphone / tablet)
- Supported Bluetooth profiles: Headset profile v1.2, Hands-free profile v1.6, A2DP v1.2, AVRCP v1.5
- Talk time: 11 hours
- Bluetooth USB dongle for PC
- 500 mAh battery
- Charging time: 3 hours
- 301 grams
- Microsoft Teams Certified