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My work requires me to take part in very long calls - often with little to say, so it's useful to be able to type at the same time as being on a call. For that reason, I was issued with the Jabra GN 2100 headset to plug into the phone.
The headset comes neatly packed in a smart black box, along with a couple of booklets, a case for the headset and a spare set of headphone covers.
To look at, the headset is OK, if not remarkable. A black metal band joins two large plastic arms on which sit the leather clad speaker units. These rotate a little awkwardly about the vertical axis, but have no rotation at all about the horizontal. The length of the band can be adjusted with a nice clicking movement to position the headset as is comfortable. The microphone is attached by a plastic arm to the same speaker unit onto which the (relatively thin) cable joins. The mic itself is covered in a nice black foam that looks very smart and professional - and is larger than some. There is a black, rectangular, volume control attached to the cable.
On plugging in, the headset is impressive. The headphones give a really nice, clear sound and other people report that my speech is very clear from the microphone, without picking up too much background noise - although my typing is well audible if I do not mute. I've worn the headset for prolonged periods of time and haven't experienced any discomfort at all - sometimes I almost forget it's there.
Where, then, is the chink in the Jabra's armour? One word. Price. The retail price for this headset is somewhere in the region of £120. This just seems crazy. As it's a nice headset, you may expect to pay more that the standard £5 job from tesco - £40, maybe even £50 - but £120 is just madness. I cannot see how they can justify this kind of money. The optional accessories (I have a USB converter cable) are also crazily expensive (it was £40). For that reason, alone, I'm knocking 2 stars off this product.