Jabra Speak 510 Review: A Comprehensive Look at Its Specifications

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When conducting business over the phone, clarity, and functionality are critical. The quality of your audio can affect your ability to hear important details, to interpret subtle differences in the tone and quality of someone’s voice, and to communicate effectively in return. The Jabra Speak 510 is a portable speaker that is explicitly designed to help provide the optimum quality audio and ensure that users are able to perform their business efficiently and confidently.

This review looks at how successful the Jabra Speak 510 is at achieving their somewhat lofty goals. It will examine the specific product details for the speaker, its price, and how it compares to other leading brands, as well as offering other helpful tips and details about the product. Hopefully, interested consumers will be able to read this and decide if the Jabra Speak 510 is the right device for their specific needs.

The Jabra Speak 510 is a portable speaker that has both USB and Bluetooth connectivity. It is marketed directly toward business professionals for use in conference calls and speakerphone conversations. The unit is lightweight and compact, which makes for easy transportation, and they claim that it can provide up to 15 hours of battery life.

Their ads say that the Speak 510 has clear, defined audio for both the speaker user and for the individuals that they are communicating with. It has an omnidirectional microphone that allows multiple people to join the conversation on your end and high definition speakers that ensure clear, effective communication.

It is possible to use the Speak 510 to play music or other media. However interested consumers should note that it is calibrated specifically for vocal calls. This means that it will do an excellent job of capturing a wide range of voices, ensuring clarity and allowing the user to hear potentially important distinctions that speakers calibrated for music may miss. On the other hand, many users are looking for speakers that have dual functionality, and the sound quality of music may come out more muddied or indistinct when compared to other brands.

Product Specs

The Jabra Speak 510 is a UC-compatible device that sets up easily and works with most current smartphones and softphones. It has wideband audio and HD voice speakers that provide clear, distinct audio that includes even high-end frequencies that some portable speakers can miss, particularly those that aren’t explicitly calibrated for voice calls. It also uses noise-canceling technology that can help to filter out background sounds, white noise, and other potential distractions.

The speaker unit itself is quite small, especially for the potential volume of the sound that it can produce. The whole unit is 12 cm in diameter and weighs only six ounces, ensuring that it will fit easily in any briefcase or bag without weighing the user down too much. This makes it helpful for people who perform business on the go or that lack a traditional office, but that still need to be able to have in-office quality connectivity.

The Jabra Speak 510 can be connected to any mobile phone or personal device through either a Link 370 USB adaptor cable (which wraps conveniently around the bottom of the unit) or through a wireless Bluetooth connection. The product specs say that the Bluetooth range is up to 100 feet, assuming that users have powerful enough devices. Jabra recommends Class 1 wireless devices for optimal functionality.

The battery has a listed 15-hour life before requiring a fresh charge, which it can get through any standard USB-compatible charger. There is also an AC charger that is available for purchase separately. One handy feature included on that Speak 510 is a battery check button that allows users to see how much talk time they have left, reducing the chance that the device will quit at inopportune times. Device failure can be potentially embarrassing or worse, disrupting or ending meetings early and projecting a lack of professionalism.

The Speak 510 can be configured with smart button functionality that allows users to contact smart assistants like Siri or Alexa. This does require the use of the Jabba Direct app, which is available for free from the Jabra website. This app can also allow for more voice functions, including remote calling and device personalization.

The other features on the unit are fairly basic, including volume control, mute, and call and end call. The buttons themselves are soft LED style and are all clearly visible and well-marked. It also comes with its own neoprene carrying case to ensure that the device stays safe, clean, and professional looking.

Pricing

This price makes it more expensive than standard individual Bluetooth speakers but less expensive than the premium business communications devices on the market. It is also less expensive than other Jabra models including the ultra-premium Jabra Speak 810.

The 510 is currently the lowest-end speaker in Jabra’s Speak series. However, they have in the past offered a 410 model. The difference between the 510, the 510+, 710, and the 810 is mostly audio quality, with the 710 offering far superior Hi-Fi sound quality. The Jabra website says that the 510 is suitable for meetings of up to four people while the 710 can accommodate up to eight and the 810 can reach up to 16 people with both its speakers and microphone.

Curiously they also particularly rate the 710 ahead of both the 510 and the 810 for listening to music, movies, or other recreational content. The 810 features a Kensington Security Slot, which makes it one of the more secure devices of this type currently on the market. This adaptor is possible due in part to the fact that the 810 is a stationary product.

How it Compares

We picked a couple of similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  1. Logitech P710e
  2. Sennheiser TW9094
  3. Plantronics P420 Calisto
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Jabra Speak 510 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for Softphone and Mobile...
  • Clearer conversations for more efficient meetings, crystal-clear voice experience ensures everyone is heard
  • Optimized uc experience, set-up in seconds - compatible with all leading uc platforms. Up to 15 hours of talk-time on a...
  • Speaker frequency range Wideband - Response from 250Hz to 14KHz, speaker bandwidth - music mode wideband - response from...

Pros

  • Reasonable price point
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Additional features available through Jabra Direct
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Cons

  • Only works in smaller rooms and up to 4 people
  • Not effective for music or other media

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The Logitech P710e is another mobile speaker that is used primarily for business and conference calls. It features similar available functions and design although the Logitech p710e is even smaller than the Jabra Speak 510. Both products feature a 15-hour total talk time.

The audio quality for the Logitech P710e is not quite as good as that of the Jabra Speak 510. Past users have complained about both the sound quality of the speakers and with difficulty being heard by people on the other end of the conversation. This may be one of the consequences of the compact size of the Logitech device, despite the claims in their promotional materials regarding their “lifelike calling experience.”

The Logitech p710e is more expensive than the Jabra Speak 510. Despite the higher retail price, the Logitech p710e has received a lower than average customer score on Amazon than the Jabra Speak 510, scoring 3.7/5 compared to the Speak 510’s 4.5/5.

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Logitech 980000741 P710e Mobile Speakerphone, Black
  • Sold as 1 Each.
  • The integrated device stand positions your mobile phone or tablet for shake-free video calls and hands-free access to...
  • Now hear--and be heard--in true wideband audio, so those on both sides of the call can enjoy a life-like communication...

Pros

  • Small size
  • Cell phone stand

Cons

  • Higher price
  • Lower audio quality

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The Sennheiser TW9094 is a mobile conference calling speaker that is closer to the size of the Jabra Speak 510 than the Logitech p710e. It also features USB and Bluetooth connectivity as well as a TRS cable. This can help it connect to the headphone jack of some devices that the Jabra Speak 510 may not be able to, particularly older models.

The Sennheiser TW9094 is a far more expensive product than the Jabra Speak 510. Their Amazon rating is higher than the Logitech p710e’s. However, it is still lower than that of the less expensive Jabra Speak 510.

One issue with the Sennheiser TW 9094 is that it does not feature a battery testing option. This is a risk for users as it creates the potential for using an undercharged device that may drop calls or lose quality.

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Sennheiser SP 20 ML (506049) - Sound-Enhanced, User-Friendly Mobile...
  • Mobile Unified Communications: For professionals using Skype for Business, who require a consistently excellent...
  • Simplify Conferencing: Set up an impromptu conference or share a call with high quality sound - anywhere (Carrying case...
  • Voice Clarity: Ensure a cleaner sound and a more natural conversation flow with voice clarity and echo canceling...

Pros

  • Sound enhancement for music
  • Cable management system
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    TRS cable

Cons

  • No battery tester
  • Much higher price

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The Plantronics P420 Calisto is a portable speaker option that features USB and TRS connectivity. However, it is not Bluetooth compatible. Bluetooth is a make or break feature for a number of users who may not have USB or TRS ports, such as anyone with an iPhone 7 or beyond. It also limits the Plantronics P420 Calisto’s functionality going forward as more and more devices are turning away from hard wires and toward wireless technology.

Their audio system features SoundGuard technology and can support sound quality up to 6800hz. Their microphone features a 360-degree reception and has noise-canceling technology that can help to eliminate distracting background sounds.

The Plantronics P420 Calisto also features plug-and-play adaptability and does not require any drivers to be downloaded before use. It comes with a protective carrying case made out of nylon for easy transport.

Plantronics P420 Calisto Portable USB Speaker Phone
  • PROFESSIONAL AUDIO QUALITY: Enjoy crystal-clear PC audio with audio support up to 6800Hz.
  • OFFICE SPEAKERPHONE: 360 degree room coverage is ideal for small to medium work spaces.
  • NOISE CANCELING MICROPHONE: Eliminates distracting background noise for Skype and Internet phone calls to make your...

Pros

  • Noise-canceling microphone
  • TRS connectivity

Cons

  • Lack of Bluetooth connection
  • Higher cost
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    Discontinued

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Conclusion

There are quite a few reasons to like the Jabra Speak 510. It is less expensive than most of the devices it is in direct competition with. However, it has better ratings from its past users. There are still ultra-premium products that it does not compare as favorably with in terms of overall power. However, they tend to be considerably more expensive than that Jabra Speak 510.

The Jabra Speak 510 allows for easy transport, fast set up, and is adaptable to a wide variety of modern devices. This includes mobile phones, tablets, desktop, and laptop computers, and it is Skype-compatible as well. It connects easily and quickly, with little chance for user error.

It is best suited for smaller rooms with up to four participants, however, beyond this, it can lose effectiveness. Its microphones are omnidirectional and fairly strong, plus the Jabra Speak 510 is specifically calibrated for voice calls as opposed to music and other forms of media. Those individuals looking for a device that is designed to handle both voice communication and multimedia sound projection may consider the Jabra Speak 710 or another device whose speakers are more directly suited to those kinds of sound profiles.

For more advanced functionality, the Jabra Speak 510 can be connected to the Jabra Direct app. This allows for increased customization, voice control, and other upgraded features such as their Intelligent Call Transfer function.

The Jabra Speak 510 provides a good blend of portability, business functionality, and reasonable pricing. It is explicitly recommended for those business professionals that do a large amount of their work on the road, over the phone, and in multi-person meetings.

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