Jabra Speak 710 Review

The Jabra Speak 710 is a medium-sized portable speakerphone that impresses with flawless audio quality and extended Bluetooth range. And this is without even mentioning the battery that lasts for up to 15 hours.

It is safe to say that the Speak 710 lives up to its premium positioning in nearly all aspects.

Variations

There are two variations to the Speak 710 – MS and UC version.

The MS version is specifically preconfigured for Skype-for-Business.

The UC version is not optimized for one particular platform, but it works perfectly with platforms such as Cisco, Avaya, and others.

If your business is not using Skype-for-Business, the UC version should be the obvious choice.

First Impressions

The Speak 710 comes with a neoprene carrying case. This is a nice little accessory to house the Speak 710 while on the go.

Unlike the Yealink CP900’s carrying case, the walls of these are not made of hard material. Instead, they are slightly padded.

In addition, the case has a little pocket on its back. This pocket is intended for the optional Jabra Link 370 dongle.

The device itself only comes in a black/silver colorway. Nevertheless, it is a thing of beauty. Its body is solidly built, while the overall design is quite stylish.

The Speak 710 is a speakerphone that will feel equally adequate in a coffee house and the conference room.

The upper part of the Speak 710 is reserved for its speaker and its buttons. The device is quite easy to operate. There are a total of 10 buttons around the speaker and most of them should be familiar.

Perhaps the only two buttons that need to be explained are the Link and Smart buttons.

The Link button: It is pressed for pairing two Speak 710 devices at a distance of 6 feet from one another. This is a particularly useful feature for conference rooms.

A single Speak 710 can handle a conversation with 4-5 participants around. Having two Speak 710 working in tandem can handle 8-10 participants.

Although they look alike, Speak 710 and the older Speak 510, have a noticeable difference in their prices. Comparing these two models we found that Speak 510 does not have the option of using two speakerphones simultaneously. You can find out more about Jabra 510 in our review.

The Smart button: This is a programmable button. It can be set as either a speed dial button or as a shortcut for voice virtual assistants (e.g. Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana).

To program this button, all users need to download the Jabra Direct app (the app is freely available for download on Jabra’s official website).

The Speak 710 also has in-built LED dots. These dots are interactive and light up whenever a certain function is performed. For example, they light up in blue when the Bluetooth is turned on and in red whenever a call is muted.

Moreover, the flashing dots also show up to indicate both the battery and volume levels. Thus, users can intelligently regulate the call volumes.

The in-built USB cable is located at the lower part of Speak 710. The cable is used for both charging and connecting the device to PC/laptops.

When not in use, the USB cable is wrapped around the device’s cable management system. This definitely is one little design aspect to be appreciated. Even in the home office, the cable clutter around the workspace can get quite overwhelming.

The Speak 710’s other connectivity is the built-in Bluetooth 4.2. According to Jabra’s promises, the Speak 710 should be exhibiting a superb wireless range of 100 feet.

Fortunately, Jabra’s promises were not empty. The Speak 710 maintains connection across few rooms apart (this is less than 100 feet but the walls even up the calculation).

Just to put this in perspective, the Bluetooth range of another premium product – the Speak 510 – amounts to just 55 feet.

The process of connecting the Speak 710 to other devices via Bluetooth was trivially simple. The Bluetooth simply needs to be activated on the speakerphone and then selected from the other device’s Bluetooth panel.

Users who wish to wirelessly connect the Speak 710 to any devices with no Bluetooth connectivity must use the Jabra Link 370 Bluetooth dongle.

This dongle is actually a USB adaptor that is plugged into the other device. Afterward, it must be linked with the Speak 710 via the Jabra Direct app once again.

However, the app is necessary only when the dongle is purchased separately. If it has arrived as a part of the Speak 710 package, then it must be pre-paired with the speakerphone.

Unlike its smaller counterpart – the Speak 510 – the Speak 710 has a kickstand at its back. This is a small but very useful feature. It allows the Speak 710 to be adjusted, so as for the sound to be concentrated in a certain direction.

The Acoustic Experience

It should not come as a big surprise when a Jabra product showcases excellent two-way audio. Such was the case with the Speak 710 as well.

Regardless of used for personal use or within a conference room, the Speak 710 both deliver and sends out high-quality audio.

The Speak 710’s audio system is a combination of advanced acoustic components such as the Wideband Audio system, the DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology, and the omnidirectional microphone. What does each do?

The wideband audio system is an audio system employed for all business hardware. In effect, the wideband audio transmits a life-like and rich-sounding voice.

It is so because it is optimized to pick up a greater frequency range than the systems in consumer devices.

The second advanced component is the Digital Signal Processing technology. This component works as something of a barrier. One that prevents any undesired noises from reducing the on-call clarity.

And indeed, the Speak 710 successfully isolated background noises and some sound distortions. The DSP is quite sensitive, as it distinguishes human speech from other noises fairly well.

The Speak 710’s third advanced audio-related component is the omnidirectional microphone. What ‘Omni-directional’ basically means is that the microphone has a 360° voice pick-up system. It can detect and pick-up speech from all sides.

Of course, such a feature is invaluable in conference room environments.

Also, the Speak 710 performed flawlessly when used for music as well. The sound was crisp and the light bass contributed to an even more immersive experience.

A full audio demonstration is available on the official product page.

Battery

The Speak 710 has a built-in rechargeable battery. The battery lasts for a total of 15, regardless of using the Speak 710 mostly for music or calls. This is superior in comparison with many products by other brands.

To charge the battery, users simply must plug the USB cable into a nearby device. This can be a laptop, or – a power bank.

The Speak 710’s battery takes 3 hours to fully charge. This is one more hour than the smaller Speak 510, which only charges 2 hours. However, given that the Speak 710 is almost as twice as big, this does make sense.

Actually, 3 hours is pretty for charging time. In comparison, other similar products may take up to 6. This is so much time, it even gets a little bit impractical.

Warranty & Security

As with most Jabra products, the Speak 510 comes with a 2-year warranty from the date the product was purchased (only applies to authorized resellers).

Also, keep in mind that Jabra maintains a very high level of online support.

Also, the Speak 710 has a Kensington Lock adaptor. Users owning Kensington Locks can be further reassured in their investment.

Final Word

The Speak 710 is the ideal portable assistant. It is not the most compact one, but it compensates for its ability to ‘power’ a meeting with up to 6 people. With this in mind, it actually does seem quite compact now.

Regardless of used for conference rooms or as a personal device, the Speak 710 will deliver a flawless on-call and music audio experience.

More reviews of Jabra products: Speak 410 UC, Speak 510, Speak 810.