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Jabra Speak2 75 brings a conference room to your pocket

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We tried the Danish company’s flagship portable speaker, all based on the new hybrid working methods. It improves the audio of our video calls and online meetings, it connects to the PC and also to the smartphone

Jabra, a Danish company known for its audio solutions, has presented a very interesting product called Speak2 75, ideal for hybrid work. It’s a smart speakerphone, similar to the ones in the middle of conference rooms, capable of enhancing the audio of our meetings, phone calls, and video calls. Compatible with both PCs and smartphones, we used it to hold our meetings for about two months and found it very useful. Here are all the features.

What it is and how it works

Let’s start with a fact: most meetings are now completely remote or in hybrid mode (ie some people in the office, others connected from other offices, from home, from the train, etc.). It also happens with us in the Sky TG24 editorial office. Jabra’s idea, therefore, was to design a speakerphone made for the modern working world that is capable of providing high-resolution audio and enhancing our speech. In particular, Speak2 75 is a light and easy to carry around product that, when connected to a PC or smartphone, is capable of transmitting high-quality audio, but also ensuring that our voice is clear, natural and crystal clear arrives , thanks to advanced voice level normalization technology and latest generation beamfoaming microphones that eliminate background noise. The 75 model, top of the range of the series, offers, among other things, a ring that lights up according to the quality of our voice, giving us an immediate glance. On board we also find a 65mm speaker; the product connects via a USB-A or USB-C cable (integrated into the speaker’s body) or wirelessly via Bluetooth (there’s also a USB adapter). All major meeting apps are supported, from Zoom to Microsoft Teams to Google Meet, just to name the most used.

Our experience, availability and prices

We’ve had a great time using Speak2 75 in our meetings, the audio can be heard very well even when several people are talking at the same time in calls. On the edge we find a power key, the key to end or reject a call, the volume keys, the one to mute the microphone, the one to answer a call and also a specific key to call up Microsoft Teams to activate. We found the ring that turns red or green based on the quality of our audio helpful (during our testing it lit up red when we moved too far from the microphone). The fabric pouch is also useful, so you can put the Speak2 75 in your backpack without damage. The apps for laptops or smartphones that allow you to manage all product settings, including an equalizer to change the audio output, are very good and useful. Finally, the battery life was good, giving us about three weeks of use without recharging. Difficult to find a negative side during our test: perhaps the only thing we liked less is that the keys are not lit when the speaker is not on, so if we want to press the key to access Teams, for example, will we have to “remember” its position, or press “randomly” to make all the buttons light up. Speak2 75 is sold at a price of 339 euros (but there are also cheaper products in the same line).

Pros and cons

PRO

  • Great sound system
  • Many connection options on both PC and smartphone

IN RETURN FOR

  • Function keys not always illuminated

Source: TG 24 Sky

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