Most of us that travel quite frequently are often either using our smartphones or VOIP programs. For those of you that use VOIP, the worth of a wireless mobile communication device is priceless. Jabra has a solution for you: Motion UC (Unified Communication) with Travel and Charge Kit. How does the Jabra Motion UC stack up? Find out in the full review after the break!
The Jabra Motion UC is a hands-free communication device that uses bluetooth 4.0 technology to create a wireless communication headset. UC stands for Unified Communication which includes devices/software created by Cisco, Siemens, and Avaya. In our tests, we used Microsoft Lync and Skype. In both situations the Jabra Motion UC worked great and played nice with the software.
The Jabra Motion UC comes with a Travel and Charge Kit that includes the bluetooth dongle (that is used to extend the range of the headset or provide bluetooth capability to computers which do not have bluetooth), a short USB to mini-USB charging cable, additional earpieces and the headset itself. It also includes a longer charging cable that can be plugged into a wall outlet.
One of the unique features of the case that stores all those various accessories is it also serves as a docking station for the headset when not in use. The headset is placed on the dock and can be charged while not in use. Do not however mistake the docking station as a portable charging unit as it only provides passthrough power when plugged in using the included USB to mini-USB charging cable. We found this feature to be one of the most convenient and useful aspects of the Jabra Motion UC.
The headset itself was comfortable and the controls were easy to access (especially the touch sensitive volume controls on the top of the headset). The mute button was a little bit difficult to trigger from time to time due to the placement on the headset mouthpiece. We would have liked to see the button placed in a better position or turned into a touch sensitive control. The call end and pick-up button was easy to push and unlike the mute button, placed in an easily accessible location on the headset. You will want to make sure you get the right fit for the earpiece as in our tests, the headset either fit VERY well or did not fit at all.
The included bluetooth 4.0 dongle was small and connected successfully every time we plugged them into our test machines. While Jabra boasts a 300 ft. range with the dongle, in our tests we were able to get good call quality only up to about 50 ft. Anything further created some crackling and static during test calls. It is also important to note that our tests are not in a wide open field but normal building conditions (i.e. walls, office cubicles etc.).
Overall, the Jabra Motion UC performed well and the docking station/travel kit provided a unique feature that made our mobile communication a lot easier. We would have liked the Travel Kit to possess an internal battery, with the device lasting typically around 5 and a half hours on a charge (normal use). It would have made being tethered to the docking station less of a requirement for prolonged use and mobility.