Hands On with Jawbone’s Jambox by CSL

Last November (2010) Jawbone introduced the Jambox portable bluetooth speaker to the world and today CSL introduce it to Hong Kong customers.

Although it is similar to the SoundmattersfoxL in terms of technology; it is both based on the technology invented by Dr. Godehard Guenther, the Jambox has a better aesthetic with its minimalist design, it is more attractive to the non-geeks, this is not surprising since the Jambox is designed by Yves Behar. On the other hand the foxL is obviously designed by an engineer.

Since the launch of the Jambox, Jawbone has added three more colours to the collection: Blue Wave, Black Diamond (limited), Grey Hex and the latest Red Dot.

The sound quality of the both are not bad but the Jambox has less fuller sound compared to the foxL. Fortunately, aside from the aesthetics Jawbone did add its know how in bluetooth, sound cancelations, an impressive voice firmware Jawbone brought over from their Icon line of bluetooth headsets, and most of all a better battery life (10 hours of continuous play). For a portable speaker battery life is one of the most important aside from sound quality.

Aside from acting as an external speaker for music playback and game play, it is also ideal as an external speaker for speaker phone, which Jawbone’s noise cancellation technology really shines.

The Jambox is compatible with any devices that support bluetooth A2DP streaming.

Technical specifications:

  • Bluetooth v2.1+EDR (A2DP 1.2, HFP 1.5, HSP 1.1)
  • 3.5mm audio input
  • micro USB for charging
  • Output: 85dB @ 0.5m
  • Frequency: 60Hz – 20Hz
  • AC Adapter: 5V 550mA Max 2.5W
  • Weight: 347g
  • Dimensions: 151mm x 57mm x 40mm
  • All the necessary cables needed for charging and AC Adapter.

CSL also took this opportunity to introduce their Connecting Tone Facebook app. It is a service that allows subscribers to change their CSL Mobile account’s connecting tone from within Facebook. The normal Facebook privacy options and sharing options are also available.

Aside from the above, with the introduction of an amazing portable speaker system CSL also announced the availability of exclusive HD Android games from publishers like EA Games in their CSL MyNet Game Zone.

In the US it is sold for USD199.99 through Jawbone’s online store. You may find discounts at other online retailers. In Hong Kong CSL are asking for HKD1888.00 (approx. USD243) for it through CSL shops, with the Black Diamond.

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