Here's a potentially handy gadget: Jabra's Speak 510 is a portable gizmo that lets you make conference calls on your phone with better audio.
If you often put people on speaker for mobile calls, you might find the audio quality is diappointing, especially if a few people are crowding around the handset.
An alternative way of doing this is to use a gizmo like this Jabra Speak 510, which is like one of those fancy conference call units you see in big corporate boardrooms, only this one is for your mobile.
The idea is you connect it using Bluetooth to your phone, and the better microphone and speakers make the call easier to hear.
The Jabra Speak 510: connects to your phone via Bluetooth
Jabra's Speak 510 goes on sale this month at $149, which is slightly more than the Plantronics Voyager Legend headset we recently mentioned.
The key feature is the omnidirectional microphone to pick up the voices of those sitting around the table, as well as a speaker.
Wideband Audio (also known as HD Voice and offered by Telstra in conjunction with compatible handsets) is supported, and digital signal processing helps eliminate echoes and distortion to deliver the best possible sound, according to the Jabra sales pitch.
The Speak 510 links up with your phone or tablet via Bluetooth, but it can also be plugged into a computer's USB port, although a Jabra Link 360 Bluetooth USB adaptor ($30 extra if purchased in a bundle with the Speak 510) is recommended for call control integration with PC software.
The Speak 510 can be used with Skype as well as more upmarket unified communications systems such as those from Avaya or Cisco.
A travel case is included, and the internal battery is said to be good for up to 15 hours talk time.