Gear VS Gear: The JawBone JamBox Faces Off Against the Spar Zephyr 300

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The JawBone JamBox is one impressive device. It is a Bluetooth speaker, a speakerphone and one of the best gadgets of 2011! At $199 it isn’t inexpensive but it is a quality device that is well worth the money.

Spar’s Zephyr line of speakers looks to step into the fray with the JamBox and one up it by including a backup battery that can charge your device on the go.


They even got Wired to run a piece entitled “Like a JamBox, Only More Generous” despite the author never having heard one.

So how do the Zephyr’s (which cost between $100 and $150) stand up against the $200 JamBox? It is difficult to compare since the entire line is currently sold out and won’t be available again until spring but we can since I purchased one of the $100 Zephyr 300s.

Let’s take a look in this episode of… Gear VS Gear.

So there you have it. The $100 Zephyr 300 is decent but not great. The JamBox is… did I happen to mention it is one of the top new gadgets of 2011? AND, unlike the Zephyr it is available now.

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Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.