January 27th, 2008
While headsets have become very common over the years, I feel they haven’t really reached a point where you aren’t sacrificing something by using them. Typically, the sacrifice you make is sound quality.
The Jawbone headset claims to be “the best rated headset ever”. Is it? Read on.
Make sure you check the gallery here.
The reason the Jawbone headset is named “Jawbone headset” is because it makes contact with your face
Compared with some of it’s competitors, the Jawbone is on the large size. Personally I don’t mind that the Jawbone isn’t super small because it has a nice look to it – it looks more expensive than most headsets.
There are actually 2 buttons located on the side of the headset that faces out. One is underneath the word Jawbone, the other is close to it on the mesh side. There are no dedicated volume buttons.
It’s a little confusing to have 2 buttons so close to each other. You’ll probably need to read the manual and get used to them.
Included in the box is a charger with a USB port on it and a USB to AC adapter. This is nice, if you travel a lot you can charge the Jawbone using the USB port on your laptop and if you’re at home a lot then you can use your wall.
As far as fit goes, I wasn’t crazy about the Jawbone. I found it slightly loose fitting. It won’t fall off your ear but does move around if you move quickly. On the bright side, the Jawbone is relatively comfortable to wear for longer periods of time.
The design of the Jawbone is such that it needs part of the front of the headset to touch your face. As such, the earhook is designed to make it so that the headset is arched against your face. It’s the reason why the Jawbone feels slightly loose
The earhook is made from metal (i think) and covered by soft rubber. The part of the earhook that makes contact with the back of your ear is made of rubber that is suspended there. As opposed to the rest of the hook which is metal coated with rubber. This makes the hook more comfortable to wear. Check the gallery out to see what I mean.
You get an assortment of ear hooks and ear pieces. I didn’t find that any of the earpieces that are designed to fit in your ear improve the fit – I preferred the flat one.
The charger is an awkward shape which is good since it means the Jawbone doesn’t have an awkward charging port on it. It plugs into the back of the Jawbone.
The big thing about the Jawbone is its built-in noise cancellation. If implemented properly, it will usually cut out noise that is constant like noise at a mall, inside a train, etc.
I tested the Jawbone with my Motorola ROKR Z6.
Both incoming and outgoing voice quality is a little on the harsh side but it’s good over all. I find most noise canceling headsets alter people’s voices a lot so the Jawbone is good in this regard.
What’s amazing is the noise cancellation for outgoing sound quality. If you’re using the Jawbone in a noisy environment it does an awesome job of eliminating background noise. Maximum ear piece volume was decent. I felt that the Jawbone was limited by the earpiece’s maximum volume rather than it’s ability to cancel noise. To explain further, if you’re in a loud environment you won’t be able to hear the person on the other end before they are able to hear you. Then again you can always ask the person on the other end to yell…
I own maybe 20 Bluetooth headsets and don’t really like any of them. Some have bad sound quality, some are uncomfortable, some are too quiet, etc. Because of this, I tend to only use headsets when I’m at home and have to take a long call.
While the fit could use some work, the Jawbone’s the first headset that I’d seriously consider wearing out of the house. It’s just that good. I’d give it 4.5 Howies out of a possible 5.
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