You knew that this headset couldn't be perfect, right? There are a couple of main quirks that irked me a little about the Jawbone. First, the buttons are a little awkward to access. There's one button on the noise shield itself and the other is near the top of the headset; the latter is particularly hard to press, especially since it's the one used for volume adjustment. I guess that's the price you pay for sleekness.
Second, there is a small rubber covering for the battery connector. This falls off far too easily and it would have been better if they used some sort of other mechanism either for the charger or for the battery connector cover. If the rubber cover was actually attached on one end, that would even work.
There's a reason why everyone seems to love the Jawbone Bluetooth headset from Aliph. I can easily say that it is the best headset that I have ever used, largely because of its customized (and comfortable) fit and its noise blocking features. The rubber band-like mechanism included in the earloop, as well as the snug fit of the ear bod, ensure that the Jawbone won't be flopping all over the place as you turn your head. This can be an issue with other headsets.
The robotic voice and larger form factor may be a bit of a turnoff for some people, but these are easily overcome by exceptional call clarity and stylish looks. The Jawbone easily earns the Futurelooks Editors' Choice Award. The only (mono) Bluetooth headset that may rival the Jawbone is the Blueant Z9, which I have not used yet, but would love to give it a whirl. Are you listening Blueant?
- Great noise blocking and voice clarity
- Very comfortable design, rubber ear loop piece is great
- Highly attractive and shiny
- Included interchangeable earloops and earbuds
- Not as compact as other headsets
- Robotic voice quality
- Buttons are difficult to use
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