- Size (LWH): 0.9 inches, 0.4 inches, 2.4 inches
Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth Headset (Grey) [Bulk,Generic Packaging]
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- Advanced, military-grade noise-canceling system continuously adapts adapts to your environment
- Award-winning modern industrial design by Yves Behar
- Can be worn on either ear.
- Charges via proprietary USB cable
- Jawbone's ergonomic design enhances the acoustic performance and keeps the device lightweight, stable and comfortable
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Sophisticated modern industrial style meets the next step in audio technology with the Jawbone Bluetooth headset.
It can be worn on either ear, and you can customize your fit by choosing from one of the included earloops and earbuds.
The Jawbone can be worn on either ear, and it comes with four earloops of varying sizes to fit your lobe. Made of solid metal with a rubber cover, they're fairly comfortable around the ear. The trick, however, is getting it on over the ear, and this is the Jawbone's biggest disappointment. Because it's so stiff, you literally have to use both hands to try to slip it on over your ear. And since we don't wear our headset constantly, we missed a few calls while performing this dance. Also, the metal frame does bend (as we found after carrying it in our pocket), which can be viewed as an annoyance or as a feature--enabling you to form-fit the frame to your ear. It also comes with five ear pads of varying shapes and sizes, and we tried one of the teardrop shaped pads to secure the Jawbone inside our ear sans metal frame--it was comfortable and worked for awhile, but isn't a solution if you're moving around a lot.
As with Steve Jobs, Behar is not a fan of protruding buttons. Thus, the Jawbone's two controls are hidden within the headset, requiring you to press either the front or back of the unit to answer calls, adjust volume, or turn on/off the noise cancellation function. While we've read some reviews that complained about these hidden controls, we had no problem in accessing them and appreciated their tactile response. The Jawbone also comes with a custom-fit recharging cable that can either plug into a PC's USB port or into the included wall jack. We enjoyed the flexibility of the USB charging, but wished the cable could have been a more standard USB mini-jack (for those times when you forget to bring the cable along).
But the true test of the Jawbone is how its "noise shield" performed. First, a little about this technology. The Jawbone has a small piece of rubbery plastic that protrudes from the bulbous microphone and sits flush against your face, and this sensor tells the Jawbone whether or not you're speaking and can remove background noise from your ongoing speech signal. It can also dynamically adjust the volume of the incoming audio from your call.
We tried the Jawbone in a number of different situations, and for the most part it worked flawlessly. Sitting at our desk with the stereo volume cranked up while playing The Chemical Brothers, our call partner was none the wiser. She didn't hear any of the music coming through, and our voice came through strong on her end. While standing on a street corner, the undulations of traffic noise never made it through to our caller, while we noticed an uptick in volume with an increase in traffic noise.
However, the Jawbone wasn't perfect, as it doesn't do a great job in windy situations. Still, for the good majority of situations you'll find yourself in--from busy airports to talk-heavy coffeehouses to traffic-laden city streets--the Jawbone should perform very well, masking the surroundings to improve fidelity for you call partner as well adapting your ear volume to the surrounding environment. We just wish the ear frame was a bit more flexible.
- Amazing background noise masking capabilities--even when faced with loud, thumping music
- Outstanding adaptive volume as the environment around you changes
- Options for customizing the fit
- Metal earloop frames are hard to quickly put on
- Non-standard USB connection is a bummer if you forget the cable at home
Top Customer Reviews
I have only had the headset for a day however, I am impressed. I tried the Jawbone today in the Corvette and it works great. My wife didn't hear anything but me while I was driving, which is pretty amazing considering how loud the car is. I currently have the Blackberry 8830 and it works great with this headset. The voice dialing pops right up on queue, unlike some of the other headsets I have.
So far the only negative is the fit which has been mentioned before. I prefer the in ear variation on the set versus over the ear. (The Jawbone can be used without the ear hook) The fit is not exactly tight but it does seem to work without falling out. I think it will just take some getting used to and playing with the other interchangeable ear adapters.
From a sound level standpoint the unit is great. It is down right loud and I can hear the person on the other end with no problem even with my stereo partly on.
Overall, I am impressed and happy with my purchase.
Fit - After playing around with the different ear ear pieces and hooks, I finally have found a combination that works. I have to use a ear hook, which isn't my favorite but after you get used to it, it isn't too bad. Also, it fits much more securely with the hook and is more comfortable.Read more ›
Examples of what's missing:
There's no way to mute a call from the headset. You have to use your phone's mute feature.
There's no audio alert when the headset connects with anything. There is one when it loses its connection, though, which is good.
If you go out of range of your phone and it loses the connection, it makes no attempt to re-connect. You have to turn it off and turn it back on when you get back within range.
The volume control is primitive, and it's obvious this is because Aliph was overly concerned with the aesthetic design of the thing (I happen to think it's ugly, but they seem quite pleased with it). Because the visual design doesn't leave open the possibility of having volume up/down buttons, instead you can only cycle through the six volume levels in order. To go from 5 to 4, you must first go through 6, 1, 2, and 3.
The charger is . . . weird. Lots of people complain about it, and with good reason. It's non-standard, and it doesn't even fit the Jawbone that well. You have to position it *just* right, and then when you set the thing down it loses its connection, so you have to set it again. It's really kind of inexcusable.
It's enormous. This is the biggest Bluetooth headset I've ever owned. That said, it's not uncomfortable to wear - but I do find I have to use the earloop, which I tend not to like so much. I also, like others, don't use the earbuds supplied with the Jawbone; I use a Jabra Minigel with mine instead.Read more ›
First the positives, the sound quality is tremendous. I was using a Motorola set and it was adequate, but picked up external noise and never fit my ear particularly well.
I use my JawBone with my Blackberry 8700. The first problem I noticed was that (unlike the Motorola), if I happened to not use my phone for, say 2-3 hours, the bluetooth connection would terminate and I would have to manually reconnect it, which was a headache given that the buttons are small and there is a connection delay. After calling Cingular, they said this was not normal and to return the device, which I did.
My next JawBone had to go back within days as the bluetooth connection would drop in mid-conversation and then I'd have to repush the button; after this happens multiple times in one conversation, you finally just give up. I returned the second one and Cingular gave me my third one. As it turns out the bluetooth connection issues are still the same with this third one, but not quite as bad. Unfortunately the recharger plug does not stay firmly on the headset, so I leave the house thinking I'm fully charged, only to lose my headset connection when the power goes out.
Additionally, in pulling out the charger off the headset one day, the entire earpiece falls out as well, connected only by a couple of wires.
For something that I paid $120.00 for, I am pleased with the sound quality (and that's why I endured going through now, my third device)...but the limitations of the connection, very cheaply made construction, and now inability to charge this, make this a purchase I wish I hadn't made.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband used this while he was a truck driver and he found it to be one of the best he had found. We have bought more then 4 of these jawbones. Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by Dana Buck
I bought this one with the price $39.00; but when you return it to Overstock company; they credit you back just only $10.00 - Bad policy.Published on August 22, 2012 by Tung Luong
I ordered the Aliph Jawbone from Overstocks Closeout (who deserve 5 stars for their Great service). The jawbone charger connection is poorly designed, when you plug in the charger... Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by Cherry Crush
Works really well with iphone 2nd generation. Since there are only 2 buttons, you need to remember which buttons (and how many clicks) you need to do. Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by G
I love the jawbone bluetooth, however I spent more in replacing the earloops as I did the cost of the set. The earloops lasted approx. 1-2 mths. Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by Favor
Best sound quality and range you can buy even better then there latest model cons are its big not iphone software app.Published on February 17, 2011 by TechPimp
To reviews by other disappointed users, I'll add only that it's supremely uncomfortable and that almost everyone on the other end complains that I'm going in and out whether I'm in... Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by Rudy