Jawbone Era Review

Priced outside the Cheapism zone, the Jawbone Era is an example of what to expect with a more upmarket Bluetooth headset. A Jawbone Era review by SlashGear praises the comfortable fit of this small model and features that are almost entirely controlled by a single multifunction button, but adds that adjusting the volume is a bit awkward. That assessment is shared by an expert writing in The New York Times who cautions that taps on the button may not always register properly and the headset is relatively easy to knock out of position.

Experts are satisfied with the quality of the audio, saying voices sound clear and natural in both directions and noise cancellation is superior to that found on budget models. Many users agree even as some Jawbone Era reviews gripe about noise amplification, weak transmittal of audio in one direction or the other, limited battery life, and a short range despite the rated 33 feet.

The Jawbone Era (starting at $100, Amazon) wins votes for its featherlight weight of six grams, diminutive size, and thumb-drive styling. It boasts a rich feature set, including spoken prompts delivered in a choice of voices and languages, and support for multiple profiles, such as A2DP for multimedia streaming, AVRCP for controlling audio streaming, and multipoint connectivity for pairing with more than one device. It responds to basic voice commands, provides access to Siri and Google Now, and contains two microphones and a locator. It comes with four ear gels (three sizes for the right ear, medium for the left ear) that are designed to follow the ear's contours. The battery life is rated at four hours, a duration that users contend is overstated by at least 25 percent, and it recharges via a microUSB port.

Users willing to shell out big bucks for a headset might want to add the Jawbone Era to their short list. The combination of features and performance, notwithstanding the limited battery life, makes it an attractive buy.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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