Jabra Style Review

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The Jabra Style delivers six hours of talk time before needing a recharge and solid audio quality. The eartip may be uncomfortable for some users.

The Jabra Style is a simple Bluetooth headset that appeals for that reason. An expert review in Pocketables notes that the Style doesn't sport lots of features but is just fine for basic use, in part due to the rated six hours of talk time and 168 hours of standby time. Indeed, comments about the long battery life show up with some regularity in Jabra Style reviews at Amazon; one user reports it lasts through two days of near-constant operation and many assert it recharges quickly. It also wins kudos for its light (10 grams) weight and professional look.

Where this model wobbles, though, is on audio quality. Like some other budget Bluetooth headsets, the Jabra Style's performance outdoors is marred by ambient noise. Inbound and outbound voices, music and podcasts come through without a hitch, a review in PC Mag asserts, but only in quiet conditions. Weak noise cancellation means it falters when confronted by traffic, wind, loud bystanders, and the like. Some users also grumble about an uncomfortable fit with the single earbud or ear hook, and say switching to the left ear makes for awkward operation because the control button is now in a different position.

In terms of features, the Jabra Style supports NFC (Near Field Communication), which enables pairing with another device through a quick tap, and multipoint technology to pair with more than one device. This model has a multifunction button and boasts A2DP technology for multimedia streaming. A voice alert indicates connection and battery status.

Under the right circumstances -- the fit is comfortable, the room is quiet -- the Jabra Style (starting at $45, Amazon) doesn't disappoint. It offers good basic features and gets a bump up from NFC, and for some users that frill may be worth a few extra dollars.

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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