Aliph Jawbone Era (2011)

Updated April 30, 2014
Aliph Jawbone Era

Bottom line

Fashion-forward style and stellar sound quality allow the Aliph Jawbone Era (2011) to consistently appear in the top five of comparative Bluetooth headset reviews. Technology allows the handset to respond to kinetic cues (tapping and shaking) to perform a variety of tasks, as well as cancel noise and wind. The only drawback: The adaptive volume is sometimes too loud. A new version of this headset is available, the Jawbone Era (2014), which features improved noise canceling technology and removes the motion-sensing technology.

Sound quality

Military-grade noise-cancellation technology.The Aliph Jawbone Era (2011) Bluetooth headset uses NoiseAssassin, a military-grade noise- and wind-canceling technology originally developed for use in military tanks. The Era uses NoiseAssassin 3.0 while the Icon utilizes version 2.5. (The 2014 version of the Jawbone Era has version 4.0.) Reviewers from CNET, PC World and PCMag.com praise the Era's sound quality, especially the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile-enabled (A2DP) audio streaming. PCMag.com's analyst describes his test as the "best single-ear Bluetooth music experience I've ever had."

The volume auto-adjust feature works well in both quiet indoor spaces and outdoors; audio is available in HD, with a speaker that's 25 percent larger than on previous Jawbone models. PCMag.com states the call quality of the Era isn't quite as clear as with the Plantronics Voyager Pro Plus, but it is close. One drawback identified by expert feedback is that the Era's adaptive volume is sometimes too loud indoors. Reviewers from CNET and PCMag.com also dislike the single volume button, instead preferring a volume rocker switch.

ProsExcellent HD-quality audio, Innovative motion-sensing technology, Extremely stylish, Excellent wind and noise reductionConsNo dedicated volume rocker switch, Uncomfortable earpiece
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