Aliph Jawbone Era (2014)

Updated April 30, 2014
Aliph Jawbone Era (2014)

Bottom line

The Aliph Jawbone Era (2014) is the smallest and most stylish Bluetooth headset available. It builds on the legacy of the original Jawbone Era (2011) and the Jawbone Icon by providing good sound quality and a powerful app, along with a new voice interface that works with Siri on iPhones and Google Now on Android devices. At less than a quarter ounce, the Era 2014 is for people who want to discreetly and stylishly use a headset.

Sound quality

Latest NoiseAssassin software.Reports indicate that, although the sound quality of the latest version of the Aliph Jawbone Era isn't the best there is, it's still "very solid" and a top performer. The audio quality is clean with natural sounds and the music playback has "a bit more oomph on the low end." The noise cancellation is excellent, with the Era 2014 using Noise Assassin 4.0, a continuation of the software introduced in the Jawbone Icon and the original Era. One tester used the Era 2014 in a parking lot in between a municipal airport and an active recycling plant, and callers couldn't tell that he wasn't calling from inside his car. Wind buffeting was a problem in some tests though.

ProsStylish and discreet design, Solid call quality, Works with Siri and Google NowConsShort battery life
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