Reviewers agree that the Aliph Jawbone Prime is one of the most stylish Bluetooth headsets, but most experts say that the Plantronics Voyager Pro (*Est. $60) has better noise-cancellation technology. The Jawbone Prime's NoiseAssassin technology has been improved to include wind reduction, and most reviewers find that the Jawbone Prime is better at blocking wind interference. Like the last version of the Jawbone Bluetooth headset, battery life is on the short side, and many reviewers complain that the control buttons are poorly placed and hard to find. It's also on the pricey side. Where it comes out ahead is in looks -- most reviewers find the Plantronics Voyager Pro's design to be clunky while the Jawbone Prime is judged sleeker. The latest Aliph headset, the Aliph Jawbone Icon (*Est. $50) beats the Plantronics model on both style and noise cancellation.
Gadget review sites such as CNET, PCMag.com and Laptop Magazine offer in-depth reviews of the Aliph Jawbone Prime. User reviews on Amazon.com are scarce, but offer perspective on long-term use.
The Aliph Jawbone Prime gets a positive review at CNET but doesn't receive an Editors' Choice award, as the previous Aliph Jawbone did. Nicole Lee is impressed with its stylish look and improved noise-cancellation technology, but she's not thrilled with its "hidden" buttons.
Review: Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth headset, Nicole Lee, April 23, 2009
The Aliph Jawbone Prime also gets a high rating at PCMag.com, but it does not receive the Editor's Choice award -- that honor goes to competitor Plantronics Voyager Pro. Segan likes the headset's "top-notch wind noise cancelation," but is disappointed that the battery life falls an hour short of Aliph's estimate of four and a half hours.
Review: Aliph Jawbone Prime, Sascha Segan, April 22, 2009
3. PC World
Editor Aoife M. McEvoy says the Aliph Jawbone Prime "sets the standard" in Bluetooth headsets, praising its excellent call quality and comfort, while criticizing its high price. One of McEvoy's favorite things about the device is that the ear loops are removable, an important consideration for those who wear glasses.
Review: Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset, Aoife M. McEvoy, April 24, 2009
4. Laptop Magazine
The Aliph Jawbone Prime, like its predecessor, earns an Editors' Choice award for its comfort and its noise-canceling performance, which is said to be comparable to the Plantronics Voyager Pro's. Like other reviewers, Wollman dislikes the Jawbone Prime's high price, but is pleased with its performance in noisy environments and its stylish design.
Review: Aliph Jawbone Prime, Dana Wollman, April 22, 2009
Over 70 users have reviewed the Aliph Jawbone Prime at Amazon.com, yielding an average rating of 3.5 stars. Nearly all of the complaints relate to voice quality, with many users saying the volume simply isn't loud enough. Satisfied owners especially like the inclusion of a variety of ear pieces to ensure a proper fit.
Review: Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset (Blah Blah Black), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2010