Jawbone Era (2014, Black Streak)
Manufacturer: AliphCom Part number: JC03-03-US
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CNET editors' review
price range: $120.60
- Reviewed by: Brian Bennett
- Reviewed on: 01/16/2014
- Updated on:03/13/2014
The good: The Jawbone Era is astonishingly small, light, and comfortable to wear. The headset boasts excellent noise-cancellation and clean audio quality. The companion mobile app offers helpful and fun extras.
The bad: The Jawbone Era’s base model has short battery life and lacks a volume button. The Era's small size is tough on large hands.
The bottom line: Outside of short battery life, the small and comfortable Jawbone Era delivers the full package of an affordable price, excellent sound quality, and a powerful companion app.
Jawbone lost me as a customer for good.
by RoadkingVin on January 31, 2014
Pros: Good fit and function.
Cons: Worst online shopping experience. No way to compare new Era with previous models. Site says ships in one day, it took a week to ship and another week to deliver. Call center no help and caused more frustration.
Summary: Product came in cheap shipping envelope. Ordered optional charger, but neither the unit nor charger comes with a wall adapter to plug it in. Only one left ear piece. Never ...
Summary: Product came in cheap shipping envelope. Ordered optional charger, but neither the unit nor charger comes with a wall adapter to plug it in. Only one left ear piece. Never will buy a Jawbone product again, and will tell the world about my experience. The Jawbone company seems to be under new management. It used to be top shelf, but now is total opposite. They have good products but no regard for customers.
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Horrible Ear Piece
by dc137pd on March 2, 2014
Pros: good fit but only one left ear gel
Cons: where to start?
1. Horrible Battery life. turned the unit on - 4 hours talk time remaining. went to the store 10 minutes away - 2 hours talk time remaining with a fully charged battery.
2. sound quality is abysmal
3. Volume is very low even on high
Summary: Jawbone has made better headsets. this one misses the mark like a golfer putting his ball into the water. their previous version of the Era was much better. Very disappointed ...
Summary: Jawbone has made better headsets. this one misses the mark like a golfer putting his ball into the water. their previous version of the Era was much better. Very disappointed in Jawbone for the lousy quality of the workings of this device. build quality is good but the problems outshine the build quality. The charging case is a good idea but the battery life make it a necessity and this isn't what you should get from a bluetooth headset. Going back to my Bose headset.
Horrible call quality
by wmustudent on February 13, 2014
Pros: The charging case is a neat idea, although I didn't keep the device long enough to use it.
Cons: People cannot hear me due to bad call quality.
A very nice headphone that has great sound!
by gregorysreid on January 23, 2014
Pros: o Better sound. Much deeper and richer.
o Smaller, higher quality feel.
o Comfortable earpiece.
o Nice Iphone app (that helps you find the thing if you misplace it)
Cons: o Harder to get a good fit for the earpiece. Once in place, it's great but it takes more time than the old version to get settled in the ear.
o Jawbone removed the 'double tap' to hang up the call! I really liked that.
o Low battery life.
Summary: A very nice upgrade to an already solid headphone. In fact, the old Jawbone Era (three humps) lasted me almost 3 years! I believe it was the only piece of ...
Summary: A very nice upgrade to an already solid headphone. In fact, the old Jawbone Era (three humps) lasted me almost 3 years! I believe it was the only piece of technology not to turn over at least once during that time!Ok, just spent a good portion of the morning talking on the new headset. Was in the office, on the road, in a store, etc. The sound is excellent on both ends. Those that I were talking with thought I was on a land line (save for the call id which gave it away as my mobile). And the sound quality on my side was also excellent. Only issue that I see so far is that my mac keeps trying to update it with new firmware, but then it doesn't complete.
The new one is smaller, lighter and sounds better. I would trade off a bit larger size for more battery life. Also, I really miss the double tap feature that would hang up a call on the old Era.
None-the-less, this model is a solid upgrade. It sounds great, feels great in the ear, appears to be of good quality. I bought the silver model. My only concern at this point is that the paint isn't so cheap that it starts to rub off after some use like some finishes do. We shall see! I'll report back if it does.
Updated on Jan 23, 2014
Updated on Jan 24, 2014Another day with the headphone. Even more impressed with the sound. On my end, voices are much more clear and more deep. The volume can go up to an almost painful level, as well. On the other end of the call, people are saying that it sounds like I am on a land line. (I've never heard that comment before. Ever.) One issue that I've noticed is that the battery life on my phone (iPhone 5S) appears to be dropping much faster than normal with this new headset. My old Jawbone Era didn't have that type of battery drop. Not sure why that might be occurring... Another is that the ear piece on this headset, while more comfortable and secure then the old one, feels less sturdy and less robust. It seems like it could be damaged easily while being pushed into pockets, briefcases, etc. Other than those two items, all good.
Updated on Feb 5, 2014I've had the product for a few weeks now. Here are my final thoughts. When it works, it works very, very well. The sound on both sides is excellent. However, there are times that callers just can't hear me. It appears to happen when they a call me, not when I dial outbound. Not sure if its a software bug in the phone but all other variables are the same, such as location, # of bars, etc. Also, the battery life is pitiful. The 'old' Era was rated at 5 hours, I usually got that if not more battery life from it. This new Era is rated at 4 hours; I barely can get 3 hours of talk time from it. Considering is dimunitive size, it would have made sense to make it slight bigger and pack another 50% of battery in to it. Would I buy it again? Probably not, the old Era's sound wasn't quite a good, but it was consistent and the battery life was much better.