Jawbone Era Headset (Midnight)
Manufacturer: AliphCom Part number: CNETERA
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CNET editors' review
price range: $129.99
- Reviewed by: Nicole Lee
- Reviewed on: 01/19/2011
The good: The Aliph Jawbone Era has a unique and attractive design, with updated features that include caller ID by name, a built-in accelerometer, and HD-quality audio.
The bad: The Aliph Jawbone Era doesn't have a dedicated volume rocker, and the way it fits the ear is not as easy and comfortable as we would like.
The bottom line: The Aliph Jawbone Era knocks it out of the park with high-end features, amazing audio quality, and innovative design.
dang it, its the best
by raeotrae on October 6, 2011
Pros: awesome noise cancellation
looks cool w/ a couple different style options
can change the voices that talk to you
tap-tap feature works great
Updates are big improvements and upgrade interface is very easy to use
Cons: Have to use a PC to do updates
Have to use different ear-pieces
Summary: I've gone around an tried all the headsets and read reviews on constant ones. Unfortunately, every six months or so I get driven by the obsession to find the ...
Summary: I've gone around an tried all the headsets and read reviews on constant ones. Unfortunately, every six months or so I get driven by the obsession to find the best bluetooth. Here's what I found and why I've determined the Era is the best. For sake of time, I will only review the top three:
Plantronics Pro HD: great sound clarity and wide range for audio listening, extremely comfortable. sometimes you have the push the earpiece closer to your ear canal to hear in noisy environments. Its big w/ a boom mic, so you can look a little too nerdy.
Blue Ant Q2: suprisingly great noise cancelling. The announce caller ID by name (although I was never able to accomplish it despite their tech support help) is really a winner (if it works for you). Ultimately, however, the plastic of the earpiece itself sits too close to your ear, and the earbuds don't do a good job of cushioning it, so it causes some discomfort after prolonged wearing. And, since the earbuds are such a funky design, its difficult to configure a replacement.
Jawbone Era: awesome noise cancelling. I'm in some environments that are too loud and crazy for me to even concentrate on what the other person is saying, but the other person keeps right on talking like it isn't a thing. Then I say, pardon my kids in the background, and they respond like they have no idea what I'm talking about. After the latest firmware update, the tap tap works fantastic and conveniently. Its small and it looks good on the ear. Lastly the fit. It is VERY true that Jawbone's supplied earpieces are below subpar. This was enough for me to never wear it. However, I discovered I could get the Umbo Earbud, trim the tip a little bit, and fit it snuggly into the Jabra Eargels. Then it makes it even more comfortable or just as comfortable as the Plantronics Pro. You have to manually set up the caller ID by name, but once you do, the feature works great without fail. Its also fun to change the voices periodically; like a sexy women's voice, mobster, cool dude, old school video game, etc!
I find that the ratings on this bluetooth are often really bad. Its usually because of the fit or they got a lemon. If you follow what I say about the fit, however, you will find the bluetooth is well worth the money. Oh yeah, also the Plantronics Savor M1100 eargels work pretty good on this Jawbone, too, but I definitely recomment the Umbo w/ Jabra combo. You have to pay more to buy those earbuds (like 15 bucks), but if you're spending a 100 or so already and you're going to wear it all day like I do, then the 15 is WELL worth it!
Not all it's cracked up to be
by cathcode on August 16, 2011
Pros: Really does cut out background noise; if you want a red Jawbone, prepare to spend more for the same product
Cons: Does not hold a charge for long. Continually re-setting my device; recharging only to have to repeat the process the nexct day.
Wish I could rate it lower
by eccentric2002 on July 11, 2011
Pros: It had a great predecessor.
Cons: Everything about it - cuts off, doesn't connect, won't turn on (first one), won't turn off (second one) doesn't stay charged, had to replace it twice. Let's hope the new brand I traded it for works - reviews are mixed on that one. I will never get a Jawbo
bluetooth connection very poor.
by dwainewaine on July 5, 2011
Pros: get stereo sound
Cons: hurt your ear
The features are enticing but fail to deliver.
by ordainedmister on June 20, 2011
Pros: Like any of the other top of the line pieces, it was nice to listen to music, youtube, and pretty much all apps through it. It has a nice selection of fitting accessories and a little protective pouch. You can program up to 20 contacts in it's app that
Cons: Well to begin with, the button up at the top was very flimsy and jiggled around. I don't know if mine was defective, but I asked the guy at the AT&T store when I purchased it and he said it was normal. This made a rattling sound when I walked. Next
Summary: Overall it was just a dissapointing unit. I had the BlueAnt Q1 before this Jawbone, and it's sound quality was far better. The Jawbone's construction I questioned straight ...
Summary: Overall it was just a dissapointing unit. I had the BlueAnt Q1 before this Jawbone, and it's sound quality was far better. The Jawbone's construction I questioned straight out of the box. It's sound quality was probably the most dissapointing part of it, but it's controls truly lacked too. The app wasn't anything special, and I returned it after one week for the Sound ID 510. My first impressions of the Sound ID already far surpass that of the Jawbone ERA. I'll soon write a review on that after a week or so of use.
Great design; good performance; poor comfort
by frienzy01 on April 3, 2011
Pros: The Jawbone Era is a very good headset on performance, feature set, and design.
Cons: The headset is uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time (1hr+); callers sometime complain of echos and noises, despite having noise assassin feature on.
Summary: I have always had jawbone headsets; every model to date so far. The feature set; functionality and design of the headset are very difficult to pass up and beat. I ...
Summary: I have always had jawbone headsets; every model to date so far. The feature set; functionality and design of the headset are very difficult to pass up and beat. I like more practical options like the battery meter icon; that you can check the status of the headset in standby mode by tapping the multi-function button; and the audio streaming. The accelerometer functions come in handy when in awkward positions/wearing certain head gear and need to answer a call. I am more than a bit disappointed in the comfort level, I almost always have to remove it from my ear after every call; and the headset doesn't remain in the set position in your ear which defeats the noise-assassin function. Jawbone headsets have always been my first choice but if you desire a great headset for call quality; design, ease of use; don't need audio streaming; and don't want to be reminded you have it on get the Plantronics Discovery 975.
Still sounds tinny and robotic.
by MitchellVII on March 23, 2011
Pros: Small, light, well build, feature-packed, loud clear sound.
Cons: Outgoing voice calls are tinny and robotic on the receiving end. The only way to avoid this if you wish to use bluetooth is to get a headset with a boom mic, period. While I would recommend this for a person on the go, I would not recommend it for someo
Summary: If your goal is for people being able to hear you and recognize what you are saying as a known language, then this is the headset for you. The sound ...
Summary: If your goal is for people being able to hear you and recognize what you are saying as a known language, then this is the headset for you. The sound on the receiving end is loud and clear. However, if you want to sound as if you are using a headset with a boom mic or talking directly into the phone, forget it. It's funny that my phone is an Android because I sounded a bit like an android on this headset. The person on the receiving end will be quite aware that you are on a bluetooth headset.
If you are looking for an all day headset where you clients won't feel you are on a speaker phone, get a headset with a boom mic. There is simply no substitute for that. If you are a road warrior and voice quality isn't important, get this.
Very good product, but still needs additional features!
by DWR839 on March 10, 2011
Pros: Finally, a bluetooth earpiece that provides the sound quality as advertised. The device is also very light and comfortable to wear. Nice style too!
Cons: No voice recognition features; no automatic updating with my directory stored on my phone. Have to manually generate a caller-ID directory via the web-app!
Summary: My wife bought me this device to replace a lost Blue Ant Q2, which I thought worked pretty good. After using this device for a couple of days, I am ...
Summary: My wife bought me this device to replace a lost Blue Ant Q2, which I thought worked pretty good. After using this device for a couple of days, I am greatly impressed by the sound quality (in both directions) that it provides. Calls are crystal clear. My wife says that it sounds like I'm talking directly into the phone handset. Absolutely no background noise is heard.
The A2DP sound quality is quite good as well. My Q2 also had this feature, but the sound quality is even better with the ERA.
I also love the comfortable fit. I like that Aliph widen the bottom-front to make the device sit light and comfortably against my cheek, keeping the voice activity sensor consistently engaged as I speak. (Also own the Jawbone I & II, and this is a design flaw with both.)
In summary, this a very good bluetooth earpiece; however, voice recognition and automatic phonebook updating would make it an awesome bluetooth earpiece!
Best one yet!!!
by afsoler on February 23, 2011
Pros: Looks great, sounds great!
Cons: Needs a smarter case for ease of access when the phone rings
Summary: Love it! An iconic headset
Summary: Love it! An iconic headset
Jawbone gets it right
by assante337 on January 26, 2011
Pros: I like al the functions of the headset.
Cons: Wish it had a physical up and down button for volume.
- Manufacturer: AliphCom
- Part number: CNETERA
- Description: The world's most advanced headset includes NoiseAssasin 3.0, HD Audio, motion controls, and updates via MYTALK. Jawbone ERA is a Bluetooth headset equipped with military-grade NoiseAssasin 3.0, Jawbone's noise and wind canceling technology. Originally developed for use by tank commanders and helicopter pilots, NoiseAssassin 3.0 eliminates background noise better than any other headset. It also auto-adjusts inbound call volume and intelligibility to your environment. Whether you're at a noisy ball game or on the road, you'll always hear and be heard.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Headset - Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
- Width 0.6 in
- Depth 2 in
- Height 0.9 in
- Weight 0.4 oz
- Additional Features On/off switch,
Voice caller ID,
Wind Noise Reduction,
Automatic Volume Control (AVC)
- Headphones Form Factor In-ear - Over-the-ear mount
- Connectivity Technology Wireless - Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
- Bluetooth Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP),
Hands Free Profile (HFP),
Headset Profile (HSP)
- Active Noise Canceling Yes
- Type Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
- Transmission Range 33 ft
- Connector Type USB
- Cables Included USB cable - External
- Included Accessories 3 ear tips,
- Compliant Standards WEEE,
FCC Part 15,
EN55022 Class B,
- Power Device Power adapter - External
- Battery Headset battery - Rechargeable - Lithium polymer
- Run Time (Up To) 5.5 hour(s)
- Standby Time 240 hour(s)