I have had 3 Bluetooth headsets over the last 3 years. My latest headset is the Jawbone. So far, I am really liking it. If you haven't heard of this particular headset before, it makes some pretty bold claims to essentially eliminate all background noise using 'military grade' technology. This makes it suitable for talking on the streets, in the car, and with the TV (or music) on full bore at a bar perhaps. I can honestly say that the device pretty much works just like the demos on its website show it does. In fact, it works so fantastically well, most people have trouble believing you are on headset and not a dead quiet room. I tested this with my wife by standing in front of the TV and cranking the volume. She couldn't hear it at all...
All in all, this one is shaping up to be my favorite headset of all time. The call quality for both you and the receiver is fantastic.
For comparison purposes, I will also list my last two headsets here and the lowdown on each.
My previous headset was the Plantronics Discovery 640. All in all, it was a pretty good headset. Unfortunately, I lost it or someone relieved me of it. I have all the accessories still, but not the headset.
Even with those cons, I was going to purchase the thing again to replace my missing one until I saw the Jawbone. If you don't feel like spending more $$ and like getting lots of accessories, this one is for you. Supposedly, there is a DSP model now that is similar to this one, but cuts down on the noise that people I called complained about.
Finally, we come to my first headset, the Motorola HS850. This one managed to die exactly 1 day after the warranty expired.
If they have fixed the volume problem in later models, it is a pretty decent headset for the money and the folding boom is very, very handy for an off/on switch (that's what I miss most).
December 29, 2006
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