Bluetooth headsets have a bad reputation. Perceived as both impossibly geeky and uncool – there’s even a tenure “Bluetooth douche” – a in-ear pieces have been relegated to a fringe, notwithstanding their usefulness. The second-generation Era headset from Jawbone, however, relieves a lot of a disastrous hype by trait of being significantly smaller.
Even with a svelte figure, a Era has a wider, fuller sound than any headset we’ve tested. Calls sounded great, and built-in sound termination meant we didn’t have to demeanour like we were yelling to ourselves on loud streets. Siri and Google Now harmony also authorised for on-the-go texting and discerning voice web searches with a prolonged press of a Talk button. Slipping a ERA in and out of a ear was also a reduction perplexing knowledge than with other headsets we’ve used. But many importantly, a Era is usually 1.83-inches long, reduction than an in. wide, and sticks out usually about half an in. from your face. It’s easy to see usually how accessible Bluetooth headsets are for commuters, bikers, multi-taskers – generally when no one knows they’re wearing one. [$130; jawbone.com]