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New Jawbone Review

New Jawbone Headset – Much Smaller, Lighter & More Comfortable

Editor's Choice - Best Treo & Centro Bluetooth HeadsetFollowing the release of the New Jawbone by Aliph last month, I am delighted to say that this terrific Bluetooth headset is now available to buy in our Treo Store and Centro Store.

New Jawbone

The New Jawbone (pictured above) is the next-generation headset from Aliph that provides the same best in class military-grade audio processing technology aptly named “NoiseAssasin” – which eliminates virtually all background noise and provides outstanding voice clarity – as that found in the original Jawbone (my highest rated and bestselling Bluetooth headset).

New Jawbone & Original Jawbone

As you can appreciate from the images above and below the New Jawbone is quite significantly smaller than the original – it’s shorter, narrower and slimmer as well as being 50% lighter (only 10 grams versus 19 grams).  At the same time, instead of the perforated front on the original the New Jawbone now sports a lightly textured with a sound-reflective progressive relief which adds a refined touch.

New Jawbone - Back

Other changes with the New Jawbone include a much simpler and sturdier earbud (below) which you just need to push in instead of the relatively delicate earbud on the original Jawbone which you needed to push, turn and lock in place.  The simplified earloop (above left) combined with the significant weight reduction makes the New Jawbone very comfortable to wear as well even if I never had any reason to complain about the slightly heavier original.

New Jawbone earbud

The New Jawbone also offers a simpler and more robust charging connector (below).  The end of its USB charging cable now has a magnet as well as flat connectors to ensure that you can quickly and safely insert and remove your headset.

New Jawbone Charger

Although it’s great that Aliph chose to include both a USB charging cable and light/slim USB wall charger (below left) as part of the New Jawbone accessory kit I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed that these are light grey instead of black (it reminds me of the old desktops of yesteryear).  A plus in the kit is a set of four earloops (leather + plastic x 2 in Large and Medium) as well as three earbuds (S, M, L) to match your ear size and provide better comfort.

New Jawbone Kit

Last but not least there is the matter of audio performance.  I am glad to say that after conducting numerous tests under various conditions I found the noise cancellation capabilities of the New Jawbone to be as great as those found on the original.  In this respect it is worthwhile pointing out that both Jawbone headsets offer the very best-in-class noise cancellation capabilities thanks to their superior technology – I have not found a single competing headset that comes close.

Overall, I think that the New Jawbone delivers on its promise of lighter, smaller and more comfortable noise cancellation headset – one that retains all of the best qualities of the original while adding a few of its own such as a more robust body, earbuds and earloop as well as a very complete accessory kit.

If money is no object then I can not more highly recommend to buy the New Jawbone – you will own the very best Bluetooth headset on the market with superb audio quality and great looks.  Having said this, if you are more conscious of your budget then there is absolutely no doubt that the original Jawbone (see my review) costing $40 less continues to be a superb investment.

Finally, to help you get started experiencing this superior noise cancellation technology and to celebrate the arrival of the New Jawbone we’ve created a 10% Off coupon valid on both the original Black Jawbone and Red Jawbone Bluetooth Headsets.  Simply enter the coupon code NEWJAWBONE at Checkout (please note this coupon cannot be combined with any other offer).

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Posted by Andrew on June 18, 2008 at 02:37 PM

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by marina | Jun 18, 2008 6:49:19 PM

I have the Jawbone and it is very clear in sound. My sons also have the Jawbone and I enjoy talking to them on the way home without any static background. However what impressed me most was the company immediately replaced my unit when the earpiece had broken off while trying to change the earloop. they send out a new unit and no hassle that was very impressive to me that they stood behind their product.
Marina

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by Audra Koerber | Jun 18, 2008 6:57:32 PM

Wow, thanks, Marina! My earpiece broke in I think the same way yours did, and it never occurred to me to try to send it back to Aliph for a refund.

I absolutely love this product, by the way -- the original Jawbone has worked amazingly well for me, other than when it broke last week. I've had it for over a year, though, so I will be very surprised if Aliph replaces it, but I think it's worth a try....

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by marina | Jun 19, 2008 12:09:09 AM

I should have mentioned that I had my Jawbone about 6 month when that earpiece broke and they never questioned how old it was. My son just got his replaced after owning it for 13 1/2 month because his earpiece broke off, so all I can say it is a great company that stands behind their product and that to me is very important. I love my Jawbone because it realy reduces the background noise.
Marina

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by Derek | Jun 19, 2008 2:38:11 PM

I have the first edition jawbone and am mostly satisfied. The only thing that could be improved is the fact that it seems to easily lose and reaquire the bluetooth signal. Havent lost it in call, but if it is not in use the headset continually beeps that it lost its signal...

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by Charlie V | Jun 23, 2008 10:13:37 PM

I bought the new Jawbone this afternoon at AT&T--though after reading several reviews, I actually went in to get the old one. However, once I looked at the size difference, I was sold on the new one. AFter a 50 minute initial charge, I gave it a try.

First, the headset is very small and light. The key to using it successfully is to be sure that the small sensor in the mic end is in contact with your cheek. I am blessed with the right size ear and right sized ear canal such that no modification was necessary. I quickly discovered that the ear loop was not even needed and removed it. The first test was calling my wife, which worked great. I tested the headset by standing next to our outside air conditioning unit. SHe could not hear it at all, though standing next to it, I would have had to raise my voice to be heard by someone standing next to me. Went for a drive with the window down (30-40 mph), and it was perfect. My final test was to leave a voicemail for myself while walking around to various noisemakers, then turned off the noise assasin and retraced my route. The results are stellar. Sound quality was very nearly as good as simply using my phone (Blackberry 8800). I am a little concerned about battery life, but it advertises 4 hours, so we will see. The recharging setup is convenient in that it is small, magnetic, and can be plugged into a USB port on my laptop, but inconvenient from the standpoint that it is not a standard jack (like miniUSB). Not sure how I will recharge it in my car, other than by booting up my laptop. However, the sound quality (versus my old motorola H700) is night and day.

Sound on my end (wearing headset) is loud and clear, though not quite as clear as using the phone. The volume is more than adequate--in fact, it can be far too loud at the higher settings.

Bluetooth range is as noted in other reviews... clear to about 15 feet.

The contruction does not feel as monolithic as the device looks. It is light plastic, and creaks a little when you twist or press on it.

The buttons are simply hidden. You have to know where to push--there is no mark or raised edge to identify the buttons. Similarly, the white/ble/red light is hidden (you can see it flashing, but would not be able to find the location fo the light when it is off.

Highly recommend.

I did get a wild idea to try my speech recognition software with the headset--if that works as well as the phone I'll buy 2-3 more of these. Sadly, it does not. Voice recognition was relatively poor.

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by Michael C. | Jul 4, 2008 12:06:12 AM

I realy like my new Jawbone but the battery doesn't last as long as i need it to with out a car charger. Even though it only takes about 50 min to charge .For a personwho is constantly on the run like I am understands that I need more battery life in a blutooth. Other than that, I realy enjoy my Jawbone.

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by Steven C | Jul 10, 2008 10:44:15 AM

Just got the new Jawbone, and not sure if I like it yet, still getting used to it. I think the sound quality is awfully tinny on my end. But it does eliminate many background noises so that others can hear me better.

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by Tom | Aug 1, 2008 3:28:50 AM

Very nice review. I agree on all the major points, great device.

great site and nice review

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by Jerry | Aug 4, 2008 11:30:19 PM

I purchased one of these and have used it for a couple of days and I've been disappointed. The noise cancellation may be great but it's overshadowed by the following

1) Uncomfortable for the inner ear (all ear pieces have been tested)
2) The sound quality is "tinny". Worst quality of any bluetooth I've used.
3) No mute button
4) Have to "scroll/press" volume control. Can't use an up or down button

The product has some promise but misses on some essestials.

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by SKIP | Aug 13, 2008 7:49:47 PM

I OWNED THE OLD JAWBONE AND HAD TO REPLACE IT WHEN A PIECE BROKE. THEY REPLACED IT WITH THE NEW JAWBONE AND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GREAT. I HAVE BEEN VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE FIT. I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING INCLUDING TRYING THE OLD LOOPS. IT HAS TO LIE RIGHT ON YOUR CHEEK TO WORK PROPERLY. ALSO IF I TRY TO ADJUST EARPIECE DURING A CALL IT DISCONNECTS THE CALL. CANT TOUCH EARPIECE DURING A CALL. LOVED THE IDEA OF A SMALLER EARPIECE BUT I THINK THEY MISSED THE MARK.

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by Pam | Feb 18, 2009 10:49:10 AM

Iwould like to purchase one but I'm not sure how much one is, or how to order it . I would like some info on this,ok. Thank you. Hope to here back soon.
I just looked once and I think it's 99.00

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by Waz | Mar 12, 2009 11:51:15 PM

I own the original Jawbone and it work pretty well. My complaint is the ear loops only last about 1 month before they break off in the half moon rubber groment on the body itself, and the fit seems to change a lot. I was going to buy the new Jawbone 2 but I have read so many bad reviews that I think I will stick with my original jawbone for right now. Does anyone know if there is a volume control on the new Jawbone. I am hard of hearing mainly from being a sound man for hard rock bands in the 70's so I need a loud bluetooth headset

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