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Jawbone ERA (2014) review

7.7/10 AVG.
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  • Jawbone ERA (2014)
  • Jawbone ERA (2014)

Specs / Features


The smallest, lightest headset Jawbone has ever created at less than 2 inches long and weighing in at just 0.2 oz. | 4 hours of talk time, or up to 10 hours with charging case | NoiseAssassin 4.0 detects when you are speaking to eliminate background noise | Advanced ear fittings feature a new design that uses the natural contour of the ear to create a secure fit | ERA's built in locator and Jawbone App ensure you'll never lose it

The smallest, lightest headset Jawbone has ever created at less than 2 inches long and weighing in at just 0.2 oz. | 4 hours of talk time, or up to 10 hours with charging case | NoiseAssassin 4.0 detects when you are speaking to eliminate background noise | Advanced ear fittings feature a new design that uses the natural contour of the ear to create a secure fit | ERA's built in locator and Jawbone App ensure you'll never lose it

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Warranty (Months) -
Size 1 cm (0.4 in)
Weight N/A
Reviews summary section

What's good

  • Good call quality and noise cancellation
  • Discrete and sleek design
  • Incredibly small and light

What's bad

  • Only 4 hours of talk-time
  • Poor voice quality when making calls

Hands-free headsets have been growing in popularity throughout the years, but more often than not they are either functional or fashionable. According to critics, Jawbone's latest Era Bluetooth headset has finally attained the perfect combination. It's 42 percent smaller than its predecessor, the original Era, and weighs a scant six grams.

The device itself consists of a little bar (available in silver, brown, red or black), an earbud, silicone ear loop and a power switch. Even without the ear loop, Slashgear describes its grip as "tenacious" noting that, "…we can shake our head frantically and still the ERA stays put. Despite that, it's comfortable too…"

Like Jawbone's previous headsets, the Era takes advantage of the NoiseAssassin technology. Its two microphones work together with the voice activity sensor to cancel out background noise during calls. During test calls, reviewers were quite pleased with the call quality and noticed a significant bump to overall volume. PCMag states, "…voices came through full, clear, and natural sounding…" Although in general calls come through clear, in very loud settings critics were frustrated with the lack of dedicated volume control and had to adjust the loudness by pressing the command key for a few moments. In addition, while calls sounded good through the earpiece, experts found voice transmission through the mic to be somewhat muddy on the other end.

Due to its small size, Jawbone had to shrink the battery and its battery life suffered. Across the board reviewers clocked the Era lasting a mere 4 hours of talk time, which is very short when compared to other headsets in its price range. While it does come with an optional battery case that extends talk time to ten hours, it also bumps up the cost and significantly.

For the most part, reviewers appreciated the improved design and audio quality with GigaOm stating, "the Jawbone Era…is just as comfortable to wear for long periods of time…with a design that's a lot easier to swallow." Others like GottaBeMobile were slightly disappointed saying, "I'm not nearly as impressed with this newer ERA as I have been with the previous versions."


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