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Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset review

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Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset
  • Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset
  • Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset
  • Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset
  • Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset
  • Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset
  • Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset

Summary

Our Score:

9

Not too long ago we got our ears on the Aliph Jawbone Noise Assassin headset and concluded that it might just be the best Bluetooth headset we'd seen, thanks to its killer combination of style and competency. Its latest successor, the Jawbone Prime, purports to be every bit as good, bringing the same great noise-cancelling technology into an even sleeker package. Sounds great, but has Aliph come good on those ambitions?

I certainly can't fault the Jawbone Prime on looks - it's every bit as attractive as the Noise Assassin but also a little smaller. Black is still the new black and I still think that's the colour of choice, although the purple has a certain appeal. In any colour, you certainly wouldn't be disappointed at having spent £88.10 on the Prime; which is fortunate as that's how much Aliph is asking.

Two of the contributors to the Prime's looks add to its functionality, too. The most obvious is the option to eschew a strap over the back of the ear in favour of using an 'ergobud' as Aliph calls it. These have a rubber loop protruding backwards from the main device's body which hooks into the earlobe keeping the Prime in place against its wearer's head.

The packaging includes several earbuds of various sizes to suit just about any ear and if you don't take to the 'ergobud' fitting there is an earloop supplied. Also provided is a USB charging cable and a USB power adaptor. As per the Noise Assassin the charging end of the cable is magnetic and holds the Prime in place - entirely gratuitous and entirely cool.

stuart 13

August 1, 2010, 9:13 pm

I've been using Motorola bluetooth headsets only and kind of believes only Motorola can produce the best until... I came across Plantronics and Jawbone while surfing the net. I was using the Motorola H710, H375, H12 and then H790. The H790's performance met about 70% of my personal expectations on a good all-round performance bluetooth unit. H790 did outperformed the H12 on speaker volume and Crystaltalk (noise "reduction" technology). I was happy with it and kind of wanted to look for a better unit. Did quite a bit of reading on Plantronics and Jawbone, based on my research, decided to buy the Plantronics 975. It was an ultimate sounding bluetooth unit, really, and I mean really clear sounding bluetooth unit, the best so far that I've tried. Returned the Plantronics 975 due to clear background noise (no background noise cancellation) eventhough it was the clearest sounding bluetooth I've ever owned... todate. Got the 2nd unit, the same thing persisted, talked to the local Plantronics distributor and they are willing to refund me since I'm not happy with it. Purchased this Jawbone Prime, this time I tested it while I was at the store, the 1st brand new unit I tested sounded badly. Opened up another brand new unit, this time it was good, did my testing by calling several of my friends.





My conclusion, the Plantronics 975 has the best audio quality for both outgoing and incoming, it was unfortunate that the background noise cancellation is poor. At noisy environment, I did call my friends to test out on its quality, they all said the same, they heard me really clear and I sounded like I was calling from landline but they all heard the background too. Now Jawbone Prime did not sound as great as Plantronics 975 in terms of audio quality but J.Prime edge P.975 on Noise cancelling by a big margin. So it boils down to individual's preference and my priority is on background noise cancelling quality. J.Prime's audio quality is not great and I would say it's OK but I need my clients or friends to hear me comfortably without background disturbances so I opted for Jawbone Prime. So which one you choose is depending on what you are looking for. Clarity, go for Plantronics, noise cancelling, go for Jawbone. Comfort level, both are about the same for me. Plantronics 975 might have the charging case, all I need is additional Jawbone cable in my car when I need it so it's not a big deal for me too. Had the Jawbone Prime possesses the clarity of Plantronics 975, I would rate it as a perfect bluetooth headset.

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