January 16th 2014 9:21 am

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conclusion:We like it

85 February 12th 2014 4:00 pm

With the new Era, Jawbone continues to produce quality Bluetooth headsets that you'll want to take calls on. The sound quality is top notch, with Computerworld saying they're "most impressed" with the Era, and that "for such a compact device, the audio was clear and quite audible." The microphone is good as well, with Re/code noting that the people they called had "had no trouble" hearing them and incoming callers sounded "clear." In addition to sounding good the Era also feels good, with Slashgear being able to wear it all day "without any discomfort." Even though the battery life comes in at about only four hours, the updated Jawbone Era should be at the top of your list if you're in the market for a new Bluetooth headset.

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Critic reviews

8.3
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    7.8
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    8.9
  • Sound quality
    8.9
  • Battery life
    7.4
  • Comfort
    8.4
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8.0
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9.0
PC Mag Feb 13, 2014

The Era by Jawbone is a refined, discreet Bluetooth headset that offers solid call quality and dispenses with the stigma associated with more gaudy devices.

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8.0
CNET Jan 16, 2014

Outside of short battery life, the small and comfortable Jawbone Era delivers the full package of an affordable price, excellent sound quality. and a powerful companion app.

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8.0
Computerworld Feb 4, 2014

Its lightweight and comfortable design, ease of use, and ability to work with Siri and Google Now -- not to mention its impressive audio quality -- make it a lot more wearable on the long term than most consumer headsets have been up to now.

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8.0
Re/code Jan 28, 2014

The Jawbone Era hasn’t changed my phone habits entirely. But for Bluetooth believers, its fresh design and audio capabilities help simplify smartphone communications where it counts.

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9.0
SlashGear Jan 16, 2014

When you hear wearables, the expectation is usually some sort of Glass-style head mounted display. Yet there's still plenty to be done with audio-only: a clandestine whisper of information into your ear, funneling in directions, messages, and other answers, not to mention calls.

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8.0
Time Jan 16, 2014

It all looks nice and works well, but I did miss one feature in the old Era: You could control it by tapping anywhere on the headset, as if the whole thing was one giant button.

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8.0
ChipChick Jan 23, 2014

Overall, if you’re looking for a fashion-forward Bluetooth headset that offers an excellent, first in-its-class audio and noise reduction experience, the Jawbone ERA is it.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 16, 2014

On the audio front, Jawbone moved to tiny MEMS microphones and also overhauled its Noise Assassin noise cancellation technology with support for wider-band audio. You can also use voice commands to order Siri around, assuming you have an iDevice.

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GigaOM Jan 16, 2014

Compared to other small Bluetooth headsets, the Jawbone Era might seem a little pricey, but I’m inclined to think the quality is worth it. It’s just as comfortable to wear for long periods of time as some of the bigger, professional models from Plantronics, with a design that’s a lot easier to...

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Pocket-Lint Apr 7, 2014

Anyone in the market for a Bluetooth headset would be hard pressed to find something as good looking as Jawbone's Era. But the call quality could be better and button functionality would benefit from being personalised.

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The Verge Jan 16, 2014

The new Era supports wideband audio, meaning everything from FaceTime calls to Skype conferences will sound as good as they should; it will also work with HD Voice, so phone calls will sound markedly better as well.

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iLounge Jan 23, 2014

Despite sharing a name with its direct predecessor, Era has undergone a pretty dramatic redesign. Less than two inches long, it comes in one of four metallic colors; three have a raised-ridge pattern, while the silver has a diamond texture.

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Digital Trends Jan 18, 2014

The new Jawbone Era will let wearers interact with Siri on the iPhone, or Google Now on Android devices. To let the earpiece know you want to have a chat with either virtual assistant, a button press is all that’s needed.

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