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Jawbone ERA Bluetooth Headset with HD audio and motion control

The Jawbone ERA Bluetooth headset continues the parallel Jawbone traditions of leading noise reduction technology and more and more accessible designs, as with the previous Jawbone ICON (see earlier post).

On the technology side, the ERA updates the NoiseAssassin noise reduction and auto-adjusts inbound call volume to your environment. And it boasts clearer, stronger "HD audio" sound with a bigger 10mm wideband speaker (25% larger than previous models).

And for ease of use, the ERA has a built-in accelerometer for motion controls -- TapTap to answer calls, or ShakeShake to start pairing mode (a lot easier than some obscure multi-button sequence).

The ERA has a clean, compact design, with the trademark Jawbone budge for the voice activity sensor that rests against your cheek, plus a dedicated power switch and standard microUSB port for charging.

But the key test is noise reduction, and again the Jawbone excels -- Even standing on Broadway in Times Square the voice quality in both directions was impressive, with little leak from background engines and horns and sirens, and with less distorted voice quality.

So this is a top-notch headset, albeit at a step-up price of $129, available in four designs -- Black Diamond, Blue Wave, Grey Hex, and Red Dot.

The ERA also supports the Jawbone MyTALK online platform for updating the headset to personalize settings and download new apps, features, and software updates -- including Caller ID by Name.

There's also the Jawbone THOUGHTS free iPhone app to organize and share voice messages without typing or calling.

See my Audio Accessories Gallery for details and related products.

Find the Jawbone ERA on Amazon.com

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