5 expert reviews - 0 user reviews
We have collected 5 reviews of the Jabra Stone. Experts rate Jabra Stone 7.9/10. Reviewsor.com helps you find reviews, best prices, user reviews of the Jabra Stone and Jabra Headphones.
No need to introduce Jabra, the other big Bluetooth brand alongside Plantronics. Known for its high-end (but not necessarily aesthetic) headsets, the Norwegian manufacturer has recently taken a high-design turning to relaunch itself on a market that has been lacking a bit of liveliness. With three differently sized silicon fittings, the Stone adapts relatively well to the user's ear. Entirely supple, it shouldn't cause any particular pains even after long usage, but in any case it hasn't been designed to be worn all the time. Its default position is in its charger (see inset). Although you can't see it, there is a physical button for taking calls at the end of the ear. A touch area allows you to regulate volume by sliding the finger in one direction or another. The Stone is a headset for regular but not intensive users. This is born out with usage. Although sound comes through nice and clear and is a good deal better than the majority of phone manufacturer branded products (also, in fact, often made by Jabra), Plantronics does better. The same goes for the (good) microphone: the very standard noise blackout system - which consists in using two microphones, the first for the voice, the second for surrounding noise; the second signal is then subtracted from the first - doesn't match the quality of the best headsets made by the competition, which use, it's true, a length of plastic to get the microphone closer to the mouth.
One of the inescapable conclusions you can arrive at by as much as taking a glimpse at the high-end hands-free devices of major manufacturers is they are all like two peas in a pod in terms of specifications and offer similar battery life for calls, can be connected to two cell phones at the same time, etc. Their price tags are not that dissimilar either and most can be had for $90 to $150. So, how do they differ from one another? What are their distinguishing features if any? First and foremost, it’s all about design. And this is the personal trait that makes the a unique Bluetooth headset that stands out from the crowd.The first thing to grab our attention was… that is actually a cylinder with semi-transparent upper part, with the gadget with smoothly rounded shape that does look like a pebble nestled inside. This is what the headset looks like when put onto the charging cradle and hence its name. By the way, unpacking the Jabra STONE can be a feat on its own merit… unless you have read the instructions printed onto the box first.Since we have already mentioned the , let’s turn our undivided attention to it and take a closer look. It will actually allow you to charge the device on the run.
Jabra is famous for its headsets and the Stone is the firm's latest device. Does it deserve a place on your ear?On unpacking the Stone we were immediately taken with its design. The earpiece sits in a charging dock and when they're both together, it resembles a smooth black stone (pictured). Separating the earpiece the Jabra impresses again in the looks department but some users might find the fact that it's designed for right ear use only a limiting factor.To aid usability the headset boasts battery life and Bluetooth connection indicators that light up when the headset is used. Users with multiple phones will find the Stone flexible because it can be connected to two phones simultaneously.The headset is usable with only one hand and provides exceptional sound quality. And, thanks to its ‘Noise Blackout' technology the headset was able to mask most of the background noise which made conversing in noisy environments a little easier for both parties. One issue we had with the Stone is that the USB charger it ships with has a very short connector cable; it measures less than 30cm in length. This isn't a major problem if your power socket sits on your desktop but if the socket is located at the base of your desk, you'll have to leave the Stone on the floor where it might be trampled.
It's not often that a product lives up to its name, but the Jabra Stone ($130, price as of February 10, 2010) does so quite literally. This sculpted black Bluetooth headset fits so neatly into its charging base that the combination looks like a smooth, black, plastic stone--albeit one with a micro-USB socket and a Jabra logo. However, the "stone" isn't just a storage case or a pass-through connection base for a charger. It has its own battery, which, when fully charged, can completely charge the headset--a boon for folks on the go. This means that you always have extra headset charges in your pocket even on long business days when you can't get to an AC outlet or a USB charger. While the headset's battery alone provides up to 2 hours of talk time and 2.5 days of standby time, traveling with the charging base increases available talk time to 8 hours and standby time to 12 days, according to Jabra. The base takes 2 hours to charge with its AC adapter. As a traveling companion, the base makes the headset easy to find in a cluttered pocket, and it provides some protection for the headset as well. The headset and its 0.67-ounce, 1-inch-thick base measure just 2.3 by 2 inches together, which hardly makes a dent in a jacket pocket.
Not many Bluetooth headsets combine style and performance, and when they do, they stand out. Examples include the Aliph Jawbone Prime, the BlueAnt Q1, and the Plantronics Discovery 975. Jabra, a company that has been in the Bluetooth business a long time, attempts to come up with yet another headset to add to the list, and that is the Jabra Stone. It has a unique, eye-catching style and also boasts features such as multipoint connectivity, A2DP streaming, and its own Noise Blackout noise-canceling technology. However, a few design and performance quibbles prevent it from reaching its full potential. The Jabra Stone is quite expensive at $129 retail. True to its name, the Jabra Stone combines a headset and a portable charging unit in a single pebblelike design. Measuring 2.3 inches long by 2 inches wide by 1 inch deep, the Jabra Stone is smooth and black all around, with a hint of silver speckle. It feels really comfortable in the hand, especially since it weighs only 0.25 ounce. Due to its unique shape, we can easily find it when feeling around for it in our bag.
|Jabra STONE / STONE2 / HALO Bluetooth Headset (Tangle Free) Retractable Car Charger Adapter||$9.94||See it|
|Jabra Bluetooth Charger for BT530, BT2050, BT2070, BT2080, Cruiser, VBT3050, Wave, A320s, VBT185z, BT4010, Stone, BT4051, BT8040 Premium Heavy Duty Car Charger Micro USB with 8 ft thick cord and Free Antenna Booster||$10.56||See it|
|Jabra STONE Bluetooth Headset with Extreme-Noise Blocking-Bulk Packaging||$99||See it|
|Jabra STONE Bluetooth Headset with Extreme-Noise Blocking||$167.69||See it|