In the introduction of our in-depth Aliph JawBone bluetooth headset review, we established that the real-world wearability, durability and usability would be our primary areas of focus. This installment will review the overall wearability of the Aliph JawBone bluetooth headset.
Inside the box, the Aliph JawBone comes with four earloops and four earpads. After trying several combinations, we ended up using the Aliph JawBone as originally packaged. Once properly outfitted, we found the Aliph JawBone to be lightweight and comfortable to wear. When wearing the Aliph JawBone for extended periods of time, sometimes exceeding six hours, it remained comfortable and barely noticeable.
One draw back to the Aliph Jawbone design is the earloop. Although comfortable once looped onto the ear, the process of putting the Aliph JawBone on your ear is difficult to do with one hand. Considering that bluetooth headsets are most commonly used while driving, using one hand to put on the headset is important. However, after a day or two of practice, we were able to master it. The stock earpads do not allow using the Aliph JawBone without an earloop. Although the Aliph JawBone can be comfortably worn for extended periods of time using an earloop and stock earpad, using a molded eargel provides even greater comfort.
Molded eargels are an excellent alternative to the stock earpads and allow the Aliph JawBone to be used without an earloop. Depending on preference, custom mold eargels are available without much fuss or, for quite a bit less money, Jabra makes molded eargels in common sizes. Using a molded eargel provides enough stability that the JawBone stays secure in the ear, making an earloop no longer necessary (see picture.) A molded eargel also provides additional noise reduction and improved sound clarity, without feeling like your ear is stuffed with cotton. For added stability while jogging or performing some sort of vigorous activity, the Aliph JawBone can be used with an earloop and an eargel, which is even better than using the earloop and stock earpad.
Overall and out of the box, the wearability of the Aliph JawBone is on par with other bluetooth headsets on the market. Using a molded eargel makes the experience even better, but without a molded eargel the Aliph JawBone is lightweight and comfortable to wear. In the next part of the iPhoneWriter.com multi-part Aliph JawBone review, we will focus on durability; how well the Aliph JawBone holds up during real-world use.