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Best Bluetooth headsets: Jawbone ERA vs Plantronics Voyager PRO HD vs Jabra Supreme vs Jabra Extreme2

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Comfort:

It is really hard to pick a clear winner in this category simply because all of the headsets feel great when being worn... except for the Jawbone ERA. Even with the adjustable earhook in place, the headset feels awkward and uncomfortable to us. It is also prone to falling off easily. Ironically, it comes with the widest selection of earbuds – a whole 8 of them, yet not a single one felt right while we were using it.

UPDATE: We gave the Jawbone ERA a second shot and tried it out with an optional set of earbuds - the so called "Type C" earbuds, which cost $9.99 extra. We found them to be more comfortable than the stock ones as they fit quite snugly, thus greatly reducing the headset's chances of falling off. Users that are not entirely satisified with the fit of their Jawbone ERA might want to give that optional set of earbuds a try.

Still, if we had to choose a headset solely based on how comfortable it is, that would be the Jabra Extreme2 simply because it fits nice and tight while weighing next to nothing. However, we find the Jabra Supreme and the Plantronics Voyager PRO HD almost just as comfortable, so we believe that you will be quite satisfied with them as well.

Best Bluetooth headsets: Jawbone ERA vs Plantronics Voyager PRO HD vs Jabra Supreme vs Jabra Extreme2
Best Bluetooth headsets: Jawbone ERA vs Plantronics Voyager PRO HD vs Jabra Supreme vs Jabra Extreme2
Best Bluetooth headsets: Jawbone ERA vs Plantronics Voyager PRO HD vs Jabra Supreme vs Jabra Extreme2
Best Bluetooth headsets: Jawbone ERA vs Plantronics Voyager PRO HD vs Jabra Supreme vs Jabra Extreme2
Jabra Extreme2 - Best Bluetooth headsets: Jawbone ERA vs Plantronics Voyager PRO HD vs Jabra Supreme vs Jabra Extreme2
Jabra Supreme - Best Bluetooth headsets: Jawbone ERA vs Plantronics Voyager PRO HD vs Jabra Supreme vs Jabra Extreme2
Jawbone Era - Best Bluetooth headsets: Jawbone ERA vs Plantronics Voyager PRO HD vs Jabra Supreme vs Jabra Extreme2
Plantronics Pro HD - Best Bluetooth headsets: Jawbone ERA vs Plantronics Voyager PRO HD vs Jabra Supreme vs Jabra Extreme2

Jabra Extreme2

Jabra Supreme

Jawbone Era

Plantronics Pro HD



Ease of use:

We had no troubles pairing any of the four headsets, which is always a good start. After fiddling with them for several days, we can say that the Jabra Supreme is the easiest one to use. First of all, turning it on couldn't have been more user-friendly – just flip open the folding microphone boom and you are all good to go. It is also convenient having dedicated, easy to find keys for all important actions, namely picking up and hanging up calls, using voice commands, and adjusting the volume.

Using the Jawbone ERA is also pretty easy. Answering or hanging up calls is done by double tapping on the side of the headset, meaning that there is no need to search for any buttons with your thumb. A volume rocker is nowhere to be seen, but that is because the headset adjusts its output volume automatically depending on your surroundings.

As far as the Jabra Extreme2 and the Plantronics Voyager PRO HD are concerned, using them is pretty straightforward as well. Their buttons are well-exposed and easy to operate while the headsets are in use.

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posted on 09 Feb 2012, 09:37

1. Mad_Dog_Sauce (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Aug 2010)


What about Moto's new Elite Flip headset. I own it and it's great. I have a Voyager Pro, if comfort is key, then that's the one to get. The Jawbone isn't anything to write home about... And who wants anything from Jabra? Everything they make is garbage.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 10:58

2. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


I went from a Jawbone ERA to a Plantronics M1100 and, honestly, the M1100 seems to work a little better. Everything is voice command on it which is both a blessing and curse (more blessing when driving though), but if you're just using it in the car it does an amazing job with noise reduction and voice clarity. I can't speak for multimedia or anything like that...

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:24

3. daywalker (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


im a construction worker and im outside with noise all day. i have tried all that is mentioned here and i can honestly say none of these holds a candle to the bose series 2. call quailty blows all of these out of the water. i tried so hard to make myself like the jawbone but if i was close to any noise the volume would go so low that i couldnt hear the thing. but the bose no matter what im doing or piece of machinery im running i never had trouble hearing or being heard. also the comfort and ease of use is second to none. the most comfortable earpiece out there and i have tried them all. the only downside is the price for some ($149.00) but for me after trying a ton of bluetooths this was well worth it.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:38 1

4. Immolate (Posts: 274; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


I've had an ERA for a year and the only problem I have with the comfort is that I sometimes forget it's there. It never falls out. I don't use the ear loop. It sounds great. It does DNLA. It's noise cancellation is hands-down better than the other high-end headsets. Five hours of talk time. Programmable voice (I use "bombshell").

I accidentally washed the first one I bought and found it in the dryer afterward. It stopped working about a month later, so I had to replace it. I bought another exactly like it. Highly recommended.

I use a Plantronics headset in my home office day in and day out. It's much larger and heavier, but it's another best-of-breed product. I probably spend thirty hours a week on one or the other, so I don't skimp on my phone accessories.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 20:35

5. dmbfan42 (Posts: 7; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I have used Jawbone for about 2 years ICON first and now the Era. I went through 4 headsets in a week and half and out of the other types of headsets i tried (Moto Elite Silver, BlueAnt Rugged, Bose 2 and Jabra Extreme2) i went back with the Era as the winner. I work for the a cable company and drive a van with a lot of parts and equipment that move around on bumpy roads. With the other BT everyone said i either sounded robotic or could hear all the noise in the van rattling around. But with the Era it has all gone away and every can hear me and like it they cant hear the noise.

Yes the jawbone can uncomfortable but with a purchase of other ear buds (jabra eargels) and a little modification i dont even know its there!!

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 13:20

6. SailFree (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


1) Bought Jawbone, noise cancellation was lousy, if outdoors or any wind, wife couldn't understand me at all.
2) Bought second Jawbone, thinking first was just defective, and had same problems. Tried more or less pressure of the white nub against cheek--could make the sound worse, but never better.
3) Hard to keep in ear.
4) Plantronics M1100 solved wind and noise problem, but still hard to get ANY bluetooth to stay in my ears without a loop. And none of the devices with non-adjustable loops fit well at all.
5) No, I don't have weird ears.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 06:37

7. daywalker (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


Sailfree I tried them all but hands downs the Bose series 2 is the best. It's pricey at $150 but you will not have to get another.

posted on 19 May 2012, 08:49

8. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


This is how a real comparison should be done.
Ray S, take notes!

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 12:41

9. Pope1944 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Sep 2012)


Been a heavy user for years and tried every brand (except Bose). Have had several Jawbones and swear by them. Solved the ear bud/hook problem by getting a custom made earpiece (Avery.com) that I have moved to three different Jawbones. No connection to the company but I highly recommend one if you have an uncomfortable fit. Makes the sound so good that you have to lower the volume. I have driven down the highway at 70mph with the window open and have no problems on either end of the call.

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 14:07

10. alfalf (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Dec 2012)


noise cancellation is a big sale point
it's a pity that the comparison is not included

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 14:12

11. alfalf (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Dec 2012)


noise cancellation is a big selling point
it's a pity that the comparison is not included

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 12:10

12. Puripong (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


I have tried both Jawbone and Platronics and if only these two are my choices I must say Plantronics is far much better over Jawbone. The "noise cancellation" is the key factor why Plantronics is the real winner to me. This function is important for the use at real work environment and noise cancellation by Jawbone was only a hype. It is totally useless and I cannot make a proper call under heavy condition such as strong wind or standing near a construction site. I wonder if peoples might consider buying them because of the design over functions.

But anyway apart from driving a car you may not want to wear Plantronics headset in public because it will only make you look funny. It is very confort but not charming at all no matter how handsome or pretty and beauty you are.

Sorry if my English may not good. This is just a comment from an Asian guy. :)

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