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Published on November 7th, 2015 | by Greg

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Jabra’s Eclipse Headset: Lightweight, Light On Battery

All designs come with compromises- a massive shielded tank might be sturdy but can’t move quickly, and each one costs a fortune. If you’re producing any product, you always have to balance weight and cost and durability, along with a host of other concerns. For electronics, the demands also involve comfort and size and a feature set that is always changing. Even in a category that doesn’t have the same breakneck pace of, say, smartphones, consumers still need accessories that can work easily with those same constantly-updating phones.

The Jabra Eclipse is a perfect example of how to find a clever way to cut through some vexing problems. Bluetooth headsets, after all, are fairly mature- they’ve been around for a long time now, and the basic functions have not changed much. But despite vast improvements in many technologies, battery life and size/weight are still trade-offs. The bottom line: if you want a single-ear headset, want something incredibly small and comfortable, and are willing to sacrifice some battery life, then you should definitely look at this little guy.

We say little and we mean it- the headset itself is impressively tiny. Jabra is well-known in the market, creating some of our favorite Bluetooth gear over the years, but this sets new standards as their lightest headset ever at 5.5 grams. That does lead to one downside- it’s got a fairly small battery, rated for about three hours. Conscious of the likely need for users to get more juice than that, the base of the unit is actually a backup battery which can power up your headset for seven more hours of time. They’ve built in Google Now and Apple’s Siri support for use with voice assistants, and there is an app that enables some extra features as well.

The Eclipse is definitely sleek, feels well-built, and is barely noticeable when it’s in (plus it doesn’t require any awkward ear loops). We could wear it for hours, and call quality on both ends was excellent, even in noisy conditions. It’s important to note that this unit only works in your right ear though, and you’ll have to carry the base itself to charge it- but it can fit in a pocket. Not all of the usual controls are built into this unit, so you have to adjust volume from your phone itself, but accepting calls is as easy as tapping. Something in your ear, all day, is a pretty personal piece of gear- so you should definitely consider your needs carefully. Jabra offers a wide range of models, but the Eclipse is different from most of the rest of the pack and well worth a listen. It’s available now, online and in stores, for around $129.99.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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