JABRA® EarWrap™ Cellular Headset


All those bumper stickers that say "Hang Up and Drive"? Ignore them with a cellular headset. A headset is a must-have for anyone who uses a cell phone while driving, because it has both the convenience of a speakerphone and the privacy of a handheld. What's more, in some states a headset or auto hands-free kit is mandatory. The question is, which cellular headset is right for you? If you're looking for comfort, ease of use, and sleek style, try the EarWrap from JABRA, which meets all three criteria.

Packaged for humans
There's a place in heaven reserved for the packaging designers at JABRA, who've managed to come up with a plastic case that can be opened easily by unaided human hands. The 2 sides are pressed together but come apart with a gentle tug—not a tug o' war.

Color me cellular
Now that we're done with packaging, let's talk about the EarWrap itself. Its best feature is its versatility: you choose the color and which ear to wear it on, and adjust it for the perfect fit.

The EarWrap comes with 4 colorful boom and earpiece covers that you can mix or match to your liking: (blue/blue, yellow/yellow, and silver/black), and basic black (without a cover). Pick a color or combine them to suit your mood, to match a sports team, to coordinate with your outfit, or your car.

Ears of any size or shape can take comfort in the EarWrap because it rotates to any angle, forward and backward, left and right, and the pliable plastic behind-the-ear wrap can be shaped for a stable fit. The EarWrap can easily be adjusted for use on the left ear or the right, so you can stick with the ear you're used to using or you can switch back and forth.

Unwrap it and go
The EarWrap is really easy to use; just plug it in and go. The interchangeable parts are very simple to connect and require no directions. The only remotely tricky part is changing the boom covers: To remove the current one you have to pull it all the way down the cord, including over the clothing clip, and the new one has to go all the way back up over the cord and the clip to go on. The opening in the wrap is just a bit too small to pass over the clip easily, so you have to work with it. It all seems like more work than should be required for a simple cosmetic procedure.

Testing . . . testing . . .
The EarWrap is one of just a handful of cellular headsets that provide a noise-canceling microphone, and this allows good voice transmission. The unit I tested had a bit of warbling—though this was due, most likely, to my connection, versus a problem with the headset. Either way, I doubt it would be an issue while driving, especially if you're getting a good signal. The earpiece is great; transmissions from other people's phones are clear and audible, although the earpiece does not hold as snugly to the ear as I personally prefer.

Tying it all together
A 4-foot cord connects the headset and the plug, so there's plenty of slack for easy movement, even when the phone is plugged into the AC adapter or cigarette lighter. Sometimes it seemed to me like too much cord, but I just bunched it up and tied it with the clothing clip that comes attached to the cord.

The JABRA EarWrap uses a 2.5 mm stereo phone plug, and should be compatible with most cell phones.

If you're looking for a cellular headset that offers fun colors along with sleek, compact styling and a reasonable price—and you're willing to trade these features for less-than-completely stellar sound quality—the EarWrap should be an outstanding choice for you.