JABRA® EarWrap Cellular Headset
by Claudia Bauer
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
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
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.