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Tied up once again, I digress that while I love the sound quality of decent ear buds, I hate being caught by them every time I move. I have tried the single ear Bluetooth devices and found them decent for talking on the phone, but music was right out. The oversized earphones are great for music, but are bulky and cumbersome to be wearing as a full time solution. Jabra has introduced myself to the solution of this common issue that has plagued my quest in achieving balance between portability and sound quality.
The Jabra Step Wireless headsets weight only a touch over a half an ounce, yet pack enough power to provide functional usage. Personally, I use these a lot for work where I communicate on and off the day with my cell phone. When I am not talking on the phone, I use them to listen to music as I work through my daily tasks. Jabra states that these will provide up to four hours of talk time, yet with my pair I seem to get a little bit more of usage time prior to requiring charging.
I have attempted to connect the Jabra Step Wireless headsets to several different devices in attempts to test the connectivity. Utilizing my cell phone, it synchronized correctly up the first time and without flaw. It never failed whenever I attempted to reconnect the unpaired devices to my phone. When I utilized the headset with my notebook, I received mixed results. I have found that I can utilize them as a listening device with no issues on my Windows 8.1 notebook, but the microphone portion of the Bluetooth would not function correctly.
Music and phone conversations can be controlled by the headset with buttons housed in the microphone compartment. The sound quality of the music played was exceptional compared to other Bluetooth devices in the price range of this product. This could be attributed to the Bluetooth 4.0 standard that provides excellent bandwidth coupled with excellent speakers. In regards to speaking with individuals, they state that my voice is clear and does not have that speakerphone, or tunnel sound that some devices can have.
Overall, this device is a great quality Bluetooth headset that works great for cell phones and Bluetooth enabled MP3 devices. Great quality sound, easy connectivity, lightweight, and long lasting battery life was a major benefit of these devices. You can purchase these headphones at Jabra.com, or locally at most major retail stores.