Published on November 7th, 2015 | by Greg0
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.