Jabra Eclipse in the test: good, lightweight Bluetooth headset, but very headstrong

It is the lightest Bluetooth headset that I know: The Jabra Eclipse looks like a standard mono headset, and yet has a different concept: it offers a portable docking station.

Jabra Eclipse in the test: good, lightweight Bluetooth headset, but very headstrong

the advertising text not you have to read to note: The Jabra Eclipse sit very quietly in the ear. No wonder it weighs but only 5.5 grams. This has a few idiosyncrasies result that you like - or not. 

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Jabra Eclipse in review: Bluetooth headset with docking station

How does Jabra so easily managed that product? One of the main tricks was probably outsource the battery technology and in part - in a portable small dock. The handset is charged via these mini-charging station, which is hung with a micro-USB connector to a USB port. Even the dock has a built-in battery, so that also reloaded without power the handset. For example, in a briefcase, in the meeting room or in motorcycle case. Since it does not bother that the battery life of the headset is a maximum of 3 hours because the charger can provide a further 7 hours. The standby time is up to 3 days (manufacturer).

The charge level of the handset you can learn about a green-red LED and accurately via the voice output, the battery charge will be issued three white LEDs - each self-explanatory (and good) solved.

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Disadvantage: Without dock the headset should not transport it, otherwise you accidentally activate the voice control etc. For a physical switch on the handset itself does not exist. So that Eclipse is equal to a little less portable. At home, in the office or in the car, it is an ideal solution for the jacket pocket, it is however, little to recommend.

For pairing, so the Bluetooth pairing of the headset and the phone, the handset is also in the dock, the activation button can be found on the Dockunterseite. Via voice command, it should also work directly on the handset.

Voice quality and other features of the Jabra Eclipse 

Courageous decision of the manufacturer: The design is specifically for a carry on right ear has been optimized. Those who prefer plugged his headset into the left ear, is not considered by Jabra with the Eclipse.

In matters voice quality, "Sound" applies, as with so many other headsets: On the iPhone, it does not come close. The smartphone is simply bigger, Apple has more room for equipment, microphone positioning, etc. In direct comparison falls on - but not otherwise. Because in general the quality of the Jabra Eclipse is more than adequate. The manufacturer raises the "premium speakers in the music sound quality" produce. Even if is for me mono listening to music in question and the sound can not compete with a regular headset, you can not suppress the laudable frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz.

What is missing is the noise reduction. Too bad, but to get over in many situations. The "Eargel", ie the earplugs, keeps ambient noise on the sidelines. And two microphones ensure that it is well understood by the interlocutors.

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Most other major technologies are also integrated in the premium device or dock, despite the small design. This includes: NFC for coupling with suitably equipped smartphones, and Google Now Siri- connectivity and voice instructions for operation (e.g., pairing, battery status, etc.).

Test Result for Jabra Eclipse 

The list of disadvantages of the Jabra Eclipse is long - but for many users it may be less about "cons" than "peculiarities". Who uses (like me) a headset right, is rather pleased the design, as he criticized the one-sided carrying option. The Dock concept is less favorable for your pocket, but convenient for the car or office. And overall it is now time to a high quality product. The would you expect, conveniently at a price of 99 euros (EIA, commercially *Jabra Eclipse in the test: good, lightweight Bluetooth headset, but very headstrong).

Who can put up with the idiosyncrasies of Jabra Eclipse (or she specifically wants), I can recommend it. Personally, I find the ease of telephoning very pleasing. Everyone else should rather look for "more neutral" alternatives. For example, from the same manufacturer Jabra Stealth (test), now even much cheaper *Jabra Eclipse in the test: good, lightweight Bluetooth headset, but very headstrong.

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