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Aliph Jawbone 2 Review

Hands Off!

The New Jawbone includes a wall charger, USB cable, three earbuds and four earloops

With several states enforcing hand-held cell phone bans while driving, it’s time to start looking for a hands-free device that will keep you focused on the road. California law states that all drivers must use hands-free devices while operating their moving vehicles. Similar laws are in effect in states across the U.S., including Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Utah, and Washington.

The Aliph Jawbone line of products offers drivers a safe and sleek mode of wireless communication.  We tried the second generation Jawbone and found it designed with the modern man in mind. The device is small and light, constructed with smooth medical-grade plastic and offers optional leather earloops in different sizes. Compared to other hands-free headsets, we found this one more elegant and less bulky in design, as there are no visible buttons on its outer shell.  However, it’s difficult to know whether the product is on or off, as your finger, while pushing the on/off button, covers the light that indicates the operating status of the device. Also, callers on the other end of the line reported intermittent speech at times, while we enjoyed crystal clear signal on our end. There are advantages that the new Jawbone offers, including their patented NoiseAssassin feature that separates speech from ambient noise, keeping your call crisp and clear. Charging the device is easy and can be done through an electrical outlet or your laptop’s USB port. An extra perk includes the company's promotion that promises $20 off your online purchase (the same amount as a first offense fine) if you have already been busted driving while holding a phone. Overall, we like the ultra-contemporary look, but felt some elements of the Jawbone’s design may need a few more finishing touches.

Price: $40

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(Updated: 04/25/12 NW)

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