Since Christmas technically ends on January 6 and there's not a heck of a lot going on in the gaming world, I thought it would be a good time to compare our holiday loot. The first gaming/tech goodie I'll be sharing with you is Aliph's Jawbone 2 bluetooth headset. Before I talk about the product, I wanted to state that I think it's impossible for anyone to use a bluetooth headset without looking like a wanker. Since many states now require hands-free solutions for using mobile phones in cars, I understand the need for them. Gamers get a pass since they can use bluetooth headsets with the PlayStation 3 and, for the most, nobody really cares what they look like when playing games at home.
This isn't my first experience with Aliph -- I actually tried out the original Jawbone. I'm totally into Aliph's industrial design and the company's packaging is slick in that Apple way. I loved the sound quality and the noise cancellation of the Jawbone 1, but I just couldn't achieve a good fit. At the end of the day, I couldn't deal with constant adjusting the headset required; the same way a baseball player constantly adjusts his cup, I had to constantly touch the headset so that it felt comfortable in my ear. The Jawbone 2 offers several improvements over the original....
It's significantly smaller, the charging solution is much smarter, and, most importantly, I can achieve a good fit with it! In my limited time with the headset, I've found that the Jawbone 2 retains the high-quality sound and superior noise cancellation of its predecessor, while being more comfortable (for me anyway) and sleeker. Whether it's with my laptop, mobile phone, or PlayStation 3, using the Jawbone 2 has been an aural pleasure. It's super important to keep in mind that a good fit is essential for optimal results. While the Jawbone 2 fit me better than the original, your mileage may vary.
Anyone get any bluetooth-headset action for the holidays? Do any of you guys use bluetooth headsets with your PS3s? Any recommendations? Any models to stay away from? I've tried numerous Samsung and Motorola models that were pretty "meh". I've heard great things about some Blueant and Plantronics headsets. Anyone try any sets from those companies? Please share your bluetooth experiences!