We had an opportunity to review Jabra’s new Stone3 Bluetooth headset a while back, and we were quite impressed by the design. It looked really nice and dandy even when worn, unlike many other bluetooth headsets that make you look like Captain Kirk.
It’s a looker!
The unit we got was white and silver (“Light” by Jabra’s description) and there is another variant in “Dark” which is basically black and red. I liked the Light version, I think it looks good.
The unit was small and handy with the earpiece fitted into the charging stone to form a flattened sphere. It’s great because it keeps me from breaking those earpieces which I often do by accidentally sitting on them or dropping them. It fits nicely into my pocket without an obvious bulge and will do quite nicely in my office bag.
Getting to work
Pairing with the Stone3 with the phone was fairly painless with the inbuilt NFC pairing. While I got the pairing done easily on the first try on the phone, subsequent pairings took some effort even when I was following the instructions on pairing multiple devices. All in all, I got it all done, sometimes not knowing what went wrong but I didn’t care as long as it worked. Maybe I was just too used to manually pairing bluetooth devices with codes and all, and this simplicity stumps me.
The headset goes over the ears with the earpiece extending into the ear canal. However it only can be worn on the right ear, so do take note lefties! The set also comes with several ear gels which you can easily change to personalise the fit of the earpiece to each person. This was one thing I didn’t really like as the headset didn’t fit me very well and it was uncomfortable at times, even with the smallest ear piece. It was nice to use, properly balanced on the ears, but I don’t foresee myself putting it on for extended hours.
Interface-wise, the Stone3 is quite simple with only one main button to press which will allow you take calls, or give you an estimated talk-time remaining. You can change the volume by swiping up and down the headset, but I had some difficulty getting it to work reliably.
You can also take calls by speaking, but I barely got it to work reliably. You can simply say “Answer” or “Ignore” for the calls, and I only got it to work twice. Unfortunately many of these voice commands are calibrated for European and American accents and often have difficulty working for Asians.
Good and clear audio
I believe that all products need to do their core job well even with all the thrills and frills around them, and the Stone3 has earned its keeps. The audio quality is good as the earpiece extends into the ear canal, cutting out much of the external noise. The mic is of very good quality and does a good job of picking up the voices even in a noisy environment. I had no problems coordinating a wedding using two phones for a whole day with this headset which worked flawlessly in a quiet church environment and a noisy banquet environment.
I tried to listen to music through the headset, but I am an extremely picky music person who needs a good set of stereo earphones. Being a single earpiece simply cannot deliver the stereo music I demand. It is good enough if you just want to listen to music, but I recommend anyone out there to use proper headphones (or even earphones) for listening to music.
The talk time of the headset was awesome as it lasted me through a whole day without the need to recharge. This was due to the charging stone where the headset is stored which charges the headset every time it is kept. The headset is rated for 2 hours of talk time, with another 8 hours of battery in the charging stone itself. I never had the opportunity to test the battery life as I often stow the unit after use. Having said that, you will also have to charge the headset through the charging stone, which means another piece of item to carry around with you all the time.
I like this headset as it does what it’s supposed to do extremely well. However, it is pricey and is not for everyone. It looks great and performs even better. You can go a long way without charging from a wall socket which would surely tempt someone who uses the headset a lot away from an office or home. The ergonomics can be improved, but it is comfortable enough and easy to operate.
You can get the Jabra Stone3 Bluetooth Headset from your nearest Jabra retailer in Singapore for S$198, or directly from Amazon if you are overseas.
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