The Jabra Eclipse is a new favorite gadget of mine. When Bluetooth earpieces first appeared on the scene I thought they were cool (because they were new and new gadgets are partially cool just because they’re new). Later I thought they were dorky; just for old business guys without a clue when it came to fashion or social consciousness.
Now I’m throwing everything out the window and forming a new opinion of the category thanks to the Eclipse. It’s small, light, comfortable and the sound quality is great. But there are also some additional features that make this headset the best I’ve ever tested (which is, admittedly, only a handful, but still).
First things first: how clear is the sound and speech (because even if there are other amazing features, if it doesn’t perform it’s core duties well, nothing else matters). The Eclipse excels in both categories.
The speaker produces really great sound. The packaging says it’s music quality and they weren’t kidding. I enjoyed listening to music for hours on the Eclipse and marveled at how good my playlists sounded (even if it was a bit odd listening in just one ear). And it’s capable of getting quite loud too; in fact, it was powerful enough I was able to listen to music at the next to lowest setting comfortably (that was plenty loud).
And did you catch that? I said I listened for music for hours. That’s comfortably. I haven’t experienced any fatigue at all while wearing the Eclipse even over long durations. I absolutely can’t say the same about nearly any set of headphones I’ve ever tested (even really nice expensive ones with cushy ear pieces). After time they all eventually start to hurt my ears; but not the Eclipse.
In testing I never once had someone on the other end of the line say they couldn’t hear me or that I was breaking up. I take that to be a very good sign because even in late 2015, I experience too many calls when the person on the other end is using Bluetooth (a headset or in their car) or speakerphone and I just can’t hear them well. So the Eclipse performs admirably in this category.
The Eclipse can also control Siri or Google Now. Being an iPhone user (6s at the moment) I tested out the Siri controls. And I’m torn. On the one hand ...