Jawbone New Fit Earbud beta


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The new Jawbone Bluetooth headset from Aliph is just an excellent product overall, it’s very popular because of its ease of use, comfort and great call quality, but the one thing I didn’t like about it was the fact that you essentially had to use the ear loop, at least I did and most everyone I know does as well. This isn’t that big of a deal for most people, even though it’s very comfortable I personally just don’t care for having that loop over my ear. Two of the other headsets that I own either do not have the ear loop or it’s an optional thing, so I kind of prefer one of them to the Jawbone at times.

Now how do you make an already great product like the Jawbone2 even better? You come out with a new set of earbuds for it that allows you the ability to not use the ear loop at all. In my time with the New Fit Earbuds I’ve come to love them, they make the Jawbone2 an even better product, much more comfortable to the point you don’t even realize you are wearing it. There were points during the day when I first started using the new earbuds that I actually had to check to see if I was still in my ear as that’s just how comfortable the jawbone is now.

One thing to note though is that the New Fit Earbuds are a beta product and not yet available for purchase, but when they do come on the market I highly suggest you grab them.


The New Fit Earbuds come in just a small plastic bag, nothing really special in the way of packaging but it doesn’t need to be, they’re just silicone earbuds after all.

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In the package are three sizes so you’ll find the right one for you, they seem well made, and they are very soft and pliable.

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Specifications:

Jawbone New Fit Earbud beta

Because every ear is unique, we developed a new earbud to give you even more options for personal fit and comfort.

(Please note this is a beta product and not available for sale yet.)


There’s nothing to the installation, just remove your old earbud and slip the new one on, easy to do, and now you don’t need the ear loop, but yo can wear it if you wish.

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One thing I did notice is that normally I use the small earbud with the jawbone, but with these new ones I’m using the largest of them.

The New Fit Earbuds are very comfortable to wear for hours at a time, you won’t even notice you’re wearing it after a while.

One critique I could have is that the loop inside that presses against your ear to hold the Jawbone in place could be a bit bigger, it doesn’t fall out of your ear but it does tend to move around a bit so you’ve got to make sure it’s in the right place for the correct function of it. I found that regular moving around doesn’t affect it that much but vigorous movements like running, or shaking you head will make it move out of place on your face. The jawbone should be at a certain angle to your mouth with the button pressed against your cheek to insure correct function of the noise dampening abilities of the Jawbone, any time it’s out of position it won’t work like it should.


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Conclusion:
The Jawbone New Fit Earbuds are a great product, even in their beta state as they are now, they’re very comfortable, they make using the Jawbone an even better experience.<

Having the ability to use the Jawbone without the earloop is something that I can very much appreciate.

Yes they are in beta, so they aren’t perfect yet, but they are very close to it, with only a few minor tweaks needed.

Pros:
Varying sizes
No need to use ear loop anymore
Very comfortable for long periods

Cons:
Not quite the perfect fit, at least for me

Grades:  
Overall score-9-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-9-10
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  • Keith Edwards

    Jawbone 2 is a terrible unit & a huge disappointment. I thought that the original Jawbone was a great device, so getting the upgrade was a no-brainer…man was I wrong.

    I don’t care what ear buds they come out with…THE SOUND QUALITY ON THE OUTGOING END IS HORRIBLE.

    please don’t believe these reviews saying that the Jawbone 2 is the best bluetooth ever…LIES!!!!!!!
    do a voice mail test of this device & you will see exactly what I’m talking about.

  • Carol

    I need these things badly can some one send me a link to get some ASAP
    tubbscarol@hotmail.com

  • Dennis

    Keith… I am sorry your experience was poor. I was a user of the original Jawbone from the beginning and then switched to the new one. The new one took a bit of adjustment in the comfort/fit department, but overall I think the outgoing quality is better, and wind performance is better by an order of magnitude. It does have to fit right though, or it won’t work properly.

    I can’t wait for the these new earbuds. I took an old-style earbud (the elongated kind) and retrofitted that on my new Jawbone — which sort of allows me to wear it without the ear loop, but it’s not great. The rep told me the first week of Feb 09 or so, so just around the corner!

  • Roy

    I have evaluated the beta new fit earbud with unsuccessful results on all 3 sizes. The basic problem with the Jawbone has not been addressed by this latest idea for a “fix”. The only way I can hear while driving is to apply constant pressure to the Jawbone with my finger to keep it seated in my ear canal. Often this results in hanging up the call, since there is no easy way to push the Jawbone into the ear without activating the on/off switch. The Jawbone is like a see saw – when you push it into the ear it turns off the Jawbone and/or moves the Voice Activity Sensor away from your face. When you push the bottom of the Jawbone so the Voice Activity Sensor contacts your face it pulls the Jawbone out of your ear. This is not a well engineered product for people who use it in a car or in other mobile environment with background noise.

  • Bob

    The sound quality of the original Jawbone seems to be better than the new Jawbone (at least for my uses) as long as you can keep it on your ear. Now that the earloops are no longer available because the fail so frequently I’m seaching for a different device.

  • Darien

    I got the Earbud betas from the Verizon store yesterday when I went in to buy different earbuds for my Jawbone. After talking to the manager, he told me that the Jawbone rep was in just the other day with some to hand out so he gave me a bag to take home (no charge). I wore it all day yesterday and all day today and they are MUCH more comfortable than the original earbud, however, the fit is terrible on my face and therefore the sound quality is bad. As Roy stated, you really can’t move around with this thing in your ear. If you move too much, then it seems to fall out or get misplaced. For me, this was with or without the earloop.

    So, props for the new earbud, but it seems like I’ll be buying a Motorola this coming weekend.

  • Brandon

    I have had the New Jawbone for about 2 months now and it absolutely kills the inside of my ear. I have tried using different types of buds with no luck. The Jawbone earbud is the only one that works for the correct fit. But I cannot wear it for more than 45 minutes without pain!! I took the medium earbud and shaved off part of it, it looked like a flat tire which seemed to work. I just place the flat part up which is where it would press against the cartilage and cause the pain. Seems to be working for now. Jawbone is sending me a set of the Beta ones which I will be trying soon. Hope they work.

  • Cassandra

    Wow, thanks for this post! I’m going to link my readers over to this post to check it out as well. The new earbuds should help many more users love the Jawbone 2!

    jawbone headset

  • TB

    I received the new beta earbuds from Aliph. I absolutely love the new fit! It holds in my ear like no other. Before the new earbuds……I did not like the Jawbone II. Now I love it! don’t even realize its in my ear half the time. Highly recommend the new beta earbuds. Hopefully Aliph puts them in all new Jawbones!

  • Paul

    New Fit Earbud is now free on the Jawbone site. Just gotta pay for S/H, around $3

    http://us.jawbone.com/store/products.aspx?gclid=CMv9o_DsvpgCFRKAxgodlVl-Zw

  • John

    Check out Plantronics Discovery 925 Earbud/Eargel. This eargel fits the Jawbone 2 like a glove and is very comfortable.

  • Scott

    I just purchased the NEW jawbone.

    HATE the ear bud. HATE the ear bud. HATE the ear bud. HATE the ear bud. HATE the ear bud. HATE the ear bud.

    Constantly falls out unless I use the large one…….then it falls out less frequently…..along with extreme pain to my ear.

    This is my second one…….the original basically fell apart. Superglued it about a dozen times. until the wires broke internally. Those earpieces were MUCH better. Miss the original.

    Thanks to all for your input. I have reached out to Jawbone for some help.

  • Rick

    I had the original Jawbone and thought the new one would be so much better. Wow, was I wrong. I do like the new beta ear buds and they stays in my ear so much better but when I am using it I always end up turning it off and using the phone. The only thing it is good for is that I can hear when a call is coming in. Sound quality is nothing like the orginal. As in another comment, I myself have to try and hold the jawbone 2 so I can hear conversation and then end up disconecting the call.

  • Marc

    With just a tiny amount of movement… the jawbone 2’s VAS moves away from
    my cheek and people can no longer hear me.

    On the Jawbone website they suggest using a finger to hold the VAS to your
    cheek to help it stay in place.

    So… what they are saying is use your HAND to HOLD your HANDSFREE
    headset. What part of handsfree do they not understand?

    Use my finger? I got a finger for them.

    I asked them three times, who’s bright idea it was to remove the spring.
    No answer yet. Not impressed with this unit. I’d rather suffer the pain
    of the old Jawbone and have the good quality sounds and pickup that
    it had, over the comfort and “stylishness” of the new Jawbone 2.

    Wonder what kinda trainwreck the Jawbone Prime will be?

  • mic

    Just wanted to say that I too had problems with the Jawbone 2 staying in my ear. I was becoming very disapointed with it until i found a solution. I bought Jabras mini gels from my Verizon store for only $3 bucks. I removed the black rubber from around the ear peice and placed a mini gel onto it. It really reduced the volume to where I could not hear. I played with different positions in my ear until I found that the ear canal was point up or back in my ear. This held it in my ear very well. I found that placing the ear canal upward held it in my ear and against my cheek the best. I then took a brass tube about 1/8 to 1/4 in dia. and inserted it in through the existing hole and with a hammer i punched a hole through the center of the round mini gel using a hammer to tap the brass tube through the gel. This allowed me to hear great while usung the ear canal tip to hold the Jawbone 2 securely in my ear.

    I have worn this for 2 days now without any comfort problems; It stays securely in place with proper alignment against my cheek. I use this with my Black Berry Storm and after recording numerous voice messages that I play back so that I can hear how I sound to others. I sound very clear and yes it does reduce background noise. It does not completely eliminate it. But I can be heard clearly over extreme noise.

    I hope this helps others.

  • Sophiust6

    I just brought this product from Verizon. …along with the new Droid 2. I had no idea how to use it….there were no directions…….no description…I looked at this miserable package and I had no idea what I was seeing. I had to hire someone to come in and show me how to use it. Those of you who already use all media devices of every type will no doubt think that I am very stupid, but IQ has nothing to do with this. The arrogance of an industry who believes that anyone with any intelligence will already know the basics of a device like this shows why the American industries are failing.

  • Dassa

    I can’t stand these earbuds! Maybe my husband just got a junk product because I keep hearing wonderful things about this Bluetooth, but the Icon earbuds DON’T stay in my ear just standing up outta my chair; their sound is way too soft, & when my husband used it to talk to me on the road, the call was choppy with all the background noise & it sounded like he was on speakerphone. Hmmm, maybe I should bring this up with the company instead??? I’m just saying, I’m glad everyone else likes this Bluetooth but for me, I guess I’m not that lucky.

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