4 of 5
Blocking noise
Blocking noise
Jabra BT2080
Weight: 0.28 ounces
Pro: Small, cheap
Con: Few features

The Jabra ($40) was a good middle-of-the-road headset. It doesn't have all the high-end features, but I found it comfortable to wear and appealingly small.

The Motorola and the Jawbone were the only headsets that didn't suffer from major background noise issues in my car. That could have something to do with their nontraditional microphones, which work through conduction. The Jawbone "listens" to the sounds vibrating through your cheekbone, while the Motorola picks up vibrations in your inner ear.

At first I had a problem keeping the Jawbone in contact with my face, but I easily adapted to it. Unlike its competitors, the Motorola fits inside the ear canal instead of against the outside of the ear. It feels very secure, and calls sound great because the design blocks all outside noise. That's also true when you're not on a call, which might encourage the Starbucks crowd to take it off -- unless they like hearing in mono, of course.

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