Aliph Jawbone Headset: Gets Sexy Redesign, Super Noise-Cancelling, and Bluetooth

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The original Aliph Jawbone headset was flawed. It was beautiful, but wired.

The redesigned Aliph Jawbone looks to be everything the original wishes it was. It's Bluetooth, and uses military noise canceling tech that can drown out the violent screams of traffic, lawnmowers, and anything else NOT your voice by using an array of microphones. Walt Mossberg had the first look: He found it worked great, except against wind noise. (Kind of a problem)

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And in case you didn't notice, it happens to be the best looking headset ever made, IMHO. The set was designed by the ultra talented Yves Behar, the industrial designer known for many things, but maybe most recently his Leaf Lamp and the $100 Laptop. It comes in red, black, and silver from Cingular, for $120, starting today.

I've got two more pictures for you after the jump. And we'll give you our full take soon, as we were lucky enough to get a few sets of our own to check out.

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ArielZusya
ArielZusya

I hope this is a growing trend—-adding noise-cancellation to headsets. I currently use a http://www.nxzen.com/headsets/silve… which also has dsp and noise cancellation. I've tried so many other headsets and there's something about noise cancellation that makes it all worth using. I commute now by train and bus and am able to talk on the phone without raising my voice and have the people with whom I speak hear me as if I'm sitting in my office. In fact, the people on the train talking to each other have to speak considerably louder (or at least they think they need to... I'm not completely convinced) than I do... if everyone had these headsets the train might be a quieter place. *GRIN*

I've also tried the scenario of windows rolled down and radio on while on the highway and it too worked like a dream. I haven't used mine near a leaf blower... yet. The only downside to these noise-canceling products is they are too quiet... the number of times people feel the need to check if I'm still connected since they don't hear the normal hissing of background noise is notable.

Now... if only someone would design some sort of protective holster for these headsets the headsets would be truly complete!