Now that Bluetooth earpieces are getting more popular, they're becoming as much of a fashion statement as the cell phones they pair with. After all, if your sleek mobile's hidden in your pocket, wirelessly streaming calls to a headset, you've got to have some other way of signaling to the world that you're a style-conscious gadgeteer.
Jabra's JX10 earpiece fills that role amiably. Danish designer Jacob Jensen crafted the exterior, a sleek silver shell that you can wear with or without the removable earclip. Which way you go on that probably depends on how well the JX10 hangs onto the contours of your ear, but the clip's detachable nature means it's also more easily lost. Thankfully, Jabra provides a backup. It all adds up to a pretty slick-looking device, but does its performance measure up to its smart looks? Not one, but two of our reviewers gave it a listen to find out.
THE ESSENTIALS: JABRA JX10
WHO WANTS THISDiscriminating tech connoisseurs who put as much stock in a gadget's looks as its function.
WHYThe Danish-designed exterior is trés chic, and it has sound to match.
WHAT'S COOLBesides looking hot, the JX10 brings your calls through loud and clear, even when there's ambient noise.
WHAT'S LAMEThe detachable earclip is easy to misplace. Sleek design means no external screen.
FINAL MARK: B+It lives up to its promise of Bluetooth with style, but it won't please everyone.
The JX10 isn't without its flaws though, foremost of which is the $179 price tag. You shouldn't be too scared of that, though, since its been seen on the street as low as $90, but that still ain't cheap. The other big flaw is you may find the earpiece to be a bit uncomfortable. If you need to wear this thing for longer than a few minutes, you may notice its modern design, while nice and smooth, isn't as friendly to the ear as one that's fully rubberized. We canvassed a few online review sites and only noticed a small percentage of people complaining about comfort, so your mileage will vary here. It's not a deal breaker, but it is annoying.