If you use the new Motorola DP2400 2 way radios at work, then you need to look at these earpieces

headset. earphonesWhen we found this article we were so pleased, having hunted for over one year for this, finding it on this website was an thrilling day for yours truly.

Well, dear readers, here it is, the last of our five-part series on two-way radio earpieces.

Weve thrown completely random pop-culture references at you (everything from Wacky Races to 007 himself) and weve (hopefully) had a few laughs amongst all the dry facts and data. If youve read all of these things so far, then thanks, we appreciate your time.

OK, so the final item on our list is the Motorola DP2400 earpiece, which is the most expensive device weve viewed so far, albeit by only 1. The DP2400 earpiece, then, (for those amongst you who havent been keeping count) can be purchased from Earpieceonline for 29.75.

For your hard-earned wonga, you get a 12-month failure warranty (always a welcome and appreciated feature), as well as an excellent little device, all things considered.

The DP2400 earpiece features extra-long Kevlar strengthened cabling (although its unlikely that the cable will stop a bullet, were just telling you that now), as well as a rotating sprung metal clip, which is a genuine improvement on the more stationary design (although you probably cant break out that Sumo suit just yet) and an excellent inline microphone.

The sound quality is very, very good and the earpiece itself is generally strong and durable. With this earpiece, youll be able to hear any instruction clearly and cleanly.

The DP2400 earpiece also features a multipin plug, but the plug is only designed to fit the Motorola DP2400 and DP2600 series. It will not work with the DP3400 or DP4800 series, which severely limits its appeal in this area, as it renders the DP2400 earpiece less versatile than the other, cheaper models on this list.

Overall, this is a very nice earpiece indeed. Performance wise, however, theres not a lot to choose from between any of the earpieces featured on this list, all of them are quality products and none will let you down.

The DP2400 earpiece is a solid, dependable product that does a good job and doesnt hurt your bank account. What more can you ask for?

…And so our series ends. However, we hope that youve found this series informative and helpful to you. With all the emphasis we place on two-way radios (across the various outposts of our little multimedia empire), it seemed overdue that we focussed a little bit on the peripherals. Glad you could join us.

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audioSure, Google Glass is getting plenty of public ire now, but Bluetooth headsets have been around for much longer. If anything, the quick dismissal of hardcore Bluetooth users was a sign of things to come for wearable technology. The Bluedouche was the original Glasshole.

And yet Jawbone, which earned its reputation as a gadget maker with its first line of Bluetooth headsets, isnt giving up on the sector. With its latest entry, the $130 Era, Jawbone is preparing itself for a potential wireless headset renaissance.

Smartphone users dont just need a way to talk hands-free on the phone they want more accurate ways to send voice commands to their devices and get information without looking down at a screen.

The Jawbone Era aims to be the Bluetooth headset for people who hate Bluetooth headsets. Its tiny, sounds great, and ultimately proves Bluetooth headsets arent dead yet.

Jawbone’s slim new Era on the left, compared to the larger original model.

The good: The most seamless Bluetooth headset yet
Though its significantly smaller than its 2-year-old predecessor, the Era isnt quite as tiny as the ubiquitous earpieces from the Spike Jonze film Her (which, surprisingly, contains some fascinating user interface concepts), but its almost as convenient.

It took me a few tries to position the Era correctly in my ear, but once I got a good fit, it was easy to forget I was wearing an earpiece. A single button on the Eras rear lets you answer calls, pause music, and skip tracks.

For calls, the Era sounds crisp and clear in both directions. I never had any complaints about voice quality from people I was chatting with, and calls sounded slightly clearer compared to using my iPhones earpiece. I also noticed a few instances where Jawbones noise-filtering technology perked up to enhance my voice and block out external noise (a big help on noisy New York City streets).

Jawbone’s Era headset is so small it’s easy to miss.Jawbone

But I ended up using the Era more for commanding my smartphone than taking calls. Its much easier to reach up, tap a button, and ask Siri for help than it is to pull out my phone especially during frigid winter weather. When I asked Siri for directions, I was able to get to my destination simply by following the instructions piped into my ear by the Era. (Of course, you can do this with any pair of earphones with a built-in microphone; the Era just makes it that much easier and more elegant.)

The Era was also surprisingly useful for listening to light background music and podcasts. Sound quality was decent, though it wasnt as loud as I would have liked. It was more comfortable than the wired headphones I usually wear while wandering around the city, especially since I didnt have to worry about any cords. I still noticed the occasional look of disgust from other subway riders, though yes, the poor Bluetooth headset still cant get any love today, even though, ironically enough, many people are sporting earbuds or giant headphones of their own.

Ive used several Bluetooth headsets over the years, and while Ive liked plenty of these, Ive yet to fall in love with any of them. Once the initial honeymoon period wears off, they typically end up gathering dust on my desk. The Era isnt quite the Bluetooth headset of my dreams, but it comes the closest.

The bad: No battery life improvements; it still looks like a Bluetooth headset
On the one hand, we should praise Jawbone for keeping the same four-to-five-hour battery life as the previous, larger Era headset. On the other, it really stinks having to charge it in the middle of the day.

The Jawbone Era charging caseDevindra Hardawar/VentureBeat

Jawbone, at least, recognizes that sort of battery life doesnt cut it these days so while it couldnt pack in more juice, its offering the next best thing with the Era: a tiny portable charging case. Its no different from any other USB battery pack you can get on Amazon. It stores enough juice to fully recharge the Era, and it includes a USB output to simplify the charging process.

While convenient, Jawbone is also cheating a bit by including the battery pack. It allows the company to claim that you can get around 10 hours of battery life with the Era, even when the device itself only reaches half that. Jawbone isnt lying, but the slight confusion around the Eras total battery life when using the battery pack has tripped up many journalists. And if thats the case, Im sure most consumers wont realize the Era doesnt get 10 hours of battery life on its own.

Additionally, while the Era is one of the smallest headsets Ive used, it still looks distinctly like a Bluetooth headset. So unfortunately for Jawbone, it likely wont win over people who wouldnt be caught dead wearing a headset. (But really, we wont see something like that until theres a major breakthrough in battery technology.)

Jawbone Era

The verdict: A Bluetooth headset for a new era
Unless you have serious moral and aesthetic reservations against Bluetooth headsets, the Era is worth a look. It does a great job with calls, and its convenient for speaking voice commands to your phone.

Now more than ever, consumers seem ready to accept Bluetooth headsets. Just look around at all the headphones the next time youre out in public weve trained ourselves to be connected to our devices physically.

Now, we just need to get used to doing so wirelessly.