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Jabra Stealth Review

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PROS / The Jabra Stealth is one of the most comfortable Bluetooth headsets we tested.

CONS / It doesn’t have dedicated volume control buttons.

 VERDICT / The Jabra Stealth Bluetooth headset has an eye-catching design, but it does more than just look nice. It is also comfortable, has strong audio quality and effectively blocks outside noises.

With a name like “Jabra Stealth,” you would expect this Bluetooth headset to be incredibly inconspicuous and small, but quite the opposite is true. With its bright red eargels and large silver boom microphone, the Jabra Stealth actually stands out, but in a good way.

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Jabra’s approach to design is both minimalistic and impressive. The Stealth received a Red Dot design award, and we are proud to award it our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for best Bluetooth Headset – and not just for its looks. In our testing, we found that it has excellent audio quality, does a decent job blocking out background noise, and is comfortable and stable.

  1. The score of the voice quality test.
    Higher is Better.
  2. 3 Jabra Stealth
    100%
  3. 100%
  4. 100%
  5. Category Average
    93.00%

Call Performance

We wore the Jabra Stealth to get a feel for how performs during an average workday. When you power on the headset for the first time, it automatically initiates pairing mode. If you have an NFC-enabled phone, you just tap the bottom corner of the Stealth to your device. It’s that easy.

As part of our testing, we walked a few blocks from our office and took a phone call. We found that we could hear the person we dialed without any problems. On the other end, the caller didn’t have any complaints about background noise, even as we strolled past a school where kids were playing out on the playground. The headset also did a fine job of blocking wind and traffic noises.

In addition, we performed a few in-house audio tests to evaluate the device’s speaker. To test speaker quality, we had a caller recite portions from John F. Kennedy's inaugural address while the person wearing the headset transcribed what they heard. When we compared the reviewer’s transcription to the actual speech, there were very few errors.

Hands-Free Capabilities

As mentioned previously, we really like the Stealth headset’s overall aesthetic. The buttons are thoughtfully placed, and its matte black and silver finish is sharp. There are no volume buttons, but the answer and end-call buttons are housed seamlessly on the front of the device, while the voice control button is located directly on the headset’s bottom.

When you push the voice control button, you can use Siri and Google Assistant to make calls and respond to text messages. Some Bluetooth headsets don’t support caller ID, but the Stealth audibly lets you know who is calling. There’s even a downloadable app called Jabra Assist that reads your text messages to you.

Comfort

The Jabra Stealth is one of the most comfortable in-ear Bluetooth headsets we tested. It feels very secure and is lightweight. In fact, it is easy to forget you are wearing it. If you have a round face shape though, its boom microphone may gently brush against your cheek. We wore the headset for several hours, and even after extended periods of time, it wasn’t bothersome. Other headsets felt too tight and were annoying when we wore them for an entire workday.

To accommodate a wide variety of ear shapes and sizes, Jabra includes two additional eargels and a few ear wings for a more stable fit. They are easy to swap out and fit different ears snuggly.

We also tested the Jabra Stealth’s stability. To do this, we ran up and down the stairs at our office several times and vigorously shook our heads to see if the headset budged at all. Our analysis proved that the Jabra Stealth has the tightest seal of any Bluetooth earpiece we tested. The headset didn’t fall out even once. You can easily wear it on a jog without worrying about it falling out.

Battery

Our battery test results were right in line with Jabra’s claim. We got just over six hours of talk time using the headset. To test the battery, we played a 10-hour Learn to Speak French track through the headsets at 50 percent volume. We converted the MP3 track to mono, since Bluetooth headsets don't play stereo sound.

The headset has a standby time of 10 days. After the battery depletes, it takes two hours to fully recharge. The Stealth doesn’t include a charging case, unlike other Jabra models.

Help & Support

Jabra provides multiple ways to find quick answers to your questions and solutions for your problems. You can email or call customer support representatives, though the company doesn't have live chat support on its website. The Stealth’s warranty lasts for one year and includes coverage for repairs. In addition, the Jabra Assist app has animated step-by-step guides to help you through the pairing process as well as other support pages.

Summary

The Jabra Stealth is one of the best Bluetooth earpieces available. The headset has a dedicated voice control button and fully integrates with Siri and Google Now. In addition, its dual microphone effectively cancels noise, and its snug fit makes the headset both stable and comfortable.

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