Dec 26, 2014
At this point, it just makes sense to have a wireless earpiece. There are a bunch of reasons, but if just for the ability to do things in a handsfree manner from one’s smartphone and other devices and gadgets with bluetooth functionality.
When it comes to audio accessories, few companies have the chops that Jabra does; that’s why checking it out its budget offering Storm Bluetooth Earpiece.
At first glance, from a bit of a distance, one might be partially forgiven for assuming the unit is a twisted wire of sorts; the interesting atypical design is tapered, and looks somewhat like a cursive lower case “D” under closer inspection. It is mostly black, with a silver finish on the “outside” of the frame, with covered charging port, pairing and on buttons — as well as an answering toggle — preventing silver-colored monotony. The portion that fits into the ear is the thickest part, and is crowned with the default distinctive orange ear gel we came to appreciate on the Jabra Stealth.
Closer inspection reveals it isn’t one solid piece; Indeed, the ear-end rotates around it’s axis, and the reason for this becomes clear once the item is placed in one’s ear: it allows the use use the unit in either ear.
It is light to the touch, quite palmable and has a futuristic feel to it.
Pairing it is is a simple matter of turning it on, and then pressing and holding the answer button for several seconds; this puts he unit into pairing mode, which can be ascertained by the flashing bluetooth LED. As soon as it is paired to the device, it can be used for a host of audio tasks: listening to music, or podcasts… or, even making calls. It works reasonably well in this regard, with most transmissions sounding reasonably crisp. I did think background noise is not as insulated out as, say, it’s sister piece, the Jabra Stealth.
The battery life is decent; I did like the standby time, as well as the NFC pairing and voice control aspects of the unit.
All in all, I did appreciate the design aesthetic, and the overall value of the unit. The extra functionality provided by the companion Jabra Assist app (stuff like battery meter and unit locator) helps make use more seamless, and makes the Storm a viable option for any and everyone looking for a good audio peripheral.