When I reviewed the original Jabra Move Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, I was impressed. For under $100, the Move headphones offered good sound without breaking the bank. Now Jabra has released the Jabra Move Style Edition. While still under $100, the Move Style Edition improves on the original Move headphones; they look more substantial without raising the price.
Jabra has done some amazing work in recent years creating headphones that are great for people who want to take their music on the go. The Move Style Edition are their least expensive offering and, despite the low price, they will make all but the most passionate audiophile happy. The company has this to say about their newest budget Bluetooth headphones:
Engineered by some of the world’s leading sound experts, Jabra Move Style Edition provides unrivalled sound quality in the wireless headphone category. Jabra’s signature DSP delivers a crisp digital sound that is bound to bring out the true depth and clarity of the music you love.
Packing is rather basic.
Inside the box you get the Jabra Move Style Edition headphones, a USB to microUSB cable for charging and a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable for those times when you don’t want, or can’t take advantage of the Bluetooth connectivity the headphones provide. (Of course, that assumes your music source still has a 3.5mm headphone jack. Since neither my iPad nor my iPhone has that legacy connector the cable is pretty much useless.) There’s no protective bag or case in the box. That’s a bit of a drag but not surprising since Jabra has to cut corners somewhere in order to keep the price below the $100 mark.
Ultra-light headband for all-day comfort: Keep the music going all day. An ultra-light, comfortable headband means you can wear the Move Style Edition all day long.
The headband is rigid stainless steel that is covered in a soft, breathable cloth. There’s just a bit of padding on the lower side of the headband — the side that sits on your head — but it is enough to make the headphones quite comfortable. The headband design, along with the light weight of the Move SE mean the headphones are quite comfortable for extended listening sessions. Equally important is the fact that the headband has been tested and can withstand 10,000 bends and a 1.5m drop. In addition, the fabric covering the headband is made from dirt-resistantnt material.
The ends of the headband have plastic caps with raised letters that spell out the Jabra name.
Emerging from the plastic end caps is a strip of angled metal. It is thick enough to be quite rigid but not so thick as to add significant weight to the Move SE. I will note that these pieces of metal feel far more substantial than they did on the original Move headphones.
Both sides slide into and out of the headband so you can adjust the headphones for comfort and a tight fit. Since there are on-ear headphones you’ll want to adjust them to be as tight as is comfortable to you get a good seal and, as a result, the best possible sound.
A flexible flat cable covered in rubber also extends from the headband to the ear cups. That makes sense since, after all, the left and right ear ups need to be somehow connected to one another.
The padded ear cups are covered in a leather-like synthetic material and have just enough padding to ensure the headphones are comfortable. Inside each ear up is either an “R” or an “L” that indicates the proper orientation when putting the headphones on.
The left ear cup has a 3.5mm audio input jack and a multifunction rocker to control the volume and playback.
Wireless technology has never been so liberating. Move Style Edition is easy to connect and allows you to leave your phone in your pocket and easily control your music and phone calls from your headphones. This is life on the move – the easy way.
With this multifunction button, you can: Answer calls, end calls, reject calls, voice dial, redial the last number redial, play/pause and control tracks. That’s a lot of functionality packed into a small control and it took me a while to learn all of the various ways to get the functionality you need at any given moment.
The right ear cup has the power and pairing button, a microUSB port for charging the headphones and two small holes for the microphones. (These are, after all, designed by one of the leading headset companies so it should come as no surprise that they work as well for calls as they do music.)
Both ear cups pivot just enough to provide a comfortable fit.
Available in Titanium Black, Gold Beige, or Navy Blue, the Move SE are, first and foremost, wireless headphones. That being the case, Jabra needed to design them in such a manner that they would provide decent battery life. They do!
Long-lasting battery: The Move Style Edition is designed to keep up with your day no matter how demanding. Enjoy up to 14 hours battery life on a single charge and up to 12 days of standby time.
14 hours of playback is more than enough for most people and, as previously noted, by including a 3.5mm port, Jabra made it possible to continue enjoying your music even if the battery runs down. (It should be noted that plugging in the 3.5mm cable automatically turns off the Bluetooth connectivity.
The Move SE rely upon Bluetooth version 4.0 for connectivity. That means you can be up to 33 feet from the audio source and still get great sound. In addition, you can pair the headphones with up to eight different devices and it can be connected to two devices simultaneously.
Move Style Edition to encompass a powerhouse of sound and functionality. The ultra-light adjustable headband is designed for a more comfortable fit and maximum durability. Move Style Edition keeps your music pumping no matter where you may find yourself.
Of course, even at a sub-$100 price point, the headphone would be worthless if they sounded like crap. Thankfully that’s not the case. They have 40mm speakers, Jabra’s signature digital processing and, for calls, offer “true HD Voice.”
Exceptional music quality. No wires: Get superior wireless sound quality. The crisp digital sound of Jabra’s signature (Digital Signal Processing) DSP give your music, movies and calls true depth and real clarity. Wherever you are.
- Connects to all Bluetooth ready devices – phones, computers, tablets and more
- Comes with an optional cord so you can use your headphones on flights.
- Multi-function button for control of music and calls directly from the headphones
- Ultra-lightweight and adjustable headband
- Automatic pairing mode
- Up to 14 hours talk time/music time and up to 12 days standby time
- 3.5 mm Jack Connector Connect the headset to your phone’s 3.5 mm Jack Connector using the audio cable.
- Charging takes 1-2 hours to charge the battery using any micro-USB cable.
- Battery and connection status lights
- Micro-USB Port (charging only)
My work with Gear Diary lets me try an amazing assortment of different headphones. The Jabra More Style Edition are in no way the best-sounding headphones I’ve reviewed but, considering that most of the on-ear and over-the-ear headphones I review cost north of $250, I’m not comparing apples to apples. By any standard, the Move SE headphones sound good and, at under $100, they are more than impressive. They get good battery life, are light and comfortable and they sound good. If money is no object I would recommend exploring other options, including the upcoming Jabra Elite 85h. If, however, you want a decent pair of headphones and don’t want to break the bank, the $99.99 Jabra Move Style Edition are definitely worth consideration. They are a decent pair of Bluetooth headphones at an even better price. Check them out here.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample of the Jabra Move Style Edition Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
What I Like: Light and comfortable; Good sound; Multifunction button lets you control music and calls without the need to access your phone directly; Good battery life
What Needs Improvement: No protective bag or case included with the headphones; 3.5mm cable is a nice addition but quickly moving toward obsolescence