The 10 Best Bluetooth Headsets
10. Archeer 238
- comes with a mini battery bank
- cancels out unwanted echoes
- doesn't always stay in place
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
9. Plantronics Voyager 5200
- hd voice clarity
- fits a range of ear shapes
- expensive for its class
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
8. Frieq BTA03
- dual microphones for clarity
- construction is sturdy and durable
- feels bulky on the head
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
7. Plantronics Voyager 3200
- up to one week power on standby
- tactile dedicated mute button
- limited active battery life
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
6. VXi BlueParrott B350-XT
- 24 hours talk time per charge
- convenient multifunction button
- transmits with 128-bit encryption
|Rating||4.4 / 5.0|
5. XJW HB-35 Earpiece
- dsp noise cancellation
- comfortable fit in most ears
- storage case included
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
4. Benny Aminy K1512
- voice-activated call management
- 10-meter wireless distance
- lifetime warranty
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
3. Plantronics Voyager Legend UC B235-M
- excellent wind filtering
- voice command menu
- precision-tuned triple-mic
|Rating||4.5 / 5.0|
2. Gardway DolTech Retractable
- excellent noise cancellation in mic
- can pair with two phones at once
- comes in black or rose gold
|Rating||4.7 / 5.0|
1. Sennheiser Presence
- switches between devices quickly
- ear loop is malleable
- includes a car charger
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
Keeping In Touch, No Hands Required
In a long enough conversation with any dedicated technology watcher, the concept known as Moore's Law is likely to come up. Simply stated, Moore's Law asserts that the number of transistors (conductors that regulate the transfer of electrical current) in a given system of circuitry will double every two years, essentially meaning more processing power and capability in ever smaller devices. Moore's Law is often used as a shorthand reference to the pace at which technology develops and improves, and indeed even a cursory review of the range and type of devices currently available on the consumer market speaks to the incredible advancement of current computing power and modern hardware design.
From secure mobile banking to the stabilized drone to the micro SD card to the 4K television to the latest personal fitness app for your smartphone, devices and software abound. Technology is no longer just a part of everyday life, it is the frame of our daily lives. This is arguably most evident in the increasing interconnectedness of the devices and programs so many people rely on for everything from business to entertainment to travel to leisure. Underlying many of the connections between devices these days is a technology first developed in the mid 1990s: Bluetooth.
Bluetooth is a technology standard that governs the wireless connection of myriad devices. Invented by telecom giant Ericsson and now managed by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, and now closing in on its fifth generation of improvements and enhancements, Bluetooth technology helps link two or more properly enabled devices together, provided they are in close enough proximity.
Bluetooth technology allows a smartphone to control an audio system, a keyboard to connect with a computer from across a room, or for a iPhone to communicate with its owner's headphones even while the phone is tucked in a gym bag or desk drawer. Bluetooth enabled devices make many tasks easier by freeing up the hands and by removing the need for corded connections. The technology can also enhance security measures, creating alerts if linked devices are separated, for example.
But perhaps the most convenient, most popular use for Bluetooth technology is the application with which most people associate its use in the first place: the Bluetooth headset.
Popular Uses For Bluetooth Headsets
Bluetooth headsets come in all shapes and sizes, which means their use appeals to all types of users. In fact, these devices range so greatly in shape, size, and design, that there are perhaps fewer points in common than there are distinctions from unit to unit. At their core, though, all Bluetooth headsets provide the same basic functions, namely the ability to listen and talk through a connected device while your hands are kept 100% unencumbered.
Whether you are commuting to work, driving as part of your profession, or you are simply in the car running errands or heading to dinner, both of your hands belong on the steering wheel. In fact, more than a dozen states currently treat the use of a handheld cellular phone as a breach of a primary enforcement law, meaning a police officer can pull over a motorist using a handheld phone without any other cause. Safe driving is one of the best reasons to use a Bluetooth headset.
But Bluetooth headsets can also enhance user safety in a variety of other ways, too. From a contractor at work on a busy job site or an or inspector on a factory floor to the surveyor working near active roadways to the person out for a walk, hands-free phone use allows for more safety and less distraction.
Beyond safety, convenience is the major reason for Bluetooth headset use. From the peripatetic businessman who paces while on his conference calls to the gamer who needs her hands free but wants to stay in constant contact with the other members of the team, a reliable wireless headset is a treasured commodity.
Some Bluetooth headsets fit their user so snugly they can even be used during exercise, allowing the multitasking individual to stay fit while chatting away or to simply enjoy music streamed from the nearby Bluetooth enabled device such as an iPhone or tablet computer.
Choosing The Right Bluetooth Headset For You
The price range you'll find from the most expensive Bluetooth headset to the most affordable option around is vast. As in seven to eight times the cost, in fact. Most Bluetooth headsets are reasonably affordable, though, so you can shop based on features and design instead of price.
First choose whether or not you want an extended microphone attachment or a more compact device. These microphone "arms" are a good choice for the person constantly on the phone for work, but away from a desk and on the move, they might be more annoying than their reliable voice pickup is worth.
Next consider in-ear or over-the-ear speaker type; if you're comfortable with an ear bud style of speaker, you can consider the smallest Bluetooth headsets on the market. If you prefer over-the-ear models, you'll be looking at slightly bulkier units. And if you want a more immersive audio experience, then consider headset style options that put a speaker on each ear.
And of course battery life and range aren't to be overlooked. All decent Bluetooth headsets fulfill their primary goal of providing wireless aural and oral connectivity, but you can't have a conversation if you're out of range or out of battery.