No, Really, Put The
Phone Down And Drive!
Ready to hear what the best
Bluetooth Headset is?
I’ll just bet you are,
but the truth is, no matter what your budget is, there is no one best of
anything! Let alone Headsets.
You see everyone is deferent and has different needs, as such , the
“best” for one person, could be a lousy choice for another.
So in finding the best
headset for you, the first thing you need to think about is your budget.
Can you only afford $10.00? Or
can you let go of $100.00? It makes
a big difference in what you can get in the way of features.
Such as voice commands built into the headset, or even “App”
compatibility. Also low end units
tend to only hook up to one phone or device at a time.
But as you go up in cost, you will find units that can pair with two or
more devices at the same time. Do
you need that? I don’t know, it
depends on how you are planning on using it.
On units that pare with
more then one device, you can use the same headset with two phones, or say one
phone and one computer. Say you are
using it with your computer, and you get a cell phone call. Well you just switch over to phone, and then back to the
Better units also have
better sound. Not so much what you
hear, but how the other person hears you. Some
units have two microphones in them. One to pick up your voice.
The other to pick up back ground or wind noise.
Then software in the unit cleans up the sound so only your voice comes
though nice and clear. You can get units with “noise canceling” but to do it
right, you really need one with two microphones.
So that is why you need to
have an idea of your price range
The next most important
thing is comfort. If it is not
comfortable your not going to like using it.
Now for the most part headsets seem to either have some sort of an in the
ear fit, or on the ear fit. The in
the ear is the most common. But
comfort varies greatly from unit to unit. So
wherever you buy it, make sure you can return it if need be.
One of my first headsets
was a Motorola H700. It is an on
the ear fit. And I have never found
one that comfort wise I like as much.
Now the H700 is very dated.
You can find them “new” on the internet as low as about $20.00.
But beware, they are counterfeited like crazy!
Now, the H700 did a
horrible job with wind noise. Motorola
does not make it anymore. It has
been replaced with the H720. If you
did not read the model numbers you could not tell them apart.
The H720 does a better job with wind noise.
I’m sure everyone has
heard of the Motorola brand. So
lets talk about some you may not have head off.
I’ll start with GNNetcom/Jabra
This is a great company for low, mid priced, and higher end units.
One model the Jabra Stone to me is the most comfortable headset in the in
the ear style. It is also fairly
good at noise canceling. The neat
thing is it fits into a round charger base that has a built on battery.
So you charge the small Stone base and take it with you!
It comes in black or white. At
this time it is made for right ear wearing only.
This is one that is really with checking out if your looking for comfort,
good sound, and lots of battery life.http://www.jabra.com/sites/mobile/NA-US/Campaigns/JabraSTONE/Pages/home.aspx
While we are talking about
Jabra, if your into stereo headsets, you have go to check out the Jabra Halo.
This unit rocks with great sound for all your Bluetooth music enjoyment,
or movie watching, or gaming. But
if you get a phone call, no big deal! This
unit is a complete Bluetooth headset with microphone.
So you can simply take that phone call, and not miss a beat. If you need a corded unit, it even has a cord that it
connects to it if needed.
Check out Jabra’s full
line. You will find a good price
range of headsets, and their higher end units are very good at noise canceling.
In fact we have always
enjoyed the stuff Jabra has sent us to test.
I have always found it easy to use.
And we commend Jabra to for getting away from proprietary jacks and
plugs. As such we give Jabra the
A-OK award for doing thing right.
The A-O.K. Award is awarded to products or services that are just
that: A- O.K.. So, what makes them A-O.K.? Easy they just simply have to
do exactly what they claim to do, and be easy to use! Now if your
thinking, come on, any thing can win an A-O.K., award, then think again.
When was the last time you paid good money only to find out the damn
thing won’t do what it claimed, or you had to spend six days on the
phone with tech support to get it to work. Makes you want to kill
someone! So, it really is nice when you pay your money and you get an A-O.K.
Another company with some
innovative headsets is BlueAnt http://www.myblueant.com
One of the interesting
things about BlueAnt is as they improve the software that runs their headsets,
all you the consumer have to do to get the “Improved” upgrade is to connect
to the internet and download the update to the headset.
The BlueAnt Q1 is an
impressive headset. It has
excellent noise canceling. But were
BlueAnt makes this and their other Headset stand out is in the voice control and
voice interface. Want to know how
to set it up with your phone? The
unit will talk you though it. Want
to know the battery strength of you phone and headset?
Just ask it, and it will speak it to you.
The Q1 would have gotten
the A-OK award from us, accept one small thing.
It uses a proprietary charger cord and plug. Making it less covenant then units that take a standard USB
I hope that in the future
they will make new models with a standard connector.
They have several models,
including some designed specifically for “Droid” phones.
They have recently revamped
their line of Bluetooth speaker phones. We
have not yet seen the “new” model, but based on past units I’m sure it is
a killer. Check it out at:
Now if noise canceling is
an extreme importance to you, and you have some hard to control background
noise, or high wind areas, it is hard to beat this next company.
Unless you are a
professional musician you most likely have never heard of this company.
It is Sennheiser. http://www.sennheiserusa.com
Sennheiser has a history in
making some incredible professional microphones and headset for musicians.
They have now entered the Bluetooth headset market with their EZX-60 http://www.sennheiserusa.com/bluetooth-headset-mobile-phone-headset_504110
This unit is one of the best noise canceling headsets we have ever had
the opportunity to use. We put it to the test with driving with the windows down, and
standing outside on one of our locale 40 mph windy days.
The folks on the other end only head us, and not the wind!
Now the EZX-60 is not the
cheapest headset on the market at around $80.00 street price, but it is one of
the best noise canceling headsets we have tested. As such it gets the Editors Choice Award from BizNet.
Choice? Simply put, we the
Editors at BizNet OnLine Magazine, give the Editors Choice Award to any
product that we personally
If your money is tight, you
may want to look on the internet for not so “new” headsets.
Now in this case we mean not the latest and greatest, but instead look
for “last years” models so to say. It
is a good why to get more if your budget is tight.
Now in years past headset
manufactures seemed to have a thing for a different plug for every headset.
So if you lost the “plug” for charging it, you had to buy a new cord
from them. And they never mad them cheep.
More and more headset manufactures are going with standard connectors
like Mini or Micro USB. That is
good, because replacing a lost charger cord is cheep and easy.
manufactures are still keeping to using unique or hard to replace connectors.
So keep this in mind as if you loose that cord, it will cost you.
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