Best Bluetooth Headset Reviews
Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology; in headsets, it allows for hands-free cell phone operation. While most Bluetooth headsets have a single earpiece, some models have two, allowing the wireless streaming of stereo sound from a cell phone that has music-playback capability. Users can often toggle between music playback and phone calls. With many states now banning the use of handheld cell phones while driving, Bluetooth headsets are one way to comply. A high-quality model can be purchased for under $75.
Bluetooth headset technology is advancing quickly. In our August 2011 reviews we praised the Aliph Jawbone Icon as a "technological breakthrough," and its technology and associated features are now available in several of the latest models. Many headsets have text-to-speech capabilities in some form, and are Advanced Audio Distribution Profile-enabled (A2DP) for streaming audio. Standard features include the ability to connect to two cell phones simultaneously and a visual battery meter display on smartphone screens. This leaves the door open for more advanced Bluetooth headset technology and has launched a high-end category. Some units are stylish first and functional second, coming in a multitude of colors and looking more like a fashion accessory than a tech gizmo.
ConsumerSearch studied evaluations of Bluetooth headsets from both experts and users, and CNET has the most expansive collection of reviews. Editors test new headsets as they're released, although a discontinued model is occasionally spotted in their roundups. TopTenReviews.com rates Bluetooth headsets in a variety of categories like features and ease of use. While PCMag.com's coverage isn't nearly as extensive, editors do a great job of testing these units and comparing models. Reviews from PC World are thorough and allow for comparison between different headsets. User feedback at Amazon.com and CNET highlight the pros and cons of various models, as well as durability and comfort issues over time.