BlueAnt Q2 Review

Updated April 30, 2014
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BlueAnt Q2

The BlueAnt Q2 Bluetooth headset receives high praise for its sound quality, and wind- and noise-reduction capability. Its sleek design and impressive selection of voice recognition commands make it a "proper, executive-style headset."

Sound qualityProsImpressive voice controls, Great wind/noise reduction, Clear sound quality, Convenient volume up/down buttonsConsTiny physical controls, Lots of voice commands to remember

Comfort

Wide selection of earbuds, although fit can be an issue.The BlueAnt Q2 comes with a variety of earbuds designed to fit different sizes of ears. While most reviewers say they fit comfortably and feel "snug and secure," some users at Amazon.com say all the earbuds are too small. The buds are designed to fit into either ear, and take some trial and error to get the right fit. Testers report this adjustment can be done with one hand, unlike the two-handed operation required by other Bluetooth headsets. Although some find the optional wire ear-holder uncomfortable, the headset fits securely enough without it.

Usability

Extensive menu of voice recognition commands.The BlueAnt Q2 provides advanced text-to-speech features on all smartphones, including iPhones, BlackBerrys and Android models. Nicole Lee of CNET says the Q2 has the best voice controls of any Bluetooth headset, and other reviewers are as equally impressed with its range and variety of voice recognition commands. "Answer," "ignore" and "redial" are just some that it recognizes and that contribute to a nearly hands-free experience. However, users say there are too many voice commands to remember. The multifunction button and the volume up/down buttons receive mixed feedback, with some reviewers saying the buttons are too small to use comfortably. The BlueAnt Q2 battery lasts for five hours of talk time and five days of standby.

Appearance

Sleek and cool-looking, but attracts dust and lint.The BlueAnt Q2 has a "far sleeker" design than its predecessor, the BlueAnt Q1, with a matte black case and a textured front panel, plus a mesh cover that acts as a wind guard for its two microphones. Calling the Q2 "almost as slick looking as the Jawbone Era," Gizmodo.com's reviewer, among others, praises its "understated" curved rectangular shape. On the downside, some owners at Amazon.com and CNET say that while the mesh looks attractive and cool, it attracts lint, dust and other everyday debris. A few also report the mesh started to tear away from the headset, and the rubber logos oozed glue and fell off.

Our Sources

1. CNET

BlueAnt Q2 Smart Bluetooth Headset, Nicole Lee, Aug. 11, 2010

Awarding 9 points out of 10 for performance and 8 out of 10 points for its features, senior editor Nicole Lee calls the BlueAnt Q2 another BlueAnt winner. She says no other Bluetooth headset does voice commands as well as the Q2. Lee highlights its voice control interface that includes access to Bing 411 services as well as a text-to-speech function. While most of the 50 user reviews at CNET give the BlueAnt Q2 at least 3 out of 5 stars, many dislike how the mesh screen attracts lint and dust. They agree with expert reviewers about the Q2's excellent sound quality, wind noise reduction and voice commands.

2. PCMag.com

BlueAnt Q2, Jamie Lendino, Aug. 18, 2010

With a 4-out-of-5-star, "excellent" rating from editors, the BlueAnt Q2 is in third place in PCMag.com's list of top mono Bluetooth headsets. Its accurate voice control and comfortable fit are highlights of this model. However, Lendino says its noise cancellation isn't the best of the high-end headsets on the market.

3. PC World

BlueAnt Q2 Headset Provides Middling Audio Quality, Aoife M. McEvoy, March 29, 2011

As one of PC World's top Bluetooth headsets, the BlueAnt Q2 receives praise for its ease of use and nearly hands-free operation. McEvoy says the Q2 works best when you use your voice to issue commands rather than its buttons.

4. Gizmodo.com

The Best Bluetooth Headset, Brent Rose, Nov. 3, 2011

Calling the BlueAnt Q2 "simply an excellent device" in this brief review, Brent Rose puts the headset in second place on this top-five Bluetooth headset list. He praises the Q2's excellent sound quality and noise cancellation and calls it "almost as slick-looking" as the Jawbone Era.

5. Amazon.com

BlueAnt Q2 Voice-Controlled Pure Conversation Bluetooth Headset, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014

More than 600 Amazon customers give the BlueAnt Q2 3.7 stars out of 5. Some reviewers have owned other headsets, and give high marks to the Q2's sound quality and ease of use. However, the headset's fragile construction is of concern to some, as is its battery life.