What every best Bluetooth headset has
- Sound quality
is key. Being able to hear and be heard on your
headset, and for your voice to sound natural and clear, is essential in
choosing the right Bluetooth headset for your phone.
- Comfort is
just as important as sound quality. The size, shape
and weight of the headset all affect how comfortable it is and how long
you can wear it without "ear fatigue."
should be simple to use. If commands or
controls aren't easy to remember and use, many features on a headset
- Check a
store's return policy. Consider factors such as sound quality,
comfort, controls and more when buying a Bluetooth headset, and make sure
you have the option of returning one that doesn't meet your needs.
expensive isn't necessarily better. Most Bluetooth
headsets cost less than $75 and have similar basic features. Some
well-reviewed older models with fewer features are available for even
Know Before You Go
- Do you make
phone calls in noisy environments? Sound quality and
noise suppression go hand in hand, so choose a Bluetooth headset that will
filter outside noise if you make a lot of phone calls from noisy places
such as the airport.
- Do you want to listen to music in stereo on your headset? A technology called Advanced Audio
Distribution Profile (A2DP) lets you stream audio from a cell phone, smartphone
or music player to a stereo Bluetooth headset. However, make sure your phone
has this capability -- most new ones do -- before you select a Bluetooth stereo
- Do you want to look stylish when using your headset? Some of the best-reviewed models provide
comfort at the expense of appearance. If you want to stay in line with fashion,
look for headsets like those from Aliph that are more
like jewelry and offer a choice of finishes.
What's to Come
In the past, we
identified some cutting-edge technology available in high-end headsets that could
trickle down to lower-priced models. That hasn't happened this year. A year ago
the Aliph Jawbone Era was the high-tech headset to
watch, and the same is true today. The Era is still the
only Bluetooth headset to offer "motion control" using shaking and tapping to
answer calls and perform other functions. It's also the only model to offer the
latest version of a military-grade noise- and wind-canceling technology,
originally developed for use in military tanks.
Along the same lines, the Plantronics Voyager Pro UC offers Smart
Sensor technology that can detect whether the headset is being worn. This
offers a "seamless and intuitive user experience," according to the
Plantronics website, allowing the user to automatically answer calls by placing
the headset on the ear. Perhaps more Bluetooth headsets will include these
features in 2013.