Bluetooth headset is a great way to keep your hands free during a call and with newer models you can also make the call crystal clear.
Bluetooth headsets are getting better as manufacturers implement the latest noise reduction, delivering high-definition sound and touch-sensitive sensors – all for quick, smooth and uplifting experience.
The question is then only – what should you really look for when buying a new bluetooth headset?
10 points Buyer should look for Bluetooth headset
1) HD audio
All modern and better headsets can handle HD audio that provides clearer sound and richer music playback via A2DP (if supported). You can get really good sound even without HD support, but it’s definitely preferable if you want a cannonball soundtrack no matter what you’re listening to.
The next step is aptX and newer aptX 2. These are specially designed for music and important for those who want really good audio playback. They require that both the headphones and the mobile phone support the technologies, so be sure to choose your choices if this is important.
2) Noise reduction
If you want to use your bluetooth headset in loud environments noise reduction is a must. What it does is to filter out all the unnecessary things that the other party does not need to hear and the best techniques can almost isolate your voice so it’s only heard in really noisy areas.
Noise Assassin from Jawbone is among the best you can get today and Plantronics uses three microphones on several of its models for best results.
3) Fit & size
It’s incredibly important that a headset fits perfectly with your ear and at best you should forget that it is there. Unfortunately, all ears are different and you have glasses eliminated some options from the catalog.
The Plantronics Voyager series is large but cannon break if you do not have glasses – then both the thick brace and the eyebrows must fit into something that is not optimal.
Another thing to consider is the size. Some models like Plantronics M55 are really small while others, like Plantronics Voyager Legend, take up a lot of space around the ear. Here you must consider how the discreet Bluetooth headset should be when it is used and how big your ears are. We all have different shapes and sizes, a model that suits me may not suit you.
4) Location of buttons
Keep in mind that the headset buttons must be fitted properly for use. If they are too small or have an uncomfortable location, it may cause problems.
For example, some bluetooth headsets have an on / off button that can easily be changed if it is loose in a jacket pocket – which, in turn, means that the power can quickly end. Or, the buttons are too tight if you have big fingers. Check out shop before purchase!
5) Update software
Make sure your headset can receive updates to its software. Older models usually do not get new software, but if you buy a newer bluetooth headset, chances are that they can get new updates – and that means improvements that are always welcome. Jawbone is really good at this and lies in the front edge of that point. If your headset is updated, always check for new software immediately after purchase.
And not only that – be sure to choose a bluetooth headset from a manufacturer that is known to update their products firmware even after launch. The undersigned uses Voyager Edge from Plantronics, which certainly has a long way between new software but gets new firmware when the manufacturer finds mistakes.
It may be that a headset can handle up to 10 meters from the phone, but expect it rarely true. Take, for example, the Plantronics Salvo M1100 that starts to creak and let alone stop the phone in the pants pocket or a little bit away, which, of course, is completely unacceptable.
It is highly individual depending on the model and can not be checked before buying, so read reviews about this just before a purchase.
7) Bluetooth 4.1 & NFC
If you have a newer mobile phone that supports Bluetooth 4.1 or later, your bluetooth headset should also do it to take advantage of the battery features available. In addition, if there is NFC (Near Field Communication), it is bus-free to connect your new headset to the phone. Just start the NFC in your smartphone and tap them against each other so they are paired and can be used, no codes or anything else needed.
The next step is Bluetooth 5.0 that opens up for lower power consumption, higher transmission speed (for example, high-definition audio) and smarter connection to the mobile phone. Both mobile phones and headphones require Bluetooth 4.1 or 5.0, otherwise the connection technology will fall back to the version of Bluetooth that both devices can use.
8) Bluetooth 5.0 & the future
If you want to make sure your future headset performs as well as possible, it’s Bluetooth 5.0 that applies. The standard was finalized by Bluetooth SIG in December 2015 and became fully available to manufacturers who want to implement the technology in their headsets.
The benefits of Bluetooth 5.0 are, above all, longer range between connected devices, up to 200 meters without obstacles between devices. For the bluetooth headset, however, you can count around 50 to 100 meters at best. Still a clear improvement compared to Bluetooth 4.0 that reaches about 10 meters.
The bandwidth has also increased, but only for low-power devices (like headsets). Double speed, more specifically, which opens for better sound quality when more data can be sent from, for example, the mobile phone to the headphones. Other improvements are protection against external noise and lower power consumption.
At the moment there are no wireless headphones that support Bluetooth 5.0. Have you seen anything on the market or heard about a launch, please feel free to comment at the bottom and tell us so we can update the article.
9) Sensors & Voice Control
Built-in sensors allow your headset to answer calls automatically and similar if you pick it up from the table. This is, at the time of writing, an unusual feature that may seem a bit unnecessary – but it works and really well as well. Jabra Motion is a model that has motion sensors and is available in several different variants. Is that something for you?
If you do not want or can move your headset all the time, you should choose a model that supports voice control. If available, the headset microphones are used to snap up commands that then perform different functions, such as answering calls or calling a contact on the phone.
10) Must it be a traditional Bluetooth headset?
If you find that music and audio quality are important to you, avoid traditional Bluetooth headsets, and instead, choose the headset designed for this. They are a bit bigger, but you get better sound quality for music and movies. And in addition, they have virtually any built-in microphone as well as control of playback as well as calls directly on the device.
There are also on-ear and over-ear headphones that provide a more encompassing experience, but they are not as good for this article as in-ear or regular Bluetooth headsets for conversations. However, you should be aware that many are working well for conversations, even though the size is a bit good for just talking.
Some headsets can run applications for different purposes. Jawbone has several options for its headset and especially the Jawbone Era is good at this.
Also, make sure that your headset has an app for the smartphone you intend to use – in this way you can make additional settings and control various features of it, such as adjusting the buttons, volume, noise reduction, and the like. A must!
12) Customer Support
What kind of customer support do you need? Check out the internet which company provides the best and fastest support. Usually, no help is needed because forums and web sites can offer faster results if you need to read about something, but sometimes there are complaints and technical questions that need to be answered, and then the company that made your headset does not delay a week of reply.
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