Bluetooth headsets

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  • Updated:4 Jul 2007
 

03.Product profiles

Product profiles - the best

Plantronics Voyager 510

Price: $99

Good points

  • Best microphone sensitivity.
  • Easy to attach.
  • Received the most positive trialist comments.

Bad points

  • Must press two buttons to connect to mobile Couldn’t initiate voice dialling with the Nokia 6280.

Plantronics Explorer 340

Price: $79

Good points

  • Excellent rating for earpiece frequency response and sound quality.
  • Easy to attach.

Bad points

  • Wouldn’t reject call on either phone.
  • Some trialists reported pain or discomfort after one hour of continuous use.
  • Loud click when microphone starts broadcasting.

Sony Ericsson HBH-PV705

Price: $85

Good points

  • More than 10 hours talk time in tests.
  • Excellent rating for earpiece frequency response and sound quality.
  • Excellent microphone sensitivity.

Bad points

  • No redial function.
  • Couldn’t initiate voice dialling with the Nokia 6280.
  • Some trialists reported pain or discomfort after one hour of continuous use.

Sony Ericsson HBH-610a

Price: $99

Good points

  • Excellent microphone sensitivity.

Bad points

  • Couldn’t initiate voice dialling with the Nokia 6280.
  • Some trialists reported pain or discomfort after one hour of continuous use.
  • Quietest at maximum volume but loud enough for most people.

Product profiles - the rest

SONY ERICSSON HBH-PV700

Price: $69

Good points

  • Excellent microphone sensitivity.
  • Natural voice quality.
  • Loudest earpiece on minimum volume.

Bad points

  • Couldn't perform redial when paired with Nokia 6280 or Sony Ericsson 810i.
  • Several trialists found it distracting or intrusive to wear.
  • Beeps when microphone is switched on.
  • Uses Bluetooth 1.2, rather than the faster, lower-powered Bluetooth 2.0.

MOTOROLA H350

Price: $99

Good points

  • Excellent earpiece rating for frequency response and sound quality.

Bad points

  • Most trialists found it distracting or intrusive to wear
  • Phone couldn't initiate voice dialling with the Sony Ericcson 810i.
  • Had a constant low buzz while using microphone.
  • Shortest talk time during battery life testing.

MOTOROLA H500

Price: $89

Good points

  • Excellent earpiece rating for frequency response and sound quality.

Bad points

  • Could not perform redial on the Nokia 6280.
  • Could not reject call on the Sony Ericsson 810i.
  • Phone couldn't initiate voice dialling with the Sony Ericcson 810i.
  • Several trialists found it distracting or intrusive to wear.
  • Had a constant low buzz while using microphone.
  • Uses Bluetooth 1.2, rather than the faster, lower-powered Bluetooth 2.0.

NOKIA BH-202

Price: $94

Good points

  • Excellent earpiece rating for frequency response.

Bad points

  • Would not reject call when paired with the Nokia 6280.
  • Several trialists found it distracting or intrusive to wear.
  • Second lowest talk time during battery life testing.

JABRA BT125

Price: $49

Good points

  • Excellent earpiece rating for frequency response and sound quality.

Bad points

  • Volume toggle is small.
  • Several trialists found it distracting or intrusive to wear.
  • Instructions only provided on CD.

NOKIA BH-200

Price: $69

Good points

  • Second loudest earpiece.

Bad points

  • Phone couldn't initiate voice dialling with the Nokia 6280 or Sony Ericcson 810i.
  • Several trialists reported pain or discomfort resulting from an hour of continuous use.
  • Model was a bit less comfortable for those wearing glasses.

NOKIA HS-26W

Price: $60

Good points

  • Loudest earpiece at minimum and mid-volume.

Bad points

  • Seven trialists reported pain or discomfort resulting from an hour of continuous use.
  • Least comfortable model.
  • Hardest model to attach.

BLUEANT T8

Price: $69

Good points

  • Battery provided more than 10 hours talk time, during testing.

Bad points

  • Trialists found it harder to attach while wearing glasses.
  • Equal least comfortable to use while wearing glasses.
  • Phone couldn't initiate voice dialling with the Sony Ericcson 810i.
 

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