The convenience of having both hands free while on the phone is one of the main reasons for owning a Bluetooth headset, the perfect companion for a mobile phone. With a wide range of options available on the market it can be quite a challenge to decide which one is best for your needs and its difficult to try out headphones before buying. However, how a set of headphones fits and feels is a major component of its success and will vary widely from one person to another. Other important factors to consider is design, style, battery life, sound quality and extra features. The following are a few points to look out for when choosing a Bluetooth stereo headset:
If call quality is important to you, both from your ears and to the receiving person, Era by Jawbone and Plantronics Voyager Edge are two sets that are small and fashion conscious, but sound as good as larger counterparts, despite the small size of the speakers and headphones.
The suppression of noise is more important to the receiver of the call who will appreciate good noise cancellation performance when you are calling from a noisy environment or a speeding vehicle. The best performers have two or three microphones, with one dedicated to the detection of ambient noise which is cancelled out by using DSP algorithms.
The fifth generation model Jawbone Era contains algorithms that are more advanced than other models. Other headsets like Plantronics Voyager Legend also perform well and may be more comfortable to wear. Quality headsets preserve voice quality while muting noise from the background.
The larger the battery the longer the life. Bulkier headsets like Planatronics M55 are less fashionable, but lasts for up to 10 hours. The Voyager Edge has a battery life of about 6 hours.
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Comfort is a personal choice and some features like a rubber Earbud that fits partially inside the ear may appeal to some while others may find it uncomfortable. The Plantronics Voyager Edge headset sits on the edge of the ear and rely on ear hooks to balance the weight.
The sleekest device on the market has to be the Plantronics Marque 2 M165. Era by Jawbone is slight and attractive with an array of chic color choices.
If listening to music on your phone is important to you, the Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 stereo model is the one to consider. When it comes to convenience, a stereo Bluetooth headset is tough to beat, especially considering that you can listen to music while taking calls from your Bluetooth enabled phone.