Best Bluetooth Headset 2011
Top rated bluetooth headphones
Once upon a time, Bluetooth hands-free headsets had unappealing designs, were rather heavy, their performance was disappointing and you could only answer and end calls. Since then things have improved considerably: nowadays devices are sleek, have stronger performance and come with all kinds of interesting features.
Three wireless headset categories
Little by little, Bluetooth headsets have become more necessary than in the past, because more and more cities are starting to fine people if they use handheld cellphones in their cars.
These devices come in three categories: traditional (for those who want a mono, single-ear headset), speakerphones (useful when you’re in a car and want to hear what the other speaker is telling you on the phone without actually having to put your ear to the phone) and stereo (for both of your ears); the latter has the added advantage of a surround-sound experience for both calls and music.
We’ve compiled below a list of some of the best Bluetooth headsets of 2011.
Aliph Jawbone Era
This Bluetooth headset won Editors’ Choice on CNET in 2011 thanks to its great performance in environments with a lot of background noise, appealing design and updated features (such as integrated accelerometer and caller ID by name). This is the first Bluetooth to sport an accelerometer along with a dedicated applications processor; with the help of the latter feature, customers will be able to turn the Aliph Jawbone Era headset into a navigation unit or a game controller. What is more, they can pair this device with Jawbone Thoughts for iPhone.
On the downside, the Aliph Jawbone Era device doesn’t come with a button for volume.
The BlueAnt Q2 Bluetooth headset was considerably improved from its predecessor, the BlueAnt Q1. Many are impressed by its slender and slim body, comfortable feel, text-to-speech technology, voice recognition commands, solid integration for both BlackBerry and Android smartphones, excellent sound quality, A2DP streaming and multipoint connectivity.
Some of the cons of this headset: very tiny controls, too many commands and lack of features regarding PC-integration.
Plantronics Savor M1100
This Bluetooth headset is well-loved by many customers and is considered by different reviewers as one of the most reliable and innovative devices.
The Plantronics Savor M1100 comes with a lot of nifty features, good sound quality, sleek design, easy to use controls and Vocalyst. The latter is a service that has the capacity to read aloud and send both texts and e-mails to friends and family. Unfortunately, this service is only free for one year and its recordings are not very loud or clear.
On the bright side, this headset model feels comfortable in your ear and requires no ear-hook.
Motorola Endeavor HX1
The Motorola Endeavor HX1 is another Bluetooth headset that’s very popular nowadays. It comes with something called Endeavor HX1; the latter is a technology that combats external noise via an in-ear sensor that you can engage through a switchable stealth mode. Basically you can understand what the other is telling you even if you’re walking down a very loud street.
The battery of this Motorola Endeavor HX1 headset is very good and the controls are extremely easy to understand.
Plantronics Savor M100
This Bluetooth headset is, along with the others from our list, a very popular device among people everywhere. This has to do with its design, performance, battery life, price and the iPhone battery gauge it comes with.
The Plantronics Savor M100 fits very well in your ear and feels comfortable once it’s there. This Bluetooth headset is available in five color tones, is very light, features three ear gels that have different sizes and an over-the-ear loop. A unique thing about this headset: it tells you how many hours of talk time you have left.
Now for the cons: sound quality is a bit bad in noisy environments and there’s no A2DP streaming support.
The Jabra Easygo Bluetooth headset is a very good option for people who are on the lookout for cheaper devices and new to the world of headsets, because this one is very easy to set up and use afterwards. It comes in black, is elegant and very light.
You have the possibility to use the Jabra Easygo with the earhook as well as without it. The battery life is good, with up to 6 hours talk time and 8 days standby time; you can even find out the status of the battery and the connection. Other pros: it connects to 2 Bluetooth devices at the same time, controls are easy to use and sound quality is overall good.