Bluetooth headphones were once the accessory of choice for people who are always taking care of business while on the move. Now, these wireless headsets are no longer just for calls, but they have become indispensable to a person’s daily life. These headsets provide access to the phone without taking it out. You can have vital information fed to you when needed, or utilize the phone’s entertainment apps to listen to music and audio files.
When looking for the best wireless headset for your mobility needs, here are some components that you need to consider price, noise cancellation capabilities, call quality, range and battery life, comfort when wearing, and audio type.
With all the options out there, here are five of the best wireless headset available:
- Jawbone Era
This device was originally released in 2011, but the company re-released a reinvented and redesigned model. By far it is the most stylishly discrete of all Bluetooth devices and beautifully crafted accessory. The device has what the company calls “Noise Assassination” technology, which aims to eliminate as much background noise as possible. The one button technology has several impressive functions for one button depending on how many times it is pressed. It is relatively small compared to the other brands and can be hard to handle if you have large hands and clumsy with small objects. It also has a short battery life. However, it sits at a very affordable price point. It also has a mobile app which has helpful and fun features.
- Plantronics Voyager 5200
Plantronics is a company famous for making headsets for office use, not for consumer use. This explains why it has never been noted for its design style. The most that anyone can say about a Plantronics headset is that it looks durable,standard and aims to blend in. The Voyager 5200 looks exactly like a Bluetooth headset, and there isn’t much to be
expected from the design. It hooks securely around the ear with a mic at the end of the arm extension. The design might not stand out, but the 7-hour battery life sure does. It has noise cancellation and an IPX4 rating, which means it can withstand a few splashes of unexpected rainfall. When paired, the device announces the name of the caller and allows the user to either answer or ignore the call by voice command, a nifty little feature. Even though it is still unable to read your text messages for you, it will allow you to dictate your reply, as well as get directions.
- Sennheiser Presence
Sennheiser is a well-known company which makes high-end headsets. These headsets range from those used in aviation to consumer use. The Sennheiser Presence is a sleek device that has a battery life of 8 to 10 hours on a single charge, and it is equipped with three micro-phones and comes with “SpeakFocus” technology designed to enhance clarity in any situation.
The company also added “WindSafe” technology to cut down on wind noise to further enhance the audio quality. In addition, the Presence also has ActiveGuard which helps filter out sudden spikes in volume or noise within the immediate area. This means that the user is protected against sudden loud noises a fax machine, and ambient noise, which can damage a person’s hearing. If you have a cellphone which uses Unified Communications and Microsoft Lync, you might want to consider this product.
- Bose SoundSport Wireless
Bose is an old established brand in the audio industry. It makes speakers as well as headphones. This is Bose’s first wireless headset has an open in-ear design like its wired predecessor. There is a large part of the SoundSport headset which protrudes from the ear. However, it is considered as the most comfortable in-ear wireless headset. It has a “StarHear+” tip where the bud sits loosely but stays securely in your ear. The headphone is sweat and water resistant, and it has an inline remote and mic for additional control and functionality. It will allow you to pause, skip, and fast forward your songs and even make or take calls while running. It may seem bulky because of the cord, but the clip allows the cord to be hooked to the back of your shirt for stability. It also has an auto-off feature which helps save battery life. Normal battery life is less than 6 hours before it has to be recharged.
- Jabra Motion
The Jabra Motion has an ear hook to keep it in place and a mic arm which makes it look like any other Bluetooth headsets out there. What’s surprising about this design is the mic’s ability to fold out of sight when it is not being used, making the device slightly inconspicuous. The selling point of this device is the built-in accelerometer which allows you to take a call by picking up the device, and activate the noise cancellation feature when you start to move. Jabra has added NFC on the instrument to aid in pairing and has boosted the battery life up to 7 hours. It is also large, and expensive. If the size does not put you off, the sound quality and volume is a great selling point.
The above Bluetooth headsets are the rated among the best of the 2016 releases. These are created by companies which are noted for their quality and their focus on delivering the best audio experience for headsets and earphones.