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BlueParrott - B450-XT Wireless Headset - Black
Description

BlueParrott's best selling headset just got better. The new BlueParrott B450-XT is the latest wireless bluetooth trucking headset designed to help you while on the go. It's been redesigned to be a lot more comfortable with a more cushioned ear cup and more padded headband. It still maintains 96% noise cancellation so the other person(s) you are communicating with can hear you crystal clear regardless of the noise surrounding you. You can talk on the headset up to 24 hours before you need to recharge the device. Charging is now a breeze using the included USB-C cable. You now have the capability to roam up to 300 feet when connected wirelessly to a class 1 device such as a smart phone. You also get additional features such as voice control to answer and reject calls using just your voice and you get a customizable BlueParrott button that can be programmed to quickly mute a conversation, speed dial a number, and more. Also, the headset is now built to last with an IP54 rating meaning it's dust and water resistant. Lastly, the headset software is updateable meaning you can plug it directly to a computer or pair it with smartphone running the BlueParrott updater program and you will be able to update the firmware on the headset. This way, it will always maintain it's great performance regardless over time.

10 Features
  • Noise Cancellation: Blocks out 96% of background Noise
  • 24 Hours of Talk Time: Keep talking with long-lasting battery life.
  • Wireless: Up to 300' wireless range
  • IP54-rated: Tough enough for life on the go, protection against dust and moisture.
  • Comfort: Padded headband and large, custioned earcup for all day comfort.
  • VoiceControl™: Answer or reject calls with your voice, keeping your hands free
  • BlueParrott Button: Enable fast access to your favorite features such as mute, speed dial, Push-to Talk, to control the headset your way.
  • Update Firmware via App: Select features and update firmware vis the BlueParrott App. No need to plug your headset into a computer.
  • Large Buttons: Easy to locate buttons for maximum ease of use
  • Works with most Bluetooth enabled devices: Integrates with devices from smartphones to hand-held terminals.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by optimummind, 10 out of 10
    Impressive noise cancellation and battery life.

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    *Pros:

    -Noise cancellation performance is amazing.

    -Volume is very good & it can get pretty loud.

    -Both incoming & outgoing voice is clear and crisp.

    -Excellent battery life.

    -Charges up via USB-C.

    -The Parrott Button can be programmed & is quite useful.

    -The soft leatherette ear pad is soft, comfortable, and offers great passive noise cancellation.

    -The Blue Parrott app is easy to use and intuitive.

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    *Neutral:

    -As expected, as an audio device, the sound is just so-so.

    -Upgrading the headset's firmware took way too long (>30 minutes).

    -The foam earpad is bad and way worse than the leatherette one.

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    *Cons:

    -None

    After having used the Blue Parrott B450-XT, my search for the perfect and ideal Bluetooth headset is finally over! There are so many things great about the B450-XT - light yet sturdy frame, superb noise cancellation performance, long battery life, USB-C charging, comfortable leatherette ear pad that also offers very decent passive noise cancellation, and crisp voice coming in and going out.

    Prior to getting the B450-XT, I had never spent more than $70 for a Bluetooth headset. I told myself that since I don't drive for a living or spend that much time on the road, I don't need to spend that much money. After receiving gushingly positive feedback from the people I've been talking to with the B450XT on, I now realize that I should've made the jump earlier. They all appreciated the much louder voice volume, as well as the more clear and crisp words that sound more natural.

    In order to really push this thing, I tested out the B450-XT by driving around town with the window down and going about 50 MPH. Despite the deafening cabin drone inside the cabin caused by my aftermarket exhaust system, my friend told me that I sounded like I was talking to him from a quiet room. It was only after I stuck my head outside the window like a dog that he heard some "whooshing" sounds punctuated by some intermittent clicking noises. Even then, he said the clicking noises were low-volume and non-irritating.

    I also tested out the headset inside the living room with the TV on and my iPad playing some music video at full volume about two feet away. My friend said that some vocals would carry over to him once in a while but he couldn't really make out the words because they sounded very muffled. During all this time, all of my words were delivered perfectly and clearly.

    I was very impressed by the battery life as well. Including the 30 minutes it took to update the firmware and the 1 & 1/2 hours of talk time, the battery drained to only 90% after two hours. Not bad!

    As for comfort, the soft and plush leatherette earpad is fantastic. It is large enough to cover up my left ear and provides good passive noise isolation that makes talking to people and listening to audio a good experience. Even after two hours, my ear felt just fine and had no soreness. I can't say the same about the extra foam earpad that's included inside the box. Because it is completely flat, it offers virtually no passive noise isolation and it feels very uncomfortable and harsh, relatively speaking.

    As an audio device, the B450-XT is just so-so. Despite having some bass, music comes out muffled and murky. If my Sony 1000XM3 is a 10/10, then the B450-XT would be a 4/10. And my old ~$50 in-ear Bluetooth headset would score a 2/10.

    In order to get more out of the B450-XT, I downloaded the Blue Parrott app and I liked it for its clean design and intuitive layout. I programmed the Parrott Button to call upon Google Assistant and I was soon able to start calls with my voice and control my smart home devices like lights, security cameras, and wall plugs. The entire setup process within the app was easy and seamless. I just wish firmware updates wouldn't take so long. Out of all the devices I maintain, updating the B450-XT took the most amount of time at ~30 minutes.

    All in all, I'm super satisfied and happy with the B450-XT. It's got the looks, the comfort, the battery life, and its noise cancellation performance is superb.

    Aug 06, 2020 00:54
  • Review by MrGadget, 10 out of 10
    Noise-canceling bluetooth headset at its finest

    B450-XT is the next generation BlueParrott noise-canceling Bluetooth, replacing a model with the same model name.

    Be sure to get this new model, designated OTE922 on the box bottom label! The most obvious visual differentiation is a square “Parrott” button above the power button. The older model B450-XT has a round “Parrott” button above the power button.

    I was immediately interested when reading its claims of canceling up to 96% of background noise. Impressive! In practice, this appears to be the case. I detest background noise while on a call. During this time when so many of us are working from home, eliminating background noise is more important. For truckers and other mobile users, background noise has always been a concern. This headset is an ideal mobile companion for reasons that will become more apparent as you read on.

    Once fully charged and Bluetooth was paired with BOTH my iPhone and laptop, I did a little test. For this test and personal demo, I connected only my phone via Bluetooth. After opening iTunes on my laptop, I started, then paused a musical selection. Then, through the B450T, I made a call to a friend. He answered and confirmed that the sound quality of the call was excellent. Then, I started to play the music at a volume I could hear well through my uncovered ear.

    Could he hear anything in the background? NO, he could not. I leaned in closer toward the laptop screen, closer to its speakers, and continued speaking. Could he hear background noise? When I came within about six inches of the speakers, he commented that he could hear music and correctly identified the tune.

    I pulled away from the laptop speakers once again. My friend confirmed that the background music interference had faded away. Yes, impressive! That, alone, suggested the winning ways of this headset.

    And there is more to like with this BlueParrott. Several voice commands add value and convenience. A tap of the BlueParrott button prompts, “Say a command.” The fun begins.

    “What can I say?” The response includes several options:

    • Answer – Answers an incoming call

    • Ignore – Rejects the incoming call and sends it to voicemail (if available)

    • What can I say? – Provides a list of available commands

    • Pair mode – Puts the headset into pairing mode

    • Am I connected? – Verifies that the headset is connected to a device

    • Check battery – Checks battery levels in the headset and paired device (if applicable) Redial – Redials the last outgoing call

    • Callback – Calls the last incoming call (if number available)

    • Cancel – Cancels voice command

    According to the manufacturer, “The all-new BlueParrott B450-XT is packed with features designed to improve your life on the go.

    New features include:

    • IP54-rated protection against dust and moisture

    • Better comfort

    • USB-C charging

    Firmware updates via mobile App”

    My experience with the mobile App is that, at this writing, it is a work in progress. It may provide false reports on needed updates. This is because their old software thinks the attached headset is the old headset. I have high hopes this will be sorted out in the near future. Until then, I will ignore any prompts to update. Once things are fixed on BlueParrott’s end, hardware updates should be able to occur wirelessly via an updated mobile App.

    More pluses include the ability to roam quite a nice distance from the wirelessly-connected computer or phone. The company pegs the distance up top 300 feet! That’s more than simple roaming about.

    HD Voice™ technology provides clearer calls when calling with a mobile provider that has enabled this feature, as it is enabled with my AT&T Wireless network. Here is a definition provided from the Lifewire site:

    “HD Voice is high-definition voice calling. It's wideband audio technology that offers a superior standard for calls. By extending the frequency range of audio signals, HD Voice does two things well:

    • Produces clearer, vibrant, and natural-sounding audio

    • Reduces background noise in any environment

    With HD Voice, calls are clearer and crisper. This provides a better experience for everyone on a call, whether you're talking to friends or family or teleconferencing with business associates at work.”

    This a good reason for the clarity of the calls I have experienced.

    Many Bluetooth (BT) wireless, or so-called “True Wireless” headsets, claim long talk time. Long talk time is important to many of us, myself included. Small, on-ear headsets may have up to six hours of talk time, less if HD Voice is enabled. With the removal of the need for extreme miniaturization, the BlueParrott B450-XT boasts of up to 24 hours of talk time. That, friends, is quite remarkable.

    Who would need such long talk time? That is not so much the issue. Having the confidence that even with a full day’s use, the B450-XT should go the distance without running out of power is the issue. Even if a user forgets to recharge after work or play, there should be plenty of reserve for another day’s use before charging.

    The adjustable headband with padded earcup is comfortable and not too tight. I do not feel “pinched,” even after wearing it throughout a full day.

    My favorite hands-free features are Answer and Ignore. With hands free, choose to answer or ignore a call.

    The Parrott button is capable of special programming and for use with Microsoft Teems. I did not evaluate either of these.

    For mobile users, the features and capabilities add up to clearer calls mile after mile, state after state and week after week with the utmost in hands free calling capability, as well as leaving one ear uncovered for safety’s sake. For the rest of us, BlueParrott B450-XT is simply an excellent Bluetooth headset.

    Included in the box are a foam ear cushion if the user wishes to remove the leatherette one in place, a spare foam microphone windscreen, a mobile charger, USB-C cable and QuickStart Guide.

    BlueParrott B450-XT is covered by the manufacturer’s one-year warranty.

    Aug 07, 2020 19:35
  • Review by TheOffice1234, 8 out of 10
    GREAT BATTERY LIFE – TIGHT FIT FOR LARGE HEADS

    GREAT BATTERY LIFE – TIGHT FIT FOR LARGE HEADS

    REVIEW: BlueParrott B450-XT Wireless Bluetooth Headset

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    SUMMARY:

    PROS –

    - Great Battery Life

    - Easy Setup

    - Good Microphone

    - Good Speaker

    - Large Buttons for ease of use

    - Included Alternate Ear Cushion, Charging Cable

    - Good Noise Cancelling

    CONS –

    - Tight fit for larger heads and/or people with Glasses

    UNBOXING: (see picture)

    INITIAL IMPRESSIONS:

    Packaging was good, and everything was well protected. Build quality seems pretty good. Pairing with phone and computer was easy.

    I don’t really get why they included a Car Charger in the package. I understand that part of the target audience is “field workers” but it seems a waste of money for something that 95% of users will probably never need.

    I am glad they included a USB-A to USB-C charging cable.

    The only minor complaint for setup is that there is not a direct QR code to download the app in the manual. When you go to the store and type in BlueParrott it tries to load an App called something like Dail2Do, at first I thought it was a fake app but it was the real app.

    After I download the App I updated the Firmware which takes about 30 minutes. There is also online a firmware updater App for Windows and MAC.

    USAGE:

    My goto “headset” is a noise canceling unit about the size of a stick of gum, that includes ear buds. My only dissatisfaction with my prior unit was a short battery life (about 3 hours). With the BlueParrott B450-XT it claims I can talk all day up to 24 hours of talk time. I’ve only used it for about 10 hours, but so far, so good.

    The speaker quality is just OK. Not bad, not Great, not for music (of course). The mic pickup seems to be very good. I’ve asked everyone on the other side of call about the Audio Quality and everyone said it was very good. I am working in my basement these days, with the furnace and other loud items. I would estimate this did a good job of blocking out most of those noises for the people on the other end of the call.

    My only complaint with the unit itself is that it is a really tight fit. Fully extended, for me it is still a little “vice grip like” on my head. Especially when I wear my glasses it was really uncomfortable. I have a larger head, but not giant sized. I wear a 7 ¼ hat. With the default ear pad and my glasses I could not wear this more than 30-45 minutes. When I switched to the foam ear pad this helped a great deal and I can wear it several hours at a time. I still can’t easily take my glasses on and off, but at least it does not “hurt”. I think the speaker is just too large or perhaps if I could expand it more I could wear it lower on my ear so it does not interfere with my wearing glasses.

    The Voice Commands are nice but probably won’t be used. If you have an incoming call you can say “answer or ignore” or “ask for list of commands” which are pretty much “answer or ignore”. If you don’t say the commands exactly it wont work. I asked “battery status” it did not work. I had to ask “check battery”. Then I get an unhelpful response “battery level high”. What does that mean. Do I have 3 hours of talk time left or 30 hours of talk time left?

    According to the online datasheet. It seems there is also an “M” variant that plays more nicely with MS Teams. This would have been helpful, and maybe a firmware update with provide the missing “M” features.

    CONCLUSION:

    Not a perfect headset for me (I have not found the perfect one yet), but pretty darn good. Hopefully after some more usage it will expand a little to better fit my big head. Though I would have to say my hat size is the max I could recommend. If you wear more than a 7 ¼ hat size, this will hurt your head. Once I switched to the optional foam cover it felt a lot more comfortable. If your main need is huge battery life and secure fit (maybe you move around a lot), then this is a good solution. The speaker and Mic are both perfectly good. Noise reduction works as expected.

    Aug 03, 2020 10:30
  • Review by exskibum, 10 out of 10
    BlueParrott Bluetooth headset

    By far the best Bluetooth headset for making phone calls. Connection is fast and sound clarity is awesome. I have tried 2 different name brand headsets and neither can compete with the blueparrot.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:08
  • Review by Nwele, 10 out of 10
    Trucker’s Wife

    Husband enjoyed using his toy, he said it serves the purpose perfectly for him. TRUCKERS, this is a MUST have.

    Dec 20, 2020 08:20
  • Review by PrPrincess, 10 out of 10
    Amazing headset!!

    This headset is amazing!! It blocks out the background sound to a point that you hear the person breathing!! Amazing product!!!

    Feb 26, 2021 17:31
  • Review by Blueparrot450, 10 out of 10
    Blueparrot

    Not my first blueparrot product, blueparrot is a great product to have and this one just as good.

    Jan 15, 2021 16:40
  • Review by Dede, 4 out of 10
    Hair stylist hands-free system.

    Break easily. Not durable but works very well and is easy to setup and use.

    Oct 22, 2021 21:25
  • 9.2score
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    BlueParrott - B350-XT Wireless On-Ear Headset - Black
    Description

    Block out the noise with these BlueParrott Bluetooth headphones. The wide headband enhances comfort for all-day wear, while a VoiceControl technology lets you answer or reject calls with your voice for hands-free use. These BlueParrott Bluetooth headphones have an IP54-rated design that guards against moisture and dust, and customizable Parrot Button enables quick and easy access to your favorite features.

    11 Features
  • Customizable Parrott Button™: Enables fast access to your features such as mute, speed dial and more, to control the headset your way.
  • Rechargeable battery: Provides up to 24 hours of talk time and lasts up to 500 hours on a standby mode.
  • Noise cancellation: Effectively blocks out distracting background noise, so you can enjoy a focused, immersive sound environment.
  • Tough, IP54-rated design: You can take calls or listen to music anytime, anywhere with protection against dust and moisture.
  • Superior call and voice quality: The microphone comes with a flexible gooseneck and stays where you put it.
  • VoiceControl™ technology: Easily answer or reject calls with just your voice via Siri or Google Assistant, keeping your hands free.
  • Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity: Ensures simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device with an operating range of up to 300'. Supports A2DP profiles.
  • NFC-enabled: Provides added convenience for easy and instant pairing.
  • On-ear design and wide headband: Offer comfort during extended listening sessions.
  • Large, easy-to-press buttons: They are simple to locate and press, for maximum ease of use.
  • 36mm drivers: Deliver powerful sound.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by MommygotIT, 10 out of 10
    New Headset Must Have

    Used to answer trouble calls (Help Desk)

    Head size 22”

    Over all feel (secure, lightweight)

    Call experience (clear and easy to control side panels)

    Delivery (quick, and packaged and boxed well)

    May 13, 2021 21:42
  • Review by Fastly, 10 out of 10
    Excellent

    for me it is an excellent product, the quality and the sharpness say it all.

    Oct 31, 2020 19:11
  • Review by Troquero4ever, 2 out of 10
    Clip Not Resistant

    This was my second in less than a year its a very Good Bluetooth but one defect it brakes really quick were the head loop slides in and out is got a clip that brakes they need to put screws not Glue i will.buy it again if blue parrot upgraded to screws better

    Feb 28, 2021 19:08
  • Review by JABLIZZ, 8 out of 10
    Good headset for phone and PC

    Bought for use with WebEx application on PC. Works great once I figured out how to use it. In some apps (like WedEx) there will be 2 listings for the B350-XT, 'Stereo', and 'Headset'. You must choose 'Headset' otherwise, no sound. Hope this helps someone.

    Mar 23, 2020 10:12
  • Review by Bestgrammy, 10 out of 10
    Best wirless for phone and computer headset

    I bought this so that I could have one device for both my phone and my computer when I work from home. You can sync up to 8 devices and have 2 active at the same time. I have my phone and my computer at the same time so I can respond to Skype or MS Team calls as well as answer my cellphone. Works with both simultaneously.

    Jun 15, 2020 17:17
  • Review by CatDogMom, 8 out of 10
    Excellent even for Work From Home

    I needed a headset for working from home and taking calls. This is a great one! I use the basics but I can't wait to try it out when traveling and such. The only thing odd was one very windy day, there seemed to be a lot of static and noise in the headset. I only experienced that once so far, however. I definitely recommend this headset to help cancel out background noise and have clear calls! I haven't connected to the BlueParrot app yet so also looking forward to that!

    May 16, 2020 19:32
  • Review by Captain, 10 out of 10
    Better Headset than Standard Xbox Headset

    Headset is much better than the previous one I had for my Xbox One. This one doesnt give echo sounds & has noice cancellation. Better fit & doesnt irritate my ear

    Nov 04, 2021 21:04
  • Review by Bouu, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    Sound is amazing. I love it. Good for zoom and webex calls or just connect to your phone for music without being totally disconnected from the outside world

    Oct 23, 2021 10:22
  • 9.0score
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    AfterShokz
    AfterShokz - OpenComm Bone Conduction Stereo Bluetooth Headset - Slate Gray
    Description

    OpenComm is the first AfterShokz Bluetooth headset designed specifically for communication. Engineered with patented 7th generation bone conduction technology & featuring AfterShokz’s signature open-ear design, OpenComm enables clear communication through the DSP noise-canceling boom microphone & helps you stay connected to your surroundings while you’re at your desk, on the road, or on a jobsite.Explore the gear you need for content creation.Learn about content creator gear for vlogging and more

    7 Features
  • Open-Ear Comfort: With nothing inside or over your ears, the open-ear design offers unrivaled, all-day comfort.
  • Connection: OpenComm enables clear communication through the DSP noise-canceling boom microphone & helps you stay connected to your surroundings while you’re at your desk, on the road, or on a jobsite.
  • 16 Hours Of Talk Time: Powered with up to 16 hours of talk time or up to 8 hours of listen time on a single charge for all-day communication.
  • Multifunction Button for Easy Control: ls Easily accessible controls to play, pause, skip, activate voice assistant and answer calls.
  • NFC Pairing: Engineered with NFC (Near Field Communication) for seamless and safe Bluetooth pairing with a compatible Android device.
  • Quick & Easy Charging: Get up to 2 hours of talk time with a 5-minute charge using the included magnetic charging cable. Moisture detection alert included for safe charging.
  • Titanium Fit: Complete wraparound titanium frame provides a flexible fit for stability and comfortable long-term wear.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Xephyroth, 8 out of 10
    First Bone Conduction BT Headset with Boom Mic

    INTRO:

    The AfterShokz OpenComm takes AfterShokz bone conduction headphone technology to allow you to remain alert of your surroundings while being able to be on a call or listen to music. But on top of that, the OpenComm integrates a noise canceling boom microphone for those who need to be in communication—whether for a personal call, conference call or other.

    UNBOXING:

    Inside the packaging, you get a nice carrying case which holds the OpenComm and magnetic charging cable. Additionally, there’s a small card with instructions on how to get started, as well as a manual with more detailed instructions towards the various controls available on the headset.

    BUILD QUALITY:

    The OpenComm has a lightweight build at 33g, with a titanium frame and soft touch rubber. And compared to alternative offerings from other brands, I’d say the AfterShokz have the most professional look and do their best not to look clunky. On top of that, they have IP55 water resistance and moisture detection to protect the battery for safe charging.

    SETUP:

    The setup is very easy on the OpenComm. While wearing them, simply power them on by holding the Volume+ button for 5-7 seconds. A voice will first let you know that the headset is on, and after holding for the full duration, the voice will let you know that you’ve entered pairing mode. At this point, your device should be able to see the “OpenComm by AfterShokz” device in the bluetooth settings.

    If you’d like to enable multipoint pairing (which I only just now figured out you can do while looking at the online FAQ), simply enable the pairing mode as mentioned above, then hold the Multifunction button and Volume+ button for 2-3 seconds. Then connect your first device. Afterwards, power it down by holding the Volume+ down for 2-3 seconds. Then enable pairing mode again by holding the Volume+ button for 5-7 seconds. After which, connect your second device. Now you can have two devices connected to your OpenComm simultaneously. You won’t be able to receive audio from both devices at the same time, but if you were to pause the audio on one and start audio on the other, it should transition in under 10 seconds—a small inconvenience, but it’s more convenient than having to turn off the device just to initiate pairing to the other device.

    Additionally, if you use an NFC-enabled device, you can also pair using the NFC chip on the left side of the headset.

    CONTROLS:

    The controls are mostly standard fare, but there are a couple “gotchas” that I recommend reading the manual for or visiting the online FAQ for to get more information about the controls. Overall, I’d say these “gotchas” could have been avoided if a separate power button was integrated, but considering how quickly I was able to adapt, it’s really not anything I’d complain about.

    Additionally, you can flip the boom microphone out of the way, but this DOES NOT mute the microphone, which is really unfortunate, as I would expect this behavior from most headsets these days. While the noise canceling microphone will work to reduce any background noises, you may still remain audible.

    COMFORT:

    In terms of comfort, the AfterShokz says the OpenComm was designed for all-day communication. I think this experience is going to differ from person to person, especially because the comfort and positioning will depend on the anatomy of your ears and the length of the arc from one ear to the other ear.

    From my experience, I can certainly wear the OpenComm for several hours at a time, but I do have sensitive ears and prefer to take breaks.

    I’ve worn them with my glasses on, and with a hat and face mask all simultaneously. I did have to put on my face mask first before I could put the OpenComm on, but I took it with me on a trip to the grocery store and had no issue enjoying music while still remaining aware of my surroundings.

    PORTABILITY:

    As far as portability is concerned, you can wear these anywhere, and they can be used for extended periods of time. The headset itself doesn’t cause any obtrusion while worn.

    However, while the carrying case is nice and sturdy, it’s kind of comically large compared to the actual headset. That being said, I understand that the frame is made of titanium and can’t be expected to be bent around and stuffed into a bag. The case can definitely house the headset, the magnetic charging cable, a USB charger, and perhaps a few more cables if you wish to do so. But I think it could and should be more portable.

    If AfterShokz are willing to change the interior mold of the case to house a cable and maybe an optional USB charger, I think they could lower the footprint of their case.

    SOUND:

    As far as sound is concerned, this one is tough because it’s even more dependent on your anatomy compared to traditional headphones. And while I am an audiophile and have reviewed and purchased headphones and headsets across different price points, I have very limited experience with bone conduction. As a result, I lowered my expectations.

    The sound here is not going to blow away any audiophiles, but it is certainly adequate/sufficient to have a decent listening experience for both communication and music. Remember, this headset was designed with communication in mind first, rather than music. That being said, my personal experience has been that treble is generally a strong point and bass can be experienced if the OpenComm is worn in a way that lends to it. That being said, the quantity of bass won’t satisfy serious bass heads, but for the way I position it, the sound signature leans neutral with some treble emphasis

    I have noticed that I can get clearer midrange and treble depending on how I position the bone conduction drivers just in front of my ears, and the same applies to the bass response. Unfortunately, you can’t really adjust how you wear the OpenComm aside from tilting it or slightly rotating it. And since it kind of rests on your ears without anything else to keep them positioned, it can be challenging to consistently get the same exact fit/position each time you put them on. Which means that the sound you get each time you put them on can be a bit variable.

    So there are times where I’m impressed with the sound, and there are times where I feel like there is a veil over the top-end where the treble takes a hit. For music purposes, I usually find myself adjusting until I get a sound I find to be pleasant, but it usually doesn’t take very long. I do think it would be nice if I could better conform the frame to my head. I tried putting a hat on while wearing the OpenComm and it pushed the frame downwards, causing the bone conduction drivers to tilt a bit—which consequently changed the sound I was experiencing. So I had to adjust the OpenComm again after putting the hat on.

    That being said, these things don’t really matter as much when you’re simply on a call with someone. I’ve used the OpenComm on long calls for work as well as for chatting up a friend. I had no issues hearing anyone talk, and I’d generally stick with the default EQ. The secondary EQ cuts out the bass and focuses on midrange and treble. This is likely a more sensible EQ if you are wearing earplugs with these in use—in which case, the sound can actually get overly bassy with the default EQ.

    Why would you want to wear earplugs with these in use? Loud environments like construction zones where you can’t have noise canceling headsets. The earplugs will let you attenuate the loud noises while the bone conduction drivers will let you hear audio at volumes that won’t destroy your ear drums.

    MICROPHONE:

    As mentioned previously, the microphone can be flipped out of the way, but it DOES NOT mute the microphone. So it’s important to be mindful of this. You can mute the microphone while on a call by holding the Volume+ and Volume- buttons for two seconds. But AfterShokz claims that this may not work with all applications—in which case, you should use the mute functionality in your software.

    I’ve found the microphone to be clear, and the noise cancellation is pretty good at eliminating background noise. When I compared to other bluetooth options I have, the OpenComm was slightly quieter likely due to the noise cancellation, but delivered excellent clarity, otherwise.

    BATTERY LIFE:

    AfterShokz claims up to 16 hours of call time, 8 hours of playback time, and up to 14 days of standby time. While I certainly have not tested a full 16 hours of call time, I will say that I’ve had no issues being on extended calls with the OpenComm with some mixed usage of music playback, as well. In my testing with mixed usage, I could easily get through a full day without charging them. And even if you needed to charge them, a quick 5 minute charge can yield 2 hours of talk time. A full charge can be had in 1 hour.

    CONCLUSION:

    Overall, I approached the AfterShokz with curiosity and skepticism, but I was pleasantly surprised at what they deliver. Whether you work from home and need a bluetooth headset that allows you to be attentive to your family, or someone who works in environments where you can’t safely use other headsets, or you’re just looking for a small comfortable headset that lets you be remain alert, the OpenComm is worthy of your consideration. And while I think the OpenComm has noteworthy potential in business applications, transportation and construction, it really does stand out to me as a choice many people ought to consider.

    Oct 30, 2020 00:08
  • Review by SteveC, 10 out of 10
    Great for mildly hearing impaired

    With moderate hearing impairment I’m always on the lookout for devices that help me. I’ve read about bone induction headphones but haven’t gotten to use them till now. When I read that there were some new ones out by AfterShokz called the OpenComm which has a boom microphone and I had to give them a try.

    Unboxing:

    These come in a nice heavy multi piece box and inside there’s a padded semi-rigid carrying case, “the case itself was pretty big so I wasn’t sure how large these were going to be”. Opening up the case I was pleasantly surprised by the size of these, as they are pretty small “a lot smaller than any of my on the ear headsets”. Also inside the case is a USB charging cable and a user manual, that’s it, nothing else.

    Setting up:

    The first thing I did was plug the USB cable into my multiport USB charger and let it charge up. There’s a red LED that lights while charging and turns “Green” once finished. The charging cable is proprietary and has a magnetic connector that firmly attaches to the back end of the earpiece.

    The device itself has three buttons “all in bright orange so you can’t miss them, but can’t see them either while wearing” and are raised enough to find easily by touch. One button is on the right forward piece that sits against your jawbone in front of your ear, it controls answering/ending calls and stopping pausing music. Then there are two buttons on the body that goes directly behind your ear, these are used to turn on/off the device, set pairing and to control volume.

    After charging was finished I followed the instructions and paired them with my S20 Ultra without a hitch. There is a voice prompt that lets you know when they are paired and when turning on/off.

    Use:

    The band itself that goes around the back of your head is very flexible and coated with a soft feel silicone covering, and the covering extends to the rest of the headset as well keeping it pretty well sealed up. The small boom microphone is thin and very unobtrusive, it also swivels up out of the way if you don’t want to use it or change the position for the best pickup.

    The first thing I did was to make a few phone calls, and I was pleasantly surprised how well these sound, “sort of amazing that there’s nothing inside, on, or around your ears”. The clarity with my hearing difficulties was outstanding and I could easily hear everything that was said. The callers on the other end said I sounded just as good as everything else I’ve used and they didn’t know I was using a headset, other than that I was very clear.

    The volume level on these seems to be enough, although I do wish it could go just a little higher but it’s plenty for now. In a noisy environment I did have to step away to a quieter area but still better than I expected. I’ve used this in a moderate noisy place “grocery store” and I can still hear my callers pretty easily, probably not as easy if I had something in my ears like my hearing aids or over/on my ears like my headset. The big difference is my ears weren’t numb from wearing a headset or sore from having my hearing aids in all day. I could tell where the pieces that rest on your jawbone sat but it was no were near as irritated as other devices.

    Conclusion:

    This is a great headset from AfterShokz, I can easily wear them for hours on end with very little discomfort. The sound quality for calls is pretty amazing “although I wish it could go just a little louder at times”. Listening to music isn’t that great, while general sound is good there’s just isn’t much for bass and that’s just due to a limitation of the technology. It works very well for listening to voice/commentary dialog and works well with listening to TV programming without something blocking out outside sounds and noises. It was pretty easy for me to listen to a program and carry out a conversation with my wife, “as long as she spoke loud enough as I wasn’t wearing my hearing aids at the time :) “.

    Battery life is also outstanding, I’ve made about 2 hours’ worth of phone calls, spent a good 2 hours listening to some videos and the battery is still around 75%, nothing I have will give this kind of battery life and should last close to a couple days of office use like the manufacturer states.

    So if you happen to have mild/moderate hearing loss these are going to be well worth trying out just for the sheer comfort of not having anything physically on/in your ears.

    Oct 25, 2020 14:24
  • Review by RedScorpion, 10 out of 10
    I Love This Headset

    This is my first bone conduction headset and I love it. This headset is my new default. It's comfortable. No more buds slipping out of my ear canal. No bulky / hot ear pieces. Just great audio. After a few minutes, I forget I am even wearing them.

    I should say that I received this headset for the purpose of providing an unbiased review. And my unbiased opinion is: this headset is awesome.

    This is great for phone calls. The noise cancelling microphone works well and can be repositioned when not in use. I've made several calls over the last few days and I have been consistently told I sound great. Very clear. I tested it outside on a particularly windy Oklahoma day and they could still hear me.

    The bone conduction is interesting. Sometimes feels a bit like a buzz on my temple. It's oddly relaxing.

    Setup was easy. The built-in nfc chip made bluetooth set up a breeze. The headset stayed connected for quite a ways away from my phone.

    You also get a nice, thick case for storage. The charger is proprietary. One side is USB-A and the other is a proprietary magnetic connection.

    I didn't find any app for equalizer settings. I find that a bit refreshing as my other headsets were getting a bit pushy with their firmware updates.

    Sound quality was good. It's not the richest audio I have ever experienced, but it's better than most buds and pods geared towards mobile users.

    Battery life has been good. I'm still getting used to the multi-purpose button, but it does make it easy to take and hang up on calls. Very easy to feel for the volume buttons as well.

    For people working from home or looking for a new headset for travel, the gym, or day-to-day wear, I'd say you can't really go wrong here.

    Highly recommend!

    Oct 23, 2020 17:12
  • Review by msumulong, 10 out of 10
    A great headset!

    The AfterShokz - OpenComm Bone Conduction Stereo Bluetooth Headset is one of the latest products from this company. But what’s so special about it? One is that is a bone conducting headset meaning that is doesn’t go to your ears but goes near your ear and sound vibrations pass on to your ears. This enables you to hear your outside surroundings. And while I really won’t recommend this for music, it is still perfect for passive listening to music and being able to hear your surroundings.

    Being a headset, it has a retractable boom mic which has noise cancelling features meaning it blocks outside noise while you talk which makes it ideal if you make a lot of phone calls as you work. And it does help further that this unit is lightweight too making it comfortable to wear for long hours.

    It connects via Bluetooth. And I have this with phone calls using both Android and iOS, Skype and Zoom and I must say call quality is good. People don’t notice if I am using a headset at all. And to add, battery life is great at 16 hours. The only downside I can think of is that it uses a proprietary magnetic charging cable rather than a USB cable (whether C or not) though my rating won’t be affected at all. So if you are looking at a headset to use in the office (or working from home) the whole day, I’d highly recommend this headset.

    Oct 23, 2020 23:22
  • Review by AtlantaGreg, 8 out of 10
    Unique tech for a new unique world

    Aftershockz have been making “bone conducting” headphones for a few years now, and they offer a unique way to listen to music (and now make calls) compared to traditional headsets. Normally, you would put ear buds directly into your ears, or use headphones on top of your ears, to listen to music or do calls, etc. But with bone conducting headsets, the ends sit NEXT to your ear, not on top of them. The sound enters through the side of your head next to your ear, sending vibrations directly into your inner ear and bypassing the ear canal. You “hear” what you’re listening to as clearly as you would any decent set of buds or headphones. Since the tips of the headsets don’t actually sit over your ear, this allows you to hear your music or calls, while also allowing your ears to hear things that are going on around you in your home, while jogging, etc.

    The Aftershockz “OpenComm” model addresses a need in our new world – many more people are working from home now, and they need good headsets in order for work calls throughout the day. The other Aftershockz models really work best for listening to music and other things, and while they can also accept calls, I always found the microphone on my two older pairs of these to be a bit weak; people complained about my voice sounding muffled or low in volume. The OpenComm model is very much like the other models but with one key addition – it adds a noise reduction microphone that comes out of the left side of it, hanging a few inches more toward your face and mouth, allowing for stronger, clearer, phone calls. In other words, this model is specifically designed for phone calls being their primary use.

    Charging the OpenComm takes (give or take) about an hour via an unfortunately proprietary (and VERY short) magnetically-connected charging cable. Once charged, you should get roughly 14 hours of talk time or just over half of that if you decide to listen to music. A 5 minute quick charge will add 2 hours of talk time in a pinch. The OpenComm wraps around the back of your head, and the two ends hang directly over the top of your ears, allowing the ends to rest just behind the ear openings. The microphone can be swiveled to adjust up or down on the left side (but unfortunately you can flip it around to use it on the right side of your face). There are a couple of voice prompts built in; press the “+” volume button for a couple of seconds and it will welcome you to tell you it’s on. Hold that button down a bit longer and it will tell you It’s in Bluetooth pairing mode (NFC is available on some Android devices). Press and hold again and it will tell you it’s turning off, etc. You can answer/hang up a call and control a variety of music play functions via a larger primary button on the right ear piece. To mute a call, you have to (awkwardly) press the + and – volume buttons at the same moment (and repeat to unmute). The volume and multi-function button are the only three buttons on the headset.

    I found the OpenComm to be very comfortable to wear, even with glasses, and even over longer periods of time. Sound was better-than-average clear; the right side seems to be slightly louder than the left, though – not a problem for calls, but for music this might bother some. There has been one incidence where when on a call, a very loud “shrieking” sound came over the earpiece. The person on the other end could not hear it, but it was painfully loud on my end, lasting only a few seconds; interference of some sort? A glitch? Not sure, but it’s only happened once. The boom microphone definitely makes a big difference with calls, as everyone I’ve called so far has told me my voice is loud and clear – much more so than my older pairs of Aftershockz. After around two days of a lot of calls, I still have battery power. It’s also IP55 water resistant should you decide to use it during light workouts, or walking and get caught in light rain briefly.

    I try to rate items based on “value for money”. The Aftershockz OpenComms are retailing for $159.00. There is a lot of competition in the headset product world right now, and operator-style headsets can be found from $19.95 to well over $200.00. On the plus side, these are much more comfortable than most, seem durable, offer a unique way of hearing your calls AND your surroundings at the same time, come with a handy hard storage case, and have good voice clarity. On the meh side, it uses a short proprietary charging cable (boo), you cannot switch the microphone to the right side, muting calls is awkward, and it’s a bit on the more expensive side. Only you can decide if the comfort level and unique sound delivery system is worth the extra money for you. I wouldn’t mind seeing a few dollars shaved off of the price to give it better value compared to all of the other offerings around, but I still do recommend these if they are within your budget (just look for sales!).

    Oct 28, 2020 23:54
  • Review by HBCUgrad13, 8 out of 10
    Great idea, great execution

    I'm new to the concept of bone conduction, but AfterShokz made a great first impression. The most important feature of an audio product is the sound. Despite not being placed inside the ear, they sound great. The mic does block out external noise, and the mic was acceptable. I have two minor complaints concerning the headphones. They are a hassle to put on if you wear glasses and if your head is slightly larger than the average lol. Yet, this does not take away from their comfort quality once they are in place. The other drawback to the item is that it comes with a short unique cable that may be hard to find in the event of losing or damaging the original. Regardless of my concerns, other features worked as expected such as battery life and pairing options. Overall, this is product performed according to its intended design. This headset would work well for teachers or those in other professions where they are constantly "on the go".

    Oct 23, 2020 10:37
  • Review by Layn, 10 out of 10
    Amazing!! OpenComm bone

    I have been trying for e week diferet brand of airpods. Samsung, jabra, apple airpods pro. And refused all of them because they were uncomfortable for me. I hate to fill caps in my ears and this was the perfect solution for me.

    I didn't know this technology until couple days ago. And after try that one in the show room at bestbuy, I decided to buy mine. If you want perfect listen quality in both sides. And good music quality with high volume. This will be the perfect choise. I never been so happy with a purchase like this.

    This is amazing guys.

    Nov 22, 2020 08:17
  • Review by Goncho, 10 out of 10
    Truly shocking headset

    The AfterShokz OpenComm Wireless Bone Conduction Headset is truly a shocking piece of technology. I didn’t try any bone conduction headset before, and as soon as I tried this one, a door into a new whole experience was wide opened for me. I do not really give any superlatives to devices, this one deserves superlatives, it is just an outstanding technology/device.

    I use the AfterShokz mostly during my remote work meetings connected to my Windows machine through Bluetooth. So far, they are the most comfortable headphone pieces I’ve ever owned. I like the feeling of not wearing “regular” headphones and I also like not having to use the speakers and bother my family, and yet I feel like the sound is coming from somewhere else but from a device attached to my head. Sometimes I forget that the other parties cannot hear anything coming from this device unless they are very close to me. Just a note, for listening to music in your Windows 10 laptop, there are two sound devices configured as output devices, choose the one without the “hands-free” description to be able to use the buttons on the headphone to control volume, next song, etc.

    I’ve used the AfterShokz OpenComm with my Android phone as well, the configuration was easy with the phone even telling me how much percentage of battery was left on the device. I see this device would be perfect for someone who is on the road and needs to be aware of their surroundings and doesn’t want others to hear what they are hearing on their phones. I like that several phone operations, such as answer, hang-up, hold, are easily accessible thorough the buttons on the headset.

    This bone conduction technology feels like magic, I never would have thought that I’d hear with such fidelity on such a device. I know that sound transmits on hard surfaces, I even tried in-ear headphones pressing them on the sides of my head, and I also had placed my ear on the table where a speaker would be on playing some music, but of course, they do not come close to this technology (well they cannot really compare to this technology). There is only one thing that I am a “little” worried about, can this bone conduction technology have any adverse effect on your brain due to the way it transmits sound?

    >> Pros

    - Bone conduction: no need to say anything else.

    - Good sound quality: the sound seems to come from around you or even from inside you, not from a device attached to your head.

    - Very Light yet robust: despite being a flexible plastic/rubber combination the construction feels very solid.

    - Very comfortable: I use glasses, and sometimes I forget I have the headphones on me.

    - Decent battery life: so far I only charged it a couple of times over several days/hours of use. First time I charged the device it took like 40 minutes to fully charge.

    - Compact: it is small when compared to other headphones.

    >> Cons

    Nothing wrong with the device, it is all good.

    Actually, perhaps, the only thing that could potentially be a problem is if I lose the charging cable. It is a proprietary cable, so I would need to buy a similar one in case I forget to bring it along with me or if I lose it. I wish it was a regular USB cable version as other devices out there.

    Nov 03, 2020 02:56
  • 9.0score
    Jabra - Talk 25 Bluetooth Headset - Black
    Description

    Make and receive high-definition calls with this Jabra Talk 25 Bluetooth headset. This in-ear headset comes equipped with an 11mm speaker and an omnidirectional microphone that ensure clear communication. On a full charge, the set delivers up to eight hours of talk time, and the Power Nap feature turns the device off if disconnected. The Voice Guidance system of this Jabra Talk 25 Bluetooth headset notifies you of its charge and connection status.

    5 Features
  • Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices: Allows you to make hands-free phone calls, stream GPS directions, music and podcasts from your mobile phone.
  • Custom fit for all-day comfort: Choose your preferred wearing style and, with the Ultimate Comfort Eargels that come in many sizes and mold to your ear, you have a custom fit for all-day comfort.
  • HD calls. Crystal-clear conversations: Enjoy high-definition calls with an omnidirectional microphone and 11mm dynamic speaker that are optimized for high-quality conversations.
  • Power-saving technology for long-lasting calls: With up to eight hours of calls and up to 10 days of standby time, make reliable Bluetooth wireless calls throughout the day on a single charge.
  • Power Nap: With a Power Nap feature, Talk 25 extends battery power by turning itself off if disconnected from a device for a full hour.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by PHONEHOLDERCHARGER, 10 out of 10
    BEST BLUETOOTH EVER!!!

    Honestly after trying different ear pieces this one work the best and the lower price! Highly recommend!!! It is comfortable and hang in the ear.

    Nov 05, 2021 18:42
  • Review by Cord, 10 out of 10
    Great range

    The battery last about 3 days of normal use before I have to recharge it. The range is great on it. I can have my phone anywhere in the house and still get a clear signal throughout. Downside: it has become unpaired twice and I had to repair it to my phone. I am not sure why that happened but it did.

    Nov 09, 2019 06:13
  • Review by Nasser, 10 out of 10
    Good headset

    I’ve been using this for couple years. It last for good time without charging. I like it

    Oct 30, 2020 18:09
  • Review by Greg, 10 out of 10
    I love it.

    This device packs a punch. Great for streaming. Really good.

    Mar 22, 2020 00:30
  • Review by Sewinglady46, 10 out of 10
    Works great

    I wear it e eryebere even around the house, great reception!

    Sep 14, 2019 18:20
  • Review by Jenna, 10 out of 10
    Highly recommended

    Purchased this for my husband,By far the best Bluetooth He has owned. The sound comes in crystal clear, The battery life Is amazing he gets about 8 to 10 hrs in use and he is always on his phone for work, It's extremely comfortable in his ear and sometime forgets it's in there. Highly recommended and the price is even better!

    Mar 05, 2021 17:30
  • Review by Karm, 10 out of 10
    Love this product

    I love ordering from Best Buy. I received my product earlier. Love that. I had to order another Bluetooth.

    Jun 22, 2020 16:36
  • Review by MIKE, 6 out of 10
    Nice Unit, NOT loud enough. Very small, good batte

    NOT loud enough for me, and no I'm not deaf, I truly believe I have "average" hearing (with exceptional eyesight @ 20/15). The Jabra is indeed nicely made, low cost, and TINY overall, which is great for women because it can be totally concealed. It does have a runber cushion, which isn't too big.

    BUT the other reviews are just not accutate on this Jabra's sound qualities. The max audio output is just too low for "out and about" use, which has become common and no doubt limited by attorneys to prevent ear damage claims. The Jabra is an acceptable unit for in-home use and quiet environments, but not much more.

    In contrast, the super "punchy" sounding and much larger (see pic) PlanTronics 5200 boom mic is the unit I use for reference if I lose my "main" unit or my backup and need to get another one. I always have a BT on!

    If you drive a new car this little Jabra will be adequate, just not by too much. But If you drive a truck or like a louder unit- forget it! I fly commercial quite a bit as well, and so far the ONLY unit I've really had that is able to overcome a plane's cabin noise level is the PlanTronics 5200. But even it's still not perfect- the battery life is at best only 5 hours, very low for such a big unit. And the PT5200's range is "fair" at best, but worst of all the unit WILL eventually "tear" at the weakest link- the bendy part of the rubber curve...so I always have to glue it back after a few months.

    Being as honest as possible here, IF the PT5200 is a "10" on volume and sound, this tiny Jabra unit is maybe a 7 at most. Sorry all you loyal "Jabbies", that's just the way it is. This Jabra's audio driver is simply too small to get close to the PT5200's big, "punchy" sound.

    For the price, one could say its still a fair value. Excellent? No. If you need LOUD then pass on this one. You'll be sorry if you don't, even after tweaking all the settings in your phone.

    Pros: Small, light, good battery life, and...cute?

    Con: Just NOT loud enough! The "Volume police" really busted this one, a shame.

    Sep 10, 2021 18:07
  • 8.8score
    Plantronics - Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset - Silver/Black
    Description

    Have better conversations with this Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth headset. Featuring a multi-mic design with noise cancellation technology, this Bluetooth headset improves call quality by filtering out distracting background noise. This Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth headset has built-in controls that let you change volume, mute calls and activate voice-controlled functionality with a single touch.

    9 Features
  • Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled cell phones: For hands-free conversations.
  • In-ear design: Fits securely and directs sound into your ear for full, uninterrupted audio.
  • Voice Control system: Stay in control without using your hands.
  • Sweatproof nano-coating by P2i: For sweat and moisture protection.
  • WindSmart technology: Reduces distracting wind noise.
  • Three microphones and proprietary DSP: Work together to cancel disruptive background noise like traffic or crowds.
  • Caller name announce and voice answer: Announces incoming caller's name so you don't have to look at your phone. Just say "Answer" to take a call; or "Ignore" to send call to voicemail.
  • Rechargeable battery: Provides up to 7 hours of talk time and lasts up to 264 hours on standby mode.
  • Work from home, hands-free: Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth headset delivers unsurpassed audio clarity and all-day comfort.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by pauldar, 10 out of 10
    Home Office & Mobile Business - Essential

    I was eager to select this Voyager Legend BT Headset to review in exchange for the product. Having a headset that is designed especially for phone conversations in all kinds of environments, is essential for me because I receive and make dozens of calls a day as a part-time, construction consultant. I can go anywhere with this headset as long as I am connected to my Smart Phone or other cellular devices. However, I use this headset more in my home office for phone calls because my stored data bases are there. I travel several times a month for on-site evaluations in the field. I was impressed using this Voyager Headset while on the road as to how it silenced most of the road noises while I was wearing it. This Plantronics Voyager Legend provides me with all the features for effective business communications. I love it.

    For over two weeks I have used this headset in my home office and on the road. Here's what I love about this headset:

    ***Audio Quality*** - When I am talking to clients they can hear me crystal clear because of the three mics, which help to cancel out background noises and emphasize my voice over all the weather, road, and construction-activity noises. I can hear them with clear and crisp audio quality because of the background noise suppression. When I travel out of town I use a GPS to get me to my final destination as many of these construction projects are out in remote areas. My GPS is BT to my phone, so I get all the audio directions through my Voyager Legend Headset without noisy road interference. WooHoo!

    ***Intuitive Controls*** - As soon as I put this headset on my ear it is ready to receive and make calls for me. It has what Plantronics calls Smart Sensor Technology. The headset knows when I am wearing it and when I'm not. With this headset off my ear it reverts all phone calls back to my Smart Phone and stops any audio streaming, like Pandora music, I was using at the time. I use Siri on my Apple Smart phone to make and receive calls. It is so easy, convenient, and hands free. Your Google or MS Cortana Voice Assistant can also be enabled to make or receive calls on this Voyager headset by pressing the 'Call' Button. Just enable your Phone's Assistant on your Smart Phone and press the Voyager's 'Call' button. What I really like is that this Voyager headset announces who is calling (it accesses my Smart Phone's Contact List) and allows me to Answer or Ignore. I love this Artificial Intelligence feature. If there is no announcement of my caller, the caller is either unlisted or unknown. It helps me to avoid those nuisance robocalls. YIKES! There are only four buttons on this Voyager Headset; On/OFF, Volume UP/Down, Multi-Functional Call Button (enables Siri, My Voice Assistant & BT Pairing), Multi-Functional Voice Command Button (Tap Voice Button for list of Voice Commands like Pairing, Battery Level, Call Back, etc.) I was pleasantly surprised how easy the learning curve is for this Voyager Legend Headset. But, be aware the control buttons are small and it takes a little getting used too. After two days of constant use I was up and running.

    ***Other Features***

    * Talk Time – Up to seven hours when fully charged. Voice alerts tell me how much "Talk-time (x) hours" I have left, "Battery low", and "Recharge headset" are also announced.

    * Downloadable Software – Although mobile or PC software is not needed to operate the Voyager Legend Headset, I downloaded the Plantronics MyHeadset™Updater tool for Win 10, PC to review, and, make any changes to my existing Voyager Headset settings. Under 'Special Mode Settings' there is an option to change the voice commands setting to other languages. I did change the voice to HD quality, but changed it back quickly because it consumed too much battery life, and, the Voyager audio quality is already quite good. Firmware for this Voyager can also be updated through this free software, and it is available for both Windows and Mac at the Apple App Store or Google Play. I simply plugged my headset into the USB port of my PC. The same can be done for MAC. The free PLT Hub can also be downloaded on any mobile Smart Phone, either Android or IOS. I downloaded it to my Apple Smart Phone, and it gives me a visual battery meter, a User Manual of sorts, and an app that can help me find my headset if it is lost using loud sound tones. How cool is that?

    * Magnetic Charger – This is a proprietary charger that magnetically snap-fits onto the Voyager headset base. It is a simple set-up, but easily undone. A full charge takes approximately one hour and twenty minutes from my experiences.

    * Lightweight – At first glance this headset looks heavy and bulky. However, it weighs a little over a half of an ounce (.6 oz or 18 grams).

    * Fit – Although this headset is designed to be worn in either the right or left ears, it is not adjustable enough to compensate for larger ears, like my right ear. I can only wear this headset on my left ear. But it is super comfortable for me to wear for many hours. Unable to wear this headset on my right ear is not a deal breaker for me. But, it is something to be aware of before you purchase this headset, especially if you also have larger size ears.

    * Silicone Eartips – The Voyager Legend furnishes three sizes of silicone eartips, (S, M & L) with foam eartip covers for Small and Medium. The eartips simply lock into the headset by turning to the right, and out by turning to the left.

    * Moisture Protection – The manufacture states this headset is sweat proof. I can vouch for that since I live and work in North Florida where the weather is on 'Roasting' this Summer. They are coated with P2i nano-coating for sweat and moisture protection. YooHoo! I simply wipe them out with a disposable, antibacterial wipe after hours of being outdoors and perspiring in the hot sun.

    * One year warranty from date of purchase.

    ***Conclusion***

    Simply stated this Voyager Legend BT Headset furnishes a lot of technology for business voice communications, and its price point. If you have a home office, or on the road, and make or receive lotsa' phone calls this baby is for you. The 'who-is-calling-announcement' is my favorite feature. I highly recommend the purchase of this Voyager Legend BT Headset for yourself, family member or friend, whose job requires numerous phone calls. Five Stars.

    Jun 27, 2019 15:44
  • Review by Porsche, 10 out of 10
    Premier headset for the big talker

    I wanted the Plantronics Voyager Legend because I know someone who did the research, chose the Voyager Legend and uses it everyday religiously. I’ve spoken to this person many times on the phone and being on the receiving end is wonderful. The voice is always clear and easy to understand.

    I’m upgrading from a Motorola headset that’s probably about 5 years old, so it was time for an upgrade. I’m using a Samsung Galaxy S10 with this headset and it synced as soon as I selected it. Sound quality is superb even though it’s probably not the best way to experience Dark Side of the Moon. I tried it just for fun and it sounded fine. It’s very comfortable in my ear, out of the box. It does not enter the ear canal. It does come with alternative eartips and foam eartip covers if needed. It’s a bit larger than my previous headset but not too big, that does not mean it’s heavy. It’s only 18 Grams and my head does not tilt to the right. I barely notice it in my ear at all.

    The voice quality should satisfy any business man, gossiper and loquacious person out there. It has no problem handling tougher conditions including walking, wind and parking structures, thanks to its advanced noise cancelling technology. Low-end headsets can’t handle wind and other noises very well, whereas this headset cancels out pretty much everything but your voice so that the person on the other side can hear more about your trip to the pet store, uninterrupted. You might need a bag of chips nearby, in case your mother-in-law calls.

    Voice commands are useful when driving, for example, you can answer the phone by saying “answer,” and it works wonderfully, the device will even tell you who’s calling, so that you can say “Ignore” when your mother-in-law calls. You also receive notifications through the headset.

    Battery life seems good, but will depend heavily on how much you use it. You might have to charge it once a week or so for normal use.

    Pro tip: if you’re a heavy user, I recommend getting the rechargeable case for it. Not only will it keep the headset in a pristine condition much longer, it will charge it when not in use, keeping it charged much longer. Do not keep it in your pocket. You’re better than that.

    The Voyager Legend is the premier headset for anyone who talks on the phone a lot and is looking for a comfortable headset with the best sound quality.

    Jun 12, 2019 23:13
  • Review by Jerome1531, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Bluetooth Headset

    The Plantronics Voyager Legand Bluetooth Headset truly lives up to its name. The headset is sweat proof. You can work out and listen to music while exercising. When taking a call, and the caller is a in your contact list. The Plantronics Voyager Legand Headset announced the caller's name. Then you can say "Answer " or "Ignore ". The Headset comes with several ear pieces for different ears types. The unit is very easy to pair with your IOS or Android phone. There is a talk time of 7 hours from afull charge. If you need a truly awesome "hands ✋ free" experience, look into the Plantronics Voyager Legand Bluetooth Headset.

    Jul 19, 2020 16:20
  • Review by Mrbell1970, 8 out of 10
    On the go professional!

    SUMMARY

    The Voyager Legend offers better call quality, a smaller size, a more comfortable fit, and a longer battery life. Advance features such caller announce, voice commands, smart call routing puts this ahead of the curve of others. Folks who talk all over town and need a good connection with clear sound are the demographic for this item.

    THE GOOD:

    Lighter and less bulky

    Good audio quality

    Comfortable design

    7 hour battery life

    Noise canceling

    Sweat Proof

    THE BAD:

    Ear tips don't form a tight audio seal

    Voice button for voice command is very small, can be a bit awkward to press

    PERFORMANCE:

    Voyager Legend has three microphones to improve audio. The device also supports wide-band audio for extra clarity. My test calls from bustling streets, within crowded restaurants, or inside my office. People on the other end couldn't tell I was chatting from a mobile connection either, though they could pick up ambient background noise such as babbling babies and running water.

    The Voyager Legend features multi-point pairing, meaning you can link it to two devices simultaneously. In fact I had the headset connected to both my Samsung Galaxy S8 test unit and laptop. That said, both call quality were good most of the time but with some VoIP calls that were choppy but other factors such as WIFI connections may have been the culprit.

    FINAL THOUGHTS:

    This device works well for what it was design for but the ear tips are just feels funny just laying outside my ear canal and had to get use to it. You have to download Plantronic App for the advanced features which like very much, the headphones itself tells you battery status verbally but nice to have it on the app as well. Overall not for a business oriented person on the phone most of the time.

    Jun 12, 2019 16:24
  • Review by MGoose, 8 out of 10
    Professional Headset, Ok Sound

    I love the look of this headset, the physical on/off button, and the voice prompts.

    Pros

    - Looks great black with silver accents. Boom style mic fits well in a professional setting. I have other headphone style headsets that have great sound, but with this one I don’t look like I am listening to music instead of working.

    - When powered on it tells you the talk time remaining and confirms commands like “mute on”. This is much better than a generic beep.

    - Battery life is as advertised (6-7 hours).

    - Physical volume up/down buttons and a power switch.

    - Volume is good, almost uncomfortable at max.

    - The charging cable is magnetic and is easy to connect/disconnect (no weird flaps or small ports to find).

    - Comes with 3 different sizes of ear bud and 2 fabric dust covers.

    Things to Consider

    - When paired with my iPhone, people I called could tell I was on a headset. Saying that I was loud enough, but that I sounded hollow or farther away. Background noise wasn’t an issue, but I was hoping for better sound with this style of headset.

    - On my end there was a little static / distortion on both my desk phone and iPhone. Volume is the most important and that was not an issue, but overall sound quality was just adequate.

    - Only a charging cable is included, you have to supply the USB port, but it charges without issue from my work laptop.

    - No case is included.

    - The bulk of the electronics are behind the ear. I am able to wear it all day, but it does feel weird and a little loose (I wear glasses and I only have so much space behind my ear).

    I would recommend it due to its look and solid performance, but some people will have issues with fitment and sound quality. I am keeping it for work, but probably will use an alternative in other situations.

    Jun 19, 2019 22:34
  • Review by GameOverSuckas, 8 out of 10
    Extremely nice headset Crystal clear sound quality

    Was looking for a headset with first and foremost great sound quality and secondly nice styling. I'm a tech geek at heart so I really liked the look and feel for what it was. On a side note it looks like a futuristic hearing aid haha. (What my 83 year old Nanny said)

    In all situations that I used this, driving, in noisy public areas, The person I was talking to said the sound was spectacular. The buttons are self explanatory nothing hard to figure out and placed so they're easy to use.

    Some of the features that stood out for me were the snap fit magnetic chard connection. Being this small it's nice not to have to fiddle with or try and find a tiny slow to put the charger into. It has an auto answer and if I have the person in my contacts it will identify the caller and give the choice of answering or declining. Since this doesn't have a way to see the battery life it does have a button you can push and it will tell you the percentage left.

    The app that they have really greatly expands all of your commands and features so I'd highly recommend downloading this for use with your headset. It tells you all sorts of information such as how much time you have left. It has a find my headset option in case you lose it, it will make a beeping sound so you can locate it. I'm a visual creature so I enjoy being able to look at and choose all of the features on my phone rather than through the buttons on the headset. It has HD voice but puts a bit more demand on battery usage. The auto answer function is pretty cool. If you have your headset sitting on a counter and your phone rings you simply pick the headset up and put it on and it automatically answers the call without having to do anything and once you take it off your ear to put it down it will either end the call or transfer it back to your phone.

    Another thing to note. They have a really nice protective case for this that also is a charging system and has an internal battery. IT has a micro usb port and a battery indicator light. ITs also magnetic so it pops in and sticks.

    Jun 29, 2019 04:17
  • Review by RonPlantronicVoyager, 10 out of 10
    Review of Plantronics Voyager bluetooth

    Plantronics Voyager bluetooth has been a lifesaver for my hands free communication. Being a Real Estate Broker, viewing properties, and driving neighborhoods while talking to clients make this process much more safe and effective. It is clear reception and noise canceling audio makes it more comfortable for my clients on the other end of the phone.

    Thanks for a great product!

    Nov 20, 2020 15:58
  • Review by Posted1, 8 out of 10
    Great Bluetooh

    I had a previous generation a few years back and loved it. Thanks to Un-tied Airlines, they were "kind" enough to destroy it for me with their fine baggage handling. When I saw this little guy pop up, I grabbed it straight away. I am not disappointed.

    Sound quality is very good, operation is easy and it's quite comfortable. No complaints on sound or control.

    I do wish it were a little smaller to make it easier to put in my ear while wearing a hat, but that's really my only complaint.

    In all, I would recommend this to a friend. Not the smallest BT by any stretch, but feature rich, especially for the price.

    Disclaimer: This product was provided free, or at reduced cost, for the purpose of reviewing the product. Nevertheless, the above review, be it positive, negative, or anywhere in-between, is a 100% honest review, and the price paid played absolutely no part in my review.

    Jun 12, 2019 20:32
  • 8.8score
    Plantronics - Voyager 5220 Bluetooth Headset with Amazon Alexa - Black
    Description

    Only at Best BuyRely on the clarity of this Plantronics Voyager 5200 Series Bluetooth headset. WindSmart technology and the four noise-canceling microphones let you take calls anywhere without distraction from background noises. The voice control button and moisture-resistant coating on this Plantronics Voyager 5200 Series Bluetooth headset let you use your phone hands-free, even in light rain or while working out.

    10 Features
  • Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled cell phones: For hands-free conversations.
  • Sweatproof nano-coating by P2i: For sweat and moisture protection.
  • Four microphones and a proprietary DSP: Work together to cancel disruptive background noise like traffic or crowds.
  • Six layers of unique WindSmart technology: Detect wind direction and respond accordingly.
  • Supports HD Voice: Over wideband networks and devices to enhance speech quality.
  • Rigorously tested for stability and comfort: Provides comfortable feel on your last call of the day as it did on the first.
  • Up to 7 hours of non-stop talk: As well as up to 9 days in standby mode.
  • Bluetooth version 4.1: Provides extended mobile range of up to 98 feet.
  • Amazon Alexa built-in: With convenient one touch access to Amazon Alexa you cancheck your schedule, your to-do list or catch up on the latest stock prices using just your voice.
  • Work from home, hands-free: This Bluetooth headset features multipoint technology and allows you to stay connected to two phones and answer calls from either one.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Will, 8 out of 10
    Best darn headphones for talking on the phone

    I mostly work from home as a software consultant and a lot of times I need to talk to customers on the phone. Working from home has a lot of perks but when I get bored sometimes or when Comcast internet is acting up, then I hit coffee shops or bars around my neighborhood.

    When I'm in coffee shops or bars, the background noises tend to carry through the phone and most times customers don't appreciate that.

    I've been searching and testing for headphones that will block background noises for phone conversations, but a lot of these new headphones concentrate on blocking background noises for your hearing by using some kind of digital white noise.

    Jabra was one of the first to offer active background noise cancellation back around 2006. And their latest is Jabra Elite 65T. Which I think does very well, but still leaks a lot of background noises during phone calls.

    Bose is coming out with Bose NCH 700 that is supposed to have the best noise cancellation for hearing and also background noise cancellation for phone calls. But that isn't out until the end of June 2019 and there aren't a lot of reviews on how this actually fares during phone calls.

    While researching for the best phone call quality on all headphones, because of my interest with Bose NCH 700, I came across two products that actually have the best background noise cancellation: BlueParrott B450-XT and this Plantronics Voyager 5200.

    Granted these are headset and aren't dual-eared headphones, but they are AWESOME for making phone calls that my customers don't know that I'm actually in a coffee shop, with the music glaring, blender whirring, and people talking in the background. These are even better than the pioneer Jabra headphones.

    Truthfully, the BlueParrott headset was the best at blocking background noises for phone calls, but I chose the Voyager because it's a little more conspicuous and doesn't make it look like I'm wearing a headset designed for playing video games.

    Batter quality is great, too. Although you should invest in buying the charger case as that will allow to store the earphone in the case and charging it at the same time.

    The only reason that I set it to 4 stars instead of 5 is because the voice notification telling you that it is on and connected to your devices doesn't come on when you already have the ear piece mounted on your ear. You have to turn it on, then place the ear piece on your ear and then the notification will tell you that the device is on. Maybe they can fix this with their next firmware.

    Just remember, this earphone is meant for phone conversations and not meant for audiophiles listening to music.

    Jun 24, 2019 20:20
  • Review by Qween, 10 out of 10
    Review of Plantronics Vouager 5220

    I have been a fan of Plantronics Bluetooth headset for about 10 years now. I love the comfortability and discrete style. As well as the quality of sound as well as noise reductiom, durability & battery life. It also charges quickly. It is exceptionally easy to use

    I have recommended this product to numerous people

    And now many of my friends and family members also swear by this product too.

    It is an excellent product to purchase especially if you add the BESTBUY warranty protection on top of the manufacturer warranty...its a win win purchase everytime

    Jun 14, 2019 16:32
  • Review by Oreste, 10 out of 10
    best headset ever

    For a comercial driver the most important thing in a headset is to be confortable, long battery life and noise reduction. this headset has it all. I love it!!!!

    Nov 10, 2017 13:33
  • Review by Boogies, 10 out of 10
    The best greatest one and only choice for head

    Having owned a Headset since I could drive, so a good 20 years. I have always, always been on the hunt for a good one, for the last 10 years, I've been with Plantronics . I've been rough,run over , stepped on, dog slobber you name it. They are the best.charges fast, last longer then ........fits perfectly....stays in place.....hmmm almost as good as blank.....

    Mar 13, 2018 16:36
  • Review by Marlon, 10 out of 10
    Técn

    Good. . . .. .

    Nov 05, 2021 18:34
  • Review by DWalker, 10 out of 10
    Love this Bluetooth

    This is a great bluetooth headset. I won't talk on my phone if I don't have it. My callers seem to hear me fine without hearing all my background noise. I have even used it while it was raining without any issues. I highly recommend this if you need a durable headset.

    Jun 16, 2017 18:27
  • Review by zj13, 10 out of 10
    5220, “sounds” appealing . . .

    I have been a fan of Plantronics products since 2008. I started with the Pro, moved on to the Legend, and once the 5220 came out, I just knew I had to have it. The Plantronics Bluetooth headset quality just keeps improving from generation to generation. If you are looking for a product with superior sound quality, amazing background noise cancellation, comfort via all day wear, long lasting battery life, easy to access micro USB charging port and just a stylish design then this headset is for you. If all of the prior mentioned “sounds” appealing, then the 5220 is a definite must buy.

    Jul 04, 2017 17:57
  • Review by KitKat, 8 out of 10
    Overall Good Bluetooth

    I tried multiple and honestly none of them have been comfortable. They either give me a earache, don't stay in the ear, or are hard to hear on. But with this Bluetooth I really haven't had to many complaints. It is very lightweight and volume is pretty good. The ear piece does feel like it's going to out of my ear so I am constantly pushing it back in. As for battery life it's pretty much the same as the rest of them, short.

    Feb 19, 2019 12:38
  • 8.8score
    Jabra - Evolve 40 Stereo On-Ear Headset - Black
    Description

    Communicate clearly with this Jabra Evolve professional headset. Its integrated busy light lets others know you're on a call to minimize interruptions, and the 3.5mm jack provides a convenient way to access media from your tablet or smartphone. This Jabra Evolve professional headset has passive noise cancellation to prevent distractions from background sounds.

    4 Features
  • On-ear design: For comfort during extended listening sessions.
  • Headset controls: Include mute, volume and answer/end.
  • Carrying pouch included: For easy portability.
  • Built-in microphone: Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Posted1, 8 out of 10
    Very Good Depending On Your Needs

    Truth be told, this is my first foray into any Jabra product so I came in with no predisposition whatsoever. My initial thoughts, it certainly looks and feels like a quality product Has nice tactile feel and feels of good material. It's lightweight yet feels solid and substantial.

    In the box you'll find the headset / mic that has a standard 3.5 mm headset chord, the 3.5 female to USB adapter to hook up to soft-phone on computer and a small carry bag, for what that's worth. Everything fit into the case easily and my 13 year old daughter really liked the black on the outside and orange on the inside. Also included are the quick start guide and the obligatory but almost never read "Warning and Declarations" book.

    All right, lets put them to work... They are comfortable on the ear and the boom mic has a nice magnetic feature to hold the mic when in the full "up" position.

    Our (my 13 y/o was my official assistant tester) first test was plugged into a Samsung S8 with a live call to a land line. The sound quality of the stereo headset was crisp and clean. The mic delivered accurate and crisp sound as well. For a phone headset, it's perfect. My daughter liked the fact that she could use her phone aps while talking on the phone. She also liked the fact that the headset did not cover the full ear, thus allowing her to still hear when mom or dad hollered at her or the dogs barked in the yard.

    Our next test was listening to 5 Finger Death Punch on a Google Pixel 2. To be fair, the sound was not bad, but it is certainly not anywhere near our Sony or Beats full ear noise cancelling headsets. And to be honest, that is not a fair comparison so I will give them a solid 4 on music sound. Really good, especially for what they are, but for pure musical enjoyment, there are more robust (and expensive) options.

    Our final test was from my PC using Skype to make a call to the Pixel 2 on Google Project Fi cell network. Again, they did a yoemans job and delivered above expectation. Here is where I have an opportunity for improvement... The adapter from 3.5 mm to USB did include volume * / -, mute and phone control buttons in-line. I would have preferred to also have those options for the 3.5 connector.

    In all, I think these are a great option for long-term phone use and certainly capable to double as a music / TV headset. in all honesty, a very nice choice if you need a wired unit that can work both on 3.5 mm and USB platforms. These will provide quality sound, mic and all day comfort.I would certainly recommend them to a friend.

    Disclaimer: This product was provided free, or at reduced cost, for the purpose of reviewing the product. Nevertheless, the above review, be it positive, negative, or anywhere in-between, is 100% honest, and the price paid played absolutely no part in my review.

    Aug 30, 2018 22:30
  • Review by TechMatcher, 6 out of 10
    Solid Feel, decent sound

    It took only a few seconds upon receiving this unit to unpack, plug into my desktop and Windows 10 automatically downloaded and installed the drivers. I proceeded to connect to my Citrix Virtual Desktop, which also recognized the Jabra Evolve 40 headset. The last step was to get Cisco Jabber - my company's Unified Communication software to recognize the headset too . This worked well and was just a selection in the audio drop down menu.

    The headset is supposed to have some passive noise cancelling features - but honestly - I could not determine a difference when wearing them or not. The headset is comfortable - but I won't be wearing it between calls to help eliminate normal office noise.

    Voice quality during my calls was good on both ends - so that is a positive. I'll keep the headset connected on just use as needed.

    Jabra touts a feature called "Jabra Intelligent Call Transfer" - which is supposed to let you transfer a call on your PC to your mobile device so you can be on the move anytime. For that to work, you need a phone with a 1/8" headset jack - and my iPhone 8 doesn't - so I was unable to test that feature. I expect many phones may have this issue....

    Overall, the Jabra Evolve 40 worked well for making and receiving calls via my PC software - which is exactly what I needed it to so. If you're looking for a reasonably priced headset for use with your conferencing software - this would be an easy fit!

    I gave 3 stars because I couldn't tell any difference on the passive noise canceling features and unable to test the Intelligent Call Transfer feature as the headset is not Bluetooth.

    Aug 30, 2018 10:05
  • Review by Christopher, 8 out of 10
    Not for a big head (imo)

    These are a smaller sized over the ear chat mic and headphone combo. I do not think I have an above average size head but during testing I found these fit my 11 yo better than me (38 yo). Not to say, that they did not fit me well or perform as advertised. They just feel small on my head; maybe the pro there is that they are lite and almost go unnoticed while wearing them. One thing I really like is the external sound control. It is a heavy half dollar sized do-dad that sit on any surface with authority almost as if magnetize (it is not). This allows for cord placement; meaning you set the deal far enough away from your left hand that while connected you are not constantly tapping your hand or arm parts with the cord (which is SOOO annoying). The sound control piece and the headphones lights up and that pretty neat too. The entire build of the unit is solid. They give me the vibe that I will be able to use them for years to come. Overall, they are great and have great mic and sound input and output. I just think of some of the other brands out there and feel like these maybe do not hit the mark that some of the others in the same (or even cheaper) price range do. Nevertheless, maybe those do not light up which is really neat. I would recommend for a younger aged gamer (or someone any age without a large head).

    Sep 12, 2018 18:56
  • Review by bridaw, 8 out of 10
    Hard plastic head band has no padding

    Pros:

    - I really like the included pouch (even though it smells) because the headphone and dongle cables are protected from my two cable-eating cats.

    - Great backup headset because it doesn’t need to be charged.

    - I like the on-ear design of these headphones because they don’t isolate me from my surroundings. The marketing term “passive noise cancellation” is complete bunk with small on-ear cans like these. You need over/around the ear cups with a closed back to reduce background noise. Thankfully, these don’t live up to the hype, so I can still hear what is going on around me while using this headset.

    - The speakers sound good at low volume. These are best for talking to people, not cranking tunes.

    Cons:

    - Pouch smells like a tire store. It does fade after a week but people sensitive to smells might not want to use the included case.

    - Zero padding on the headband that rests on top of your skull. The headband is hard plastic and eventually it will hurt your head.

    - Headset does not have mic monitoring. This means you can’t hear yourself when talking on the headset. Bummer, but this isn’t a deal breaker because the on-ear speakers don’t really isolate you from your surroundings.

    - Flipping the microphone up into the vertical position does not mute the microphone.

    - Audio is muted on two different Win10 laptops when using the USB dongle compared to plugging the 3.5mm jack directly into the laptop(s). Very noticeable. I didn’t have this issue on Mac OS 10.11.6. (see comments for workaround)

    - The busy light does not work when using the 3.5mm connection on my phone. The busy light feature only seems to work when using the USB dongle.

    Comments:

    Windows 10 - I had to disable the Loudness Equalization setting on the Enhancements tab in Speakers Properties on both laptops. Even then the audio from the USB dongle is muted compared to using the 3.5mm jack on the laptop(s). I also have more granular control over the volume using the 3.5mm jack. One laptop recognizes the microphone and one doesn’t. This obviously depends on your hardware. The 3.5mm jack works with all our phones and tablets.

    I can wear these about an hour before the lack of padding on the head band starts to hurt the top of my head. I have never owned or even used a headset without some form of padding on the headband. Nothing but hard plastic resting on top your head.

    It is unfortunate when companies use materials that smell so bad. There is no reason this case should smell worse than the tires on my truck. It will fade but it still stinks.

    Overall this is a decent headset but not as nice as other products for the same money.

    Sep 05, 2018 13:53
  • Review by LouRevue, 8 out of 10
    Quite nice and works pretty well

    When taking conference calls, I normally use my cell phone or earbuds. As a result, the batteries die a lot quicker so I figured it might be worth it to try out a headset just for conference calls on my computer.

    The sound quality on these is pretty good. Despite being on-ear headphones, they do a pretty good job at canceling out office noise. They're not active noise cancelling headphones by any means but they do a pretty good job.

    The Do Not Disturb light is odd but cool. You can use these headphones either through the normal 3.5mm jack or though USB. The USB dongle adds volume up/down buttons, mute and the Do Not Disturb button too. Pretty cool to say the least.

    Aug 28, 2018 18:48
  • Review by laserwizard, 10 out of 10
    Portable, First Rate Sound

    I have a pair of wired headphones (with a microphone arm) for my laptop that doesn't put all that much sound out through the audio jack and I was looking for something better.

    Well, I've found it.

    This headphone with swing arm microphone is not only comfortable to use over the ears but it solved the lack of significant sound output that the previous headphone had.

    What you'll notice when unboxing this wonderful set of headphones is the attention to detail that is put into the product. There is a carrying case which contains the headphones. The usb cable contains a volume control that is flat (with a circular pad to not mar your table surfaces); the usb cable is looped in two locations and instead of just having a twist tie put on in an arbitrary fashion, there are two twist ties on each of the loops and they are wrapped tightly around the cable in such a fashion that it looks almost solid instead of a temporary wrapping. When someone puts this much detail into just the packaging, you know the product has to be special.

    I was not disappointed with the sound and comfort. And the swing arm microphone has a tactile grip that you can feel click through as the arm is raised or lowered instead of just a loose feel of a arc motion. Again, this is a detail that is small, but indicated total quality overall when added to the other details. The head band which the individual ear pieces also has this grippy click feel to it - not just a compression catch that will wear out - this is first class.

    The unit looks impressive as well - red insert on the head piece that goes over the head and a red cable going to the audio controls (mentioned earlier). There is a faux metallic ring at the ear pieces, but it looks good and adds to the overall appeal to the unit.

    The sound is very good considering this is a portable headset that has ear pieces that swivel to take up minimal space in your bag. Again, this unit did better than a gaming wired headset I bought last year that had an audio jack to put into my laptop. This new unit had a significant upgrade in sound quality and volume over my existing unit.

    This unit is worth the money. Attention to detail and nice touches make this superior to other choices in the portable headphone (with microphone swing arm) headsets out there.

    Aug 31, 2018 13:33
  • Review by stoptheclocks, 8 out of 10
    Great Little Headset

    I opened the box and the thing that struck me the most was the size of the ear cups. They were smaller than I thought. They fit just over the ear opening (which is what you need). They are light on your head and ears. I wore them for a couple of hours and had no fatigue, could have worn them all day and not experience no fatigue as with some headsets. They were comfortable and did no weigh my head down. The headset also has one cord coming out the ear cup. This is great, because you don’t get tangled chords. That is big plus.

    These were made with conversation in mind. The ear opening was clear and crisp when listening. And the mic was clear and concise when speaking.

    I plugged them into my cell phone and I was able to talk at a normal volume for speaking. Hearing was not a problem either. They worked great for this application. I was surprised at how well the sound was during phone calls.

    The cord is really two. The 3.5” jack doesn’t have the options that the USB extension has. The USB connection part of the headset includes pretty standard features with volume, mute and picking up or hanging up with the headset.

    Turned on some noise in different areas in the house and had a conversation on the headset. It did a decent job of cutting out some ambient background noise. This little headset did perform well.

    The headset is nice and light but built really sturdy. It would be hard to break them because they are not flimsy. They are also come in a soft case. This is where the size plays a part. They easily fit into the small soft case. Easy to pack for travel or just for protection anytime, the size of the headset accommodates for being in tight places when not being used.

    The cord could be a little longer when using the 3.5” jack, but not an issue with the USB interface. The cord was a shorter distance on the 3.5” jack, if you sit close to your computer when you use the headset, then it is not really an issue. The mic was at a very comfortable distance from your face. And the mic side of the headphones was not weighted or lean in that direction. It stayed put. When not using your mic you just move it back and push it into the headband. Now it is like regular headphones.

    One thing of interest is music. While sounding with clarity, the headset had no low end. High sounds or light music is fine but the headphones were really were not designed for music. So don’t put too much emphasis on music with this headset, these are more designed for calling and receiving conversation, which they do very well.

    Aug 30, 2018 08:13
  • Review by Kotor, 10 out of 10
    Excellent choice for home and office applications

    I give the Jabra Evolve 40 Headset excellent marks for sound quality and comfort.

    Sound Quality

    This is a critical requirement for a headset, and this headset does not disappoint.

    I watched several movies and listened to several hours of music, and found the sound produced to be full range and accurate. In fact, this headset rivals other more expensive headsets that I have used. If a headset excels at the demanding task of listening to music and movies, then it will likely have no problem with voice reproduction. Thankfully this turned out to be the case. I used the call feature on both my iPhone and Windows PC, and found voice calls to be very clear and intelligible. All of the people I communicated with by voice call had no problem hearing me, and said they wouldn’t have even known I was using a headset if I hadn’t had told them.

    This headset also employs passive noise cancellation that helps to improve the quality of the sound because of the isolation of outside noises that can be disturbing.

    Comfort

    This is another critical element for a headset, and once again I was not disappointed. This is a very lightweight and comfortable headset. I had no problem wearing it for several hours and actually forgot that I was wearing a headset.

    Usage

    There are two ways to use this headset The first is using the standard 3.5 mm jack which makes it compatible with most devices.

    The second option is to use a USB interface that attaches to your computer. This option allows the use of advanced call management commands such as transfer, mute, volume, and answer/end.

    I especially liked the microphone boom because it easily rotates up and magnetically locks into place on the top of the headset. This gives the headset a clean and sleek look when the microphone is not needed.

    Another nice touch is the included carrying pouch.

    Verdict

    The Jabra headset is an excellent choice for both home and office applications. I recommend it because it does the most important thing headphones need to do: Sound good and be comfortable to wear,

    Aug 29, 2018 19:34
  • 8.8score
    Jabra - Talk 15 Bluetooth Headset - Black/Silver
    Description

    Communicate clearly with this Jabra Talk 15 Bluetooth earpiece. The compact design provides all-day comfort and features a high-quality microphone and speaker for distortion-free audio and clear, uninterrupted conversations. The powerful battery in this Jabra Talk 15 Bluetooth earpiece lets you stay connected all day with up to six hours of call time per charge.

    3 Features
  • Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices: Allows you to make hands-free phone calls, stream GPS directions, music and podcasts from your mobile phone.
  • Lightweight, flexible design: Durable and comfortable enough to be worn for hours at a time. Ultimate Comfort Eargels are available in a variety of sizes, and the optional earhook provides an additional style option.
  • Clear calls: Enjoy crystal-clear calls with a high-quality microphone and speaker that are optimized for quality conversations.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Charlie, 8 out of 10
    Great product

    Great product. Works great and is very convenient in my busy life

    Oct 26, 2018 18:08
  • Review by cookie, 10 out of 10
    satisfied customer

    I'm happy with the product purchased. I have already recommended this product to friends and family to purchase.

    Nov 15, 2019 15:32
  • Review by Yaqui, 10 out of 10
    compact

    good volumen, and clear voice, also very good battery

    Nov 09, 2018 13:43
  • Review by Emmed, 8 out of 10
    Great wireless ear piece for anyone.

    I believe this brand is the the best for me and being able to buy it through Best Buy just makes it better. It is a good fit with or without the clip. Great sound ! I could not get it to work took it into the store less then five minutes later my ear piece was working and I was shopping.

    Mar 06, 2020 19:59
  • Review by Raidermicki, 8 out of 10
    Works great, Easy Install.

    This works like a charm. I bought it to use while teleworking answering client phone calls. The wired headset I was using had me chained to my chair with a short cord. Couldn't go to the fridge for a bottle of water without signing out of the phone tree & the phone system and then have to sign back in when returning within 30 seconds or so. What a pain for a drink of water. Now I just walk over to the fridge and then back, no issue. I can answer an incoming call while getting a bottle of water. The only down size so far is the placement of the power & answer buttons. The power button is on the inside of the device and the answer button is directly above it. This causes an issue if you turn the device on before you put it on your ear if you are like me and hold the device firmly to position it properly in the ear. I have inadvertently answered and unanswered the phone (i.e. hung up on someone) trying to position it in my ear. I you put it on your ear to avoid that and then wish to turn it on, the power switch is VERY small and up against your head so difficult to get a finger in there to turn it on without pulling it off your ear.

    Aug 28, 2020 17:05
  • Review by JAMIE, 8 out of 10
    Great Choice for a Bluetooth Headset

    Good Bluetooth Headset for the price. I especially like the ON/OFF switch. Easy to pair with good audio, even for mp3s or streaming music. Very comfortable fit for my ear as I can wear it without the over the ear hook and it stays in place firmly. I haven't noticed the battery usage since it's first complete and full charge. Seems to have a long standby rate and I haven't used it in conversation long enough to determine the actual talk time from one full charge, but I talk frequently use it often for business as well as personal calls. Definitely simple to use and I would recommend it for anyone needing a Bluetooth Headset ASAP.

    Jul 23, 2021 15:41
  • Review by Just, 4 out of 10
    Sound and fit

    sound is too low for me... and cannot get it to fit in my hear... id like to return it but I destroyed the box haha... maybe there's some ear tips out there someone can direct me to that will allow snug fitting for different sized ear canals and better sound directing(funneling)...??? charge time is good... batter life a hair shame of a full work day tho...buuuuut thts what I get for spending $30 on a earpiece...affordable (to end on a good note)

    Aug 11, 2020 11:34
  • Review by ladydemona2, 10 out of 10
    Great!

    It works great and the the sound is amazing! The only complain is the location of the on switch

    Apr 04, 2021 13:06
  • 8.4score
    Jabra - Talk 45 Bluetooth In-Ear Headset with Siri/Google Assistant - Black
    Description

    Talk in hands-free mode with this Jabra headset. Two integrated microphones and HD volume-adjusting technology transmit your voice with clear audio quality, and noise cancellation blocks out background sounds. This Bluetooth Jabra headset lets you chat or stream media for up to six hours and waits on standby for up to eight days on a single charge.

    10 Features
  • Polycarbonate, ABS polycarbonate and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) exterior: Along with silicone earpads for stylish looks and durability.
  • In-ear design: Fits securely and directs music into your ears for full, uninterrupted audio.
  • 11mm drivers: Deliver powerful sound.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 interface: Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device. Supports HFP, HSP, A2DP and PBAP Bluetooth profiles.
  • Built-in microphone: Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.
  • 200Hz - 8kHz headset frequency response: Along with a 100Hz - 8kHz microphone frequency response ensures faithful sound reproduction.
  • 112dB sound pressure level (SPL): For powerful sound.
  • 16 ohms impedance: To efficiently conduct power.
  • Rechargeable battery: Provides up to 6 hours of talk time and lasts up to 192 hours on standby mode.
  • Dynamic transducer design: For reference-grade audio.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Excellent For me to drive at app

    That’s a great item , easy to Bluetooth , Volume is loud Enough Followed them maps is very nice too, I have been losing my time with one older one with the battery AAAA ,Jabra 45 is Car chargeable, outlet charge,The score 1 to 10 is “ 10” and it is very comfortable.

    Jun 22, 2019 08:20
  • Review by William, 8 out of 10
    Shorter than expected battery life

    No problems hearing or being heard, even in the cab of my tractor trailer. Not used to the battery time being only 5 hours.

    Also, the earclips and gels? I don't know how to use them, and there are no instructions.

    Jun 22, 2019 12:57
  • Review by Biglou, 10 out of 10
    Great Bluetooth

    Confortable to Ware sounds great and the price is good

    Nov 22, 2019 15:19
  • Review by bigk, 10 out of 10
    Jabra Talk 45 Bluetooth

    Quality frequency is good. Precise audio. Comfortable ear piece.

    Sep 08, 2019 18:16
  • Review by JCretella, 8 out of 10
    Great sounding and easily connects

    Good product and works well. Great talk time and connects instantly to iPhone. Siri button is a nice touch. Fits okay, but not perfectly.

    Feb 19, 2021 15:42
  • Review by EpicRene, 10 out of 10
    Quality and Price is On Point!

    There were multiple shiwn to me, by a great sales associate. She discribed this one as mid-grade. I am extremely hsppy with the quality. The price is also awesome!

    May 21, 2021 15:51
  • Review by Cheque, 10 out of 10
    Great Bluetooth Headset

    Great sound quality, very comfortable. Highly Recomended.

    Mar 30, 2019 20:35
  • Review by vtcchokie92, 8 out of 10
    Nice headset for wife's phone

    My wife has needed a headset for awhile and since her car is older and doesn't have an internal connection, this worked out perfectly. Still trying to figure out the battery warnings - it seems to drop a charge shorter than expected.

    Aug 07, 2021 10:58
  • 8.2score
    10
    LG
    LG - TONE PLATINUM+ Bluetooth Headset - Black
    Description

    Make your phone hands-free with this LG TONE PLATINUM + wireless headset. Its Harman Kardon® PLATINUM sound hybrid speaker unit is professionally tuned for optimal sound, and it has a dedicated button with Google Assistant push-to-talk service for your convenience. This LG TONE PLATINUM + wireless headset has a Fast Pair feature for easy Bluetooth connection to your phone.

    9 Features
  • Compatible with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones: Talk hands-free but with the clarity and superior audio and performance you need to stay seamlessly connected anytime, anywhere.
  • Fast charge feature: Allows you to charge the headset for five minutes and get 2 hours of playtime.
  • Hybrid speaker unit: Stronger bass and clearer treble provide optimal sound.
  • Harman Kardon® PLATINUM sound: Professionally tuned for exceptional audio performance.
  • Instant Google Assistant communication: Features a dedicated button with push-to-talk service for Google Assistant.
  • Live Translation application: For an instant and easy way to communicate with others in many languages.
  • Dual MEMS microphones: Deliver voice clarity for clear conversation.
  • Rechargeable battery: Provides up to 13 hours of use and lasts up to 14 days on standby.
  • Understated and elegant design: Offers a low-profile design without compromising elegance.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by nastyninjabear, 2 out of 10
    Broke in 6 months of normal use.

    I spent $213 on these headphones. They get used every day but I do not use them in any sort of abnormal way. Within 6 months the housing broke. Also just yesterday the retractor broke on 1 ear. So its completely stuck and will not retract anymore. Its too short to reach my ear so these are no longer usable.

    LG will not warranty it so now I just have a very expensive set of broken headphones.

    It seems they aren't willing to stand by their product. That will be the last LG product I will be buying.

    Oct 05, 2020 11:36
  • Review by Cicifavset2, 10 out of 10
    Love this LG Bluetooth Headset

    This is my 2 one I’ve purchase my original LG it lasted 5 years and gave out. This new one has been updated and the output is incredible.. it’s easy to charge and keeps battery up for 2 days , perfect for gym and late night iPad use.. easy to setup and I know it’s a keeper.. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great Bluetooth buy.. like the retractable earphones too !!

    Aug 02, 2019 16:58
  • Review by NotTheBest, 6 out of 10
    Tough Call

    After a little less than a year the plastic started coming apart and at 14 Months the right ear stopped working. I do not believe this headset was as durable as previous ones I’ve owned even though I thought they had some cool new features. It’s hard to say if I would recommend these. The sound was awesome but not the durability.

    Apr 24, 2021 19:08
  • Review by BestBuyer, 2 out of 10
    You don’t get what you pay for

    When I first purchased these headphones, they were perfect. In fact, I liked them so much I purchased my girlfriend a pair as well a couple of months later. The sound quality, the fit, little to no issues hearing or being heard during calls, and the retractability of the earbuds were all great features when we first bought these headphones. The problems did not come until about 4 months later. My girlfriend’s headset started coming apart. A couple of months after this, the headset started working poorly. We called LG to see if the product was under warranty. They said we would have to pay $100 before they diagnosed the problem(s) and it would take a couple of weeks for them to ship it back. I paid $150 for both of these (Over $300). Paying this amount for headsets, you expect a manufacturer warranty for at least a year. My own headset lasted a little longer than my girlfriend’s, but only for about a year. About 10 months after the purchase of my own headset, the headset started to fall apart. I would put certain parts back in place, but the easy fixes only lasted temporarily. A couple of weeks ago, sound stopped working in the right earbud. A few days later, I noticed the volume on my left earbud no longer was able to max out. This is unfortunate because I was traveling by plane when I noticed this. I thought maybe the noise in the airport or on the plane was the real issue, but I could barely hear out of my headphones when I got home later that day. I really enjoyed this product when I first bought it, but since LG does not stand by their product at that cost, I can’t stand by LG’s headsets. Never again.

    Jan 18, 2021 00:47
  • Review by SamIAm, 4 out of 10
    Not what I thought

    I purchased this bluetooth last Christmas and they broke

    Nov 18, 2018 10:14
  • Review by Journey2, 8 out of 10
    Great Headset, Caution to iPhone users!

    I have an older LG headset and thought I would upgrade. The sound quality on calls is great, my family says it's much better than the older one. The controls are easy to use and I thought I would like it more, but I have an iPhone, and the only way to use this with Siri is through the Google Assistant. My older headset connects directly. On this headset you have to keep holding the button until you request Goodle to activate Siri and then whaterver your command is. The older headset is just a press once deal, which is much more hands free. Also, the learning curve with the voice commands is huge. I used it for a week, and it still could not reckognize my most called names. The last straw was that several times throughout the day I had to open my phone and restart the Google Assistant in order to use the headset. Again, not very hands free if you have to pick up your phone. I ended up returning it and going back to my old one.

    Jul 27, 2019 09:53
  • Review by kingzing, 6 out of 10
    Good but not great

    I've been using different LG Tones headphones for years now. I started with one of the 700 models and upgraded several times. Unfortunately they have some major issues that keep me from recommending them.

    These headphones sound amazing. Their range is outstanding and I have no complaints with the harmon kardon speakers inside. The sound is full and well balanced, not bass heavy like other brands.

    The battery life is also outstanding. I use these quite a bit and I only have to charge them every 5 or so days. The fact that they fast charge is a major convenience that cant be underrated. The only complaint here is the micro-usb port, they should have gone with a more modern usb-c port.

    The retractable buds are extremely convenient but also where my major complaints start. This feature is what kept me coming back to this product. They store themselves and do so easily. The older models used a button to retract the buds. These felt robust and they never had a problem. Now its on some type of spring system forcing you to pull on them to get them to retract. This is probably the big reason one of the buds literally tore off both this model and the XL7 after only 6 months each. Luckily they were covered under warranty so I wasn't out of pocket for replacements. But I never had problems with the older models that had a button to retract.

    My biggest problem with them was the Bluetooth connectivity. This issue has been getting worse ever since the previous model, the HBS-1100 came out and continues through these and their successor the flex series. When I'm using them with my phone in my pocket and I bend over, the sound cuts out. This is so consistent that I think they haven't upgraded the Bluetooth module for several generations. This has happened with 3 different brands of phone and 3 models of headsets (hbs1100-Galaxy s8, hbs1125-One Plus 7 Pro, hbsXL7-Galaxy S21 5G).

    So my final opinion is that their next model could be excellent if they bring back some more robust tech and upgrade the Bluetooth module. But until that happens, I reccomend something else.

    Oct 18, 2021 14:18
  • Review by Myjeadset, 8 out of 10
    Headset

    Very impressed. Good fit and nice sound. No dropped calls.

    Sep 24, 2021 18:14
  • 8.2score
    Sony - Bluetooth Wireless Neckband Speaker - Charcoal Gray
    Description

    Change how you work from home with the personalized audio of the SRS-NB10 Wireless Neckband Speaker. Simply place the speaker on your shoulders for sound that is optimized for your ears alone.

    12 Features
  • Technology to work from home: Packed with technology that helps you throughout your workday, the NB10 Neckband Speaker gives you a better way to work from home. With simplified dedicated buttons for mute, volume, and power, operation is quick and intuitive no matter what’s happening around you.
  • Comfortable and lightweight: Created from premium materials, the NB10 is lightweight and flexible while remaining durable. You’ll forget you’re wearing anything at all.
  • Sound quality: A full range speaker unit with upward-firing speaker placement and a passive radiator bring excellent sound quality and minimal feedback to everything from work calls to your favorite music and podcasts.
  • Precise Voice Pickup Technology: Speak and be heard. A beam-forming array with two microphones combines with advanced signal processing, allowing for crystal-clear voice quality during phone calls.
  • Integrated mute button: Quickly and easily mute yourself during work calls with a dedicated physical mute button.
  • Long battery life: With battery life made to outlast your workday, the SRS-NB10 packs up to 20 hours of battery life so you can keep on going.
  • Quick charging: Low on battery right before a virtual meeting? No problem – thanks to USB-C quick charging, 10 minutes of charge time gives you up to 60 minutes of power.
  • Multi-point connection: Connect the NB10 to two devices at the same time, such as your laptop & smartphone, and quickly switch between work & personal devices for a seamless audio experience.
  • Bluetooth: Connect to your devices seamlessly using Bluetooth technology.
  • Splash-resistant for everyday use: With an IPX4 splash-resistance rating, the NB10 can stand up to splashes and sweat, so it keeps on playing while getting some chores done or going for a walk.
  • Enjoy all of your favorite content: The NB10 Wireless Neckband Speaker is great for more than just working from home - this neckband speaker delivers clear, personal sound through Bluetooth connectivity on your TV or smartphone, so you can watch movies, listen to music and play your favorite games
  • Premium Finish: A sleek and simple fabric-covered design give the NB10 a premium look and feel.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Justin, 8 out of 10
    Great for work, not entertainment

    The Sony NB10 Bluetooth Wireless Neckband Speaker is a new tool for use in the workplace environment or most situations where personalized audio is required. After trying out this unit for a few days in these types of situations, here are the pros and cons.

    This neckband is extremely light weight. My scale weighed it at just 3.9oz or just under .25lbs which means Sony’s claim is accurate. When you place it on your shoulders, you can barely feel it once you get used to it. The shape is ok for most body types but I can see where maybe issues might arise for very large individuals. Also the speaker placement might move from person to person slightly due to shape/size of their body. They will be in the general vicinity of directly under your ear, however.

    The microphones are very good. I made several calls from Zoom and also traditional phone calls with no complaints whatsoever. I even listed to someone wearing this unit to hear for myself on the phone and the audio was probably better than a regular cell phone microphone in all honesty. The controls on the unit itself are volume up and down, play/pause, mic mute, and power on/off. I think the placement is good for aesthetics but since the unit is so small they really didn’t have a choice.

    The speaker quality is really where I am disappointed in this product. Sony states “A full range speaker unit with upward-firing speaker placement and a passive radiator bring excellent sound quality and minimal feedback to everything from work calls to your favorite music and podcasts”. I believe the speakers on this unit are some of the flattest sounding I have ever heard. They clearly favor voice rather than any sort of midrange or bass. Using them for any type of listening outside of phone calls/video calls is honestly not pleasurable. I have another product which integrates speakers into sunglass and projects them into the ear without touching the ear and they sound 10x better than these. Sure they sit closer but the NB10 has larger drivers.

    Overall, I am somewhat disappointed in the audio quality of the NB10. I realize these are targeted specifically for workplace use but most buyers would likely use them outside of that area as well. If you plan to use them for music while walking, listening to TV, or for other general entrainment listening, I would have to consider other headphone options. If you want/need the touch free, open air, lightweight listening/call experience for phone calls only and something with good microphones, then this is one of the only options I am aware of and it does it fairly well.

    Pros:

    • Light

    • Quality Build

    • USB C Fast Charge/Battery Life

    • Dedicated Mute and Volume Buttons

    • Microphone Quality

    • IPX4 Water Resistant

    Cons:

    • Speaker Sound Very Flat

    • Sound Leakage to Others (Past 40% or so)

    Sep 20, 2021 21:21
  • Review by BogleheadsGuide, 10 out of 10
    Sony Sets the Bar High Once Again!

    Sony Bluetooth Wireless Neckband Speaker

    Charcoal Gray

    When it comes to Bluetooth speakers that you can use to connect to your phone or listen to your music (or both), it just doesn’t get any simpler than this. With this Sony Neckband Speaker, you no longer have to worry about those pesky earbuds falling out of your ears, as has happened to me (and may others I’ve talked to) numerous times. And you don’t need to have to clip anything to your glasses, as you do with Frames.

    Charging is done via the supplied USB cable. Once fully charged, you can expect to get up to 20 hours of use, and a quick 10-minute charge will give you another 60 minutes of use, so power management shouldn’t be a problem.

    After connecting the neckband speaker to your devices via Bluetooth (you can connect it to both your phone and computer), you simply place this lightweight device around your neck and you’re good to go. After that, it connects reliably without any effort on your part whenever it’s turned on and in reach of your phone or other paired device.

    It has handy raised dedicated buttons for mute, volume, and power, so your operational choices are easy to identify and quick to implement.

    Since it’s a new product, some folks might ask about that “thing” around your neck when you’re out in public. Whenever folks asked me about it, I explained what it was and let them put it on their shoulders and listen to the music I was playing. I then got remarks such as “I love it.” and “Neat. I want one of those.”. Since it’s a new product, early adapters may experience the same inquiring reaction for a little while, but I expect these things will become mainstream pretty fast, so I don’t think you’ll be getting those questions for very long.

    The incoming sound quality is excellent, since the speaker placement is directed upward, towards your ears. And there are two microphones to make sure that your outgoing voice quality is clear during your phone calls. If you play your music at full blast, like I sometimes do, nearby folks may be able to hear it, but if you keep your volume at mid-levels, you’ll be able to hear just fine, but other folks won’t.

    And when you have strong background sounds, like loud traffic on busy streets or the waves crashing ashore in my daily beach walks, with full volume, some folks could hear the cars and waves in the background, but they stated that my voice was still strong and clear, and that, despite being able to hear the background noises, they didn’t interfere with our conversations.

    While I’m no longer a daily runner, I did want to see if the speaker might come off when a user was running. I jogged for a few blocks, and, while there was a slight bit of movement, there never was any discomfort or threat of the unit coming off. And it’s good to know that the unit has a splash-resistant rating of IPX4, so it’s suitable for everyday use and can stand up to splashes and sweat.

    Finally, Sony’s literature claims that it’s so light that you’ll forget you’re wearing it. I wore it for long stretches of more than eight hours and still couldn’t feel it. In fact, I found myself reaching for it more than once during that time, just to make sure that I still had it on and hadn’t lost it. So, I can assure you that that Sony claim is certainly true.

    At $149, you’d expect top quality, and this Sony Wireless Neckband Speaker delivers. Highly recommended.

    Sep 19, 2021 00:01
  • Review by emiliosic, 8 out of 10
    Comfortable

    While the concept of a neckband speaker has been around for some time, this is the first I find that is targeted for audio conferencing.

    Since I'm now working from home, using headphones is a bit isolating, so being able to hear around me while on audio meetings is interesting to me.

    The neckband is very light, all rubberized and barely notice is there, weight wise, it's comfortable to wear during the day.

    The controls are very large and intuitive, that can be used without having to look at it:

    On the left side, there's a volume control and play/pause/assistant button. The left has a power button and a mic mute.

    Pressing the power lightly announces the battery level. Holding it when turning it on puts it into pairing mode.

    There are no lights except for the power/pairing light that goes off after it's on.

    Overall it works like a generic Bluetooth headphone. There is no app from Sony and no desktop controls nor USB adapter. It's a straightforward Bluetooth headset.

    The headset remembers pairing with the phone and computer, but it works with one device at a time. If I force the connection from either the iPhone or the MacBook, it switches devices.

    Audio, it sounds as one would expect: Good, clear sound, but not as immersive as a headphone. It sounds a bit tinny, and without the richness of a good headphone.

    At first it sounds like someone is speaking right behind the neck. A bit disconcerting the first day, but got accustomed to it by the second day.

    Mic quality seems excellent. No complains from the other side of my calls.

    The mic mute button, when activated, there are no lights on the headset but it plays a voice remainder that the mics are muted very frequently to the point it's too annoying.

    Because there is no integration, when muted just turns off the mic. Doesn't tell apps like Zoom to go on mute.

    Playing music is OK. It's acceptable. Not as good as a good headphone but that's not the point. It's good to be able to hear the environment around me and relieve pressure from my ears.

    Battery is excellent. Rated at 20 hours. More than half the charge at the end of the week.

    Charging is via USB-C. Comes with an USB-A to USB-C charging cable.

    Bluetooth is 5.1 and supports SBC and AAC codecs. Range is about the same as other Bluetooth headphones. My '17 MacBook disconnects it when two rooms away from it, with some walls in between.

    The sound is not as directional as I expected. I can hear the conversation, although not as clearly, when leaving them on a table near me.

    Overall it's good to alleviate stress on my ears being on conference calls much of the day.

    Sep 23, 2021 20:14
  • Review by Rhostam, 8 out of 10
    Purpose Built. Listen to music in the open.

    Sony - Bluetooth Wireless Neckband Speaker - Charcoal Gray

    Summary:

    Lightweight neckband that allows you to listen to music (or whatever) while on the go while also allowing you to listen to the world around you.

    Pros:

    * Form Factor. This neckband is just the right size. The fit overall is a good one.

    * Lightweight. The unit is light and doesn't feel heavy while equipped.

    * Audio quality. For a device that plays music up at your ears, the quality is quite nice. It won't be the experience of in-ear buds or cups, but that is the trade-off for being audibly aware of the world around you.

    * USB-C charging. Standard charging interface cable means fewer cable types to carry around.

    * Works for Intended Purpose. It definitely serves the purpose it was designed to fill. Music on the go while maintaining awareness.

    * Voice Feedback. Since this is a portable unit, you don't have tons of buttons. Voice feedback on operating status is super helpful for devices like this. "Bluetooth pairing mode," etc.

    Cons:

    * USB-C charging. It doesn't come with its own adaptor. You can use any USB adaptor, sure, but the tricky thing about USB-C is that some devices won't necessarily charge with high-output chargers (like one that I have) or ones that are too low (or the rate itself is too low). I list it as a con, but it's a potential inconvenience at best.

    * Directional audio is nice and it definitely delivers, but it wasn't as focused/targeted as I expected. As a result, it still isn't a device you would listen to on a plane, a bus, or a subway. Those around you will definitely hear the headset even on the lowest volume setting.

    Use:

    I seldom walk or jog with earbuds on. There are lots of bicyclists where I live, insane traffic, and also critters and animals roaming in the brush-covered preserves, sanctuaries, and groves I like to frequent. Being able to hear what is around you at some level is important and it is something you can't do with earbuds or cups. That is where this neckband shines. It just sits on your neckline and lets you absorb the surroundings and be aware all while enjoying some "ambient" music.

    Note:

    If I am holding a workout session at home, I still prefer a BT speaker on the shelf or possibly earbuds. The nature of the neckband means that gravity or sudden movements can cause this unit to fall off. My intention is to use this while I am working outdoors or going on hikes. Music makes the day go by quickly and who doesn't like to finish work "early?" ;)

    Sep 20, 2021 18:52
  • Review by BobinVA, 8 out of 10
    A better way to do conference calls

    I’m always on the lookout for the next big thing in wearable audio tech. I’ve tried all kinds of wireless earbuds and headphones, including bone conduction. Each of them have their own pros and cons, and each has situations in which it shines. When I saw the Sony neckband speaker, I was intrigued, thinking this could be another option for listening to music or podcasts without having anything in my ears or on my head. It does work in those situations, but that’s not how Sony is positioning it, and that’s very important.

    The NB10 is an odd-looking device that goes around your neck and sits next to your collarbone. Speakers on each side are angled toward your ears, with a passive radiator for providing lower notes, and this is pointed down into your shoulder. Sony claims that the speakers can allow the wearer to hear the audio without disturbing those around you. This is rather funny, as that could only be true if you keep the volume so low that you can barely hear it. The fact is that these are speakers pumping sound into the air, and anyone sharing that air is going to be able to hear it. Nonetheless, this does not decrease the utility and value of the NB10. The sound put out by the speakers is clear and balanced. It lacks a little on the bass side, but overall sounds quite pleasant. The unit is lightweight and so comfortable that you’ll forget you’re wearing it. In fact, I did forget I was wearing it when I had it on for a couple of hours! If you get tired of earbuds that hurt if you wear them too long, or don’t want headphones squeezing your head, the NB10 provides another option, as long as you don’t need the sound to be completely private.

    Sony markets the NB10 for those working at home. When I first started using the NB10, I was focusing on whether it could a be good replacement for a normal pair of earbuds, but when I actually started treating them as an alternate way to participate in conference calls, that’s when I really started to appreciate their value. First off, having the speakers on my shoulders made a surprising difference in how much more clearly I was able to hear what was being said. I didn’t need to lean closer to my laptop’s speakers, trying to make out what a distant colleague was saying. This was a big improvement all by itself.

    The NB10 brings an even bigger advantage that I didn’t think about before. During conference calls, it makes sense that you’d want to stay in your seat for a video call, but there’s no need to stay seated for a voice-only conference call. If you walk away while using your laptop’s speakers, you may have to come running back when someone asks you a question. The NB10 allows you to stand up and walk around while on a call, which is also better for your body. Sony helpfully included a dedicated mute button on the unit so that you can easily unmute to reply to your meeting, while being across the room from your computer, and there’s even a repeating tone to remind you that you’re on mute, saving you from the classic “sorry, I was on mute”. Volume controls are easy to identify by touch, so all the controls you need for your call are right at your fingertips. With the NB10, you can be doing dishes at the sink while hearing every word of your meeting and still be able to respond quickly and easily. This is the true strength of the NB10.

    Battery life is rated at 20 hours, and my experience so far seems to be in line with that. The unit recharges with a USB-C cable, and 10 minutes of charging will give you an hour’s usage in a pinch. It was nice that the unit came fully charged, allowing me to jump right in to using it. Pairing with my phone was easy, and I was also able to pair it with my laptop and switch back and forth easily. It would have been better if I didn’t have to re-select the NB10 on each device before using it, but it’s better than having to pair it again.

    So, where does the NB10 fit amongst so many other wireless audio options? It’s not going to be an alternative to wireless earbuds, since it doesn’t provide a truly private experience. It’s great that you can hear your audio while still being aware of your surroundings, but bone conduction headphones do that as well, while still keeping your listening choices private. The true competitor to the NB10 would be the speakerphone devices that have begun to be available. I think those are great too, but the ability to be free to move around is just too big an advantage to ignore. The slight price difference between the NB10 and dedicated speakerphone devices is easy to justify for the additional flexibility and versatility it provides. The NB10 offers a great at-home speakerphone for work, but it’s also a capable performer that can be used to play background music all day long without ever becoming uncomfortable. Now that I’ve used it a little while, I’m convinced it’s a great addition to the field of wireless audio devices.

    Sep 23, 2021 23:04
  • Review by ricks, 8 out of 10
    Right time for the form factor

    The Sony NB10 Neckband speaker may just be the right form factor we need for home office work. I get tired of wearing ear buds or headsets in my home office for Zoom calls or for background music. And a wireless boombox style speaker 1) can be too loud for others around me, and 2) is not portable as I walk around the house.

    That's where the neckband speaker hits just the right features.

    PROs

    • It's light and comfortable without the weariness of ear buds and headsets.

    • 20 hours battery life, and 1 hour on a 10 minute charge. I haven't tested the longevity but have to believe it will last a long time regardless.

    • Excellent microphone. Phone calls and Zoom conferences will have no issue hearing you. If anything, the microphone is too sensitive and picks up all your sighs. Be careful with your quiet exasperations during meetings.

    • Volume, play/pause and mute buttons are easily accessible. There are some tactile differences on the buttons to help you remember which button is which.

    CONs

    • One of the biggest selling features of using this in a home office (for me) was the multi-point Bluetooth connection. That allows you to have a simultaneous connection to your phone and computer. That way, if you’re listening to music on the phone, you can easily switch over to a web conference without disconnecting/reconnecting Bluetooth. Or you can listen to music on your laptop and grab a call on your phone. Unfortunately, this is not supported when using an iPhone + Mac combo. While not every iPhone user will have a Mac, I suspect a lot of Mac users have iPhones.

    • The sound generally won't bother other people around you at lower volumes. But it's not magic and anything above a low volume will be heard. If you're trying to keep a completely quiet atmosphere, get a headset. It's best suited for solo workers or non-quiet environments where a little background sound will not stick out.

    • Sound is good, not outstanding. The clarity is excellent, especially in the voice frequencies. But this is not going to be the bass-heads choice. There is also crackling if the volume is turned up too much. And there is some popping as well when apps are launched or switched on the phone.

    Other

    • I could not get the headphones to be added to Sony's Music Center or Headphones apps on my iPhone. This speaker is not sophisticated enough to need an app.

    • The "horse collar" look is not stylish, but it is functional and a conversation starter on Zoom video meetings.

    Overall this is a somewhat niche product, but with more people working from home either full time or part time, that’s a large segment. It’s best used in low to medium low volume. And it loses a star for lack of multipoint bluetooth support for the iPhone + Mac user.

    Sep 24, 2021 11:59
  • Review by MrPHD, 8 out of 10
    Light portable speaker that doesn't annoy others!

    Sony Neckband

    Portal speaker that doesn’t greatly annoy others!

    The first thing I did with the neck band was to pair it with my AppleTV – unfortunately, the quality just isn’t good enough to enjoy a movie. Perhaps on a re-watch when you’re not paying attention, but not as a cinematic experience. The quality is basically speaker phone quality, just directed at you and not loud enough for everyone around you (though, others *can* hear it if volume is high).

    It may not be useful for movies, but it is useful for music, if the music isn’t the main thing you’re listening to. For instance, I have a pinball machine and usually listen (with over the ear headsets) to music while I play. I do this so I can have the music loud in my ear, but no one around me can hear what I’m listening to. Of course the downside of having over the ear headset is that it blocks sounds of the machine, which I then raise the volume so I can hear it through the headsets. The neckband solves this problem by allowing me to have the pinball table at the normal volume, while also listening to music “loud” to me, but not loud to anyone else.

    Another bonus of the neckband – you don’t really get tired of wearing it as you do with normal headsets. It is so lightweight that I did not even realize I was still wearing it 2 hours after I had turned it off!

    For work, I’ve paired it with both my cell phone and computer, as it is very useful for video / audio work calls. Unfortunately, if I listen to music(via phone) on it during work, I have to reconnect to the PC before I can accept a video call – this is pretty frustrating as I have another set of headsets which actively connects to 2 devices at the same time. Like just about any headset, air conditioners/fans are easily picked up on the calls and (in my situation) require me to turn off fan or a/c for the duration of the call. Again, this is a common problem with just about any headset/speakerphone – but I’m pointing this out as it’s something we don’t naturally think about.

    The battery life has so far been excellent – 2 hours a day of usage after about 4 days brought battery level down to 60%. You can quickly check the power level by pressing the power button once and it will audibly inform you of the level, which is good being that there aren’t any battery indicators.

    Overall, I would recommend this for just about any headset application – except movies. Podcasts, background tv, work calls, zoom calls – all good!

    Just be careful to remember to take it off before you walk outside, otherwise you will get confused looks from strangers staring at your shoulders!

    Oct 05, 2021 16:01
  • Review by dstracker, 8 out of 10
    Lightweight and comfortable

    This is the first time I’ve had a neckband speaker. I have to say I am impressed and pleased with the Sony Wireless Neckband Speaker.

    The Neckband speaker comes with a quick start guide, reference guide and a USB-C charging cable. The cable is very short, only 6” and the quick start guide is OK, but there are only illustration and no actual written directions. It’s easy enough to follow, but written words would be more helpful. The charging cable is too short to charge and listen at the same time. It could have been longer at least 24” like other items that come with a charging cable. The Neckband Speaker doesn’t come with an AC adapter either. For $149 Sony could have included a longer USB-C cable and an AC adapter.

    The Sony Neckband Speaker is light weight and comfortable. The band that goes on the back of the neck is made of a rubber type material and is very flexible. The only problem with that is if you sweat the band can get uncomfortable and irritate the skin. I use either a towel or scarf around my neck when I use it for exercise or walking.

    The sound is clear and the charge lasts for a several hours (approximately 20). I was able to listen to 2 full audio books on a single charge.

    The buttons are slightly raised making them easier to find. Functions include Power button, Microphone/mute button, Bluetooth indicator LED light and charging connection on the right side of the Neckband. On the left side are volume controls (- and + indicators), along with the play/call button in between them.

    The Neckband Speaker’s microphone is when the external noise isn’t too loud. The noise cancellation is better than using the phone or laptop speakers, but the person on the other side can still hear some background noise.

    There is no specific App for the PC or smart phones. There is a website that Sony provides in the quick start guide as a scannable bar/square code. From this site you can download a help guide in your cell phone documents folder as a .PDF file.

    The Sony Wireless Neckband Speaker has a built-in microphone for calls and gaming. It worked well with my cell phone and laptop. It works well when there isn’t much background noise, but if there is a lot of noise (children playing, people talking, TV on, etc.) it’s harder to hear the call. The person on the other end of the call can hear background noise.

    I recommend it for its portability, light weight, and sound quality. For me it’s great for listening to my audio books. It’s a good Neckband Speaker for the price as compared to other Neckband speakers.

    Sep 30, 2021 16:09
  • 8.0score
    Jabra - Talk 35 Bluetooth Headset - Titanium Black
    Description

    Hear and be heard with this Jabra Talk 35 Bluetooth earpiece. Featuring HD voice and noise-cancellation technology, this earpiece delivers rich, crystal-clear audio for a better call experience and improved communication. This Jabra Talk 35 Bluetooth earpiece helps the person you're talking to hear you clearly with two-microphone technology.

    4 Features
  • Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices: Allows you to make hands-free phone calls, stream GPS directions, music and podcasts from your mobile phone.
  • Custom fit for all-day comfort: Choose your preferred wearing style and, with the Ultimate Comfort Eargels that come in many sizes and mold to your ear, you have a custom fit for all-day comfort.
  • Active noise cancellation: Jabra's two-microphone technology lets the person you're talking to also experience exceptional call quality.
  • HD voice: Enjoy crystal-clear calls with HD voice. It enables wideband speech, giving your calls a richer audio experience.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by PHONEHOLDERCHARGER, 10 out of 10
    Best option for ME

    BEST value and fit for ME! my ears are very small and have to use something hanging over my ear, has a noise cancelation not a 100% but very good and the value... UNBEATABLE!!!

    Nov 05, 2021 18:52
  • Review by BigD, 10 out of 10
    Great buy for the money!!

    I do not think that for the money you can beat the Jabra-Talk 35 Bluetooth Headset!! I have tried more expensive ones, but I am extremely pleased with both the comfort and performance of this Bluetooth Headset.

    Jul 12, 2019 17:58
  • Review by FullTimeEarGear, 8 out of 10
    Reliable Classic

    Overall the ear bud functioned as expected. I did have more trouble getting it adjusted to "fit" my ear than I have in the past with other devices. Had to use a loop from an earlier model that I had. I like the slide on/off switch; prevents unintentional power ups. It has more features that I do not use. Just the basics.

    Oct 25, 2021 07:38
  • Review by Sandi, 8 out of 10
    features of the gadget is great! Fit not so great

    I like how it tells me who is calling.. However, i can't seem to get a good fit in my ear. the part that goes into your ear is huge and the earpiece does not sit well over the ear as result, could easily fall of the ear and be lost.

    So I'm somewhat disappointed.

    Jan 08, 2020 10:47
  • Review by HoneyT, 8 out of 10
    A good bluetooth overall!!!

    The Bluetooth performance is good, some what easy to connect. The earhook was too small, not good for large ear and makes your ear sore.

    Jul 10, 2020 16:20
  • Review by HottRodd, 8 out of 10
    Great value for the money

    I’ve been buying Jabra earpieces for years and found them very easy to use and durable and very affordable.

    Oct 15, 2021 16:26
  • Review by Shelbyh32, 6 out of 10
    Ok Bluetooth device

    Nice Bluetooth, easy to pair with my phone. However, I ended up returning it because I had problems hearing the person I was talking to and the volume buttons are so close to the power button I accidentally disconnected a few calls, so I took it back.

    Oct 16, 2021 14:02
  • Review by Eddoe, 8 out of 10
    Jabra and Me

    I am pleased with the function of my Jabra. I am hard of hearing and this solves that issue with the added advantage of having Siri dial phone numbers for me and answer my phone when I'm driving. I don't text and drive so this solves my communication issues when mobile. So far it holds a charge longer that advertised ! A great value for the price for sure.

    Jun 10, 2019 18:31
  • 7.6score
    Aluratek - Wireless Stereo Headset with Boom Microphone and Bluetooth Dongle - Black
    Description

    Aluratek’s Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headset with Boom Microphone is the perfect fit for music play, gaming, webinars, voice calling and video conferencing. The headset features advanced Bluetooth 5 technology so you can wirelessly stream audio up to 33 ft. (10m) away from your paired Bluetooth device like a smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac computer/laptop. Includes optional Bluetooth transmitter for use with computers and laptops without integrated Bluetooth.

    8 Features
  • Advanced Bluetooth Technology: Wirelessly stream audio with advanced Bluetooth 5 technology up to 33 ft. (10m) away from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac computer. Includes optional Bluetooth transmitter for use with computers and laptops without integrated Bluetooth.
  • HD Sound / Boom Mic: High definition audio for rich sound with enhanced bass and impressive clarity for music play, gaming, webinars, voice calling and video conferencing. The adjustable boom microphone makes for better conversation on conference calls
  • Wired Connectivity: Bluetooth not an option? You can use the included 3.5mm audio cable for a direct connection to a computers, laptop, iPod, MP3 player or any device with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Rechargeable Battery: Includes a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery for up to 27 hours of continuous talk and music play and up to 800 hours of standby time. The battery charges in 2-3 hours via a USB port with the included USB charging cable
  • Easy On-Ear Controls: Easy reach multifunction button makes it convenient to answer/end/reject phone calls, pair to Bluetooth devices and to power ON/OFF. Also features volume control, music play/pause, change music tracks, mic mute/unmute. *Hands free talking only works when paired with a smartphone.
  • Designed For Comfort: Ultra soft cushioned ear cups and a padded over the head adjustable headband makes for a comfortable all day fit. The boom mic can be adjusted to the prefect level of your voice and can rotate up to 270 degrees so you can place the mic on either side of your head.
  • Portable: Headset folds for easy portability
  • Cables Included: 2.6 foot Micro-USB to USB-A cable for charging and a 5 foot Micro-USB to 3.5mm cable for wired audio connection
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Deziree, 10 out of 10
    Comfy, high quality, great sound

    Great sound! Perfect for immersing myself in music, listening to podcasts, etc. My pictures really don’t do it justice. It feels very high quality and looks great. The cushions are comfortable (yay! This was my biggest worry since I’m ordering online). For sizing, I will say that it fits me well and I have a regular sized head (I think? Maybe it’s a little smaller than the average adult female’s head size?). If you have a smaller head, this will probably not fit you. Basically: this will definitely not fit a child’s head. If you have a normal/ larger sized head, this will definitely fit you because it can be adjusted outward quite a bit! I think this would make a great gift because the packaging was super nice. Also, I know I keep rambling about how happy I am with this, but I’m honestly just so happy about how quickly it arrived! I ordered it yesterday and it came in today!!! With zero additional shipping costs.

    Nov 03, 2020 16:29
  • Review by Jacks1, 10 out of 10
    Perfect

    I absolutely love this headset. I have been wanting to find the right one and here it is. Noise cancelling, comfortable and easy to use. The price is totally worth it. I recommend it

    Nov 05, 2020 02:24
  • Review by RedRover, 6 out of 10
    Multi-purpose champ with annoying detail

    Pros: can use wired or wireless via Bluetooth. Listening to music - sound quality and comfort are surprisingly good for the price. Microphone seemed reasonably clear on a Zoom session and can be moved out of the way when listening to music. Headset adjustable. Cons: Volume control on headset only works with Bluetooth and beeps with any change in volume - this was a deal breaker for me; I have tinnitus and this was too annoying. If you can put up with those details and you're on a budget, this is a great deal for multi-purpose use. Bluetooth reasonably easy to set up (Windows).

    Mar 15, 2021 01:48
  • Review by moman62, 8 out of 10
    For the price it's worth it.

    The headset is good if you are using a laptop that has bluetooth enabled! it comes with a Bluetooth dongle but trying to pair it on a windows desktop is painful!!! You are better off purchasing a headset connection cable like I did and using your sound card on your pc to get the value.

    Oct 08, 2021 16:31
  • Review by ItsLee, 2 out of 10
    Absolutely TRASH

    My mom got these for me because she always buys me the crapiest headphones instead of saving the money and buying one pair of good ones. Is that too much to ask? Ig, but anyway, unless you have the head of a child, these are too tight and don’t fit your ears correctly, just smushes them against your head and is extremely uncomfortable. Cat in picture for size reference. Sound quality? Non existent, and if you use Tiktok or any app that has videos, it will play an incessant beeping noise EVERY TIME you play a new video. It’s enough to drive a person mad. The material used to make these are insanely cheap, and won’t last a month. TLDR; BUY BETTER HEADPHONES

    Sep 06, 2021 19:36
  • Review by phuong, 8 out of 10
    It's OK. I wish it has an easy way to mute

    Works well. The con is hard to mute. I end up using the mute function in the software such as Bluejean and webex instead.

    Nov 06, 2021 17:46
  • Review by Bastos1, 10 out of 10
    What A Bargain!

    This is what A Best Buy is all about. Quality, performance and price.

    Easy to set up and run which it does very well. The sounds are breath taking with that surround sound that makes you feel good about your quality Headset that puts expensive competitors to shame. I'm stoked about this awesome product with No Complaints!

    Nov 05, 2021 15:54
  • Review by RSav, 8 out of 10
    Working good so far.

    Sound seems clear for both parties. Hope they continue to work well.

    Nov 06, 2021 16:53
  • 7.6score
    Aluratek - Wireless Bluetooth Headset with Boom Mic for video conference and chat - Black
    Description

    Aluratek’s Mono Bluetooth Wireless Headset with Noise Cancelling Boom Microphone is the perfect fit for webinars, voice calling and video conferencing. The headset features advanced Bluetooth 5 technology so you can wirelessly stream audio up to 33 ft. (10m) away from your paired Bluetooth device like a smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac computer/laptop. Includes optional Bluetooth transmitter for use with computers and laptops without integrated Bluetooth. The headset delivers hands-free convenience and produces high definition audio for rich sound with enhanced bass and impressive clarity. The flexible noise canceling boom microphone helps to drown out ambient background noise for better conversation on conference calls. Features ultra soft cushioned ear cups and a padded over the head adjustable headband for all-day wearing comfort. The headset includes a built-in rechargeable battery for up to 34 hours of continuous talk and up to 800 hours of standby time. Simply recharge your headset via a USB port on your computer with our included USB charging cable.Explore the gear you need for content creation.Learn about content creator gear for vlogging and more

    5 Features
  • Advanced Bluetooth Technology: Wirelessly stream audio with advanced Bluetooth 5 technology up to 33 ft. (10m) away from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac computer. Includes optional Bluetooth transmitter for use with computers and laptops without integrated Bluetooth.
  • HD Sound/Noise Cancelling Mic: HD audio for rich sound with enhanced bass and impressive clarity for webinars, voice calling and video conferencing. The flexible noise cancelling boom mic helps to drown out ambient background noise for better conversation on conference calls.
  • Rechargeable Battery: Includes a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery for up to 34 hours of continuous talk and music play and up to 800 hours of standby time. The battery charges in 2-3 hours via a USB port with the included USB charging cable.
  • Easy On-Ear Controls: Easy to reach multifunction button makes it convenient to answer/end phone calls, music play/pause, pair to Bluetooth devices and to power ON/OFF. Also features volume control , change music tracks, mic mute/unmute. *Hands free talking only works when paired with a smartphone.
  • Designed For Comfort: Soft cushioned ear cups and a padded headband make for a comfortable all day fit. Monoaural design allows you to join an off line conversation without having to remove the headset. The boom mic can rotate up to 270 degrees allowing you to wear the mic on either side of your head.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Computadoras, 10 out of 10
    Audífonos

    Estos son míos!! Muy bien puedo hablar por teléfono por toda mi casa sin necesidad de cargar el celular conmigo!! Buena calidad.

    Apr 16, 2021 16:35
  • Review by garbage, 2 out of 10
    garbage

    I don't recommend, broke down after a month, not sound

    Oct 26, 2021 07:59
  • Review by AdamElisha, 10 out of 10
    Great headphones

    I bought these after scraping by another zoom meeting in which I could barely hear anything and my voice was said to be distorted.

    I have been very happy with these headphones. Sound is crisp. No distortion with the microphone. Sit comfortably on my head. Well priced as well. Worth the buy!

    Dec 02, 2020 14:54
  • Review by NotATechie, 8 out of 10
    It is functional

    I bought this for work conference calls to be wire free and it hooked up to my computer easily. I haven't used wireless headphones in the past on the computer or a cell phone.

    the instruction manual is very small and I would like more information, especially to know when I am muted. I like to mute my headphones and not the computer so don't know how to check if it is muted or not and the instruction book is not very helpful. They seem to work well, I just need to learn how to use them.

    Dec 27, 2020 17:07
  • Review by TVreview, 8 out of 10
    Bluetooth Headset

    Overall its a good head set.

    I didn't need the mic, but maybe sometime in the future it may come in handy...so no info on it.

    The non ear cup side is a little awkward, a little on the soft (weak) pressure side.

    There are times I get where it comes in and out on reception....but haven't confirmed if its the head set or my Bluetooth connection.

    Oct 29, 2021 15:38
  • Review by FeBsilon, 6 out of 10
    mic is not so good

    The design and comfort is ideal. to be able to adjust the mic is a plus. but when I attend the meetings other participants complain about the sound quality.

    Looks like I will end up switching it soon

    Oct 19, 2021 07:07
  • Review by Fran, 10 out of 10
    Aluratek - Wireless Bluetooth Headset with Mic

    I’m on the landline phone a lot, so I was looking for headphones that I could plug into the handset. Some that is comfortable to wear, and would allow me to listen, to speak, and to have my hands free to handle my notes, and books without having to lay the receiver down while I made turned pages, or made notes. Even though, I like the feel of these I was very disappointed to find that they are not for the landline phones, but the computer. Since that is the case, I cannot honestly comment on them yet. Maybe I’ll write another review in the future when I’ve had a chance to test them out!

    Aug 27, 2021 19:15
  • Review by CooksLoveCookies, 10 out of 10
    Perfect for Teams!

    Not sure what to say. This headset is actually impressive.

    It does the job and the quality output is very good.

    I can hear my clients through this just fine and they hear me clearly without issues. Works well on teams and other web conference web apps.

    you do have to tinker with the sound settings in teams to get this right but it was no hassle.

    Oct 26, 2021 16:12
  • 7.4score
    BlueParrott - M300-XT Ultra-Light Noise-Cancelling Headset - Black
    Description

    The BlueParrott M300-XT Bluetooth headset is engineered for superior calls in high-noise environments. Its ultra-light discreet design blocks out 80% of background noise using 2-microphones, it connects to 2 Bluetooth devices for more flexibility, and has a long battery life that offers up to 14 hours of talk time for all-day conversations. The ability to roam up to 300ft/100m gives you the freedom to leave your paired Bluetooth device behind. It is equipped with a customizable BlueParrott button which can be programmed for mute, speed dial or Push-to-Talk in the BlueParrott app. Included are 3 different size EarGels for a secure comfortable fit and the headset is adjustable to wear on the right or left ear. It is built to last with IP54-rated protection against dust and moisture and is covered by a one-year warranty. For optimal headset performance, the M300-XT headset should be used only with a Bluetooth enabled smartphone/tablet device. Not intended to be used with a laptop/PC.

    5 Features
  • 2 Microphones: Blocks out 80% of background noise for superior calls
  • Long Battery Life: Up to 14 hours of talk time
  • Customizable BlueParrott Button: Program for mute, speed dial or Push-to-Talk through the BlueParrott app.
  • Walk and Talk: Roam up to 300ft/100m from paired Bluetooth devices
  • Built to Last: IP54-rated protection against dust and moisture and a one-year warranty
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TechnicallyWell, 8 out of 10
    Mic is great, speaker volume is low

    ## Design

    While The BlueParrott M300-XT headset is much larger than many wireless earbuds today, the larger size allows for a longer battery life and an extended arm for the microphone. The M300-XT (0.7 ounces) weighs more than an Apple AirPod (0.14 ounces), but the weight sits comfortably behind the ear and does not seem to cause a lot of "ear fatigue" for me.

    The M300-XT can be worn on either the left or the right ear by swinging the mic arm up and over, then flipping the earpiece sideways. The soft ear gel isn't like most other earpieces where it "seals" to your ear canal. Instead, it kind of just rests up against your ear, allowing you to still hear what is going on around you.

    ## Performance

    The microphone does an excellent job of blocking other sounds around you. I made a test call to myself (using my personal phone to call my work phone) and tested it by talking to it from the side and from far away. In both cases, my voice was barely audible unless I wore the headset normally. I also tested it by playing music and white noise nearby while talking on the headset the M300-XT did an excellent job of filtering out both of those sounds while still allowing my voice to come through clearly.

    The earpiece, on the other hand, can make it difficult for you to hear your caller in noisy situations. Since the ear gel does not seal into your ear canal, it lets in sounds around you. This could be beneficial if you're walking near traffic, for example, and need to be aware of your surroundings. However, if you need to be able to hear your caller in a very noisy environment, you may struggle with this headset.

    I found the volume of the speaker in the earpiece to be surprisingly low. I had to turn my iPhone up to almost the highest setting to get what I would consider to be a "normal" volume when talking in a quiet room (and the volume buttons on the headset sync with the volume on iPhone, so there are not two separate volumes to adjust). Oddly, the voice prompts and tones built-in to the headset seem to occur at a much higher volume. For example, the unit beeps periodically while on mute which is fine, but it is so loud and shrill that it becomes too distracting during a conference call. This unit was reviewed with version 1.04 of the firmware, so perhaps this can be improved in a future release.

    ## Battery Life

    The larger size of the headset allows for much longer battery life than an AirPod. BlueParrott states you can get up to 14 hours of talk time. The headset recharges with a standard USB-C cable.

    ## Summary

    The BlueParrott M300-XT headset has excellent microphone performance and eliminates ambient sounds around you for your caller. However, the volume level of the earpiece seems somewhat low and can make it difficult for you to hear your caller in noisy environments. The headset is comfortable for extended wear and a single charge can last up to 14 hours.

    May 10, 2021 09:49
  • Review by Selva, 8 out of 10
    Excellent Ultra Light Noise Cancelling Headset!

    I have been looking for a Bluetooth headset to attend office conference calls from my phone and got a BlueParrott M300-XT Bluetooth headset. It came with a Headset, USB-C Cable, 3 sets of ear gels, a Quickstart guide, and a warning/warranty sheet. Setup is easy by downloading the BlueParrott iOS app to configure the headset via Bluetooth. I have updated the latest firmware via the app and the iOS app has step-by-step instructions to configure the headset.

    The build quality is great and the ultra-light design allows me to wear this headset for a long period of time. It has 2 microphones, and the headset design blocks 80% of background noise. It supports up to 2 Bluetooth devices at a time. Battery life is good and offers up to 14 hours of talk time and can be charged with a USB C cable.

    The mic and sound quality are good during the calls and comfortable to wear as well. I was able to take the calls away from 250ft from the phone without any issues. The headset equipped with a customizable button that can be programmed for mute, speed dial, or push-to-talk in the BlueParrott app. It came with 3 different size EarGels for a comfortable fit and this headset can be used either right or left ear.

    It is IP54 rated to protect against dust and moisture. It comes with one year warranty. I am using this headset very often now due to superior audio quality and highly recommend this one for conference calls taken by mobile phone.

    May 27, 2021 01:09
  • Review by nhtechie, 10 out of 10
    Great headset when you're on the road!

    I love headphones, ear phones, earbuds etc. - so when a new mono piece to wear in the car came out, I actually liked the idea because sometimes a car full of people and a car-wide conversation don’t mix.

    This headset takes a well known form and adds some proprietary tech behind it thanks to blueparrot (lowercase on purpose). What proprietary tech? How about push-to-talk without a Nextel or walkie talkie? Yeah, it has that.

    Once paired and the blueparrot App is installed, you can configure what the center button does. Personally, I use it to mute but it can be set to a number of different things, including the aforementioned walkie talkie, speed dial or launching another App like your navigation software.

    This headset is said to be small - but I’m not keen on that description, because I don’t think it’s small - it efficiently uses the space it takes up. It’s also said to be light - and I 110% agree with that. The way it sits in your ear is a little different than people that wear earbuds expect - it sits on the outside of the canal and doesn’t much inside, so that takes some getting used to.

    When I first got it, it charged for about an hour and then I went through pairing - which was seamless. Updating the firmware was possible with the blueparrot App and it took around 15 minutes and had some pretty explicit instructions: don’t close the App, reboot it, etc. - else you’re going to need to play tech support engineer if you do. 15 was way better than the 40 that the App warned me about.

    During the initial use, I found it extremely comfortable and during some basic use testing at home, dozed off and found it still attached to my ear - exactly the way it was left when I woke up a number of hours later. This comfort hasn’t changed, I don’t notice any pains using it.

    My side of the conversation was crystal clear, exactly as I’d hope from something designed to be an extension of your phone. The caller at the other end did notice a bit of ‘distance’ - not speakerphone like, but … just not the same as me holding the phone. No complaints from them and they didn’t request that I pick up the handset - it was just ‘different.’

    I took it into noisy environments and was able to hear just fine. My car doesn’t have much for sound isolation, so that was a perfect test. Nice and clear and the other side said there was a faint amount of noise - but nothing like they were used to.

    Hearing music through this mono headset was a bit better than expected. Yes, it’s not an audiophile’s headphone but it’s not as tinny as I’d expect; there was a little vibration to indicate a subtle amount of bass. Dig it.

    Overall, if you’re doing a long drive - pick this up but get used to the buttons first because you need to know how to answer/hang up without thinking about it.

    Overall:

    Super comfortable

    Light

    Great sound during calls

    USB-C (THANK YOU!)

    blueparrot App is very simple

    Noise cancellation

    Cons:

    None that I could find, basing it on the use case for the headset

    May 06, 2021 18:56
  • Review by SimpleLiving, 10 out of 10
    Headset with impressive noise-cancelling

    This BlueParrot headset is excellent for everyday use and comes in very handy when on the go. The most prominent feature, which is impressive, is the headset's ability to block out background noise; this feature is for the mic (user's voice), not the speakers. All calls come out loud and clear no matter where you are using the headset. Other people on the line will hear you loud and clear, without distortion and very little background noise. Very impressive! It is ultra-lightweight, comfortable to use even during prolonged use, and has extended battery life. I like the design, which I can charge with any USB-C connector (the box includes a charging cord). Other headsets have their own unique charging cables or base, and when you can't find it or lose it, you won't be able to charge it. The device is rated for dust and water protection, can be used in raining or when sweating. There is a BlueParrot app that enhances the usage of the headset and to customize some features. The main button, the blue parrot, by default is mute, but it can be changed to speed dial or push-to-talk. The app has a soundcheck function, where you record yourself speaking and then playback to hear how it sounds. One improvement needed is the speaker sound; at total volume, the sound isn't loud. This is ok since the headset isn't for music listening; it is for talking. I love using this headset, especially when driving, on the go, or in a noisy environment. Overall, I am satisfied with this product; it is lightweight, has long battery life and convenient charging, impressive noise-canceling, and comfortable.

    May 12, 2021 18:34
  • Review by ShawnInKB, 6 out of 10
    Lightweight, comfortable, OK sound

    A bit tinny – people on the other end can definitely tell you are on a headset. I couldn’t get more than 30 feet or 1 floor away from my iPhone X before it breaks up and loses connection. I was really hoping I could leave my office, go down 1 floor to get coffee while on a con call, or go down 2 flights to answer the door while on a call, etc. but not reliable enough for me to do that. (No concrete or anything either, regular drywall house.)

    Unless later phones have a more advanced Bluetooth technology the distance claim seems a bit overstated at 300ft! Maybe some firmware updates will help with the distance issue.

    I used it for some video calls connected through my brand new work laptop. Same results. Other people said they could hear me clearly, but a bit tinny/digital sounding.

    It is lightweight and I used it for 4 back to back 1 hour con calls and still had plenty of battery power left. It was also very comfortable to wear for 4 hours straight, so that’s a definitely a big plus.

    There’s a programmable button on the side, but you have to download the blue parrot app to configure and it’s only then configured for that device. I programmed it for mute, but when I switched to my PC for a call and tried to use the button it tells you to get the blue parrot app which you can't load on a pc.

    Pros:

    Lightweight

    Comfortable for long wear times

    Battery Life

    Programmable button (when connected to a phone/tablet that can load the app)

    Cons:

    A bit tinny sounding

    Distance is much less than 300 ft at least for me…

    May 15, 2021 11:48
  • Review by rjv86, 8 out of 10
    Lightweight, great sound quality

    I'm new to over the ear headsets. i've always been an in-ear bud user. The M300-XT is comfortable and light, and while it was secure, it kept feeling like it would fall off. That may just be me not being used to this style

    Set up was easy, paired right way to my computer. While using it for conference calls, i was able to walk throughout my house on multiple floors without issue. Audio quality is crisp and clear, and according to feedback from callers on the other side, there's no problems hearing me.

    Battery life so far has been excellent. Easily get through a workdays worth of meetings on a charge.

    I appreciate that it is USB-C to charge and not micro. That's one less cord now when i travel since my phone also uses USB-C

    The reason for 4 star is it is almost too light to the point i think it'll fall out, but again that could just be me not being used to it.

    May 10, 2021 09:19
  • Review by tmcgo510, 8 out of 10
    Great sound, odd ear piece

    This headset does a great job at allowing you to work hands free and still be able to talk on the phone. Everyone I have spoken to on the headset compliments the audio quality! In my opinion, even though you can use this headset out and about, it is better suited for an office environment. It stands out a lot which may not be to most people's liking, unlike other bluetooth headsets that are a bit more discreet. The battery life is advertised as being up to 14 hours and the range of connection between the headset and the device is advertised as being 300ft! Those are impressive numbers! While I haven't used it for 14 hours, I haven't had to charge it yet! I have walked allover my house leaving my phone sitting in one spot and the headset connection never distorted! In an office environment, that would be very helpful for those who need to move around! The headset can be work on either ear with simple adjustments to the earpiece and microphone. You can download an app on your smart device and adjust different settings or update the firmware. There is only one thing I do not like about the headset, and to me, this is an issue that will affect my long term usage of the headset. I am not a fan of the piece that rests against your ear to transmit the audio. It is unlike most other bluetooth headsets that go into your ear canal. This headset silicone piece sits flat on the outside of your ear canal. I found that this caused me to want to fidget with the headset and push it against my ear to get sound closer into my ear. The headset comes with several sizes of silicone pieces, however, I really didn't find a comfortable size that made me want to wear it long term. I would have preferred an option that would have inserted into my ear canal. From a comfort standpoint, this design may be great, but from a listening standpoint I would prefer having an earpiece inside my ear canal.

    Jun 01, 2021 19:38
  • Review by DavidJr, 8 out of 10
    Lightweight, long lasting, noise canceling but…

    Having had an older BlueParrot over the head, on the ear headband style noise canceling headset that was great for driving in old noisy trucks, I had high expectations for this headset. This single on ear piece looks pretty discrete and is amazingly lightweight for being on the ear. It has 4 simple, easy access buttons, that are a little rigid to push, but hard to accidentally hit. The easiest button to use is also customizable through the BlueParrot App to fit your most common needs. The battery claims up to 14 hours of talk time, but I haven’t had it run out of juice in a couple days of just occasional use and standby. The noise canceling is actually really good, for the person on the other side. However, for the person using the headset it is not so great.

    The eargels for this headset are a bit different. They say it is designed to sit within the outer ear, not in the ear canal. In a way, I like this, as some earbuds I have used that sit in the ear canal create fatigue or pain after some extended use. After having this on and in my ear for several hours, I did not have that same issue. I did find it a little awkward when wearing sunglasses though. However, the problem is that no matter which size of the eargel I used, I could not get a seal on either ear that would help isolate the sound for me. This meant that in really noisy areas I couldn’t even hear the call or audio playing in my own ear. However, the person on the other side didn’t hear any background noise until I started to talk. Depending on the background sounds though, it went from barely noticeable to completely distorting the person's voice.

    Essentially, what it comes down to is that the noise canceling works for mild noisy areas. Say, a fan blowing of some people talking in the background. However, if it is an environment where it would be hard for you to hear with a regular phone to your ear, you’re probably not going to be able to hear the conversation with this either. If they had an option to change the eargels to actually seal into the ear canal, it might be better. But, as they are by default, I wouldn’t recommend this for truly noisy environments, like that old noisy diesel truck. Certainly not on a motorcycle as we tried that for the most extreme sound.

    Now, with that said, I don’t think this is a bad headset. Just not really meant for high-noise environments on the users part. Calls with mild noise, like my air purifier that people ask if I’m by a waterfall with other headsets, were crystal clear and when asked if they could hear the noise, they heard nothing. In a car, if you have typical road noise, it also cancels that well. But, anything above that it was as if I couldn’t get the headset loud enough. However, a little pressure, like the old headbands would add, helped, just not making it hands free anymore.

    May 10, 2021 19:16
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