Don Jones

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So, I’m looking for a new Bluetooth headset, after not using one for quite some time. To be clear, I’m after a one-ear, talk-on-the-phone headset, not a two-ear, run-on-the-treadmill earbud situation.

My preferences:

  • Lightweight, good volume, and uncomplicated controls. I’m fine running most of the control from my phone, actually, so the fewer buttons and knobs the earpiece has, the better.
  • Charge via micro USB (and I’m fine with one that has to go into a charging case; that might even be better, as I’m apt to damage small things if they’re not in a case).
  • Decent battery life. I’m talking 4-5 hours of talk time between charges. This is kind of a big deal and I’d be more willing to compromise elsewhere than here.
  • Good audio quality, especially on the microphone. My iPhone 6S supports LTE Voice, which sounds just amazing, and I’d rather not dumb it back down to “scratchy I can barely hear you.” I’m not normally in a super noisy environment.

Thoughts? Feelings? I’ve got a hand-me-down B&O Earset 2, which looks cool but is a left-ear model and I’m really finding myself preferring something that can go right-ear instead. And it’s battery life ain’t much to write home about (it’s an older model, I know batteries have come a long way).

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7 thoughts on “OK, fellow nerds: Need a BT headset recommendation

  1. Nick Hawkins says:

    I have been using the Plantronics Voyager Legend UC for a couple of years now and I love it. Good battery life and the charging case helps me get through an entire day of calls since the charging case can charge it back up again. It works great with my laptop for Skype calls, Google Voice, Lync etc. It stay’s dual paired with the dongle and the phone so I do not have to switch back and forth all day.

    Awesome headset in my opinion: https://www.plantronics.com/us/product/voyager-legend-uc

    -Nick

  2. Ifiok says:

    +1 for the voyager-legend
    mine does 7 hours talk time on full charge, nice handy carrying case, micro USB charging through the case, can connect to 2 devices at the same time, and supports voice commands. And the sound is very decent.

  3. Chad Rexin says:

    Get one like a BlueParrot B250-XT+. The volume is able to be cranked up even if you are in a truck or driving some other big equipment (I use mine when going back to help with harvest on the farm). The other great thing about it is that the battery lasts all day even if it’s in active use throughout the day and when talking to other people, even if you are in noisy environments, they would never know it. I’ve had calls from my brother when he was working in the fields in a tractor that I know is noisy, but yet could hear him crystal clear without any issue. I know many over the road truckers use these also and aside from someone in a call center, they are the ones that probably use headsets more than anyone. I also use it for my day job with Microsoft CRM Consulting as it comes in handy when I need to make calls via my cell phone.

  4. HoundTech says:

    I’d have to add another vote for the Plantronics Voyager. My wife and I both love ours, even with the top off of the jeep (windows up)

  5. Agree on the Plantronics Voyager Legend. I use it for everything (including my people branding headshot! :P) It’s got excellent quality, range, and battery life.

  6. I had a Jabra Eclipse but lost it 😦 But can only say good things about it. Small, one bottom, easy use, great sound, and the folks I’m talking to can hear me clear due to the noise cancellation.

  7. I’ve tried a Sony SBH20 and a TaoTronics BT headset recently and I kept the TaoTronics TT-BH07. It’s small, light, easy to use, comfortable, promises about 5 hours of battery life. It’s got BT 4.1. The earbuds stick together magnetically, so you can wear it around your neck when not using it. Charges via micro USB and has a good price. I’m very happy with it, I can absolutely recommend it. You can check out my review and comparison of the two headsets here: http://itasapassion.com/2016/02/20/taotronics-tt-bh07-and-sony-sbh20-bluetooth-headset-review/

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