Help me find a behind the ear bluetooth phone headset with good sound for people on both ends!
January 7, 2008 8:54 AM Subscribe
I often make calls that I need to take notes during, and have up until now been using the speakerphone function on my cell so I can type. A good friend told me that it sounded unprofessional, it picked up too much other sounds around me, I should consider getting a bluetooth headset for my phone.
I did, getting the Jabra BT500, which was the top recommendation in Consumer Reports. It's a stylish behind the ear one. I really liked the looks, the intuitive use of it, that you could get it on your head quickly (I don't want/need to wear it all the time) and that it felt like it would stay on your head. However, in talking with that same straight shooting friend, they said, after two calls, that it was picking up the external sounds even more so, and often even more then my own voice! They suggested looking for one with good noise filtering abilities.
That's where you come in. I'd like to know some of your favorites, that you've used for more then a day.
posted by healthyliving to shopping (17 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Liking the Jabra, I looked at what's been called the successor to the BT500, the BT 5020. Seemed to fit the bill, but then in looking at the feedback on Amazon, it was absolutely trashed!
So, sadly I searched on, and most of the behind the ear ones just looked like then had a glorified paper clip on the end. The Aliph Jawbone seemed to better fit the bill, with excellent noise filtering abilities, but many of the feedback seemed to say it was difficult to fit, and needed to be rigged with extra ear gels for you to hear properly. The Plantronics Voyager 510 seems the closest, getting awesome feedback on Amazon, looking stable on the ear, with fairly good noise handling abilities. That microphone is a bit homely though, but I bet it's effective. I have a big head, so a tiny device/mic may not work for me.
So here's what I'm looking for:
•Behind the ear, stays on ear without you having to attend to it, and is comfortable. As in not just a glorified paperclip. (I don't have glasses, so no need to work around that.)
•Can get it on your ear quickly, as I don't plan to have it on my head all day.
•Clear, loud sound on both ends, that filters out or doesn't pick up background noise. (I'd typically use it in my home office w and w/o the window open, while driving, and in the kitchen)
•Intuitive, easy access to controls. Volume can be turned up/down quickly.
•Doesn't look like you have a pencil/weiner on your ear.
•Ability to be used with cell phone and laptop too (I have a RAZR, and would like to use it with Skype and iChat. But it doesn't need to be one of those specifically built for Skype, etc, ie the Plantronics Voyager 510 USB)