Remember when Bluetooth Headsets first hit the market? They seemed to take up half your cheek or wrapped around your ear. Battery power was limited; they were often cumbersome, uncomfortable and stood out like a sore thumb. As with most things technological, they started out big and through time and innovations, these headsets shrunk and became more earpieces than headsets.
Interested in a little headset? Read on for a roundup of what's out now.
Today there is a wide variety of mini Bluetooth headsets to choose from that are only a fraction of the original headsets size. The greatest cost of smaller headsets seems to be smaller buttons. Some manage the smaller buttons better than others but if you have large hands, it takes some getting used to.
The benefit of these smaller headsets would be comfort and offering a discrete appearance. You can now wear a headset for prolonged periods without developing a neck ache. They are small enough to slip in your pocket until needed and easy to put into place when the phone rings.
The thing about bluetooth headsets these days is that they are much better than they used to be in days' past, when finding a headset that not only didn't stink but also met your most important needs was a herculean task. All of the headsets below are of decent quality and decent choices -- you basically just need to pick the one that matches your most important feature need and also your style.
If you’re looking for a light-weight, comfortable Bluetooth headset, here is a list of the more popular models, one of which is sure to meet your needs. All can be found to fit anyone’s budget at the WMExpert’s Store and a more thorough review on most can be found in the Reviews Section under Bluetooth Headsets.
Coming in at 1.6 inches in length and weighing only .35 ounces, this gun metal gray headset is comfortable to wear, comes with an optional ear hook, plenty of charging options. The reception between phone and the headset is the weakest of the bunch with intermittent static.
This headset wins the award for the most unique mini headset. Weighing in at .23 ounces, the UFO is slightly larger than a quarter. Reception between the phone and headset, call quality, and comfort help put the UFO out in front of the mini headset pack. As an added bonus to this strong performer, it has voice commands that confirm/alert users of functions.
For those who like the conservative appearance of a black headset but also want to take a walk on the wild side with vibrant colors, the Bluetrek Tattoo might be up your ally. This .28 ounce mini headset comes with eight removable tattoos that will give the headset a burst of color. Call quality is good but some may find the main button a little stiff.
Need a solid performer that’s equally solidly built? The BH680 might be what you’re looking for. This headset is the heavyweight of the mini’s coming in at .42 ounces but still is very comfortable to wear. While strong call quality and excellent battery performance are among this headset’s strengths, the Achilles’ heel may be the only charging option is a desktop cradle.
Coming in at .26 ounces, this mini headset has good call quality, good battery life and is comfortable to wear. Unlike other mini headsets, the WEP410 does not have an ear hook so it doesn’t rest as stable as others while you are active (running, playing basketball, golf, etc.).
The H9 is another coin sized headset but unlike the Bluetrek UFO that rests on your ear, the H9 is in your ear. Call quality, reception, and comfort are all pushing quality levels with the H9. At .3 ounces, the H9’s uniqueness is not exclusive to its shape but also its charger. Not only does it charge the H9 but it also holds a charge and can double as a mobile charger as well.
One of the bulkier mini headsets out there but at .3 ounces and 1.54 inches long, it is still by all rights a mini headset. Jam packed full of features this mini has good call quality, strong battery life, is comfortable to wear and allows you to listen to music from your media player or Bluetooth enabled MP3 player while you wait for the next call.
Weighing in at .38 ounces, the Z9 may give the Motorola BH680 a run for its money. With strong call quality, comfortable wear and an upgradeable firmware BlueAnt Z9 is a very attractive mini headset. The only weakness may be that this headset has too many features and too few controls.
(Note: the BlueAnt Z9 has been improved slightly as the BlueAnt Z9i ($74.95), adding multipoint.)
Full Review: 5 of 5, purchase for $64.95 at the WMExperts Accessory store (a price drop!)
Not to be left out of the coin sized headsets, the WEP500 is the .3 ounces, has good call quality, good reception between the phone and headset, and full of features. Its weakness may be with a poorly placed main button that can easily be activated when putting this mini headset in your ear.
Alright, alright, so which one is BEST?
Well, I said earlier that all of these headsets are decent enough, it mostly depends on what looks best and fits your needs best. That said, the staff favorite here at WMExperts is definitely the BlueAnt Z9i or the BlueAnt Z9. They are virtually identical (just be sure you load the latest firmware), with the Z9i primarily adding full support for multipoint.
My personal favorite: The Motorola BH680, because it has the best mix of comfort, battery life, and audio quality.