After seeing Victor from Metallman review one of the Anker Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Headsets, I just had to get myself a copy to review here for DragonBlogger as I spend 8 hours a day sometimes on conference calls and bluetooth adapters for cell phones make my life a lot easier.
I will say that the Anker Bluetooth Wireless Headset is a fantastic deal and at $29.99 is better than some Bluetooth headsets I have tested at twice that price. It has a ton of accessories to help it fit better around your ear, and 2 types of backs for the mounting charger including one that lets it slide in and hold the mount + earbud on your car vents, and another that includes an adhesive back for sticking the mounting charger on your wall next to your desk or to your dashboard if you don’t want to slide it into your vents.
The headset worked better with the over the hear attachment for me to hold it in place and it is fairly comfortable but not the most comfortable I have tested, it does come with a bunch of replacements in case the rubber gets damaged or worn which is a nice touch.
The over the ear attachment worked very well to hold it in place and the sound quality was very good from this Bluetooth earbud and it will play music so if you play Spotify or any music you can listen to it on one ear, say you are driving in a car and waiting for a call for example. Normally one would not listen to music in just one ear, but it is a good if you are between calls or driving and can’t fiddle to put earbuds in while driving.
The microphone quality isn’t bad but I did get some complaints about the following, surprisingly this is the first microphone on a Bluetooth earbud where two people told me my voice was so LOUD. There are adjustments to lower the speaker volume, but no way to modify the microphone volume and this thing is nowhere near my mouth for the volume to be that loud. In fact there is no way to lower microphone sensitivity on an iPhone or any bluetooth device I am aware of so was the first time I ever heard this complaint ever. I call this person all the time from other Bluetooth devices and the volume is always lower, this is a good or a bad thing. The noise cancellation isn’t great, my ceiling or desk fan when running high can cause choppiness, so have to lower my fans in the room. My voice I was told sounded a lot like talking into a speaker phone, loud and clear but had a hollow sound a little bit.
Still, overall I had the opposite complaints when calling the same people from my Plantronics Voyager Pro which is 3x more expensive, they would say my voice was too low, and it didn’t really do much better blocking ceiling fan or desk fan choppiness. So based on me comparing this Bluetooth headset to one that is a lot more I was extremely happy with the quality you get for a $29.99 Bluetooth Headset and think Anker has another winning product on their hands.
Here are the full product specs:
- Bluetooth 4.0: 8 times the bandwidth over the 2.1 standard producing crystal-clear sound quality. A2DP Bluetooth profile allows for ultra-high definition media playback.
- Connection quality: One-motion call answering; multipoint connection; microphone’s CVC background noise canceling technology for improved connection clarity.
- Battery life: Rechargeable, built-in Lithium-ion battery provides 5 hours of continuous play time, while the magnetic charging dock automatically triggers Sleep/Wake modes, conserving battery life for even longer use.
- Charge up: Either the charging dock (connected to a power source) or the included USB cable charge the headset.
- Package contents: Anker Bluetooth 4.0 Headset, charging dock, USB cable, adhesive mounting strip, vehicle air vent mounting clip, 2 ear hooks, 2 eartip pairs, user manual.