Bluetooth Headsets can be the simplest but are often the most easily misunderstood models we provide. In the most literal sense Bluetooth is a technology that allows devices to connect to mobile phones, computers, iPads, iPods and other compatible devices. In the headset world they are typically designed for mobile phone applications.
The confusing element is that many people think that wireless office headsets are connecting via Bluetooth and so call them Bluetooth office headsets. The truth of the matter is that 95% of wireless office models actually connect via DECT technology. The reason is it offers massive improvements in range as well as quality (11m for Bluetooth versus up to 150m for DECT 6.0).
Some office headsets also allow you to use the one headset to connect to your desk phone, your computer via a separate USB connection and your mobile via Bluetooth. In this instance then you are using Bluetooth technology only for the mobile phone connection. The rest of the time you are using the DECT. This is fantastic but the limitation is that the Bluetooth component of office phone will, in all but one or two models, only allow you to use the headset and mobile phone together while in the office. This is because the Bluetooth component is not in the headset itself like a mobile version but in the cordless base station that charges the office model – and that’s stays connect to the phone in the office.
Mobile Bluetooth headsets have come a very long way in the past 10 years. No more are they are simple device. In fact they have been designed to ingrate with many of your phones applications such as voice commands and even apps that show you battery life etc. Many models even have voice prompts that let you know battery life, talk time available, incoming calls etc. The latest technology even identifies if the wearer has the headset on before it connects to the device. [See our full range of Bluetooth Headsets here]
Another great leap forward in Bluetooth headsets has been the noise and wind reduction. Unlike an office headset that only deals with noise cancelling, when you are walking around you also have wind which used to play havoc with the quality of the calls. The technology is so good these days that you can talk and be heard clearly all the time and the noise cancelling stops callers hearing other conversations in the background (cyclones excluded).
Bluetooth headsets have the limitation of limited range as previously mentioned. The good news is that this doesn’t affect most users because their mobile phone is always with them anyway and if you’re using it for a computer then that’s typically in front of you too. [See our complete range of Computer Headsets here]
In a strictly mobile phone sense, Bluetooth headsets range in price from about $40 to $200+. The difference is in the additional features you get as well as the design of the units. Cheaper models will flap around your face whereas the more expensive units will offer better ergonomic design and form fitting. They are typically more comfortable and are often wonderful pieces of industrial design. If you’re not just about looks we suggest that look for Bluetooth headsets in the $95-$130 range. Here you will still get most, if not all the cool technology without having to pay for some of the over the top designs on offer.
Whether you are after Bluetooth headsets for the office or simply for your mobile phone there are 100+ models to choose from. Plantronics is still the number one brand but some of the Jabra and Sennheiser offers are to die for in terms of looks. Call our friendly staff today and they’ll help you find the perfect Bluetooth headsets for your specific application and budget.