Sennheiser VMX 100
The large earhook may look a bit cumbersome - not to mention looking like a hearing aid - but we actually found Sennheiser’s VMX 100 to be one of the more comfortable headsets in this group – and also the one least likely to fall off when you start to move around while wearing it. The audio quality is good too, with plenty of volume from the earpiece speaker, and twin microphones to filter out background noise when you’re making calls. We also like the way that it turns itself on or off automatically when you fold it open or shut.
Available from Sennheiser
Reg Rating 85%
Sony Ericsson HBH-IV840
Sony Ericsson’s IV840 is so slim it looks more like a tie-pin than a mobile phone headset. There’s no earhook, so you probably won’t want to wear it when you go jogging - though there’s a neck strap included to stop it getting lost. It has just two buttons to handle all its features, yet it still manages to include some useful options, such as the ability to redial the last number you called simply by double-clicking one of the buttons. The audio quality is good, but the one drawback of the headset’s minimalist design is that there’s no volume control, so you have to control the call volume directly from your phone.
Available from Sony Ericsson
Reg Rating 85%
Ten of the Best... Bluetooth Headsets
Another Vote Against The Jawbone
I have to agree with the comment about the Jawbone.
I find it hard to believe that the Jawbone comes top of every poll for the top bluetooth earpieces.
I had one of the original Ericsson bluetooth headsets when they first came out. I had it for many years before finally upgrading it for a Jabra 250.
The Jabra was extremely comfortable with real good sound quality.
But I broke it by sticking it in my pocket and then sitting down!!! So after reading so many glowing reviews about the Jawbone being the "THE" bluetooth head set that I bought one.
I have also found it very uncomfortable to wear. No matter which combination of earbud and hook I try the headset pushes itself away from the head. I have tried bending the ear hooks to try and make them fit better but nothing works.
But even worse is the sound quailty of the incoming calls.
The jabra was crystal clear and the good fitting ear buds meant that I could hear it even with the loudest background noise.
The Jawbine on the other hand is like hearing the caller from the other end of a tin can and the volume is always very low making it difficult to hear them.
After a year of using the Jawbone I would actually not include it in the top 10 at all.
you only look a tit with a BT headset if you spend all day wandering about with it inserted... they are a very useful tool... My car has a fitted handsfree but I also carry a Nextlink Bluespoon headset for hands free work, this headset is so small that you cannot see it in my ear as my hair covers it!
wired headsets are ok... but ffs this is the 21st century! move on! wires are dead!
@jamie Kephalas Re bluetooth bug for your lid
there are several lids that have blue tooth integeral to the helmet or for about £20/£30 you can get one specifically for motorcyle helmets.
http://www.google.co.uk/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&q=bluetooth%2Cmotorcycle+helmets&btnG=Google+Search&meta= try it!
Money to burn...
Probably all the 4 or 5 new phones I've had over the last 5 years have come with a wired headset for free.
1) Don't need charging.
2) Talk & standby time only limited by the phone.
3) Great sound quality.
4) Recent ones are stereo.
5) Just as legal as BT headset whilst driving.
6) They don't cost anything
7) If you lose / break it, replacements are about £5.
9) You don't look like a cock.
1) You have to keep your phone less than 10M away, like maybe in your pocket - somewhere you'd never normally put it ;o)
Why would anybody pay anything for a BT headset, let alone £80-£100? Suckers!
Best bluetooth headset ever...
... is the Motorola HS300.
Why? Because it operates not off a crappy internal rechargable battery which will have a useful life of about 2 minutes, 6 months after you buy it, but instead operates off a single AAA battery which lasts fookin ages.