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Review of Bluetooth headset BlueAnt Q2
The successor of Blue Ant Q1 turns out to be pretty good: once again excellent voice control, excellent sound quality and good looks.
What we see here is a classic Bluetooth headset. You won't find any novelty solutions for wearing Ц everything is simply designed to provide outstanding voice clarity. That is why the headset is quite big, the materials are sturdy and the mesh that covers the front side reminds you of loudspeakers. The headset is a bit bent probably due to ergonomic reasons. The earpiece is quite big, the silicone earbud tips are soft and comfortable Ц you will easily find the right size. The headset is packed with interesting details. I will try to enumerate them all Ц you can use the charger with any USB cable so you can use the AC adapter for charging not only Q2 but other devices as well, on the inner side there is a rubber cushion with the handset logo, the light indicator besides green and red also flashes in violet when pairing with a phone. On the back side there is a power switch, the metal the metal ear hook is covered with rubber, the envelop with the manual says Read me Ц a nice touch that makes you feel that the product was developed by enthusiasts who love their work. At first glance it is a regular headset but I personally see a lot of positive emotions in it starting from the box to the intentionally strict looks. The dimensions of the headset: 55.5х15.8х8.75mm/2.2x0.6x3.5in and it weighs in about 10g/0.35oz.
The case is nothing special and besides the black Q2 you can get it in silver.
If you pick the right size of the ear tip you can wear Q2 without the hook Ц for me it is more comfortable to wear the headset with the hook. You can take it to gym and be sure it won't fall off during jogging. Thanks to the comfortable hook and soft ear tips after a while you just stop noticing the not so small headset.
I really like the buttons on Q2: the elongated volume rocker is small and very functional. The buttons are very handy Ц they are small but you can always find them and quickly memorize their layout. To connect to a phone you have to toggle the switch on the back. The light indicator is on the front (outer) side of the device Ц just a tiny dot but I found it ok. As I have already mentioned it flashes in many colors besides green.
You can listen to your music with one ear Ц it is convenient for podcasts and just any music when you do not want people to notice you listening to music. The sound is clear Ц I have tested it with iPhone 4 and found no issues.
The headset is quoted to last for 5 hours of talking or 100 hours of standby. The headset charges via a regular microUSB slot, you can also charge it from a USB slot (it takes about 3-4 hours). It is nice that the headset is shipped with an AC adapter. The headset can stay connected to the phone when charging. For some reason when connected to my iPhone it does not display the remaining battery charge.
I have been testing this function mainly with Blackberry 9780 and I can tell you that magic starts the moment you turn the headset on. The man's voice is very helpfully prompts you in English when the headset is in standby or pairing with a phone and what needs to be done. After pairing with Blackberry the headset copies the contacts from the phone which are used for identification of incoming calls. Once the contacts are uploaded to the headset you will hear the name of the caller (but it works only for names written in Latin alphabet). Once the headset tells you the name you say Answer or Ignore and the headset momentarily reacts to your commands. The number of voice commands is spectacular: check the current connection, battery charge, connect to a device, turn voice dialing on/off, sync the contacts list, sensitivity level and even turn the light indicator on or off.
You can use the headset with two phones simultaneously Ц nothing special.
Connection to the Phone and Sound Quality
There is wind noise cancelling and a lot of other marketing yap Ц I personally found the voice quality of Blueant Q2 to be very vivid. That is the people you talk to never notice a difference, communication is very natural and in car it is really bliss. However, if your ear tip fits too well you go deaf in one ear.
The price of the headset on the official site is $129 and if you happen to be choosing a headset Ц take a look at it. The advantages of the headset are as follows:
The downer is the rather limited battery life time for a headset this big.
Otherwise I definitely recommend this headset as a good choice.
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Published Ч 25 April 2011
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