In A Nutshell
Update Nov 2013: The VXI BlueParrott Roadwarrior B250 is now our recommended hand-free headset. It’s a no-frills, but very reliable head-set. It’s available on Amazon for about $70. It has an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars, from 390 reviewers.
Today, hand-free headsets have been created in response to the amount of laws now in place against driving cellphones. These headsets hands free are capable of holding a call while users engage in basically any task. There are many different types of designs, such as the earbud style with microphone attached to the cable, or the Bluetooth type that just sits in a users ear and features a mic attached to the end, which points towards the mouth. Manufacturers like Plantronics, Panasonic, Etymotic, and Bose have all begun making various headsets hands free.
Here are our recommended hands-free headsets:
The High-Fidelity Etymotic Research HF2
The Etymotic Research HF2 Hands Free Headset is an earbud style headset hands free that provides users with some of the best sound quality on the market. With a 20Hz-16kHz frequency response as well as great noise isolation with the adjustable ear tips. There is even an in-line control button that can pause your music or skip tracks. It is compatible with the iPhone (2.5 and 3G versions), Blackberry Curve, Blackberry Bold, and Blackberry Storm and many other smartphones.
While it’s a bit pricey, users have claimed the sound isolation is superb, though at times it can take a bit of time to optimize for each user. Users love the in-line control and the sound quality is far and beyond many similarly priced headsets hands free.
The iPhone Compatible Bose Mobile In-Ear
The Bose Mobile In-Ear Headset Hands Free employs a similar earbud style as the headphones that come with an iPhone. A tiny mic is attached to the cable near where a user’s mouth would be. Like those headphones, the Bose headset hands free is capable of switching between music and a phone call with ease. It comes with three different ear tips for different sized ears. It also employs the classic sound of Bose speakers in a tiny package. There are three adaptors available for different types of cell phone compatibility.
With a four star rating from Amazon, users really love this best headset hands free. While some users claimed they didn’t fit their ears, that’s really based on an individual’s ear size. Some users also mention that the treble is a bit low, on oddity for most headphones. Another user noted that a volume control on the cord would have been nice, but overall it’s a great value.
The Compact Plantronics Voyager 510 Bluetooth
The Plantronics Voyager 510 Bluetooth Headset is a compact device that allows users to talk without the burden of holding a phone or the hassle of an external cable. It has a feature that lets you switch between two different BlueTooth devices as well as a one touch call feature and a dialing feature that is based off your voice. Its battery claims to be able to take 6 hours of talk time. The microphone is designed to be noise cancelling, allowing users to walk through busy streets with no interference. The footprint of this device is very efficient for users trying to cut down on extraneous equipment in their daily life.
With an astounding four an a half star review on Amazon after thousands of users’ input, this handset hands free is definitely one of the best. Some users note that the noise cancelling feature on the microphone is not as strong as it claims to be, and other users have said that the battery may only get around 3 hours of talk time total on a full battery. But overall, most users laud the sound quality and ease of use.
The Foldable Panasonic KX-TCA92 Comfort Fit Headset
The Panasonic KX-TCA92 Comfort Fit Headset Hands Free has great portability with its foldable design. Its noise-cancelling microphone is fully adjustable, and the headset hands free is fully reversible for either ear. There is a volume control on the cable and a mute button. Overall it’s a very simple design that provides comfort and control.
Amazon users give it three and a half stars, claiming it a decent buy for its feature set. Some users have claimed the mic can be a bit quiet in certain environments, and users have also claimed that the mute button is a hassle because you’re forced to hold it down when in use. Overall, still a great buy at the price point.