The traditional Bluetooth Gaming Headset is coming to a gentle close. If you look on the market you will see that the single-ear headsets of 8 years ago have largely evolved into stereo Bluetooth Gaming Headset, almost all of which include microphones for you to make calls with. While there are still mono headsets on sale, many of them are either low-quality, no-name products, or several years old.
Picking the right Bluetooth headset might seem simple, but it actually comes with a challenge that’s unique to all headphones, and, well, anything that needs to be placed in your ear: It’s tough (and not completely sanitary) to try products out before plunking down the cash for them. But a major component of a headset’s success depends on how it fits and feels—and that varies widely from person to person, or even from ear to ear. Other important factors include sound quality, design, style, battery life, and extra features.
Bluetooth Gaming Headset – VXi BlueParrott S450-XT
Looking for a bluetooth gaming headset that will give you both crystal-clear conversations and hi-fi stereo audio ? Your search is over. The VXi BlueParrott S450-XT puts VXi’s advanced noise canceling together with aptX™ audio technology to deliver uncompromised, hear-and-be-heard sound quality. Even in the noisiest environments. Add customizability via our exclusive Parrott Button™, 300 feet of range*, and more than 24 hours/charge for music, movies or calls, and you’ve got the talk of the Bluetooth stereo world: the VXi BlueParrott S450-XT.
This bluetooth gaming headset was great and can switch between several items at once. Now the headset picks one to be the main and then you can switch across the other platforms. Only issue I had was when my iPhone was in the picture. It could not take inbound communications for that and everything else. I was easily able to switch channels and make it more efficient than how it normally was frustrating and used my phone as the speaker and switched frequencies. Moving on. Sound is crisp clean and no noise. Gain is greatly controlled. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to have something I would consider better than Bose in quality. Plus it has a mic that is quick action. The mic is a smooth snap-in-place feature. Meaning if you bump it up. It’s instantly muted. No more mute buttons!
Lastly the distance was far above 400 if an open area. If in a building you’ll get 250-300. After a certain point depending on the property it might be close but nothing like a cheap plantronic. Now let’s move to Keira’s point of view. She’s a busy lady and always has hands free options…. So what I do is I have a iPhone a android tablet for Skype incoming clientele. And hands free answering system for both in my car and in the office as well. So I had to have JJ show me how to set it up in the car because it kept going towards my iPhone instead. You have to sync it to the car first. Then turn Bluetooth on for the rest. The buttons are easy to coordinate and easily multitask able. Now if you’re tech savvy this is perfect for you plus it came with a nice case and charging sets. It’s auxiliary compatible and Blue(Parrot)tooth just remember if you bump the mic out of it’s affixed position.
Bluetooth Gaming Headset – Plantronics Voyager Focus UC
If you’re going to have a bluetooth gaming headset on all day, you might as well feel like a boss. The Plantronics Voyager Focus UC ($299.95) is the best bluetooth gaming headset we’ve ever tested for all-day conversation. It successfully brings together solid stereo audio, high-quality noise cancellation, a boom mic, all-day battery life, and long-wearing comfort without the trade-offs you get from using either a mono headset or headphones designed primarily for music. That makes the Focus UC our Editors’ Choice for stereo wireless headset.
The Voyager Focus UC looks like a high-end, professional product. It’s mostly black, with a silver metal band and tasteful red accents. Two soft pads fit over your ears, while a 2-inch boom can swing down for conversation or up out of the way. It also swivels so the headset is reversible.
Comfort is a big plus here, and a lot of what differentiates the Focus UC from other headsets. The springy metal band keeps the earpads on your ears, but isn’t tight enough to cause a headache over several hours. And the padded headband has plenty of give to protect hairdos.
Sound quality is surprisingly good for a headset that you initially think is all about conference calls. Music gets very loud without distortion, and there’s noticeable but not overwhelming bass, like the muddy S450-XT—there’s enough treble edge here to make for a balanced sound signature.
Plantronics has some of the best noise cancellation software out there. For inbound noise cancellation, you can flip an “active noise cancellation” switch on one of the earcups. That does a very good job of removing the typical low background rumble you get on trains, airplanes, and such, but, nodding to the UC’s use as an office headset, it will not cancel out voices, keyboard sounds, or the like. There’s an HD Voice option you can turn on in the associated smartphone app that delivers even better voice quality than the standard mode.
For outbound calls, there’s a soothing level of in-ear feedback of your own voice that will prevent you from yelling. Outbound voice quality is very good, even in noisy scenarios. It’s not perfect: If you have construction-site-level background noise, you’ll get some computery artifacts.
The wireless headset has “smart sensors” that are supposed to pause your music when you take it off and resume it when you put it back on. Pausing worked with a range of applications. Resuming, on the other hand, worked with smartphone music apps, but not with clients on the PC.
Bluetooth Gaming Headset – Plantronics Voyager 5200
The Plantronics Voyager series has long been the Bluetooth headset of choice for people who are really serious about their bluetooth gaming headset. The Voyager 5200 ($119.99), the latest in the series, isn’t quite as comfortable as Voyagers past, like the Voyager Legend$63.24 at Amazon. That said, the 5200 carries on the Voyager’s reputation as the best Bluetooth headset on the market for intense, mission-critical voice calling. That makes it worthy of our Editors’ Choice.
The bluetooth gaming headset has a physical on/off switch on the back, and two easily findable and pressable volume buttons on top. On the boom, there’s a call button and a voice command button. The boom swings around, making the headset completely reversible between the right and left ears, and there are three different eartip sizes for the best fit.Feature-wise, the 5200 has it all, for a Bluetooth headset. It pairs via NFC or Bluetooth, and you can pair it to multiple devices. It announces callers’ names and lets you tell it whether to answer or ignore calls by voice.
Built-in voice commands let you dictate text messages and get directions, with more accuracy than I got from Google Now on other headsets. It won’t read your texts to you, though. A smartphone app, Plantronics Hub, lets you make the headset beep if you lose it, and monitor its battery life from your phone.
Thanks in part to its huge size, the 5200 has the best range of any headset I’ve tested recently, able to hit about 60 feet when in line of sight from the handset, although calls became pretty poppy after about 40 feet. Speaking of that popping: Interference sounds better on the Voyager 5200 than on other headsets we’ve tested. On other headsets, it often comes through as digital garble, which is difficult to understand. But on the 5200, interference sounds like pops and clicks, through which you can still clearly make out a voice.
The Voyager 5200 isn’t perfect. I’m a little disappointed in its battery life, given its size. We got 5 hours, 16 minutes of voice calling, which is less than the seven hours promised. If that makes you nervous, an optional $39.99 charging case holds two more battery charges. The headset can be closed into the battery case, or can sit up in it, ready to be plucked out and used.
Plantronics Voyager headsets have had excellent voice quality for years. If you have a previous Voyager model like the amazing Legend, you don’t need to replace it with the 5200. But if you’re shopping for a heavy-usage, indoor-outdoor Bluetooth headset right now, the Voyager 5200 is still the benchmark by which we judge the rest, and our Editors’ Choice.