BlueParrott M300-XT Review | PCMag
BlueParrott specializes in Bluetooth headsets that need to work in busy, loud environments, and the M300-XT is made for people frequently on the go. Its single lightweight earpiece fits comfortably and securely, and its unassuming boom mic stays out of the way. Best of all, at $99.99, it’s priced lower than many of the pro-grade Bluetooth headsets we test. The only potential stumbling block is that, while weather resistant, the headset isn’t fully waterproof, which may or may not be necessary for the type of work you do. Otherwise, the M300-XT nails the balance between performance and affordability.
Small and Comfortable
Weighing in at just 0.7 ounces, the 4.4-by-2.4-by-1.0-inch M300-XT (HWD) has a secure fit that doesn’t weigh your ear down even during daylong use. Its black, over-ear hook design has a built-in boom mic that swivels not only toward or away from your mouth, but also rotates at the base so that the earpiece can be worn on either ear.
There’s a flexible portion of the earpiece that sits just over the top of your ear—the fit might be a little tricky at first for those who wear glasses, especially if those glasses have chunky frames with thicker temples, as the temples will be sharing real estate with the somewhat bulky back end of the earpiece. This isn’t a deal breaker, you just have to fiddle with the fit early on to get things secure, and this is more or less par for the course in the realm of monaural Bluetooth headsets.
The M300-XT ships with three ear gels in small, medium, and large sizes. It’s important to try the various ear gel sizes and get the best possible in-ear seal—the medium gel is the default option and should fit most users well. Aside from the gels, the headset ships with a USB-C-to-USB-A charging cable of generous length, which connects to an uncovered USB-C port at the back end of the ear hook portion of the headset.
Plantronics Voyager 5200
Sennheiser Presence UC ML
Jabra Evolve2 65
Plantronics Voyager 4220 UC
We were able to get a secure fit, but it’s worth noting that the shape of the eartips isn’t that of typical in-canal eartips. As a result, your ear canal doesn’t necessarily get sealed off in the same way, and this can create scenarios that, despite the actual fit being secure, can feel somewhat open at the ear canal. It’s possible to fiddle with the fit and get a tighter seal, but we’d have preferred a more traditional eartip with a simple in-canal seal.
Because the end of the eartip widens rather than narrows, it doesn’t actually enter the edge of the canal and seal it off; it instead sits outside the canal and sort of blocks it a little. Perhaps the goal here is to keep a semi-open feel, allowing you to still hear a bit of your surroundings, but you already have that with your open ear. I’m sure a compelling argument can be made for the almost-open eartip design, but it can at times make it harder to hear what’s coming through the earpiece, depending on surrounding noise levels and what you’re listening to on the other end.
The headset carries an IP54 durability rating. This means that, on scale of 1 to 6, it has a dust ingress protection rating of 5, which is quite good, and on a scale of 1 to 8, it has a liquid ingress protection level rating of 4, which is fairly modest. It means the headset can withstand light splashes or misting, but don’t rinse it off under a faucet, submerge it, or wear it in heavy rain.
Along the headset’s back end, there are three buttons for power, volume up, and volume down. The power button also answers or ends calls, and summons your phone’s voice assistant when held down. The plus/minus buttons control volume. You can stream audio to the earpiece, but there’s no track navigation function for skipping forward or backward, and obviously, any musical audio experience is going to be fairly limited by the single-ear design.
There’s also a multifunction Parrott button, which requires configuration in the BlueParrott app for Android and iOS. As of this writing, the app hasn’t been fully updated to reflect the recent relase of the M300-XT; it was able to recognize the M300-XT, but not unlock all of its potential. Once the headset is fully supported, you can use the app to assign various functions to the Parrott button—for instance, it can trigger a third-party push-to-talk app, such as Verizon Push to Talk Plus, AT&T Enhanced PTT, ESChat (Push-to-Talk), or PoC PTT Profile. The button can also trigger voice memos, speed dialing, or be used to mute audio. All of these functions, and assorted other options, are assigned in the app.
The M300-XT supports Bluetooth 5.1 and the SBC codec. Internally, the headset houses a 10.3mm driver delivering a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz and an impedance of 32 ohms.
BlueParrott estimates battery life to be roughly 14 hours, but your results will vary slightly with your volume levels.
Clear Calls From Anywhere
The M300-XT employs two MEMS microphones and background noise redction to deliver audio emphasizing your voice. This style of microphone isn’t necessarily focused on the same type of clarity that a broadcast or recording studio microphone is after—instead it zeroes in on the human voice and rejects frequency ranges that interfere with intelligibility. Thus, when there’s no noise to contend with, you don’t necessarily get what amounts to a pristine signal; it can sound a little bit like a walkie-talkie signal, but with much better intelligibility. When you finish speaking, and in between words, the signal often sounds like it drops out completely, even when there’s no background noise to contend with. This can be disconcerting at first, but it’s unlikely you’ll ever misunderstand a word spoken through this mic.
When we tested the mic’s intelligibility against a bed of loud music playing through near-field monitors, it performed well in the sense that we could always understand every word we recorded for reference. Obviously, this kind of stress test is intended to expose the headset’s weaknesses, so if you’re in a scenario that is as loud as rock music blaring from speakers just a few feet away, the result will sound something like the music getting squashed and reduced to a thin static, while your voice also gets a little squashed, but is the only intelligible part of the signal the mic picks up. In this type of situation, there’s always going to be some distortion, but again, we could understand every word that was spoken, even if the audio was less than pristine.
In a more typical scenario, with the volume lower, your speaking voice comes through far more clearly. When your voice switches from calm, measured tones to nearly yelling, the mic doesn’t seem to change in terms of intelligibility—the background audio is still squashed, and your voice is still transmitted with the same clarity. Switching from music to a TV commercial in the background with lots of voiceover speaking to contend with, the mic still did an excellent job of picking up my voice and separating it from the other voice in the background.
With low-frequency rumble (somewhat similar to what you’d hear inside an airplane) playing at high volume through near-field monitors at close range, the M300-XT does some interesting things. Between words, we hear nothing at all, and when I speak, it lets my voice through and the least amount of outside noise it possibly can. Some of the rumble makes it through, which makes me sound a little bit like a cyborg or Kylo Ren, but the words are always intelligible. The same is true with a recording of a busy cafe playing at a high volume, including chatter, laughter, along with plates and utensils clattering and clinging. Ultimately, in all of these high-volume noise tests, every word I spoke was easy to understand.
It Gets the Job Done
For the price, the BlueParrott M300-XT is one of the best affordable Bluetooth headsets we’ve tested in recent memory. For more money, the monaural, over-ear $200 BlueParrott B550-XT is an excellent alternative, while the $280 Sennheiser Presence UC ML is an even smaller single-ear option for noisy scenarios. For $100, however, there’s really very little to complain about here, as the M300-XT really only needs to do one thing well: deliver ideal vocal clarity in loud scenarios. The headset gets the job done, and does so a price that many people will find just right.
Superior voice intelligibility in noisy environments
Comfortable ear gels
Not fully waterproof
Getting a good in-ear seal takes a bit of work
The Bottom Line
BlueParrott’s M300-XT Bluetooth headset is affordable, comfortable, and delivers clear voice quality in loud work environments.
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The 5 best Bluetooth headsets for phone calls
A great headset leaves your hands free to type, drive, or multitask, while the built-in microphone will ensure that the person on the other end can hear you loud and clear. However, when you’re shopping for the best Bluetooth headsets for phone calls (as opposed to the best Bluetooth headsets in general), a few qualities are extra important: You’ll need to make sure that it’s actually Bluetooth, and that the portability, range, and battery life are conducive to how you take your calls.
What to look for in a Bluetooth headset
Bluetooth version: Once you’ve concluded that a headset is in fact Bluetooth, check the specific version. Bluetooth 1.0 was the first evolution, but the technology now goes as high as 5. 3 to accommodate faster and more expansive data rates. The higher the version, the more efficient and stable the connection tends to be.
Overall design: Also consider the overall design of the Bluetooth headset. A dual over-ear design offers plenty of noise-dampening, which might come in handy if you’re making calls from a busy home or office, but an earpiece will be the most compact for travel.
Battery life: Since headsets are most often rechargeable, you’ll also want to check the battery life. Some only last a few hours, while others can go for days in between charging sessions. And be sure to consider the talk time, or the number of hours the headset will last while on a call.
Range: Like most other wireless technology, Bluetooth has a maximum range, which allows you to walk a certain distance away from the receiver (in this case, your phone) without losing connection. It differs from device to device, so I’ve included the range below each product, but most are around 30 feet.
Extra features: Finally, read up on additional connectivity options (like an audio cable so you can hardwire your headset if needed), and any extra features that might make your life easier — like an auto-muting swivel microphone or comfortable, noise-dampening earpads.
Shop the best Bluetooth headsets for phone calls
In a hurry? Here are the top picks for phone headsets.
- The overall best: COMEXION Trucker Bluetooth Headset V5.0
- The best budget Bluetooth headset: Vont Bluetooth Headset with Microphone
- The best option with a removable ear design: JLab JBuds Work Wireless Headset
- The most compact: ICOMTOFIT Bluetooth Earpiece
- The widest range: Plantronics by Poly Voyager 4320 UC Bluetooth Headset
1. The overall best Bluetooth headset for phone calls
COMEXION Trucker Bluetooth Headset V5. 0
- Well-rounded features for less than $50
- Can connect wirelessly to two devices or plug into an aux
- Backed up by high ratings
- Some reviewers report that it’s not the most durable
There’s one overarching reason why this Bluetooth headset has almost 8,000 reviews and an overall rating of 4.3 stars: It offers convenient, reliable technology for a great price. Its Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity is fast, reliable, and can connect to two devices at once, while its included 3.5 millimeter audio cable allows you to hardwire into your computer (and some phones, assuming yours still has an aux-in). Finally, its long battery life, impressive range, on-device buttons, adjustable headband, soft ear pad, and mutable microphone all make it a great option for most people.
One reviewer wrote: “I work remotely and my job requires that I am on the phone most of the day! I have three sets of AirPods that I have to alternate due to battery life so I have been looking for a headset that would work with my PC and my iPhone at a reasonable price. THIS.IS.IT!!! Reasonably priced, sound quality superb! I am told I sound like I am in the same room due to the noise canceling feature and I can hear the other person with no problem.”
Bluetooth version: 5.0 | Battery life in talk time: 34 hours | Range: up to 33 feet | Other connectivity options: 3.5-mm audio cable
2. The best budget Bluetooth headset
Vont Bluetooth Headset with Microphone
- Less than $30
- Noise-canceling microphone and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
- Extremely lightweight
- Some reviewers report that you “get what you pay for” in terms of comfort and durability
Yes, it offers 5.0 Bluetooth connectivity and a noise-canceling swivel microphone for less than $30 — but the Vont Bluetooth headset is also “lighter than an egg,” according to a reviewer, for easier, more comfortable travel. Needless to say, it’s a favorite among people who are always on the go. The 12-hour battery life and 30-foot range might not be as impressive as some other models, but if you’re looking for a budget headset that gets the job done, this one’s the way to go.
One reviewer wrote: “What I like the most is that it is lightweight and can be used on either ear. It is comfortable enough to wear for an extended period of time, although eventually, it gets to me. The battery life seems better than average. Also easy to pair with my phone. […] all in all, a decent budget set.”
Bluetooth version: 5.0 | Battery life in talk time: 12 hours | Range: 30 feet | Other connectivity options: none
3. The best option with a removable ear design
JLab JBuds Work Wireless Headset
- One earcup is removable for a one- or two-ear design
- Very comfortable
- Extra-long battery life
- Wired or wireless usage
- Too tight for some reviewers with glasses or self-reported larger heads
It’s slightly more expensive than the top pick, but those few extra dollars get you a lot of additional features, making this JLab JBuds headset an incredible value. For one, since one ear cup is removable, you can choose between a one-ear design (for easier travel or to remain aware of your surroundings) or a two-ear design (to effectively dampen any distracting noises). For another, Bluetooth multipoint allows you to connect to two devices simultaneously, or you can use a USB-C to 3.5-mm cable to directly plug into devices. Then there are the on-device buttons so you can play pause, change the volume, accept/decline calls, and mute yourself — or you can simply flip the boom mic down (complete with a light that tells you when you’re muted) to automatically pick up a call. Last but definitely not least, according to reviewers, the battery life and range are impressive and the headset is super comfortable to wear.
One reviewer wrote: “I bought these for work and I wanted something that cancels the noise around me and the over the ears worked perfectly. They are soft and not heavy. It has dual connection so my headphones are connected to my phone and computer at the same time. I switch back and forth easily.”
Bluetooth version: 5.0 | Battery life in talk time: 60 hours | Range: 30+ feet | Other connectivity options: 3.5-mm audio cable
4. The most compact
ICOMTOFIT Bluetooth Earpiece
- Compact shape and only 0.5 ounces
- Still offers clear sound and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
- Extendable earhook and interchangeable gel earbuds improve comfort
- Shorter battery life than some others
While it’s technically not a headset, this Bluetooth earpiece directs clear sound right into either ear and picks up your voice with a flip-boom microphone that supports Siri and other voice assistants. You can mute and unmute yourself with the touch of a button, and you’re audibly alerted to the battery level, connection status, and incoming phone number. Most importantly, since it charges in 1. 5 hours, is super lightweight at only 0.5 ounces, and packs away in its included case, it’s the most compact, portable option for people who are always on the go.
One reviewer wrote: “I was very skeptical purchasing this G3 bluetooth headset as I really prefer an over the ear set. I spent a good deal of time reviewing the available choices on Amazon. Finally I settled on purchasing the G3.Much to my surprise and pleasure, the portion that fits into my ear is quite comfortable. (I’m using the smallest tip) At times, I have even forgotten that I am wearing any headset at all. The sound quality has been excellent with my phone calls, music and audio books. Even when traveling on a busy highway or in a crowded restaurant the sound has been crystal clear.”
Bluetooth version: 5.0 | Battery life in talk time: 10 hours | Range: 33 feet | Other connectivity options: none
5. The widest range
Plantronics by Poly Voyager 4320 UC Bluetooth Headset
- Bluetooth 5. 2 connectivity and Bluetooth dongle for non-built-in devices
- Passive noise-canceling cups and active noise-canceling microphone for loud environments
- Super impressive range
- Durable and comfortable
- Includes a dongle, case, and charging stand
- Not very portable
According to a few reviewers, the Plantronics by Poly Voyager Bluetooth headset is “incredible” and “well worth the money.” Why? First of all, you can connect to your phone using an extremely fast, reliable Bluetooth 5.2 connection — but you can also use the USB-A Bluetooth adapter dongle to connect to laptops and other computers even if they don’t have built-in Bluetooth capabilities. For another, the range is huge, the battery life is impressive, and the passive noise-canceling cups and active noise-canceling mic make it the best option for loud environments. Last but not least, its flexible boom mic can be pinched to mute it, and your order also comes with a desktop charging stand and carrying case.
One reviewer wrote: “The Poly Voyager turned out to be the best wireless headset I’ve ever used. Firstly, the battery life is 24hrs, every time you turn it on, a voice indicator confirms the current battery life and how much you have remaining. When a recharge is required, USB C can quickly charge the headset back to full (cable and stand included). The microphone is incredibly clear, when I asked my colleagues on the meeting about the voice clarity, everyone I asked had positive feedback to share and rated the microphone quality as one of the best that I’ve used.”
Bluetooth version: 5.2 | Battery life in talk time: 24 hours | Range: 164 feet | Other connectivity options: included BT700 USB-A Bluetooth adapter
top 11 rating according to KP
Smartphones have long ceased to be just a means of communication. Now their functionality is striking in its diversity. In addition to the conversation, you can pay for purchases, search for information on the Internet, your favorite videos and listen to music. Headphones make it easier to use. They are different and everyone can choose the right ones.
For example, wireless models are suitable for lovers of active sports due to the absence of interfering wires, wired models will be appreciated by lovers of quietly listening to music without disturbing others, and comfort lovers will appreciate on-ear headphones. Which one to choose 一 depends solely on the preferences of the user. A selection of the best headphones for your phone in 2023 from KP will help with this.
QCY T1C. Photo: QCY
Headphones for active people – do not fall out of the ears and are very comfortable to wear. The dimensions of the case and headphones are miniature, on the one hand, thanks to this, they are comfortable to wear, on the other hand, it is difficult to get them out. The right earpiece is the leader, it is from it that you should start pairing with your smartphone. The following headphone usage scenarios are possible: Only one headphone can be connected to the device; you can connect both headphones to the device; One earbud can be connected to one device, and the second earbud can be connected to another. To turn it on and off, press the control button on the right earbud for 5 seconds.
The gadget is also automatically turned off to save energy: if the Bluetooth connection is lost or the soundtrack stops playing, the headphones turn off after 10 minutes. A single press of the button on the earphone starts or pauses the music in the open player, a double-click on the button on the right earphone serves to scroll forward one track, and on the left one – back. Also, with a single press of the button during a call, you can accept it and start a conversation, since each earbud has its own microphone.
Users note excellent sound at a relatively cheap price. The claimed pairing range of 10 meters is confirmed, but sometimes there are interference and instability when moving away from the smartphone.
You can use the headphones to play sports, listen to music or watch a movie in peace. Thanks to the power saving function, the headphones will work longer on a single charge. Another advantage is moisture protection, which allows you to use them in wet weather and not be afraid to drop them into the water. In addition, the device is affordable and has excellent sound quality.
|Weight (one earpiece)||4.2 g||Operating time||4 hours|
|Case battery capacity||380 mA h|
|Wireless connection type||Bluetooth|
Pros and cons
Fits well in the ears, light
Difficult to remove from the case, unstable pairing ue
Top 10 best headphones for the phone in 2023 according to KP
The editors decided that it is incorrect to compare wireless headphones with wired ones, so we made two selections in which everyone will find the best option for themselves, depending on preferences.
The best wireless headphones for your phone
Sony WF-XB700. Photo: Sony
Headphones are great for walking, playing sports without sudden movements, working at the computer. Made in a fairly large case, part of it is placed in the auricle, the outside remains the oval of the case, which sticks out a couple of millimeters. This makes it difficult to wear headgear while using headphones. The headphones hold well, the case has basic protection against moisture, so you can not be afraid of walking in the rain or active sports. To connect to a smartphone, you need to hold down the buttons on the ends of the headphone case. They are also responsible for playing music, stopping it, as well as receiving and rejecting calls.
The headphones are equipped with microphones for use as a headset. The halves are connected independently, there is bass, but when using the default settings, the headphones already produce a very high-quality sound. Headphones have a standard operating time of 一 7-9 hours, additionally a full charge is provided from the battery in the case. It takes about 3 hours to fully charge, but there is a quick charge function. Thanks to it, the battery will be replenished for an hour of work in 10 minutes. The main disadvantage of the earbuds is the high price, and due to the large weight, they are not always comfortable for users.
|Weight (one earpiece)||8 g||Operating time||9 h|
|Case battery capacity||500 mAh|
|Features||microphone, waterproof, quick charge, volume adjustable|
Pros and cons
Fast charging function, long battery life, good sound
Heavy weight, uncomfortable on the ears
HTC True Wireless Earbuds
HTC True Wireless Earbuds. Photo: HTC
The body of the headphones is very compact, they do not interfere and do not cause discomfort when worn. There is a small LED, if it is red 一, the charging process is in progress, when flashing, you need to charge the case. When fully charged, the light turns white. If it blinks一, pairing with the smartphone is in progress. The connection takes place via Bluetooth and is quite fast. The pairing range is 10 meters, so you can move freely with headphones, leaving your smartphone in another room.
The sound is loud and high-quality: the headphones do not lose high frequencies when the lower ones are very expressive. Thanks to moisture protection, you can actively play sports while in the rain. One battery charge lasts for six hours. Additional 24 hours are given from the battery in the case. There is no noise canceling function, so talking in a noisy environment can be difficult. Also, many are not satisfied with the touch control, which is not very convenient.
|Weight (one earpiece)||4. 5 g|
|Operating time||6 h|
|Case battery capacity||400 mAh|
Pros and cons
Loud sound, comfortable, small size
No noise cancellation, touch control
HONOR Choice CE79TWS Earbuds
HONOR Choice CE79 TWS Earbuds. Photo: HONOR
Wireless earphones that are suitable for daily listening to music, training and watching videos. This model is well built from glossy plastic, has a neat design and good sound, especially for bass lovers. There are no protruding buttons: touch controls are located at the back. An indicator light was also placed there (blinks when the device enters pairing mode). Headphones are small in size, almost not felt when worn, but sometimes fall out of the ears.
Synchronization with a smartphone occurs via Bluetooth 5.0 in 1-2 seconds. Touching the right earphone with a delay of two seconds switches the track forward, the left 一 rewinds. You can answer a phone call and end the conversation by double-clicking on any of the buttons. Tapping three times will activate the voice assistant. Turn down or turn up the volume only from your smartphone. Users complain about the lack of noise cancellation, as well as the fact that one of the headphones often fails.
|Weight (single earpiece)||4.4 g|
|Operating time||6 hours|
|Case battery capacity||500 mAh|
|Features||microphone, waterproof, voice assistant call|
Pros and cons
Small size, good sound, fast pairing
Break quickly, fall out of the ears, no noise cancellation
INTERSTEP SBH-720. Photo: INTERSTEP
Wireless earbuds are suitable for iPhone and all Samsung and Xiaomi smartphones. Interference and instability may occur when pairing with other devices. The noise canceling function allows you not to hear extraneous noise during a call. This is especially true when in public places or transport. The optical sensor mutes the sound when the earpiece is taken out of the ear, which saves battery life.
The device will be appreciated by fans of sports and walks in wet weather, due to the high degree of moisture protection. Headphones work up to 6 hours on a single charge and up to 32 hours with a case. Fast charging adds 1.5 hours of sound in 15 minutes. Not suitable for all users, because they do not mate with some devices. In addition, it has been noticed that when watching a video, the sound often lags behind the picture.
|Weight (single earpiece)||4.8 g|
|Operating time||6 hours|
|Case battery capacity||550 mAh|
Pros and cons
Good sound, noise canceling function, long battery life
Sound lags behind the picture, can not connect to some devices
Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic 2
Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic 2. Photo: Xiaomi
Miniature headphones in a small case. Thanks to the magnet, the lid of the case will not open spontaneously. The earbuds are also held tightly by magnets, so they won’t fly out of the case even if you shake it hard. The case is equipped with an LED that notifies you when the charge drops below 20%. The touch controls work well, but it takes some getting used to in order to get to the right place the first time. It is used to turn on and off, stop or resume music playback, call the voice assistant or answer calls. You will have to rewind tracks or control the volume level from your phone.
The device has a proximity sensor, removing either or both earphones from the ear will pause playback. Use is possible independently of each other, while listening to your favorite music or talking on the phone. The sound is clear, loud, perfectly synchronized with the picture when watching a video. The earphones fit securely in your ears without falling out while running or cycling. The lack of noise cancellation is inconvenient during calls, and the left earpiece often breaks.
|Weight (single earpiece)||4.1 g|
|Operating time||4 hours|
|Case battery capacity||300 mAh|
Pros and cons
Good sound quality, light weight, comfortable to wear
No noise cancellation, one of the headphones often breaks
Top 5 best wired headphones for phones
Panasonic RP-HJE118. Photo: Panasonic
The model is equipped with a high-quality microphone. Thanks to him, the interlocutor perfectly hears speech during a conversation. Music lovers will appreciate the device, because the sound is loud and without noise. Despite the low cost, the headphones are durable and last for several years.
They sit comfortably in the ears and do not fall out even when active, so they are ideal for sports. The disadvantages include a thin wire that tans in the cold, which makes it a little difficult to use the headphones.
|Diaphragm diameter||9 mm||Plug connector||mini jack 3.5 mm|
|Cable length||1.1 m|
Pros and cons
Good sound, comfortable in the ears, long life
Thin wire, no bass, tan in the cold
HARPER HV-505. Photo: HARPER
Affordable headphones with powerful sound that music lovers will appreciate. The compact design and workmanship ensure comfortable wearing. Can be used for a wide range of tasks, resistant to all weather conditions. The remote with microphone allows you to answer calls and control your music with a simple push of a button.
The length of the cord allows you to listen to music without restricting your movements, and its design eliminates the possibility of tangling. Noise isolation will provide comfort during a conversation. Their main disadvantage is that many copies fail very quickly.
|Plug connector||mini jack 3.5 mm|
|Cable length||1.2 m|
Pros and cons
Microphone included and control button, inexpensive
Break quickly, often fall out of the ears
Sony MDR-EX155AP. Photo: Sony
In-ear headphones deliver great dynamic sound even on the go. They sit comfortably in the ears and are suitable for active people. Answer calls in headset mode and switch tracks without touching your smartphone, thanks to the built-in remote control and microphone. However, to change the volume, you need to get a smartphone.
The noise canceling function ensures a comfortable conversation anywhere. The grooved cable is tangle and kink resistant. The headphone wire is thin, but this does not affect their service life. However, it is worth considering the rather high price of this model.
|Diaphragm diameter||9 mm||Plug connector||mini jack 3.5 mm|
|Cable length||1.2 m|
Pros and cons
Good sound and noise isolation, long life, comfortable
No volume control, thin wire
Apple EarPods. Photo: Apple
Headphones are designed to fit the anatomical shape of the ear. This makes them comfortable and easy to wear. The sound is high-quality and loud, the speakers cut off all extraneous noise and allow you to completely immerse yourself in listening to music. The device is controlled using the built-in remote control.
You can answer the call (or hang it up), change the track, turn down or turn up the volume. Headphones are durable, can withstand a fall from a small height. The sound quality during calls in noisy places is not the best. In addition, according to the reviews of a number of users, the headphones often do not sound good with Android smartphones and are quite expensive.
|Cable length||1.2 m|
|Plug connector||mini jack 3.5 mm|
|Features||microphone, volume adjustable|
Pros and cons
Comfortable to wear, good sound quality, durable
No noise isolation, do not work well with Android
Samsung EO-HS1303. Photo: Samsung
Bright and stylish headphones for listening to music and answering phone calls in any environment. They sit comfortably in the ear shells and reproduce high-quality and clear sound with good bass. The wire has a microphone for talking during calls, an answer button for incoming calls, a control panel for adjusting the volume of music during playback, and a track switch.
The model is equipped with a standard 3.5 mm gold-plated connector, which eliminates connector oxidation and provides high-quality connection. The cable length is 1.2 m, which is optimal for use. Headphones, despite the convenience, often slip out of the ears, so they are not suitable for active movement.
|Membrane diameter||8 mm|
|Plug connector||mini jack 3.5 mm|
Pros and cons
Smooth sound, good bass, bright color
Often slip out of the ears, flimsy
How to choose headphones for your phone
Modern smartphones often function as multimedia devices. Manufacturers usually include headphones in the kit, but they are almost always of poor quality. Therefore, users are looking for a suitable replacement. We will tell you what to look for when choosing.
- Type of headphones. Wireless devices are very popular now. They are convenient for active people, and the smartphone can be left in a safe place during use. Wired headphones are suitable for listening to music and watching movies on the road.
- Manufacturer . It is advisable to buy models of well-known companies that have proven themselves in the market. Reputation is important for them, besides, production technologies are well developed.
- Mating range . This parameter is relevant for wireless headphone models. The sound quality depends on it, depending on the distance from the smartphone.
- Wire material . The usual thin wire of headphones often gets tangled. The situation is better with a thicker wire, twisted or one that is made with lightning. Whether the earbuds get tangled or not determines how long they last.
- Convenience . It is important to choose ear cushions that are suitable for the auricle. In addition, you should pay attention to weight, the heavier the headphones, the less comfortable they are to wear.
- Squelch . Relevant for lovers of conversations. The function provides comfortable communication without extraneous noise.
Popular Questions and Answers
The editors of Komsomolskaya Pravda asked expert Tony Rahn, President of HONOR in Russia, Turkey and the CIS countries, to answer the most frequently asked questions from users.
What parameters should I pay attention to first of all?
When choosing headphones for your phone, first of all, you should pay attention to the following device parameters:
Active noise cancellation. Active noise canceling technology ensures high quality sound even in windy conditions or on public transport. It works according to the following principle: an external microphone picks up and analyzes the noise, forming a return sound wave with the same amplitude. As a result, the waves overlap and overlap each other, providing background silence while listening to music or talking on the phone, Tony Rahn told .
Autonomy time . The minimum recommended battery life for fully charged headphones should be at least 7-8 hours, and at least 25 hours with a charging case.
Is it possible to find headphones that will be good for both conversation and music?
Of course, headphones for everyday use should be versatile: reproduce clear sound and provide high quality calls. Here, again, active noise cancellation plays an important role, the expert believes.
Can I listen to the radio on my phone without headphones?
Yes, if you listen to internet radio. In most cases, developers install appropriate software on modern smartphones through which you can listen to online radio, Tony Ran answered.
What if the headphones are connected but there is no sound?
If the headphones are connected to the phone, but there is no sound, then there can be a lot of reasons. First of all, check if the audio device is really connected. If the device is connected and the sound is turned on, the problem may be in the headphones themselves: check them by connecting them to another smartphone. It could also be the smartphone. Try rebooting it, the expert advises. However, it is best to contact the service center if you have any questions.
TOP headphones for mobile gaming”
Mobile gaming is sweeping the planet by leaps and bounds. Here the performance growth of handheld devices plays a role, and the improvement of mobile network coverage, and the change in the tastes of the audience, and the emergence of worthy mobile projects. Hardware manufacturers are also happy, because additional accessories are needed for a comfortable and productive game on a smartphone or tablet. For example, comfortable and reliable gaming headphones – without them it is simply impossible to concentrate on the game on the road.
What is the difference between mobile gaming headphones and their stationary counterparts. Firstly, they are equipped with a cable with a combination plug or Bluetooth, allowing you to connect to a mobile device without additional adapters. Here, thanks to some manufacturers, mobile gamers with wired headphones have received an unexpected blow, and therefore we are placing more emphasis on wireless models in this rating. Secondly, they must provide good sound insulation. And thirdly, you need a good microphone that is able to consistently capture voice without constant additional hand manipulations. In general, focusing on these conditions, we have compiled the TOP of the best mobile gaming headphones, consisting of both compact and full-size models.
Although the Marvo brand is not particularly popular in our area, this does not prevent the manufacturer from creating very good products. Marvo GP-001 differs from conventional headsets in its well-thought-out design, which takes into account work with mobile loads. So, these in-ear headphones were equipped with additional latches in the auricle, which gives +10 to the tightness of the fit in the ear, and also improves their sound. The microphone of the GP-001 is placed on a leg, and its position can be adjusted to better cut off external noise.
Logitech G233 Prodigy
The Logitech G233 Prodigy Universal Over-Ear Headphones come with two detachable cables for use with PC and mobile devices. To improve the sound quality, this model uses proprietary Pro-G speakers with a hybrid diaphragm that gives tight bass and clear highs. The closed headphone design provides good sound isolation, and the headband with dampers provides a comfortable fit.
Although this in-ear headset was created with streamers in mind, it is a very good option for mobile gaming. The earhook headband keeps the Razer Ifrit tightly on your head, protecting you from possible wire snags. In-ear headphones provide good sound isolation and deep bass. A microphone on the leg allows you to cut off external noise.
1More Spearhead VR Wireless
A subsidiary of the notorious Xiaomi has a wealth of experience in creating headphones for various purposes. And Spearhead VR Wireless is their first attempt to use their experience to develop a wireless gaming mobile headset. And, I want to note that the attempt is successful. What is the use of speakers with graphene cones and two directional microphones. And the autonomy of the Spearhead VR Wireless is quite good – up to 6 hours of continuous playback.
Razer Hammerhead BT
The wireless version of the legendary Razer Hammerhead has all the advantages of its wired relative: powerful sound, excellent passive sound isolation and a good microphone. In this model, we also get freedom from wires and up to 8 hours of autonomy.
SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless
The new line of SteelSeries headsets has not been without a wireless model (and not even one). Arctis Pro Wireless is the manufacturer’s top solution, capable of working both by wire, 2.4 GHz wireless channel, and Bluetooth. Excellent sound quality, precise microphone and ergonomic fit make this headset one of the best in its class. In addition, it is able to work up to 10 hours without interruption. And if you take a spare battery with you (she has two of them), then SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless will work all 20 hours.
ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 700
Another top model of headphones, but this time from ASUS – ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 700. We recently had a detailed review of this headset, and here we will bring out its main advantages. This is a wired and wireless connection, and the model has Bluetooth 4.