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Bluetooth is a form of short-range communications technology that allows you to form a wireless connection between compatible devices. With Bluetooth, you don’t have to plug your devices into each other in order to transmit data between them. This means you can play music from your laptop to your Bluetooth headphones and never have to worry about getting tangled up in wires.
Created as an alternative to wired devices, Bluetooth can also simultaneously handle data and voice transmissions, which makes it very useful for hands-free calling. It’s important to note that your devices must be within range of each other in order for Bluetooth to work. The range is typically 10m, but this can vary depending on the device, so be sure to check the instructions for the correct information.
Bluetooth headsets make communicating much easier, especially when you need to multi-task. For example, you can talk to your friend about her party on Saturday while using both your hands to search for party themes online. Here are a few more things that you can do with this handy device:
There are many different styles of Bluetooth speakerphones and headsets to choose from and the right decision usually comes down to preference. Read the information below to determine if you’re a Bluetooth headset or speakerphone user, and then use the chart at the end of this guide to determine which type of headset or speakerphone is ideal for you.
A Bluetooth headset is made to fit in your ear or over your head, which can ensure that you will hear your conversations as clearly as possible since the sound is going directly into your ear. The microphone is typically placed closer to your mouth, so whoever you’re talking to will hear your every word loud and clear. Many headsets are also designed to be comfortable to wear all day, so you can take a call at a moment’s notice.
If you feel uncomfortable having something in your ear or if you only take calls in your car or at the office, then you could consider getting a Bluetooth speakerphone. These hands-free devices typically stay in one spot and broadcast your calls instead of keeping them in your ear, which is what makes them ideal for private areas like your car. Many of these speakers can also be used to play your music and fill the room with sound.
Fit pertains to the way headsets are worn. Over-the-ear headsets have a loop that fits securely over the top of your ear, so that the earphone sits on the outside of your ear canal. These are ideal if you plan to keep the headset on your ear all day.
On the other hand, in-ear headsets are designed to rest in your ear canal just like ear plugs, which makes them extremely easy to take off and put back on.
There are also Bluetooth headphones that fit over your head and the earphones rest over both of your ears. This style is ideal for home or office use, since it can be awkward to wear while you’re driving.
Talk time refers to how many hours of actual calling and talking time you get on a single battery charge. Standby time is how many hours your headset can last when it’s turned on, but you don’t do anything with it. Both specs are important when determining how solid your device’s battery life is, but if you plan to be on the phone a lot, look for a headset or speakerphone that can handle more talk time per charge.
Get turn-by-turn navigation whispered right in your ear. Connect your headset to your GPS and you’ll hear every direction as clearly as if someone were sitting in the passenger seat, telling you where to go.
For a completely hands-free experience, look for a headset or speakerphone that lets you answer calls using voice commands. With just a few words, you can end a call, dial a friend, ignore a call, and more.
A2DP is a Bluetooth audio profile that allows the wireless transmission of high quality mono or stereo sound, but only on a one-way stream (as opposed to the two-way stream used when making phone calls). This is widely used to stream music from a device to a Bluetooth headset and you can easily switch between blasting your tunes and taking a phone call. Both devices must be A2DP-compatible in order to support stereo music.
To help you find the right headset or speakerphone for you, take a look at this chart that compares some of the most popular devices:
A Bluetooth headset or speakerphone frees up your hands, so you can do more while staying connected. Find your perfect match at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile, where we’ve got the widest selection of Bluetooth devices from Motorola, Plantronics, Jabra, Rocketfish, and more.
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